Our View: Plenty of blessings to be counted by The Union
As Americans paused this week from the fast-pace world in which we live, counting our blessings and giving thanks for them, staff members of The Union Editorial Board offered their own to share.
But before we get to those individual reflections, The Union owes a great deal of gratitude to the community it has sought to serve since 1864.
We are thankful for our engaged readership, never shy about sharing their opinions on these pages to further conversations about our community, and beyond.
We are blessed to call this amazing place home, where our people’s generous nature is on display all year long, through the good work of hundreds of nonprofit organizations, through the thousands of dollars donated to support them and through the armies of volunteers who continue to step up and help those among us in need.
We are grateful to our firefighters, our police officers and our first responders whose dedication to our community is on display every day, and night, in seeking to protect and care for us in the event of emergency.
We also appreciate the efforts of our local leaders — elected or appointed — who have answered the call of public service in order to help make western Nevada County a better place to live, work and play for all.
R.L. Crabb — As I grow older, I am more thankful than ever for the friends and family in my life. Most of these relationships go back many decades and have withstood the test of time, at least for those who remain.
It saddens me when I see that another dear friend or relative has passed on, and it is a reminder to cherish those I care about while it’s still an option. Pick up the phone, send an email, write a letter, or even better, show up on their doorstep.
There’s nothing like a smile, live and in person.
Mary Anne Davis — My heart overflows with gratitude for my wonderful husband of almost 35 years who I adore, two grown sons who are happy and working in fields they enjoy, a 7-year-old granddaughter who is the most beautiful and precious gift, many amazing friends, and a career I enjoy. This year in particular brought us a future daughter-in-law and two adorable bonus grandchildren.
I am thankful to live in a community that is compassionate and full of natural beauty. Are there problems out there? Sure. But my world is happy, and for that I am extremely thankful.
Ross Maak — I’m so thankful for the basics. A reliable car. An affordable residence. A steady job that I love. A group of friends who are second-to-none. Parents who raised me right. A family that puts up with me.
I’m also thankful for leftover turkey and pecan pie.
And I’m thankful to live in such a beautiful, awesome, caring, wonderful area.
Alan Riquelmy — It’s easy to forget the importance of basic amenities when we’ve had them for years. It’s only when we lose them — a roof over our heads, hot food and clean clothes — that we truly recognize their importance.
I’m thankful for the necessities I’m fortunate enough to have.
I hope our community feels the same and makes a point this season of ensuring everyone has those basics for which they can give thanks.
Don Rogers — So much I am grateful for. Personally, my family (finally) selling our Colorado house and moving here. Having everyone together in Nevada County between here and son’s family in Truckee.
Grateful for the great crew at The Union; such colleagues mean everything!
Grateful for this community, the people, the trees, the downtowns, the trails.
Grateful for the rich variety in points in view, caring for each other, and for the writers community here, too, speaking of rich.
Brian Hamilton — I am blessed by the love of a wonderful wife, our family’s “maker of all things happening,” and two daughters who keep me young, humble and incredibly proud to be their dad.
I’m thankful for my parents, so steadfast in support of their three sons, who knew no matter what life threw at them they’d never have to go it alone. I’m grateful for my grandparents, members of the Greatest Generation, who taught me to always keep things in perspective and always put family first.
And having made this community our home — a long way from “home” back in the Midwest — I am awed by the generosity and love from our friends here who have become family.
The weekly Our View column represents the consensus opinion of The Union Editorial Board, a group of editors and writers from The Union, as well as informed community members. Contact the board at EditBoard@TheUnion.com.
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