Thursday, November 22, 2007

An Attitude of Gratitude

Good Evening everyone. By now the turkey has been cooked, the pie has been eaten and the football games are over. As I am the only one of the ladies not celebrating Thanksgiving today (Canada has Thanksgiving in October), it made perfect sense for me to take tonight so the other ladies could spend some time with their families. I have to say I had a plan for my evening but then the way plans tend to go sometimes, they we throw out the window. We had our first snow fall in Toronto today and due to some unfortunate circumstances it took me three hours to get home from work. Now it would be easy to complain but then I remembered how truly good I have it and that this little blimp in my plans is no reason to lose sight of what is important. I believe it is very important to live your life with an attitude of gratitude. I believe it is important to be thankful for the blessings I have everyday and not just on a specific day set a side for thanksgiving. I am so grateful for my family and friends. I am thankful that I live in a country where I can believe and say whatever I want. I am thankful for my health and the health of all those who are special to me. I am thankful to the ladies I blog with here at ATA. In this past year I have gained six wonderful friends that I know I can count on for encouragement and support. I am thankful to all of you who come to read and comment here on ATA. You make blogging and all the time that goes into it worth it. And I know it sounds cliché but I am thankful for Anderson Cooper. Because of Anderson I have had the opportunity to create so many wonderful connections and friendships. Anderson will probably never fully get the existent to which he affects people but for that that reason I am grateful.

Now on to some Anderson related items. Since there was no 360 tonight I have a bunch of great little bits and pieces for everyone tonight.

Before Ms. Phebe went to have thanksgiving dinner she sent me a great find from the Huffington Post. Many news reporters and anchors took some time to share what they are thankful for.

Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker writer, CNN Legal Correspondent and author of the New York Times bestseller The Nine: Inside The Secret World of the Supreme Court:
"I know that Michael Vick is thankful for Larry Craig, who pushed Vick off the top of the news. Vick is thankful for Bernie Kerik for the same reason. And Kerik thanks Barry Bonds. And I, always, give thanks for Judith Regan."

John Roberts, co-anchor, "CNN American Morning," Canadian former host of "The New Music" on CITY-TV in a decade that isn't this one, and not the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court:
I'm thankful for family. For my beautiful children who are growing up kind, conscientious individuals who think of others before themselves, who are never difficult, get in trouble, gossip or have a coarse word for even people who have wronged them. They truly are a blessing. I am thankful for my loving wife, who has stuck with me through trying times and remains the rock that keeps me grounded and sane. For my mother, who had the independence and tenacity to live in her home by herself until the age of 94, when she was finally forced by Alzheimer's to move to assisted living. And to my sister, who did all the heavy lifting to make that transition while her brother was flying across the country covering the news. As I grow older, it becomes ever clearer that of all the things in life, the one thing that endures is family. With my commuting to New York from Washington these days, we don't spend as much time together as we either used to, or would like. I miss them terribly, but when I return on the weekends, they are there with an abundance of love that helps make up for the lost time. What more could anyone be thankful for than that

You can read other media personalities such as Aaron Brown, Arianna Huffington, Bob Woodruff, Brian Williams, Charlie Rose, Howard Kurtz and many others by clicking here. Also check out All Things CNN for some videos Ms. Phebe posted tonight from this morning American Morning with John Roberts and Co. It is quiet funny!

Thanks to the queen of all things Nth Degree, Ms Quitty we have the transcript of the Nth Degree from what seems like the only time Anderson was on during Thanksgiving back on November 18, 2003

Tonight, taking preemptive strikes to "The Nth Degree." Now, when the U.S. went into Iraq this year, it was the first time in history the U.S. had attacked another country for the stated purpose of preventing that country from possibly attacking the U.S. in the future. At the time, some people worried that this would establish a precedent justifying anyone who wanted to make a preemptive attack against a presumptive threat. Well, according to a report by WGAL in Pennsylvania, that's exactly what's happened. With Thanksgiving bearing down on them, the turkeys of Lancaster County have decided not to wait for death to find them. As seen in this dramatic night scope video taken during the day two turkey commandos launch multiple attacks on passing convoys. Some survivors came forward to tell their stories.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just call him the attack turkey.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's a mad, mad turkey.


