Thanksgiving holiday reminds us to be grateful for
the good things in our lives.
I read an article about one Thanksgiving meal
hostess who asked family members and guests to
write out and bring a list of things they were
I know what's on my list.
Vic, my husband, is at the top. We've shared so
much together and supported each other through
tough times and good. I remember back to 1984 when
we got married, and just a few months later,
started our new charter boat and liveaboard school
We were living on our sailboat at the time. Those
were simpler times, but we faced many challenges.
Vic did all the vessel maintenance. I cleaned the
boats. We kept the phone in a dock box to be sure
not to miss a call for a charter or a class
reservation. We were thankful then, as we are now,
for our good health and ability to physically do
Good idea, Vic!
Don't tell my dogs and cats but they are second on
my gratitude list. That's Skye, the border collie,
and kitties Pearl, Lola, Lily, Holly and Lefty. We
rescued them from bad circumstances. We are
thankful we found them, and we are thankful they
What is it about our pets that make them so
important to us? I really don't know. Is because
they are so non-judgmental? I'm reminded of a
prayer. "Lord, please help me be the person my dog
thinks I am."
My girlfriends. We walk, we talk, we lunch, we
laugh. They are always there for me. I hope I have
opportunities to return their favors and
Our work has been immensely rewarding right from
the start almost 30 years ago. We own and manage
Southwest Florida Yachts, chartering boats for
cruising and sailing the spectacular and protected
barrier island waters of the Sanibel-Captiva-Pine
Island corridor. Our instructors at Florida
Sailing & Cruising help boaters become superior
boating and sailing skippers. We built this
company, I'm proud to say, but the warm and
thankful boaters who charter with us and take our
live-aboard boating courses have made me a better
manager – and a better person -- and I am
Loyalty surely ranks as one of the most prized
virtues a person can have. We have many in our
firm with that attribute but the model is our
manager who just celebrated 25 years with us.
Thank you, Marc. You inspire us all.
I'm grateful that I live and work in this
beautiful area, at a marina at the water's edge.
Seeing it from the deck of our boat while underway
is amazing. I love the big colorful wading birds,
manatee families chomping on seagrass, dolphins
surfing our bow wakes.
Our Florida weather deserves to be on this list.
Growing up in Indiana I loved summer and fall but
planning to do something in the outdoors was
always preceded by the phrase, "If the weather is
okay…" I never hear people say that in Florida.
Our home is my last but not least item on the
gratitude list. At the end of the workday this is
where I plop my weary self and download
disappointments and little victories to my support
group. Thank you, Vic. Oh yes, thank you, too,
Skye, Pearl, Lola, Lily, Holly and Lefty.
Home is where the heart is.