I am thankful for easy communication. Being able to pick up the phone and talk to loved ones makes living in Montana doable. Saturday I called my great-uncle, Carlton. I haven't seen him in over two years, but his voice immediately transported me to his back porch in Moorefield, WV. He has been a constant my entire life; always there, always pleasant, always positive. Believe me, I've tried to get him to give up the family dirt, but he won't talk! However, he does talk about his life-long friends that have been more like family to him, the newest minister at his Methodist church, his travels, and he always asks about Jim and the kids. I am thankful the Lord has granted him a 90+-year life. He has served so many people well, including this grateful great-niece.