A new place for thanks

For the first time in many, many years, I will not be cooking anything on Thanksgiving.  Even when I’ve gone to a friend or family member’s home  instead of hosting dinner myself , I make something to bring and my own dinner for the next day.  This year, my husband and I are having a special get-away somewhere warm and tropical.  It is much-needed.

I am thankful  that we are able to have this special time.  I am thankful for a lot of things.  I do not observe the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving because of the tall-tale about the Pilgrims.  I use the holiday to break bread with family and friends (usually) and think about all that I have to be thankful for.

I am delighted that I recently found a church home. I am very grateful to wake up “in my right mind” each day as my grandmother often said.

I have written several posts over the years with an attitude of gratitude.  Here are a few that I hope you might enjoy as you observe Thanksgiving in your life.

Thank you, thank you, thank you

Published originally on March 20, 2010

Thank You Neighbors and Strangers

Published originally on February 13, 2013

Give the dog a bone

Published originally on February 3, 2016

Be Thankful for What It Ain’t

Originally published on December 16, 2008



About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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