Happy Thanksgiving 2016!
I am thankful for having been providing entertainment for almost twenty years. As I approach my 40th birthday, I shall be going into my third decade of being CJ the DJ. I have been providing music for same sex unions since I started, and am happy it is being recognized nationally so that many more families can be giving thanks this year.
It's amazing how many hometown experiences still represent my favorite events. Today I saw one preschool friend celebrate his birthday, with generations of family at the local community center. I show up in my flannel fleece pajama pants, have batteries in my gift and got to watch a bouncy house while discussing how one of our friend's kids has become an acrobat. I remember when they had a bouncy house at their wedding.
I am thankful for a community that has come together stronger to protect our environment and way of life by opposing the proposed NED Pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan in an application this past Friday. Especially noteworthy are the environmentalists and conservationists, as well as the local businesses that support them, creating our strong network of land stewardship and agriculture base.
I am thankful for all of the animal lovers in our community who come together to share our love of best friends who can't talk on behalf of themselves. I just got a wonderful card from the Monadnock Humane Society for the success of their fun Hair Ball, celebrating their 140th birthday.
I am thankful for all of the patience NH towns have with media spotlight on election years. With 52 candidates on the NH ballot last week, it will be an interesting 79 days until the New Hampshire primary. I shall be signed up to take a shift at the town hall, another opportunity for which I am thankul. We have Wi-fi this year.
I am thankful for some interesting and engaging new staff members at Franklin Pierce University including a friendly new President and his wife, as well as our Director of Parent and Alumni Relations.
I am thankful for all the wonderful couples who share their love with me each year by allowing me to emcee important ceremonies and once in a lifetime receptions, as well as birthday parties, reunions and anniversary dances.
I am thankful for all the amazing people I see in the community every day, who volunteer for thankless boards, charitable loves, athletic fun, civic beauty and dozens of causes with which I can often help promote and collaborate.
I am thankful for good music, food, movies, literature, nature and art.
One cannot forget the most important part...
Family. I am so grateful for them. Diva, too.
I like to show my gratitude by giving back, and I encourage you to join me.
Sponsor an event or organization this year, as an individual, group or family. That organization may be your alma mater, your garden club, community shelter or a cause that promotes with an educational activity.
If you need help with your give back, let me know and I might be able to help you, too. We are always looking for sponsorships for the events in which I engage, and you can see the list on my website. Next month, I'd love to see you at the Fashion Show to help our local Helping Hand or the Candlelight Vigil Memorial to the Homeless.
Pick one and give back, especially this Give Back Tuesday.