Every year I pause to give thanks for all the wonderful things that I enjoy in my life: family, friends, food, and a nice place to live. This year I paused even a bit longer after reading about families in New Orleans who are working hard to recover their lives.
Having lost so much, many of the New Orleans residents will be very thankful to have a modest Thanksgiving dinner of gumbo in place of turkey and cranberries while seated in shelters or in the remnants of their homes.
All Americans should pause to read an article by Mike Kilen that was published in the Des Moines Register's web site. Then perhaps we will give even more thanks for our own good fortune.