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It’s dreary here, cold, with a wind that makes our dachshund whine when she goes out. I’m sitting in my kitchen, watching Elmo with my toddler between bouts of cooking, and being thankful for so many things. Thought I would share a few with you this morning, before I get back to turkey, stuffing and praline sweet potatoes.

– I’m very thankful for FDL, and to Jane for giving me a chance to blog with her a little over two months ago. It’s been a whirlwind, and a blessing to channel my anger at this Administration into a more pro-active, informative debate. Our commenters are amazing. Jane is absolutely right — I get some of my best ideas from the comments, and I could not do this without everyone who participates here.

– I am grateful for my husband, who is very supportive of my blog obsession, and a wonderful father to our toddler. Speaking of the toddler, I am so grateful to have a child — now I have an excuse to watch Elmo and The Wiggles whenever I want. Some days are chaos here trying to get an article up in the midst of a tantrum or fixing dinner, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

– The greater blogosphere is amazing as well. Jane and I met at dKos, not surprisingly via Traitorgate postings. Having a place to discuss the pent-up frustration with non-wingnuts has been a sanity saver over the last few years. But finding such a wealth of intellectual debate on so many daily blog reads has been a true blessing.

– I am truly grateful to all of the public servants out there who do their jobs the way they are meant to be done — with compassion, with dedication, and without political nastiness. Patrick Fitzgerald is a great example, but there are so many other unsung Fitz’s out there: in uniform, undercover, carrying a briefcase or not. And I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for making all of our lives a little better. And also, a thank you to all those reporters who do their jobs well — kudos. (And a Thanksgiving gift of an article in the WaPo to all of you.)

– Finally, thankfully the curtain is pulling back and the rest of the American public seems to realize that the wizard is really just a fraudulant little snake oil salesman. Here’s to more competence, and more accountability. Oh, and more indictments. Can’t forget those.

Wishing everyone in the FDL community a very thankful day. And for the Americans among us, Happy Thanksgiving. Now back to the cooking…

(Painting entitled “Mayflower in Rip Tide,” artist unknown.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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