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David Freeze column: What I am thankful for

Each year, I try to spend a few quiet moments remembering the many blessings received during the past year. Here are just a few.

Safety, fun and the many people encountered on my bike rides this year. And the suggestions, prayers and insight received from the readers who remind me that many more are riding along. The great, everyday people are still out there.

The memories from Scott Young’s unmatched local success, both off and on the football field.

Being able to return to the Salisbury area following those bike rides. After cycling through 45 states and a part of Canada, I still wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

The sighting of a Bigfoot on Weaver Road. And the Christmas tree windmill.

Making the most of every single day. Trading those 24 hours with usually something good in return.

Two more books complete. Young Again (honoring our veterans) and Cycling the Northwest both took a lot of work but were worth it.

Youth running coaches Ed Dupree, Kevin and Ester Marsh, who have enhanced the local high school teams with seasoned young runners for years. Some of Dupree’s runners are now still at it into their mid-40s.

Gone too soon, South Rowan High teacher Zach Thompson. I was fortunate to do a story on him leading up to the Love Thy Neighbor fundraiser for his medical bills. A motivator, educator, husband and dad, all done the right way.

Good books, from fiction authors like Lee Child, C.J. Box, and David Baldacci who never seem to write a bad one. Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series which were simply some of the best. I hope that there is at least one more Pitt story coming.

College football at its best as the rivalry week starts and playoffs draw near. Panthers football too and my season tickets at Davidson basketball. Yankees baseball with Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, the future looks bright. Another amazing World Series just passed. How sports provide a fun escape, same as a good book.

Christmas season, with the music and decorations, the warm holiday thoughts and even the hustle and bustle. What can top a Christmas parade! One day, I’ll see the Macy’s parade in person.

Those fluffy pumpkin cookies at the Harris Teeter deli, pineapple milkshakes at Dairy Queen and any kind of brownies. Just drop them off any time.

The gift of writing for the Salisbury Post.

An addiction to watching Dancing with the Stars from a person with no dancing ability.

My faith and the right to pursue it, earned by the honored veterans who served and continue to serve the best nation in the world.

All those who keep us safe and secure on Thanksgiving and every day, whether in uniform or not. Many have to work during the holidays.

Organizations, so many doing great work, like the United Way, Rowan Helping Ministries, Main Street Mission and the Salvation Army. They are needed every day, not just during the holidays.

And finally, family, good friends and shared relationships are what really matter. Giving time in this hectic world is the a most special gift. Share the blessing of time given and take just a few moments to consider your own blessings during this time of year. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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