The most glorious autumn ever has given way to an exquisite blanket of snow and is ushering in the Thanksgiving season.

It is heart-wrenching to see the struggles of our country in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, and it stirs deep feelings of gratitude for everyday, take-for-granted things like heat, lighting, clean running water, fresh food, friends and loved ones.

I echo Robert Brault when he said, "Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.' "

Carolyn Nelson

Salt Lake City