Via a popular social networking site, each day in November for the past two years I have shared what I am thankful for… This year, I’ve decided to move the practice to my blog; however, rather than publishing a post each day, I’ll create a list and update it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011:
I am thankful for Lit to Film Club at Oakland University and old friendships that are able to pick up where they once left off. (Thanks, Little Italy).

Wednesday, November 2, 2011:
I am thankful for my better half and all that he does and doesn’t do.

Thursday, November 3, 2011:
I am thankful for my best friend, The Most. She is one of the few people who truly knows me and likes me all the same.

Friday, November 4, 2011:
Despite my complaining, I am thankful that I relocated to rural Michigan. It is peaceful, beautiful, and the people are much more friendly — not to mention, I have grown to love winter and snow-shoeing.

Saturday, November 5, 2011:
I am thankful for my family and the ability to see them as often as I do.

Sunday, November 6, 2011:
I am thankful for my mother-in-law. She is a downright amazing woman.

Monday, November 7, 2011:
I am thankful for the Library and Information Science field. My true niche in this world.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011:
I am thankful for Charli Osborne at Oxford Public Library and all that she has done for the teen department…and for sharing her knowledge of the LIS field.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011: 
I am thankful for my mother in teaching me how to be organized and taking a proactive approach.

Thursday, November 10, 2011:
I am thankful that I met my friend Janet at orientation for library school back in April of 2010.

Friday, November 11, 2011:
I am thankful for the Veterans and their services, as well as sacrifices, to the country. May God bless them and their families.

Saturday, November 12, 2011:
Once again, I am thankful for my mother; however, in this context, I am thankful for the relationship that we have. I am proud to say that my mother is one of my best friends. Yesterday, we spent several hours just catching up while antiquing in the Thumb area.

Sunday, November 13, 2011:
I am very thankful for my group in LIS 6510. We clicked and worked very well together earning perfect scores on all of our group projects. I not only learned a great deal, but I had a blast while doing so. Thank you, Darlene and Kate.

Russell W. Collins

November 14, 2011:
I am thankful for the time I had with my Grandpa Russ.

November 15, 2011:
I am thankful that we are done with fall harvest and tillage work.

November 16, 2011:
I am thankful for the Thumb area libraries and all that they do. This area is truly blessed.

November 17, 2011: 
I am thankful for meeting Shirley Wood this afternoon who captured the essence of what it means to be a rural librarian. I admire her.

November 18, 2011:
I am thankful for the Sanilac County Historical Society. Since interning there, I have learned a great deal about archives and local history. I’ve also met some pretty amazing people, too.

November 19, 2011:
I am thankful that I could help make the remaining moments of an injured doe’s life more tolerable.

November 20, 2011:
I am thankful for my country neighbors. 

November 21, 2011:
I am thankful for my ability to focus and tune out distractions.

November 22, 2011:
I am thankful for the life lessons I have learned thus far. They have made me who I am today.

November 23, 2011:
I am thankful for my pets: Erma, Arly, and Crookshanks. They are always happy and bring so much joy into my life.

November 24, 2011:
I am thankful for libraries of every kind and the countless hours of solace in which they have given me over the years. 

November 25, 2011:

Aaron Lee Brown

I am thankful for time spent at my childhood home drinking tea and reading good books with family.

November 26, 2011:
I am thankful for the Wadsworth Family.

November 27, 2011:
While he wasn’t in my life for long, I am thankful for Ryan’s younger brother Aaron Lee Brown. He will live in my heart forever.

November 28, 2011:
I am thankful for OnStar.

November 29, 2011:
I am thankful for author J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter series inspired many non-readers to pick-up reading.

November 30, 2011:
I am thankful to be alive. Every day alive is truly a gift.