Posted by: forgingahead | November 26, 2008

The Spirit of Thankfulness

Recently my blogging buddies have been sharing what they’re thankful for and it got me thinking…and then of course I do my best thinking while writing…so you get to share in my thoughts. Lucky you.

Bert. I’d write all about what an amazing person he is but that would take pages and pages (really more along the lines of War and Peace) so I’m just going to say that I’m thankful we’re together. I’m always bubbling over with pride at his amazing photos so I gotta share them with you too…The Bert V Jensen website and at Flickr.

Now Voyager. Best horse a girl could ever have. Thank you Bev (from the bottom of my heart every single moment of every day) for the gift of this amazing creature. It’s like I was living in a black and white world – happy enough but horse free. And then Now Voyager arrived and my days became technicolor and rich and right. After a 15 year hiatus I became a horse-crazy girl once again.

Here’s a super cool shot Bert took of me cuddling with Now Voyager:


Zinger the super cat. I don’t have kids so yes, I pour all the love and hugs and kisses I would shower on my children right into my cat. And he just soaks it up. Thanks Zinger for putting up with us.

Blogging. I took a writing class a year ago from Jon Carroll, a favorite columnist of mine at the SF Chronicle. I’ve been reading his column for years and it was a real treat to learn from the master of the personal essay. Jon shared much advice that day but the thing he repeated A LOT was “writers write.” Blogging started me writing daily. And I’m loving it.

Health. I am so deeply thankful that I am physically strong and healthy and becoming more so each and every day. Discovering the sport of triathlon has this amazing side benefit too…a host of fun loving, supportive and entertaining triathlon bloggers who’ve kindly allowed me join their club and play along.

happy thanksgiving everyone!



  1. aw!
    i love your photos of him, and i am inviting myself down to meet him once i am officially in the bay area again! i can’t wait till i get to be a horse crazy girl again.

    love john carroll – i’m jealous 😉

    happy thanksgiving!

  2. It is a good time of year to take a look and reflect at what is so good and be thankful for all of it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Now Voyager ate your head! 🙂 What a beautiful horse. I’m enjoying your blog.. have a wonderful weekend!


  4. You do have so much to be thankful for: a good husband, health, and your gorgeous horse! I’m with you Kathleen. I am also so thankful for so much – really all the same things are on my list except for the horse and the cat – which I don’t have. 🙂 Thank you for the reminder to check out Bert’s new photos. He is so incredibly talented, and so are you!

    Cheers to new friends. 🙂

  5. Bert’s photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. I’m a little behind (I’m sure you noticed!) in blogging…so I’m catching up now. 🙂

    What a great post! I’m so grateful you found triathlon…and in turn…found me and the rest of this great community. And I’m grateful that you’ve become as much of a real-world friend as internet. I’m looking forward to many more good times!

    Thank you for sharing your world with us, Kathleen – it has been such a pleasure getting to know you.

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