A Giving of Thanks

November is coming to an end: the cold is settling in, fireplaces are aglow, the leaves are on the ground and winter is just around the corner…it’s a busy time of year for most of us, holidays, holy days, just plain lazy days…but let’s not forget about that special day where we take time to reflect on what’s truly important to us, what truly makes a difference in our lives and helps shape who we are: Thanksgiving!  And although this holiday has morphed into a commercial free-for-all in this day and age, we want to take a moment to focus on its true meaning: the Giving of Thanks to that which we hold dear.  So, we’ve all thought critically about our lives, loves, and passions, those inspiring elements that enrich our every day, and we’re sharing them with you!

  • I’m thankful for my beautiful family, good neighbors, hot water from the tap, food on the table, and inspiring views of the landscape that greet me daily.

– Dena Chandler

  • Wow.  So much. Of course, I am thankful for my family: My immediate family, two beautiful daughters, and a loving husband.  I am thankful that my family is growing, and includes a new son-in-law and an adorable grandson. And I am thankful for my extended family both biological and in-law: brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  I am thankful for wonderful friends and a wonderful community.  I am thankful for God’s beautiful creation and the gorgeous mountains where I live.  I am thankful for employment and the opportunity to make a difference in this world.  I am thankful to work at a place that pays a living wage, provides healthcare for its staff, and shares the same values that I hold dear.  I am thankful for the coworkers that work beside me every day to help people protect land and water and to develop our environment in a sustainable way.

– Joyce Brown

  • I am thankful for every second on this wonderful Earth where I am surrounded by life, love, and learning.

-Owen Carson

  • I am thankful for my caring and supportive family.  I am also thankful to be part of an interconnected community in Asheville.  Finally, I am thankful for my physical health and the ability to climb mountains!

-Lindsay Majer

  • I’m thankful for friends and family, and that my happy and healthy family is fortunate enough to live, play, and work in such a beautiful place.

 -Fred Grogan

  • I am thankful for my family, friends and health and especially look forward to spending our first thanksgiving with the newest addition to our family Charles Bass Melton.

-Steve Melton

  • I am thankful for the time to be able to spend with my family and friends.  I am also very appreciative of the outdoor recreational opportunities we have available in the Southern Appalachians.

-Kevin Mitchell

  • Having avoided a life-threatening heart condition 3-years ago, I am thankful for every day that I get to enjoy with family, co-workers, and friends; and to take pleasure in the natural beauty that surrounds Asheville.

-Jim Borawa

  •  I am thankful for many things.  First and foremost I am thankful for the love and health of my family and my friends.  I am also very thankful that the election is over and with it all those political commercials.  I am thankful for cute things-like puppy dogs, babies, and my children when there are sound asleep.  I am also appreciative of my wife’s ability to put up with my sense of humor.  I am thankful for laughter, good jokes, or a funny story.  On a more serious note, I am thankful for the ability to eat healthy food, drink clean water,  and breath clean air.  I am also very thankful for working at a place where I have the opportunity to make areal difference in the world and for our Clients who hire us to also help them make a difference.

-David Tuch

Finally, we are ALL thankful to be working together to make this world a better, more sustainable place to exist.  Happy holidays!


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