I am grateful that Ludovico Einaudi went on a trip to Africa and composed an exquisite piece called "I Giorni" ("The Days") and that violinist Daniel Hope recorded it.
Be grateful for the new no-texting-while-driving laws; they will save lives, including yours and mine.
I am grateful for bartenders who actually listen to my order for a Manhattan — extra sweet, a little more vermouth than bourbon — and make it that way.
Give thanks if you can read.
Give thanks if you have become disciplined in your reading of Internet posts and are now capable of discerning fact from fiction, mindless assertions from informed criticism.
Give thanks if you pay attention to stuff.
Give thanks if you remember stuff.
Give thanks if you took Ronald Reagan's advice: "Trust but verify."
Give thanks if you're not ridiculously dim.
Be thankful you're not the fellow from Virginia who ran up $202,000 in E-ZPass tolls and fines because, he says, someone told him the toll booths on the Dulles Toll Road were unmanned after 11:30 p.m.
Let us give thanks . . .
For having reached a point in life where you no longer sweat the small stuff, and where you do all you can to encourage the young people around you; they need every bit these days.
For another year with an elderly family member; let's savor the time we get with them.
I'd also like to express thanks for Honeycrisp apples, even if they're more expensive than the rest.
And I say thanks for spaghetti alla carbonara, if only once a year. Long ago, food writer Calvin Trillin said it should have replaced turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, and he was so right.
Dan Rodricks' column appears each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. He is the host of "Midday" on WYPR-FM.