They Played Real Good, for Free!*
Photo: P. McGivney
On November 6th, the Beacon High School Jazz Ensemble and guest musicians led by BHS Band Director Stephen Pietrowski performed music from the Big Band Era as part of The Big Read: The Maltese Falcon. The whole library got That Swing!
* Joni Mitchell reference
by Richie Jewell, HPL Staff
This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for a few things. I am thankful for ... being alive right now, because everyone has a purpose in their existence. Enduring and overcoming obstacles in my life, because they made me who I am. Cherishing the things I have now, because there might not be a tomorrow. I'm also thankful that I have a wonderful career in public speaking, and as a writer and autism advocate, rising to the occasion.
I have extraordinary friends and family that I'm surrounded by right now, and I thank God for giving me a life. Without them, I don't know where I'd be at this moment.
Be thankful when you don't know something; it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be grateful for each new challenge; it builds your strength and character. Be pleased when you're tired and weary; it means you've made a difference. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings. Be relieved by your mistakes; they will teach you valuable lessons for the future. Be satisfied with your limitations; they give you opportunities for improvement. Your gratitude can turn your negative into a positive.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things when you enjoy life for what it is. Let's give thanks to the world. Let us acknowledge the many blessings that we hope will stay with us. Think of your family and friends, because they will be thinking of you throughout your life. Let us give thanks from our hearts to those who have good will. I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. God bless us, everyone.