Tag Archive: gratefulness

I lived in Hoboken, NJ, for 15 years during my late '20s and 30s. It's a mile-square city, a so-called bedroom community to Manhattan, and the birthplace of Frank Sinatra. It was also one of the most close-knit communities I've ever called home, full of people who still occupy a special place in my heart. The last time I visited Hoboken was October 2001, when I returned to empty the apartment that I'd been subletting and pull up my roots…


About fifteen years ago I was driving solo along the highways of New Mexico with some books on tape to keep me company. The most memorable of these was Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, a self-help classic by Susan Jeffers. Among other good recommendations, Jeffers suggested that I take time every night to write down 50 things for which I was grateful. “Did she say 50?!” I exclaimed, rewinding the cassette. Yup, she said 50. Because it’s not…