There will be sporadic postings this week because of the holiday and my travel schedule. This has been the year of years for our family because of my husband's death. Amid all this, however, I have a long list of things I am thankful for this year. The important but predictable things like family, health, and general welfare but also the exhilaration I feel that people are thinking again. This financial crisis has finally made us know that we can't have it all and that we need to help others. Every morning when I hear the alarm I am thankful for people like you who I can have a conversation with about real issues in real time. Your comments, your ideas, and your calls are inspiring. This blog was created to give voice to hope and possibility but also to catalyze the kind of civic thought and action that is necessary for "America to be America again" in Langston Hughes words. Have a great Thanksgiving.