November 2016 – Exclamation Points!

Patti Parish-Kaminski, Deanna McDonald and Linda Page at the 6th Annual Hope Gala - A New Hope benefiting Hope Endowment.

Patti Parish-Kaminski, Deanna McDonald and Linda Page at the 6th Annual Hope Gala – A New Hope benefiting Hope Endowment.

Giving Thanks –

Henry David Thoreau said, “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” While most of us only think of Thanksgiving once a year, I appreciate Thoreau’s yearlong sentiment.  Thanksgiving truly is a state of mind – one to call upon throughout the year –  and I, for one, am abundantly grateful for what I am and for what I have, including the gray hair, the fine lines and the abundant lack of patience.  As my Mawmaw used to say, those things “add character.” Of course, now that I think about it, perhaps she was calling me a “character.” Tough to know for sure.

Spending this special time with your characters – your family and friends –  giving thanks for our many blessings is a uniquely American tradition filled with the good stuff:  food, friends and fellowship. And in this issue, we can help with some of those traditional holiday activities. From shopping at the Sugar Plum Market to attending the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Christmas Musicale to creating an amazing holiday menu, you’ll find the good stuff to share with family and friends.

Speaking of sharing and friends, our friends Susan Sanders and Jennifer Pappas of Loggins Jewelers designs are featured on the cover this month, and they are a donation site for Toys for Tots this holiday season. Customers donating a new, unwrapped toy will receive a 15 percent discount on in-stock items in their store filled with gorgeous pieces for the holidays. Now that’s the spirit of giving!

This month, more than any other, is truly all about family. By definition, Thanksgiving is the act of giving thanks to God in acknowledgement of His divine favor. Today, with my daughter, Kassidi, now being away at the University of Texas for her second year, having both of my birdies home in their nest is my divine favor. And, of course, being able to eat so many of my favorite foods without guilt. Columnist Erma Bombeck said it best: “What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?”

Why else indeed. Give thanks this season as we all at Fort Bend Focus will be giving thanks for you – our readers, advertisers, family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

Stay focused,