So, what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

I’ll name mine:

I’m thankful that I have a warm apartment and access to food; I’m thankful for delicious things like avocados, quinoa, and cheese; I’m thankful for being able to be a part of SustainUS’s mission to Copenhagen; I’m thankful for my friends, family, and community who have helped me raise $1476.48 towards the trip; I’m thankful for the NewsRecord, CityBeat, and Community Press for helping me get out my story; I’m thankful for the 203 petition signatures I have gathered thus far; and I’m thankful for the people at EarthSave, where I spent my Thanksgiving.

I have a lot to be thankful for this year.  I’ve been stressed out a lot about money and fundraising, about unemployment, about my Senators, about the future (both near and long-term), about medical bills and collection agencies.  When I stop to think, I realize that I am right where I need to be.

I spent my Thanksgiving in Clifton’s Methodist-Baptist church, just down the street from my house.  There was an Earthsave potluck there (read about the organization here), and all the dishes were vegan.  It was some really healthy stuff!  There were a lot of older people, and also a lot of college students…plus one lonely little girl about four years of age.  Some animal rights activists came in and talked about what it really means to be an animal rights activist. 

I also met Mary Ann, who is really cool and who is an inspiration to our community!  She works for justice and works as an artist, and her most recent painting is a vision of a better future.  Come check it out here; I want you to consider buying a copy.  She gave me a handmade card for free, so the least I can do is pass her name along.  It’s art for a better world!

A lot of stuff I am thankful for, but especially the people who try to make a better world.