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Finding blessings to count

Gratefully Yours / Cindy La Ferle


“In the moments we are awake to the wonder of simply being alive, gratitude flows, no matter our circumstances.”
 ~ M.J. Ryan

This has been one of the most difficult years I can remember. Too many dear people I know are grieving unspeakable losses or facing worrisome health challenges. With so many of us separated from our families and loved ones — thanks to a raging viral pandemic — it’s disingenuous to try to put a Norman Rockwell holiday spin on any of it.  

Still, I’m all the more grateful to the folks who’ve given me reason to believe there’s still an abundance of hope, goodness, decency, beauty, and light in this world. I’m blessed with a small but loving family and the most supportive friends anyone could ask for. I’m indebted to all of you.  Wishing you many blessings to count this Thanksgiving. ~CL

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Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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