RANT: Be Grateful


I used to joke that I didn’t need a holiday to over eat, that I could do that all year long.  I suppose the same could be said for ‘giving thanks’.


It’s nice that we pause, for one day in our lives, to give thanks (and to over eat and drink, yell across the table with loved ones, then sloth-out on the couch and watch football) but shouldn’t we do that all year long? Give thanks, that is.

So, like it or not, here are a few things I’m grateful for. . .and a few things I’m not so grateful for:


Nourishing Food



A good story



YouTube and creative comedy

Bass  (the beat to shake your rump to, not the fish, or the instrument, but those are cool too)

Those free return address stickers I keep getting in the mail with a nickel

The wild world web

Nike Commercials

The ability to talk like a hard-core gangsta though I’m a middle-aged, white girl

Ryan Gosling

Not having been to prison

SNL musical parodies

Time travel (when it’s discovered I’m gonna be super grateful–actually I just want to be able to fly somewhere without it taking all day)


Junk Mail

Paper Cuts

The cost of a lift ticket

Things that don’t work that SHOULD

That mailmen don’t have more stylish uniforms

Music app commercials—just let us listen to the music, geez, I’m not changing car insurance!

Awkward sunburns (unless it happens to someone else, like my younger brothers, then they’re kind of fun)

The notorious Soccer Player “Flop” to draw a call. Come on guys, we’re losing potential fans!

The neighbor that parks their car so we can’t get in to our garage

Finding a human tooth in a sandwich once


So while this is the month of gratitude, let’s keep it going all year long!


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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

7 thoughts on “RANT: Be Grateful

  1. Amen. I have been enjoying your blog and using the good ideas. I’m thankful to you for that. Great photo and list(s) to which I’d add (on the nice list) puppies and furry things:) happy turkey.
    Maggie s

  2. Nice! Something in my “not grateful” list: that now it is normal for people to go buy shit starting the evening of thanksgiving when they should be hanging out with their peeps being grateful for what they ALREADY have. xo

  3. Love the wild web one and those return address stamps. I had a friend who wouldn’t use them because they lacked a certain title/degree. I have no such qualms. They could say Daffy Duck on the person line, and I’d still use them if they had the correct address! And I hate paper cuts! Happy Thanksgiving!

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