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I'm reading At Home:  A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson.  It's a fabulous book, so very interesting, but what it makes me realize (as do many of his books) is that humans are trial by error and error and error before any sort of useful discovery is made.  We are quite brilliant at times but often, not so much.  We have miraculous breakthroughs but before those breakthroughs came just about every disaster imaginable.  From what I recall from reading, scurvy was only definitively diagnosed somewhere in the early part of the 20th century, at least in writing (and why scurvy is a topic in a history of private life I can't begin to explain).

But back to me.  I'm no different from any other human I've ever met or read about.  I am a trial by error and error and error kind of person.  Eventually, I start to see the light, but at first it's only a tiny pinprick of illumination.  finally, one year, a wide open door to daylight.

I'm writing about my ability to not see, to forget--to forget to be grateful--today on AOL news.  Sometimes I need reminders about what I have, and this is a great week to be able to do so.  My wedding in September was a great reminder of what I have, and thank goodness the wedding photos came to give me another one of the million wake up calls I need!

Here's the link:  http://www.aolnews.com/opinion/article/im-thankful-for-a-moment-in-september/19723932

By the way, Gina Misiroglu of Red Room put me in touch with the AOL people, which is one of the great ways in which she's bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room's authors. 

Jessica