Posted in Being Grateful, Saying Thank You

Thank You–Gratitude-13–A Quote of Belief

Were 1800 authors better and more informed believers than those we encounter in today’s complicated technology-driven world?


I believe they might have been, for they still are quoted in the new millennium when a slowing down of frantic pace and a retake on thoughtfulness are capable of easing our tension.

What is gratefulness?

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) saw many changes in his lifetime, but is still quoted thusly in the 21st Century:
“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”

I am grateful today for the wisdom of 1800s circa authors who saw humankind for its true frailty and didn’t hesitate to try to help shape it into an acceptable and forgiving form.

(BONUS Trivia: Colorado houses which national park that features the Trail Ridge Road?
ANSWER: Rocky Mountain National Park!)

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Since I first touched a pencil to paper, I've been writing. Where that passion has taken me as I lived life is explored in my Primary blog, . I love animals, including race horses, about whom I have written much, and I've always had a dog in my life. Shouldn't animals have their say? In my Second Primary blog, , I give them a chance to speak. In the Composite blog , I explore my life's journey and observations. Other interests -- poetry, sports, photography, thankfulness, story ideas, self-publishing, story art, fiction, and more -- get their due in my other (17) blogs. I'm from a rural community in Ohio, lived nine years in Vermont, then returned to my native Henry County in 1980. I've worked for various local newspapers and attended classes in writing over the years before retiring to free-lancing in 2008. It was after my migration back to Ohio that I began BAT Publishing in earnest. It is strictly a self-publishing enterprise in that I publish my own works -- novels, novelettes, short stories with my Roughcraft Art -- in my own softcover, or loose-leaf notebook, designs. My photos and artwork are also incorporated in the books. Prior to this endeavor, I produced a periodic story booklet for young writers only entitled "Connections". Its success sparked my interest in self-publishing my own titles.

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