Scrogues Converse

The things we're thankful for

2010? Not so good for some of us at S&R.

But we also recognize—not just today, for Thanksgiving, but all the time—that we each have much to be thankful for. As we Scrogues sit down for our Thanksgiving meals, wherever we are and whomever we’re with, we’ll be counting our blessings. And you, Faithful Reader, are among them.

Here are some of the things we’ll be thinking about:

Jennifer Angliss

I’m grateful to have a family that pulls together when it really matters, and that my mother is able to be at home for her final days.


I’ve actually had a pretty good 2010. Certainly no tragedies like so many I know. I guess I’m thankful for 2010 not being as bad for me as it seems to have been for most other people.

I’m thankful for getting the chance to settle down like a grown up. I have a house with a freezer full of meat and a cupboard full of preserved produce that I grew. I don’t have any really big things that I’m thankful for this year, but I do have a long list of little things. Maybe they’re more poignant to me than other years because so many I know have been hammered so hard this year.

Chris Mackowski

Above all else, I’m thankful for my daughter and my son. I’m thankful that I still have a grandmother who, at age 93, is still hangin’ tough. I’m thankful that my students make it exciting and enjoyable for me to go in to the university every day. I’m thankful for my family and my friends and my former wife. I’m thankful that I can see the world in a way others can’t and that I have the ability to capture that view in words—I am thankful I can write, write, write.

Samuel Smith

I have the best collection of friends of anyone I have ever met. And I’m part of something that is truly special and unique in Scholars & Rogues. Thanks to these things, 2010 has been unable to kill me—and it has clearly been trying. I’m grateful for the fact that somehow I’m a part of such tremendous communities of outstanding human beings.

Cat White

I’m grateful for the 25 years we had with my dad after his heart attack the Monday after Thanksgiving in 1985. And I’m more grateful than I can possibly express for the support of so many friends when I finally lost him in September. I’ll also add that I’m grateful for my recent promotion, the confidence of those who gave it to me, and the opportunity to make a difference.

Lisa Wright

I thankful that every time I set off on a trail this year I came back safe.


You know, I’m feeling guilty because I have had a good year, and nearly everyone I know has not. Maybe that means I’ll have a crap year next year, who knows? But at my age I’m grateful for whatever gets thrown at me, good or bad. I’ve been where most people are now, or have been this year, so I know how grueling it can all be. The only reason I decided to go into finance in the first place (at age 37) was I was tired of being unemployed with two kids and no health insurance. The fact that it’s worked out is more luck than anything else–as Woody Allen said, 90% of success in life is showing up on time. What I’m really grateful for, as I have been the past couple of years, is being able to have grandchildren, play with them, read to them, be a part of their lives (even though I’m 3000 miles away most of the time). I hope that continues.

And I sincerely hope that everyone here has a better year next year! I like to think these things go in cycles, and that a turn is imminent.

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  1. I’m thankful for all you guys. You make me better. And turkey, I’m thankful for that. And strawberry/pretzel salad. That’s some good stuff.