Giving Thanks, 2021

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This post was originally published on November 25, 2021.

I will be thinking of writing teachers and writing students everywhere this Thanksgiving, and giving thanks for all the magnificent colleagues and even more magnificent students I have had the honor and privilege of knowing over my very long career. 

When I count my blessings, which I try to do every single day, teachers and students—along with my beloved grandnieces Audrey and Lila—are at the top of my list. I hope this day, even in the midst of a seemingly never-ending pandemic, will bring time shared with your loved ones, time to give thanks for and with them, and time for some relaxation and reflection.

With thanks, and every good wish,


Image Credit: "Happy Thanksgiving everyone!" by InaFrenzy, used under a CC BY 2.0 license

About the Author
Andrea A. Lunsford is the former director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University and teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English. A past chair of CCCC, she has won the major publication awards in both the CCCC and MLA. For Bedford/St. Martin's, she is the author of The St. Martin's Handbook, The Everyday Writer and EasyWriter; The Presence of Others and Everything's an Argument with John Ruszkiewicz; and Everything's an Argument with Readings with John Ruszkiewicz and Keith Walters. She has never met a student she didn’t like—and she is excited about the possibilities for writers in the “literacy revolution” brought about by today’s technology. In addition to Andrea’s regular blog posts inspired by her teaching, reading, and traveling, her “Multimodal Mondays” posts offer ideas for introducing low-stakes multimodal assignments to the composition classroom.