In two days, Americans all over the world will be celebrating Thanksgiving—a time to gather together with family and friends to acknowledge and give thanks for our great good fortune. This celebration is founded in the tradition of bountiful harvest festivals in earliest societies and formalized within the world’s many faiths to give thanks to their respective Devine Being for the blessings we receive.
We all have people and events in our lives for which we are thankful.
Americans, generally, have an optimistic attitude and a positive vision for
ourselves and for our country. Even faced with threats from within and without,
we believe we will prevail as a nation.
The writers who contribute to this blog are of that ilk, positive,
optimistic, forward-thinking: however you want to label the attitude that leads
us to write the happy or hopeful ending, despite the state of the world.
Call us unrealistic but, as so many before us have taught us, “Attitude is
Everything.” And the “Power of Positive Thinking” is undeniably more successful
than the doom and gloom that has destroyed so many people and nations before
Can I be less brave than the characters I create? In my novels, whether I
write under my real name or my pen name, Lily Dewaruile, my characters have
three goals: to defeat evil, to find a place they can call home and, because I
write Romance, find the love for which they are willing to face evil at the cost
of losing everything else.
Their bravery is measured by how willing they are to be bold in the face of
evil despite their fear of losing their lives or their chance
of losing the home they have won, not by their cavalier heroism from a position
Can I be less brave than all the men and women who have faced evil in the
past to ensure that I can call my country home?
This year, I have had the privilege of attending the swearing in of new
citizens to the United States. Each of the many thousands who swore an oath to
their new country was required to learn basic facts about the way their new
country is governed. How many of us can correctly answer any of the 100
questions that new citizens must?
Because we are free, we are at liberty to be complacent about matters that,
in too many other countries, mean life or death. Do we have to recite passages
from the Constitution or die? Must we kowtow to tyrants or die? Do we have to
adhere to any religion or creed or die? Are we forced to share the opinions of
our leaders or die?
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful that I was born an American and that members
of my family have chosen to take the oath of citizenship of this great and
At all of the swearing in ceremonies I attended this year, one of the new
citizens has sung The Star-Spangled Banner and a recording of Lee
Greenwood’s God Bless the USA was played. I share this link (skip the
ad!) because I am proud to be an American and I will “gladly stand up next to
you and defend her still today.”
Happy Thanksgiving to you all.