Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thanks For The Road

This holiday week, a lot of American writers are sharing the things which make them thankful, finding blessings both obvious and obscure that enhance life and warrant a little extra grateful recognition during this national celebration of Thanksgiving. I find it a pleasant respite after the requisite grumbling and complaining that accompanied the recent political season and its aftermath. I say, yes, let's count our blessings: great, small and frequently ignored. I'm going to be keeping my eye out for articles to pass along to you that follow the advice in Philippians 4:8: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

How about we start with something so mundane that we Americans generally take it for granted, complain about the condition it's in, and resent what it costs to maintain--something that has only been around for fifty years, but we now use constantly, and would be much worse off if it didn't exist? This seems a great place to reverse the negative pattern and think about what's excellent and praiseworthy. So what is this often under-appreciated necessity of modern life? Ralph Kinney Bennett, at TCS Daily, brings us a fresh and grateful look at the Interstate highway system.