The Wise Novelist


I’ve mentioned how fleeting Amazon success can be. You really must grab it anytime you see it.

Thank God for iPhones. Another Big Foot sighting.

And as with any joy in life, you must be grateful.

Because there are no guarantees of happiness. Just the chance for it.

And that is why we get out of bed every day. To take that chance at happiness.

So every morning this winter when I get up at 2 am and have to go out in the freezing weather to check on and feed my mules, I am grateful that I have Claire and Honey to take care of, that the heaters in the barn are working, that I have a warm home to return to once I’m done, that my Keurig is working, that I have milk in the fridge and that I can still taste coffee (post COVID). And that it tastes good.

I am grateful that my dogs have enough sense to come back inside after doing their business and I don’t have to go back outside to bring them in.

I’m grateful that I have enough money to pay the bills that keeps the lights on, the heat flowing, food in the fridge, and food everywhere else that I store my fur family’s food.

I’m grateful to know what it feels like to love and be loved. Thank you Lisa, my children (their spouses) and grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. And my fur family members, especially Claire.

I’m grateful for my siblings and cousins. And all of their spouses, children and grandchildren. The Clan has led me here. I’m grateful that the Fairy Godmothers lead the Clan.

I’m grateful that all of my family members (fur and otherwise) are healthy and happy.

I’m grateful I have the friends I that I have and shared the life we have shared. It’s been a pisser. Truly magical. I could never have written FJM without each and every one of you.

I’m grateful that the nuns in St. Maggies taught me how to read and write. They also taught me how to take a punch (I deserved it). And that has come in handy.

I’m grateful for everything the legal profession has provided me, including the last 15 years with my dear friend Robert “Never Bobby” Meloni. He is truly brilliant and funny.

I’m grateful that – despite the best efforts of the Sisters of Charity – I’ve never really grown up. Thank you Peter Pan. I am a Toys R Us Kid.

I’m grateful for my Celtic ancestors, heritage, charm and superstition. It has all come in handy.

I’m grateful that Reagan Rothe and BRW took a chance on TWA.

And I’m grateful for you, my fine, five readers. Without you and your friends and families, I would not have woken up to find The Claire Trilogy all sitting in the top 10.

So let us all go out there this morning grateful that we have reached another hump day, and that we will see Friday from its peak.

I am grateful I have a kitty to cuddle, rounds to make and even that I’m going to torture myself yet again.

But most of all, I am grateful for another day to experience this wonderful life.

So let’s make today a great one.

And be grateful we can.

12 Responses

  1. With so much gloom and doom being spread in the world today, it’s So refreshing to read about happiness and gratitude! Thx for this today!

  2. That was beautiful Tommy! It’s great to take the time and reflect on all the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. It makes us feel so much better. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Loved every minute at the Berthoud Library fun fest. Just ordered another copy of TWA to take to our friend, Gregory Hill, who will be reading from his new novel, Sister Liberty, on Feb. 11 at the Orphanage (for orphan cars no longer in production and more–look it up) at Yuma, CO, between 2 and 5 p.m. You two might be brothers from different mothers in different places and different generations. I am also ordering a copy of his first novel, East of Denver, to bring to you. Keep up the great work!!

  4. Thanks Mary. No other way of looking at it. We’ve all been blessed. And I am so grateful for my blessings.

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