Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. I think the main reason is that the rules are so simple. Everybody gets together and eats until they can eat no more, and we are all reminded that we should be thankful. Then we hose off the dirty dishes and plop down onto the sofa to pretend we’re watching football or some other equally noisy sport. That’s if you’re straight. If you’re gay, the sports is probably figure skating, and it’s a backdrop to a lively discussion of who’s screwing who, and who should be thankful they’re getting screwed at all.
I’m thankful that I discovered blogging. I live in a dry and arid land(in more ways than one), and through blogging I’ve developed friendship with many men and women who I might otherwise never have had the opportunity to meet.
I want to name some of those that I’ve met along the way.
Jim the Persian Guy, who encouraged me, and who strives for excellence and integrity in every area of his life.
Tornwordo of Sticky Crows, whose detachment and irony are far outweighed by the gentleness of his heart.
Kalvin of Hello Waffles,who is passionate and cares about people.
Nathan of Nathan Exposed, who is noble, forgiving and kind.
Ur-Spo of Spo Reflections, an open and brave heart, who dances on the tight wire of life.
Scotty of Lone Wolf In The Highlands/Two Inches of Formica, who was wild enough to break free from the pen he was caged in, and wise and loving enough to return.
Joshua at Gay Men Rule, a GreatHeart who I sometimes suspect is one of the 36 hidden saints whose prayers uphold the world.
Mikey at Captain Caveman’s blog,who is shy and bold, sacred and profane, ancient in wisdom, innocent as a child, a remarkable man whom I admire.
JR, of Memoirs of a Gay Chia,who has the courage to be himself, which is all the courage one will ever need.
Em of Amusing Perhaps, who is so gentle even I can receive her wisdom and compassion.
Hans of Castor’s Diary, who hates injustice with a fiery passion that is fueled by love.
Susan of Cruel Virgin, who is blunt, bold and truthful.
There are many others, but I wanted to give these a special “thank you” today. Some I know better than others, but all of these have added to my life, just by their presence in it.
They are kind and generous people, and I’m grateful to life that I’ve gotten to know them.
Things to be thankful for…..
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