On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for my brother-in-law, John Wallace. John is a former navy man where he learned about and worked in nuclear energy. On leaving the navy, he had a long distinguished career with Duke Energy. He and my sister settled down in Lincolnton, North Carolina where they raised their three boys. John and I took a wonderful trip to Australia where I was speaking to the Australian Speech and Hearing Association meeting in Sydney. On the way we stopped in Honolulu where we visited the War Memorial of the Battleship Arizona. That was so inspiring; I could have come home then perfectly satisfied. We had brief stops in Fiji and New Zeeland. After my speech, we went to Canberra and then we took the Indian Pacific Railroad from Sydney to Perth. We made many new friends along the way. John and Jean have established such a warm, positive environment for their grandchildren and all of their young friends. John and I have lots of political arguments, but I never forget how grateful I am for him. When my nephew, Danny, was going through his final bout with pancreatic cancer, John was a rock and his constant companion. The 4th of July celebrations and their home will restore your faith that the real America is still here. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for my good friend and brother-in-law, John Wallace.

            Thankful Thursday is a special day to recognize the contributions of someone to your life. It is a time to say Thank You. Let him or her know of your gratitude. You will be glad that you did.