COOPER: One witness even recited part of the attacker's political manifesto. True, in their rage, the turkeys have failed to find any weapons of meat destruction, but they have succeeded in putting the world on notice that they will not stand idly by while others plan their demise.

I had asked all the ladies to send me a picture of Anderson that either was their favourite or just meant a lot of them and you have seen the photos throughout the post but I wanted to share a little special something along with Quitty’s picture choice. Last year Quitty did a post call Adorably Embarrassed and in the post she included a video of Anderca banter. If you never have seen this video or you haven’t seen it in a while….enjoy

And tonight I leave you with some great clips Book Asylum sent me of Jeff Corwin appearing on Ellen Degeneres show yesterday to promote PIP on Animal Planet. These clips are way too cute.

So I would love to hear about the thanksgiving traditions you engaged in today. Again my warmest wishes to all the ATA readers and their families who celebrated Thanksgiving and good luck with the shopping on Black Friday. I will be back in a few weeks.


ACAnderFan said...

Interesting post Sapphire. Everything you are thankful for are great things to be thankful for. The ATA ladies are all simply wonderful :)They do so much for this great blog. Thank you ATA ladies for all you do :)

Those clips of Jeff on Elleen, are GREAT!!! Thanks for findining them, Book Asylum :)

Tiffany S-T said...

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone down in the states. I was envious while watching the recording of the Macy's parade. It's amazing that a city that's not to far from us can have such beautiful weather while we up here in eastern Canada are driving through piles of snow (for the record it took me 45 minutes to get home...and I only live 3 kilometres from my office!)

Those are wonderful things to be thankful for Sapphire! I don't know about your family during Canadian thanksgiving, but my family never really states what we are thankful for. I think it's a great tradition to do and I will start it with my little girl during our future thanksgivings:)

Thanks for the Jeff Corwin clips too! I missed his interview and I only turned Ellen on in time to see Duran Duran perform (the duties of cooking dinner prevented me from seeing the 5PM airing).

Again - Happy thanksgiving to all our neighbours to the south!

Cindy said...

Hey...if you all go over to and look at the videos they have posted one of Coop showing us some bad Youtube videos! Guess I was right and he has been looking at them all week! I figured he was!!

kristen said...

thanks for this post. and i'm thankful that all you who write ATA are around!

Quitty said...

What a sweet post.

I love everyone else's favorite pics. The man just can't take a bad picture.

Unknown said...

Hmmm... I trying to figure out who's is who's? lol

ACAnderFan said...

@Cindy, where is that video??? I can't find it. Not that I really care about seeing Anderson. I just want to see dumb people as!!!

Kristien said...

Thanks for the videos and the wonderfull pictures Sapphire(the second picture is my favorite! I do wonder who's choice it was.)

@Cindy, thanks for the tip. The videos are funny and seeing Anderson makes up for not seeing him on 360 this week (well, almost...)

Anonymous said...

I think Anderson filmed that promo before his haircut, not this off week. And I'm guessing Purple Tie picked picture no. 4.

Roonie said...

I hope everyone's weekend was just fabulous! I have been awake for waaaay too long since I went shopping at 1am and again at 6am.

I am exhausted.

However, Thanksgiving was great and I certainly have a great deal to be thankful for this year. (One of those is certainly ATA!)

JRHot said...

Great pics! JR's words put me in tears. I am thankful that I had both my parents another year. The doctor's told us before last Christmas that my dad wouldn't make it through the month of December. Here is it almost a year later and he is still here. So reading about John's mom got to me. I don't know what I would have done without my husband this year.......he is also my rock and lets me know everyday he loves me.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I know I did because I was with my family and my in-laws. :)