Happy Thanksgiving

 Posted by at 12:44 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 242011

Don’t you wonder if there aren’t some Native Americans sitting around today, thinking “Ya know, if great, great, great, great grandpappy Squanto would have just minded his own business and let those damn Pilgrims starve, we’d sure be a lot better off today!”? I’ve heard they aren’t too thrilled with Columbus Day, either! 🙂

Wherever you are, and however you are celebrating Thanksgiving, whether it be a big dinner with family, a potluck at your RV park, dinner in a nice restaurant, or serving meals at a homeless shelter, I hope you have a wonderful day. No matter what is going on in our lives, no matter what good fortune or hard times we have experienced in the last year, we all have a lot to be thankful for.

First and foremost, I am thankful for my wonderful wife, Terry. After a couple of bad experiences, we had both sworn off marriage when fate brought us together, and after fourteen years, it is still just as wonderful and exciting as our first date. I go to sleep every night thinking that I couldn’t possibly love her more than I do. And I wake up every morning to discover that I was wrong!

I’m thankful that Terry whipped cancer eleven years ago, and continues to get a clean bill of health at her annual checkups.

I’m thankful that, after many years’ estrangement, my son and I have recently started communicating, and I look forward to seeing where this will take us.

I’m thankful for my daughter and my two beautiful granddaughters, Hailey and Destiny.

I’m thankful that our business continues to do well in these troubled time, and that so many of you continue to renew your subscriptions, buy our camping guides, and come to our rallies.

For an old, overweight guy who has abused his body for going on sixty years now, I’m still able to sit up and take nourishment every morning, and that’s a good thing, so I’m grateful for my good health.

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I’m thankful that my writing career has taken a new path, into fiction and e-books, and for their amazing success, which has been beyond my wildest dreams. As of last night, my mystery novel, Big Lake, had sold over 2,000 copies this month, and was number 283 of all Amazon Kindle books, and number 36 of all Mysteries, both printed and e-books. That puts me in company with such well known authors as Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, Richard Castle, and Lee Child. Those rating numbers fluctuate up and down, and I don’t know where they will be by the time you read this, but you have no idea what it feels like to me to see my work up there. To be honest, I keep thinking that there must be some mistake, and going back to check it again.

I am thankful for the many friends I have. Some of us have shared some good times together, some of you have stood by me during some rough times, and some of you I have never met in person. But you all mean the world to me.

And as all of us should be, I am so very thankful to live in the greatest country that the world has ever seen. A country where we don’t have to bow down to emperors or submit to dictators. A country where we can all follow our dreams, and where we have the freedom to make our own decisions, speak our minds, and enjoy a standard of living that most human beings could never imagine.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

Thought For The Day – Dear Alcohol, We had a deal where you were supposed to make me funnier, smarter, better looking, and a better dancer…. I saw the video. We need to talk.

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Nick Russell

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  11 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving”

  1. Congratulations on the 2000 sales this month!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Congrats on the success of something you love to do. I am thankful for finding your blog this year and subscribing to the Gypsy Journal. I look forward to reading your daily blog entry while sipping my coffee. You make a great start to my day.

  3. ” but you have no idea what it feels like to me to see my work up there.” ….. Actually, Nick, I know that feeling and I refer to it as a “warm fuzzy”. So glad to hear it’s doing so well. It’s a great feeling making other happy doing what you love to do. Have a wonderful turkey day.

  4. Nick, Happy Thanksgiving to you and Terry. Enjoy your quiet day. I’m happy to hear your book is doing so well. My wife is an avid reader and I’m planning to buy her a Kindle for Christmas and the first book on it will be “Big Lake” !!

  5. Very well said, Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. Thanks for all the entertaining stories every day Nick! You and Terry have a great Thanksgiving! Congrats on your book sales, how very exciting!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Nick & Terry! Don and I start every day with reading your blog. I love your view on life and positive attitude in spite of diversity. You deserve every bit of the success you’ve worked hard to attain. I like to tell people “I knew him when…” Take the day off and enjoy some of Miss Terry’s superb cooking … or, give her the day off too and go out for T-dinner. In any case, enjoy! Then get back to work on that new novel – we’re waiting!

  8. I agree with Sharon, you deserve the success you’re attaining. You have a unique writing style and entertain us with it daily, and we’re thankful for that! Happy Thanksgiving to both of you!

  9. Your love for “Miss Terry” is so precious and something to be treasured above all else. You are both blessed.

    Your success with ‘Big Lake’ is well deserved and I am sure you will find the sequel to be even more successful. Congrats on the good stats.

  10. Thank you, Nick, for using your writing talent to express so eloquently what many of us are feeling today. And thank you for sharing your lives and your travels and making my morning coffee a little brighter each and every day. Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. I think that we need to reflect on all our blessings much more frequently than once a year! Thanks for sharing yours with all of us. May God (or whatever Higher Power you believe in) bless us all with long memories of the good things and people around us and short memories of the not-so-good things.

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