Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is drawing a long year to a close, and for that I am thankful.

I’m thankful for a wife who has been amazingly supportive and understanding.

I’m thankful for kids who amaze me every day.

I’m thankful for the way things are working out professionally.

I’m thankful for a church, who has stuck together despite more than one of us having a season of struggles.

I’m thankful for friends and the opportunity to be a kid again.

I’m thankful for the support and love of families who are near.

I’m thankful for $12, two chocolate chip cookies and a cup of hot coffee.

Thanksgiving Day Massacre

Happy Turkey Day to all my fellow D&D’ers out there! Our regular Wednesday campaign was on hiatus, but those of us who could gather did gather. We used the new Beta Character Builder to roll up some 3rd level characters, and then we fought as many turkatrice’s as we could. Three of us made it through nine before we fell asleep on the couch.

What’s a turkatrice? Look no further:

4E D&D Turkatrice Stat Block

4E D&D Turkatrice Stat Block

Turkatrice Tactics

Turkatrices fight to survive. They swarm around their enemies gaining combat advantage when possible. If a turkatrice is reduced to fewer than 10 hit points, it uses fly away to flee the battle and live until the next holiday season.

Turkatrice Lore

A character knows the following information with a successful Nature check.

DC 15: Turkatrices are very tasty when slow roasted and served with gravy.

DC 20: Too much turkatrice can cuase you to feel sluggish and slow.


This was in Sojomail a week or so ago; first time I recall reading anything like it… unfortunately.

“I don’t want to impose my religious beliefs on you, but I believe God used you to correct us, and I appreciate that.”

- Rob Brendle, Associate Pastor of New Life Church, speaking with Mike Jones, the former male prostitute who exposed former New Life pastor Ted Haggard’s history of drug use and adultery. (Source: J-Walking)

++ Lord, Thanks for the Church ++

Lord, thanks for the Church

I’ve been wanting to write about the gathering that has been happening in our home each week since autumn, but I just haven’t. Well, tonight’s gathering was just fantastic; so I’m breaking the silence. No details. Suffice to say I was encouraged by the conversation, the meal, the enthusiasm, the laughter, and the presence of brothers and sisters. So, I say again:

++ Lord, thanks for the Church ++

Thanksgiving 2006: For Stuff

This isn’t a comment on my shallow, materialistic nature… I hope. Rather, it’s just a moment of thankfulness for all that I have:

  • clean water
  • indoor plumbing
  • a warm house
  • a selection of clean clothes
  • access to basic – nay advanced! – healthcare
  • computers and the Internet
  • a full fridge
  • two cars in a garage

The list could obviously go on, and I am thankful for all of it.

Thanksgiving 2006: For Unexpected Time

Early this afternoon we headed over to my in-laws for what we thought was an early Thanksgiving dinner. Miscommunication somewhere: dinner wouldn’t be until early evening. So, Kerri and I stole away for a hour and strolled through the neighborhood on a crisp, sunny fall day. I grew up in that neighborhood – our route took us through a green area behind my old house – so there are memories all over. More important today, was the opportunity to spend time in the present with the one I love while dreaming about our future.

Thanksgiving 2006: For the Dayton Metro Library

One crappy big budget movie, a jumbo popcorn (It’s only 50¢ more!), Junior Mints, and two soft drinks: $30

Two 5-night new releases and one nearly new release: $5.50

Three documentaries, a dozen kids movies, and more than two dozen books on sundry topics all for three weeks: FREE!

I’m thankful for the Dayton Metro Library.

Thanksgiving 2006: For b5media

OK, so last year about this time a new blog network launches, and I pitch this idea for a blog about baldness. They’re inundated, and I’m swamped; so nothing happens for a few months. Then in February, they’re looking for video game blogs, and I pitch a really, REALLY bad idea. (I can only hope that Ingrid doesn’t remember it.) I also take the opportunity to re-pitch my baldness idea. The video game blog is quickly forgotten. The baldness idea is a reality.

In May my wife, whom I had just gotten started with her own blog, starts chatting with my Channel Editor. She then invites her to start writing with her on a blog about kid’s stuff. That Channel Editor’s a sharp one, so when she realizes we’re married (to each other) AND we’re both already working for b5, she starts twisting our arms about a marriage blog. We’re only too happy to oblige. (No link yet, but it’s in the works.)

So in the last year someone has started to pay both Kerri and me to write. Thanks, b5media.