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Contemplating Gratitude

By Kim Howard, CAE

November is a busy time for our family. In addition to the Thanksgiving holiday, we also celebrate our wedding anniversary and my husband’s birthday. This month, Mike and I will celebrate 26 years as a married couple, 17 of which we have spent in Manassas. So, we consider this area our home.

I love to see that members of this community are so generous with their time, talent and treasure. Our annual Giving Back Award winner, nominated and voted on by you, is Carried To Full Term. This nonprofit provides long-term residential support to mothers in crisis as a result of pregnancy. Read about how this organization impacts the community and find out which other nonprofits were given honorable mentions in the cover story, “Prince William Living Giving Back Awards,” by Marianne Weaver.

And as the daughter and wife of veterans, and given that Veterans Day is Nov. 11, our timing on this month’s Lifelong Learning is perfect. Jennifer Lazzo authors “Getting Marines to and through College: Voluntary Education Center at Quantico” where active duty, veterans and Department of Defense
employees can work on their educational goals.

Most of us don’t want to go to jail. But, after reading our Destinations piece this month, you might change your mind. Amy Falkofske’s article, “Brentsville Jail: Murder and Scandal in 19th Century Prince William”  is worth reading, especially if you are a history buff.

This month’s On a High Note showcases Spilled Ink, an open mic night at a local coffeehouse. Writer Dan Verner talks about what you can expect if you find yourself at Jirani on the fourth Friday of the month in “Spilling Some Ink.”

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season will soon be upon us. To help alleviate a little holiday stress and since November is the month that we celebrate Thanksgiving, you may wish to start a gratitude journal and jot down one, two or three things that you are grateful for each day. I’ve done this for several years, and contemplating gratitude always makes me feel better no matter what kind of day I have had.

Kim Howard, CAE
Editor in Chief

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