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Thank You–Gratitude-11–George Will

He makes me laugh; he makes me cry and appreciate; he makes me think…

Crooner Frank Sinatra in 1947

Thanks, Mr. and Mrs. Will, for columnist George Will!

(LAUGH): George Will luxuriates in America’s game — baseball — and its all-time memories and importance in the American psyche, as well as its past buffoonery in the love of the down-trodden Chicago Cubs (2016’s National League representative in the World Series) and random diamond prankstership.

(CRY and APPRECIATE): George Will remembers real music — Frank Sinatra singing “Summer Wind”.

(THINK): George Will realizes “the younger generation” never has read the minutes of the last meeting and will, inexplicably, plunge ahead, only learning as it does so, with no regard to the lessons of the past.

I truly appreciate and am thankful for newspaper columnist George Will. He is, after all, a talented writer from whom every other writer can learn a lesson!

(BONUS Trivia: One of Humphrey Bogart’s early movies took place in this park. Name it and its state.
ANSWER: Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona!)

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Thank You–Gratitude-6–WordPress


Truly, here are actual lines of gratitude for WordPress:

No. 1 — New Friends
No. 2 — Quality Writers
No. 3 — Freedom to Write
No. 4 — Chances to Connect
No. 5 — Lessons Learned

Thank you, WordPress, for the endless opportunities to write about the things I love!

(BONUS Trivia: Fall foliage in this desert park astounded photographer QT Luong during his park visits, which included treks to all 60 national parks. To which park did he refer?
ANSWER: Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas!)

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Thank You–Gratitude-2–Books About Writing


As I was growing up, having from a very young age found an appreciation for the art of writing, I began to acquire books about how to write well. From there, I began to explore self-publishing concepts. Self-publishing appealed to me greatly, and I’ve been working with the idea of it ever since I read The Publish-It-Yourself Handbook many years ago.

I am very grateful for books about writing and publishing!

Exploring ideas from other writers is invaluable in learning the art on your own.

(BONUS Trivia: Wildlife photographers love the varied ecosystems in this park that allow egrets to alligators to exist in one area.
ANSWER: Florida – Everglades National Park!)

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg