Give thanks for the good things, large and small

Gratitude for dodging the storm, beer growlers and Orioles

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, let us reflect on the things for which we are grateful. Let us give thanks . . .

That Superstorm Sandy didn't do much damage in Maryland — and that we have a federal government to respond to the less fortunate areas where it did.

That utility crews work in ice, rain and mud to fix power lines while we moan about how uncomfortable we are.

That postal carriers got our mail delivered even as Sandy slammed into the mid-Atlantic.

That the presidential candidate who believes climate change is a serious problem won.

Let us give thanks . . .

For what we have, because having lots more doesn't guarantee we'll be happy or respected, loved or successful. (See: Trump, Donald; Romney, Mitt.)

For those who battled voter suppression across the country, and for a nation that still belongs to those who turned out to vote, and not to the Koch brothers.

For beer growlers, and the change in state law that allows Baltimoreans to purchase ales on tap and walk them home.

For Josh Charles, because he's a fine actor and a cool guy from our town.

For the final fall of Lance Armstrong — if only because it reminds us who the real heroes are: firefighters and teachers and cops, those who volunteer to serve in the military, those who fight every day for justice and equality.

Let us be grateful . . .

For Tocheterman's, the venerable tackle store on Eastern Avenue, with everything needed for fishing with bait, heavy-metal or fly, and the funkiest window displays south of Hampden.

For mile-high lemon meringue pie. I've sampled several at diners and bake shops in the Baltimore area over the last year and haven't had a bad one yet.

For the decadent indulgence of a Berger cookie during the occasional late-night run to Royal Farms.

For breakfast among loud friends at Jimmy's in Fells Point.

For the live music in the Lexington Market arcade.

For the amazing scene in the produce section at H Mart in Catonsville.

That this country is still attractive to immigrants who want to work hard and build a better life for their children and grandchildren.

That the increased number of immigrants to the Baltimore region means an abundance of all kinds of foods and products that used to be hard to get.

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