- to have a life
- to have holidays as a part of my life
- to have many loving & helpful relatives, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, & pets
- to have the essentials of life: food, shelter, clothing, . . .
- to have the many freedoms that we have in our country, such as the right to vote
- to have the ability to see some of nature's beautiful animals, plants, and settings
- to have many admirable manufactured items in our world (houses, cars, computers, phones, appliances, roads, books, pens, pencils, furniture, electricity, . . . )
- to have the chance to pursue my dreams: to be both a professor and a writer
- to have the ability to pray to God & to thank Him for the many blessings in my life
I'm thankful for so much in my life, including these and many other items:
Holidays Amaze has the poem "The Strength of Unity on Veterans Day" on pages 65 and 66. Especially since I know so many veterans, I really enjoyed writing this poem. My father, for example, was in the navy during World War II. A couple of my brothers also served in the military. I am thankful for the past, present, and future courageous, helpful actions of veterans in keeping our country safe and filled with freedrom.
I also love the U.S. flag's design; it includes a star for each of the current fifty states, in addition to a stripe for each of the historic thirteen colonies. I love this use of connections between our country's present and past history.
Page sixty-two of Holidays Amaze has a sweet maze poem for Halloween titled "A Maze Poem: Costumes on Halloween." The last two parts of the poem read: "Candy, thanks, and smiles were sweet to walk miles. Sweetened receivers are joyful givers." Because I love smiling while giving away and eating chocolate, I really love Halloween!
I'm so happy to be one of the vendors at the Autumnfest in Woonsocket on Columbus Day. Not only do I enjoy talking to people about my books, but I also talk with other people and answer questions about the writing, editing, and publishing processes. Additionally, I'll be meeting family and friends, listening to music, watching a parade, looking at some nice vendor displays, and having a lot of fun.
While we might think our pets are just relaxing all the time, they all have very important jobs: helping their owners. Even if their helpful actions seem to be distracting ones, I don't think distractions from loving animals are really distractions. Their actions rather help us to pause for a moment in our busy lives, see love-in-action, smile, laugh, pet our animals, and participate in loving relationships.
The blog entries on my five different book websites are often connected to each other, so I'll be posting this blog entry on all five of my book websites to illustrate one example of the many connections that I often see between my books and their content.
This morning, I was reading a poetry journal that I had written decades ago. The entry for June 13, 1990, was very interesting. I was still recovering from a minor car accident. The image to the right shows what I wrote for my last entry in this poetry journal.
Near the end of 1990, I was very thankful that my injured knee recovered and was fine; I was even pain-free. I sometimes wrote poetry in the decades following 1990, but I did not officially publish any of these poems--until after my second novel was written. I then published on my book websites a few of these poems, which are now still on two of my blog pages: http://www.mayflowerdreams.com/blog and http://www.rogerwill.com/freedom-blog.
These poems on my blog pages were included in Holidays Amaze, my first book of poetry that has just been officially published and is now available for purchase at WestBow Press. It will also soon be available for purchase at multiple other places.
I always considered myself to be someone who loved both poetry and prose. Now I am so thankful that I was able to keep writing academic documents, prose, novels, and poetry about amazing holidays and celebrations.
Dr. Karen Petit is the author of Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, and Holidays Amaze. She is thankful to God for the many wonderful activities that happen on holidays and celebrations with her family, friends, and colleagues.