What Are You Thankful For?

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Image: orphaned [larger view].

Thanksgiving is a celebration of the things that we are thankful for, so I thought I’d make a list of everything I am grateful for;

  1. I found a wonderful little cafe and deli that provides free wifi (and an outlet where I can plug in my laptop, which is strategically hidden behind their cookies), so I am thankful that I have free wifi today, when all my usual sources of wifi are closed to the public. (If you happen to be in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello!)
  2. I am thankful that I still have a few parrots in my life. Even though I never consider my parrots to be people (how silly!), they are my family.
  3. I am thankful that I still have a place to live, even if I do have to share it with a suite of freeloaders (vermin). The only reason I am not homeless this holiday is because some of my readers are helping me keep the rent paid.
  4. one of my favorite things in the world to do is travel, and I am thankful for every trip I’ve made: to Houston, Texas; to Tempe, Arizona; to Manhattan, Kansas; to my west coast home, Seattle, Washington; to London, England; and last but not least, to Helsinki, Finland.
  5. another one of my favorite things to do is photography. I love having a camera again, and it has added immeasurably to my blog, to my emotional stability and to the quality of my life in general.
  6. since I lost my beloved career, I devote my life to my blog and to my readers. My blog has been the source of everything that I love for more than four years now — everything from scientific papers and review copies of books to friendships. Without you, I would not be alive, so I am very very thankful for all of you!

About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to What Are You Thankful For?

  1. travelgirl says:

    happy holidays, dear 🙂

  2. EyeNoU says:

    I am thankful for GrrlScientist, who regularly shares her knowledge, photographs, wit, and sense of humor with me!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Grrl!

  4. aw, you guys are sweet. gobble gobble to all you, too!
    moochas smoochas!

  5. Bob O'H says:

    I’m thankful for Skype and email. And blogs, of course.
    Oh, and it’s a little known fact that in Britain we celebrate our thanksgiving on July 4th.
    *runs and hides*

  6. EyeNoU says:

    Bob, shouldn’t the day be December 24 ?

  7. Bob O'H says:

    Oh, not having to take you lot back under our wing is a secondary celebration.