Ode To Thanksgiving, 2014

by Michael Levin A New York Times best selling author Michael Levin is a nationally acclaimed thought leader on the subject of the future of book publishing. Michael Levin believes that the traditional publishing model is dead, thanks to the long-term foolishness of the major houses and their willful ignorance of new technologies for the marketing and distribution of books.Levin appeared on ABC's Shark Tank for his ghostwriting company, BusinessGhost, Inc., which has authored more than 120 books. E-Myth creator Michael Gerber says Levin has created more successful books than any human being in history.He has written with Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, football broadcasting legend Pat Summerall, football stars Chad Hennings and Maurice Jones-Drew, NBA star Doug Christie, and Fox News broadcaster Chris Myers, among many others. He also edited Zig Ziglar’s most recent book, Born To Win. Michael Levin has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Forbes.com, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and many other top media sources.He blogs at The Future of Publishing. You can ‘like’ his company's page on Facebookhere.Michael Levin has also launched a free resource for writers on YouTube. Over 200 videos, with Michael Levin, discussing every aspect of fiction and nonfiction writing and publishing. Visit http://www.BooksAreMyBabies.com for more. 26.11.2014

I could decry the stores that open on Thanksgiving Day,

Or how, among the young, antisocial media holds sway,

Ferguson’s cry for justice that the system will not heed,

The millions in our country who will spend the day in need.

 

The House of Representatives that fails to represent

The interests of the people beyond the one percent.

The undone nuclear weapons deal with patient foe Iran;

The troubles in the Holy Land that linger on and on.

 

A nation that’s lost its focus; a world of ADD,

Of kids with diabetes, type 1, type 2, type 3.

Undocumented aliens not wanted here or there;

A nation based on caring that no longer seems to care.

 

A lame duck in the White House, a weakened public fisc                                        

Putin knocking off his neighbors as if he’s playing Risk.

Enough troubles in the world to fill a massive book.

If you want to find disaster, you won’t have far to look.

 

Yet there’s more to life than misery and unrelenting threats.

There’s much for which we’re grateful.  Shall we list those things?  Yes, let’s.

I’m grateful for my wife and my kids’ prodigious health

And other forms of vital, undenominated wealth.    

 

I’m grateful that I live right here, in the good ole U.S.A.

Where freedom isn’t free and yet we’re free today.

I’m grateful that at 56 there’s still hair on my head.

I’m grateful for my happy home, warm spouse, warm food, warm bed.

 

I’m grateful for my dentist though I don’t like going there.

I’m even grateful that lots of folks enjoy ObamaCare.

I’m grateful for my iPhone, Uber, Lyft, and other apps

And for Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and most of all the Google chaps.

 

I’m grateful to be grateful, to have a grateful heart.

If peace on earth’s to come to pass, then gratitude’s the start.

So amid collective grumbling over flight and road delays,

Are you grateful this Thanksgiving?  Maybe stop and count the ways.

 



Michael Levin's new novel, The Compass, is now available on Amazon Kindle and can be purchased below.


Michael Levin blogs at The Future of Publishing. You can ‘like’ his company's page on Facebook here.

Michael Levin has also launched a free resource for writers on YouTube. Over 200 videos, with Michael Levin, discussing every aspect of fiction and nonfiction writing and publishing. Visit http://www.BooksAreMyBabies.com for more.

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