From the Editor

Thank You.

There is such power in those two words. In all aspects of life this simple statement acknowledges gratitude for both small and large gifts, whether tangible or intangible. Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for the lovely flowers. Thank you for your caring and understanding. And the list continues.

I find it fascinating that even those who have no knack for picking up other languages invariably know this expression of appreciation in foreign tongues. Everyone knows merci, gracias, danke and all the variations of this universal phrase. And it’s a good thing. It means that everyone on the globe - in whatever language - can use this simple form of speech to express appreciation for the many kindnesses in life that come our way.

Our Golden Rule always promotes thanks, and it is the ideal motto to live by. It expresses a value that we should be ever caring and respectful of all people, and it sets the stage for both the giving and receiving of simple favors.

Beyond the sending of a thank-you note (which I prefer) or in today’s world an e-mail or text, appreciation can be expressed with personal gifts, donations in memory or in honor of someone’s kindnesses, returned favors, moral support and so many other gestures of gratitude that say “thank you.”

We need kindnesses as much as we need to give kindness. It is our very nature. So, let’s establish priorities according to their importance to ourselves and others and express our heartfelt thanks for life’s little favors and kindnesses that come our way.

I’ll begin. Thank you, dear readers, for your support and encouragement over the years. It has enriched my life beyond measure. And I will continue to express my thanks because I appreciate you. I appreciate your positive comments, your suggestions and I appreciate your reading not only my greetings but all of Oyster Pointer as well.


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Sylvia Weinstein

Thank You.

There is such power in those two words. In all aspects of life this simple statement acknowledges gratitude for both small and large gifts, whether tangible or intangible. Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for the lovely flowers. Thank you for your caring and understanding. And the list continues.

I find it fascinating that even those who have no knack for picking up other languages invariably know this expression of appreciation in foreign tongues. Everyone knows merci, gracias, danke and all the variations of this universal phrase. And it’s a good thing. It means that everyone on the globe - in whatever language - can use this simple form of speech to express appreciation for the many kindnesses in life that come our way.

Our Golden Rule always promotes thanks, and it is the ideal motto to live by. It expresses a value that we should be ever caring and respectful of all people, and it sets the stage for both the giving and receiving of simple favors.

Beyond the sending of a thank-you note (which I prefer) or in today’s world an e-mail or text, appreciation can be expressed with personal gifts, donations in memory or in honor of someone’s kindnesses, returned favors, moral support and so many other gestures of gratitude that say “thank you.”

We need kindnesses as much as we need to give kindness. It is our very nature. So, let’s establish priorities according to their importance to ourselves and others and express our heartfelt thanks for life’s little favors and kindnesses that come our way.

I’ll begin. Thank you, dear readers, for your support and encouragement over the years. It has enriched my life beyond measure. And I will continue to express my thanks because I appreciate you. I appreciate your positive comments, your suggestions and I appreciate your reading not only my greetings but all of Oyster Pointer as well.

Sylvia Weinstein

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