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Today, I want to express my gratitude for my computer, my iPhone, my airpods, and all the wonderful apps and applications I use every day. It’s amazing when you think about all the things you can do today using one or two devices that before required so many devices and space-taking items.

On my phone I have access to a lot of movies: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Curiosity Stream, and Disney+. I have access to a lot of music: Spotify. I have access to a lot of books: Scribd and Amazon Kindle. I have a clock, stopwatch, calculator, weatherman, and a map to go anywhere I want.

I can go to school and learn whatever topic I want: Wikipedia, Coursera, edX, Udemy, and so many more. I can ask my phone a question, and most of the time I get a good answer or an idea where I can look.

Obviously, this list could go on and on. The point I’m making is that for a guy who grew up without these things, today is a good day. I find it so gratifying that I don’t have to spend a lot of money or go a lot of places to do all the things I need to. I can sit in a rocker, 10 feet from the kitchen, restroom, and bed and get all the things I need to get done during the day, short of going to the gym and hitting the weights.

One last thing I didn’t mention before is social media. Yeah, social media has a dark side, but it is so nice to make friends across the globe. I have friends in the UK, Australia, all over the U.S., and it’s just terrific. Even if I only connect with them for a few minutes here and there, they are still friends to me.

Most of you know that my wife is in Arizona and I am in Michigan. We are doing great. She is pursuing her career in Special Ed, while I pursue all I am pursuing, while helping my folks. Is it perfect? No, but it is so much easier than in times past. I can text her and get a response. She can call me on Facetime so I can see her and hear her. It is terrific.

I’m grateful to be alive during this terrific time. We are so blessed to have access to all that we do. Well, I’ll end here. I wish all of you a terrific week!

Until next time…