As the official day for giving thanks rolls around, I’m feeling more apprehensive than thankful this year. Here in the U.S. we’ve just come through a very long and contentious election and I am alarmed to see hate mongers taking advantage of the deep divisions it revealed to spread their insidious poison. No matter the color of our skin or the way we live or worship, there is far more that unites us than separates us and I hope in the end, that will win out.

Pie preparation board in 1/12 scale by Betsy Niederer.

Some dessert for your miniature celebrations? Pie preparation board in 1/12 scale by Betsy Niederer.

So, what is there to be thankful for? I’m thankful I live in a country where we have elections. I’m thankful for each new day that gives me a chance to try and be a better person, better parent, better friend. I’m thankful I don’t have to worry about where I’ll sleep tonight or what I’ll have to eat tomorrow or next week. I’m thankful I discovered miniatures 25 years ago and I’m thankful for the friends and challenges I’ve found there.

What are you thankful for this year?

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