Season of Thanks

Thanksgiving happens to be my favorite holiday. I have wonderful memories of welcoming dear friends, old and new to my home, sharing some amazing food and imbibing sometimes too much liquid cheer.

This year, more than ever, I'm grateful that I live in my little part of the world. On October 9th, in the wee hours, the nightmare of the worst wildfires in Sonoma County history started, and didn't end for at least 10 days. For some of my friends the nightmare continues and will remain for a long time, even after their homes are rebuilt.

But something else happened. Our community, divided and untrusting of each other since the last prez election, came together and came through for those who ended up losing everything. We used Facebook to share information, stories and prayers. Political arguing and fake stories weren't tolerated and shut down practically immediately and we were who we always were - Northern Californians. We all love living here, and all of our hearts were broken that week. But also that week - we showed up for each other. I know it will continue while our people rebuild their lives.

I wish everyone a full plate this Thanksgiving. And in the immortal words of Stephen Stills, "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with."