How Cruising Changed Us I: Thankfulness

     In this season of counting blessings, what I am most thankful for this year might seem odd. In the past ten months I have had a full hip replacement, finished my thesis and graduated from my MFA program. Drew graduated from UW; James and Avery are doing well. But what I am most thankful for is Stephan's unemployment.

     I have cruising to thank for this perspective. Not because it permanently addled me, but because it taught me -- in a stark, clear manner -- what I valued in life.