Giving Thanks

The “Comments” page of “06880” has been filled with wild stuff the past year.  Drivers, joggers, dogs, education, housing, Obama’s stimulus package — if I’ve written about it, you’ve commented on it.

Today, let’s play nice.

We’ll devote this post’s “Comments” to a simple topic:  whatever we have to be thankful for.

I’ll start it off.  I’m thankful that I live in such a beautiful, creative, compassionate, involved and supportive town.  I’m thankful for the thousands of readers who make “06880” such an interesting labor of love.  And I’m thankful for the 2010 Staples boys soccer team, which brought so much joy and inspiration to so many friends, relatives, teachers, young kids, random Westporters — even their coaches.

Now it’s your turn.  Just click the “Comments” link at the top.

Thank you!

24 responses to “Giving Thanks

  1. And I’m certainly thankful that you’ve devoted so much time to our community in general and to your blog in particular. Keep up the good work! Hope you stay healthy and happy …

  2. Jeff, as Smokey Robinson once sang, I Second That Emotion.

  3. I am thankful for my Westport friends and neighbors – my adopted family – and for the love and support they so freely give. It takes a village to raise a child and this is the perfect one in which to raise my son. I am also thankful also for my coaching clients and their willingness to notice and explore their thinking, replacing scarcity with abundance in order to achieve whatever is wild success for them. We are surrounded by abundance if we only open our eyes to it! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

    • …and I’m thankful for Cindy who provided meaningful support and guidance when I was looking for work.

  4. Let me third Jeff’s comment: I’m thankful for you, Dan–and for all the other people who contribute in ways large and small to make this town the vibrant community it is.

    On a personal level, I’m thankful for the laughter in my life, the natural beauty I see around me every day, and, of course, my family and friends. This year, I’m especially grateful for all the time I get to spend with my sweet, smart and funny mom.

  5. I am thankful that Westport is not like New Canaan. I’m also thankful forDan’s 06880 not having full of bickering whiners like NewCanaan’s Patch. (ie: )

    • “More than 50 percent of my day is dealing with these disputes,” said Gordon Joseloff, the first selectman. “In Westport, the people are very wealthy, and at the first indication of anything, they’ll threaten or file a lawsuit.”

    • Thanks for the tip. That blog reads like a mystery novel. Bickering whiners?
      A Stepford wife ran over another. Oh, my goodness.

    • I am thankful for the link… except for the tragedy, reading it was a hoot. The commentators forgot the theme and started really trashing each other. I could not even finish reading them all, and many were deleted by the editor. Pass the meds 😉

  6. I’m thankful that we have an internet forum dedicated to Westport where we can freely throw around ideas (even cast aspersions) without censure.

  7. I am thankful for still being in our special town of Westport. I lost an election but still thankful to still be serving the public and looking into the future. Thankful that our kids that came in from Seattle to be with Toni and me for the holiday. Thankful for the many friends we have. Onward!

  8. I’m thankful I found 06880. It keeps me informed and aware, it’s compelling and sometimes hilarious, and I just like Dan’s take on things concerning Westport and it’s place in the world. And I’m thankful I can sound like a suck-up if I want to. Lastly, I’m thankful to the men and women serving our country who let me continue to have the freedom to say what I want. THANK YOU!

  9. Ditto: Thank YOU.

  10. So thankful for my family, for my students, for a school and town that value learning and thinking.

  11. I’m thankful for having a great hometown. I just got back home from college today, from a town very similar to Westport (same population, history, demographics). I still missed Westport nearly every day. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to go to college and study what I love, to be able to read literature and think about philosophy and art.

  12. I am thankful for the Westport Public Schools.

  13. I’m thankful that this blog has kept me up-to-date on westport while 7 hours away, so when i came home from school a few days ago, there weren’t TOO many surprises 🙂

  14. I’m thankful to live in such a wonderful community like Westport. I think I appreciate this more since I didn’t grow up in CT. I’m thankful every day for the wonderful school system (which I the top reason I moved to Westport in 2003) which provides such a broad array of services from special ed, to amazing electives, talented teachers, dedicated PTA (ArtSmart anyone?) to the fabulous 1,001 things offered at Staples). Thanks Dan for being a part of that system (and for 06880!) and to all the staff/faculty who give their all to our children.

    My two favorite pastimes/activities are knitting and Boy Scouts (BSA) – and I have met some of the best people and friends in Westport through these two activities. If you could see into the hearts and minds of the wonderful youth we have in town who dedicate themselves to BSA you’d be thankful for every single one of them. Of course, a special THANK YOU goes to all the volunteers who put countless hours into making BSA happen for our youth in town.

    Of course, I saved the best for last – I am thankful for my family – who support me and each other. Thanks G, A, M and W!

  15. I am thankful that my husband and I are still employed and the recession hasn’t knocked very loudly on our door….yet. I am grateful that I don’t have to worry about budget cuts resulting in less food on my table or a colder house this winter. I am grateful that I can take care of my family’s needs through a little hard work and a lot of blessings. I am grateful that God let me know that he or she does, indeed, exists following my major surgery. And I am grateful that Dan uses his time, thoughts, and talents to let us all feel connected, even though it’s virtually.

  16. The Dude Abides

    Thanks to Dan Woog for his time/energy in putting this blog together EVERY DAY!!!! It is a great read and a very nice way to bond together a town that survives in a world that is drifting apart. Subscription/contributions can be be sent Professor Woog at 301 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880. Give in the spirit of the true meaning of the Corporate American holidays: money!!