Here it is a day after Thanksgiving and I was thinking about how grateful I am for so many things in my life. My loved ones, my health, all of those who have helped me and others, our service men and women out there in the face of adversity who are fighting so that we can be safe, all of our police and emergency response personnel who ensure our safety within our communities, our teachers who are helping raise our understanding to encompass more than just our own views, our leaders who hopefully will set the pace for greater justice, compassion and respect for all of us, and thanks to all of you who I have had or will hopefully have the honor of meeting and/or training with to share in learning, growing and "mowing the lawn" so to speak. (If you don't know what I mean when I say "mowing the lawn" give me a shout and I will explain).
In light of my thankful thoughts I'm doing some more down to earth worldly activities such as cleaning my condo when I came across these pics from a workshop I did for the Girl Scouts in 2005 at our old studio on Market Ave. Downtown GR. Here are some shots of us training, learning about assault prevention and (despite the heaviness of the topic) having a great time! I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and was able to reflect, if for but only a minute on those things you are truly grateful for.