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I just need to enumerate this tonight.

First: I'm thankful for this site. I'll say it again later. I'm also thankful for other things, though.

I'm thankful that my mother, brothers, daughters, nephew, nieces, aunts and uncles are still with us.

I'm thankful that I'm with a man who loves me deeply, and whom I love too. I'm thankful that his parents have begun to accept that he's gay and that he's with a man. I'm thankful that his aunt and uncle are cool liberal people who want us in their home tomorrow (and that I can guarantee that I don't have to listen to my ex's great-uncle Mergatroyd bitching about the election or the damned gays, women, blacks, immigrants, etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum).

I'm thankful for my brand-new niece, my brother's first child, who was born a week ago.

I'm thankful that four years ago, my father lived long enough to see the President's inauguration.

I'm thankful that my ex and I parted amicably and that we are still friends.

I'm thankful that I have good friends who have helped me when I've been down, financially, emotionally or otherwise.

I'm thankful that I finished my Ph.D.

I'm thankful for my students who continually tell me that they love what I do and that they want me to come back.

I'm thankful for my co-workers and my bosses, who care about the students as much as I do. I'm thankful for my teaching assistants and my graders, who make my life a little easier when exam and paper times roll around.

I'm thankful for picking up at least one more class and possibly two (keep your fingers crossed for me!) in the spring. Income=good.

And I'm thankful for a huge number of political developments, which I've got waiting for you after the fleur-de-Kos.

I'm thankful that Barack Obama and Joe Biden were re-elected.

I'm thankful that we gained two seats in the Senate and eight seats in the House.

I'm thankful that we passed marriage equality in three states and shut down a ban on marriage equality in one more by popular vote.

I'm thankful that we have more GLBTQ representatives openly representing us at state, federal, and local levels than at any time in history.

I'm thankful that Pelosi and Reid have put their foot down on the fiscal cliff and required that the richest people pay more taxes.

I'm thankful that Wal-Mart employees are striking for their rights.

I'm thankful that other employers who wanted to punish their employees for the passage of a law and the election of a President are being forced to back down and back off by public outcry. I'm thankful that the CEO of Denny's came down like a ton of bricks on his rogue franchisee and made him back down.

I'm thankful that the Affordable Care Act is in place and that I can afford my medical insurance.

I'm thankful for the cease-fire in Gaza tonight.

I'm thankful for Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow, Nate Silver, NPR, and MSNBC.

I'm thankful for all the gifts I've received this year in so many other ways.

And last but absolutely not least, I am thankful for this site, which keeps me sane and reminds me that there are good, decent, intelligent, liberal progressive people in this nation.

You folks rock my world.

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