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Auld Lang Syne


01/04/18



 At our family dinners, we often replace prayers with moments of gratitude. The children, who are often the ones leading the effort, remind us to hold on to the experiences and moments that make us happiest even in the hardest of times. I reached out to my fellow “Granite Views” columnists to ask if they’d be willing to share their moment of gratitude with all of you in this year-end edition.  Our responses are below for your reading pleasure.


Fred Bramante: “Most importantly, I’m grateful for being born healthy with two loving Italian-American parents and for my entire family. Anyone starting life with comparable blessings is already among the world’s luckiest people. I’m blessed to be an American where I’m encouraged to pursue my hopes and dreams: to live in a state that was willing to trust a rock ’n’ roll guy to lead its education redesign effort, which carries with it the great gift of doing for others. Lastly, I’m so blessed by my friends and for the amazing life that I’ve lived, and it ain’t over yet!”
 
Jody Reese: “I’m grateful to the people in my life who continue to support me and my plans. From my family who put up with a lot of hours away from them to the folks I work with who continue to believe in me to my friends who continue to encourage me, I’m so very grateful to be a part of their lives and to lean on them and am honored to have them lean on me.”

Steve Reno: “In the strong winds of conflict that seems to blow with increasing strength across our world these days, I am grateful for the tight web of relationships that centers me, starting with the love and solicitude of my wife and children, our extended family, dear and long-standing friends, colleagues, and the circles of my friends and colleagues. Together, we sustain and help one another and the larger community in which we live.”
 
There were several times over this past year when I became overwhelmed by the negativity and divisive antics that can fill our newsfeeds. In those moments, I did not need to look far to find the love, generosity and hope of my community. In these final days of 2017, that support is what I am most grateful for and what gives me the strength to keep addressing some of the more pressing matters in our state. Finally, as the relative newbie to this column, I am grateful to the readers of the Hippo who take the time to write and provide feedback. I hope that each of you have countless moments of gratitude in the year ahead.
Allyson Ryder serves as the associate director at Leadership NH. Her email address is almryder@outlook.com. 





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