Friday, November 21, 2014

Dr. Faulkner: What I’m Thankful For

Roy Exum was a local columnist and Executive Vice President for the Chattanooga News – Free Press until it was sold in 2001.  His columns were always quite good and cast a critical eye on southern life, sports, and a variety of other topics.  My favorites of his columns were printed on Sundays before Thanksgiving.  Each year he wrote a column of 99 things for which he was thankful.  Here are a few of mine. 

I am thankful for:

1.      Medical science and the degree with which doctors are able to diagnose and treat illnesses both minor and major.
2.      Miracles which sometimes defy the medical logic and surprise the doctors.
3.      Changing seasons in Tennessee.  I really like that there is a noticeable difference in the four seasons without any of them being too severe.  I’ve often said I wouldn’t want to live where the weather was the same all the time.  We will see if I maintain that attitude in my declining years when year-around warmth beckons.
4.      Digital photography that allows me to take thousands of pictures at almost zero cost (beyond the cost of the device.)
5.      Modern technology that allows me to be in constant contact.  Is it a pain in the anatomy some times?  Absolutely.  But the benefits outweigh the down sides.
6.      Church services where there is ample opportunity for worship, praise, prayer, and learning.
7.      The diverse forests in Tennessee.  I really need an occasional dose of nature and fortunately it is never far away.
8.      Those who have served in the U.S.  Military.  All gave some.  Some gave all.
9.      The atmospheric phenomena of Mie Scattering and Rayleigh Scattering that result in the brilliant, colorful sunrises and sunsets so common here in Tennessee.
10.  The many places near here to get in a good walk.  (Station Camp Greenway, Hendersonville Greenway, Town Creek Greenway, Moss-Wright Park, and Bledsoe Creek State Park.)
11.  Music.
12.  Talented, gifted people that use their abilities to help others.
13.  Friends that you can call on at any time, day or night.
14.  Taking touch typing in high school.  It is probably the most important skill I acquired in those four years.
15.  The opportunity to hear the personal stories of hundreds of people who’s lives have been impacted by attending Vol State.

Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
-Dr. Jerry Faulkner

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