Thursday, November 26, 2009
I love Christmas. I love all of the decorations, the music, the food, and all of the excitement.
But, Thanksgiving is always special. It's a time to slow down before the rush of the Christmas holidays, and just say thank you for the blessings of the last year.
So, I'm grateful for all of you for reading Lesa's Book Critiques for the last year. It's been fun to talk books with all of you in the last year, and I hope we keep in touch here and on other blogs and websites for the next year.
I appreciate all the authors who take time to put their thoughts, and their hearts, out there for all us to touch. I'm thankful for your books, and for all of the publishers and publicists who sent me books in the last year. I hope I continue to make it worthwhile for you to send books. I'll try to continue to share my enthusiasm for them. I don't know what my life would be like without books.
I'm thankful for the career I've had in public libraries, working in them since I was sixteen. I've worked with wonderful people, met great people at the library, and had the opportunity to talk and share books with people in Ohio, Florida and Arizona over the years. And, I'm sending my hugs to all of you I've worked with. Thank you for being in my life.
I'm glad I have all of the cats in my life. They add joy and laughter to every day. I'm glad we were able to add the little one this year, Jinx.
The actual picture of my mother and sisters is terrific, but taking a picture of it distorts it a little. Two years ago, my mother, Elizabeth Growel, and my sisters, Linda and Christie, came out to surprise me for my 50th birthday. These are my favorite women in my life. I love you, and I'm so thankful you're my family.
And, a final thank you to Jim, for twenty-six years. I love you, and I'm thankful for the life we lead now, the books and sports we've shared over the years, the cats we love, and all of our time together.
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!