Now I might lose a few followers with this post, especially with what’s going on with Trump. But I’m not letting politics get in the way, and I’m certainly not joining my friends as they boycott American products.
Most of my friends only go down south of the border for vacation. I, on the other hand, had the privilege of living there for six years. Having received both my bachelor and masters degrees from American universities, I am grateful towards the United States. Without the experience of living there, I would not be the man I am today and this blog would not exist. Furthermore, my WIP takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio.
So, on America’s birthday, I would like to say thanks to her for:
– 33 years – and counting – of wonderful memories in Sarasota, Florida
– Lifelong friends
– Making me committed to serving others
– Making me a proponent of progressive education
– Making me a global citizen
– New experiences such as paintballing, riding in a hot-air balloon, surfing, and serving as copy editor for my school’s newspaper
– Giving me the inspiration and ideas for my debut novel
– Welcoming me when I come to visit
Happy 4th of July to everyone! And to my American friends and followers, God bless America! As for my followers at home, I do hope you will continue to support my blog. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.
As we all settle down to a lovely turkey dinner with our loved ones today, we all should give thanks. And I mean this on a deeper level. Yes it’s great to give thanks to all in our company, but the thanks should go beyond the household. Give thanks to all those that have made an impact in your lives, as well as all the great things you have in the world. If you think about this for a minute or two, you’ll be able to come up with a lengthy list.
For me, I am thankful for my family and friends, both near and far away. I am thankful for all my professors who have helped me learn this semester and for their never-ending efforts. I am grateful to be living in a country under democracy with one of the highest standards in the world. A country that allows me such great freedom. And most importantly, I thank this country for allowing me the opportunity to earn my second college degree, which I hope to return the favor one day.
I am thankful for the wonderful writers I have met through Romance Writers of America and Weekend Writing Warriors. Your constant support and critiques have influenced my stories and my writing skills. You also assure me that I am not alone in this world of story-telling. Even though I have not actually met a lot of you personally, you are still my friends.
I give thanks for being in great health, and being able to walk everyday. I give thanks for having food to eat, and clean water to drink. I am just grateful to have these things, which we often take for granted. I give thanks to my country, Canada, for giving me a great start in life and allowing me to grow into the man I am today. Finally, I give thanks to God, who is always there guiding me, challenging me and loving me. He listens to me, even when I don’t actually speak to Him because he knows that I am thinking of Him – Thank you Lord!
So I hope you will eat well, and give thanks to all the people and things you have in this world.