Give thanks. Thank you, sun. Thank you, moon. Thank you, utility line repair crews. Nothing like a week or so in the cold and dark to make suburban life\u2019s basics \u2014 heat, lights at the flip of a switch, hot showers, hot coffee, TV, information-filled computer access \u2014 seem worthy of deep appreciation and songful praise. Ya don\u2019t miss the water till the well runs dry \u2014 or the damn pump gets knocked out by a hurricane. This year at our national festival of counting blessings and giving thanks, most Shelton residents may have both a broader and a deeper appreciation for many of the luxuries they are so lucky to enjoy \u2014 and so accustomed to that they view them as basics, not the incredible riches that they would be to so many of the world\u2019s people who live roofless and hungry. That\u2019s true whether they live New Delhi or New Jersey, in permanent want or in temporary storm-inflicted hardship. Those who have should give to help those who do not. With victims of Sandy so close by, and so like us, they are the natural first recipients for Thanksgiving\u2019s generosity. The Connecticut governor\u2019s office has recommended donating to Sandy\u2019s victims through the United Way of New York City, which is helping storm-hit communities along the East Coast, at UnitedWayNYC.org. For giving that is more local, administrators of Shelton and Derby High Schools will be at the Thanksgiving football game gate, at Shelton\u2019s Finn Stadium,\u00a0 collecting gift cards and cash donations for local victims of Sandy in Milford. Along with those luxurious material basics so often taken for granted, there are the deeper things to feel thankful for: friends, family, health, and breath of life, sun, stars \u2026 Love. Peace. Turkey!