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Thursday, November 18, 2010
In one week's time we as Americans celebrate the custom of Thanksgiving. We can all be thankful of at least one thing. I have come up with 10 of them. It's easy to look at the bumps in the road and ask "Why me?", but I prefer to look at how I've been blessed, and ask the same question. And so from the home office in Mitchell South Dakota, home of the World's Only Palace of Corn, here are my Top Ten things that I am thankful for on Thursday next:
1. My family
Yes it seems corny, but I really have come to value my family, not just my biological relatives, but all of the people that I've become close to since leaving Holabird. Funny thing is, it's the biological relatives who will be having this Pilgrim over for the annual feast. I don't know for sure where I'll be eating, but I do know 3 things about this gathering. There will be too much food, there will be leftovers, and once again, I will see how truly blessed I am to have my family. They are not perfect, but at least we've never had to appear on "Dr. Phil" or "Jerry Springer".
2. America the Beautiful
We truly do live in a wonderful country. Our recent election was hard fought in many parts of this nation. Some are still fighting. Not every candidate or issue that I voted for was voted in, but I'm gonna tough it out. As long as we are the Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave, I see no reason to leave it. I love it too much!
3. My Car
I started this year in a borrowed car after a wreck totaled my previous car. It was a long drawn out process, but the balance of Harmony has finally re-entered my life. In the transportation department anyway!
4. DWU Graduation
Another blessing that entered my life was the B.A. degree from DWU. It was a long 3 year struggle, but I got it done. I surprised a lot of people, including myself, by graduating. As for what's next, I still don't know where to go from here.
5. Blogger
Whenever I have something to say that is longer than a Facebook status, I come home to my Blog. The Holabird Advocate was my past. The Jerry Hinkle Program Online is, for now, my future. Some have suggested that I become a professional writer. The trouble with that is my writing has, for the most part, been only good enough to display here for free. That is not likely to change anytime soon
6. The Readers
You are family and friends, and total strangers from all around the world. Some of you have kept checking in, even when common sense told everyone else to move on. When I needed you, you were here. If you're not there, please don't tell me
7. Pizza Hut
My job is not the best in the world, but the job of being Mr. Jessica Simpson is not available. Washing dishes at the Hut is not always easy. The people I work with are all top notch. They have to be, otherwise they'd be gone! I don't write much about my job, because to me the Hut is like Vegas; without the slot machines, prostitution and murder, of course.
8. The Mitchell Community
When this old country boy from Holabird left his comfort zone for the big city, he was not to sure he was going to like what he found. But this big city of over 14,000 people has some of the same small town charm that I left behind. I call this place "Kornfield County" but I do so out of love. I love this place, and the people in it. It is my home, and they are my neighbors!
My Local Radio station of choice is the best! I enjoy KOOL in the morning. In fact my alarm clock is set to KOOL. I listen to Big J in the afternoon after my daily dose of Earl Pitts on KXRB in Sioux Falls.
10 The Upper Room
Last, but most important of all, I'm bound to say that the Upper Room daily Bible lesson has really made breakfast the most important meal of the day for me, not just this year, but every year. They are celebrating 75 years of bringing God's word to those who need that shot of faith, hope, and love to get the day off right. Some folks use it at night, which is OK for some, but I need it in the daytime.

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