'Tis the season to be thankful

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This color illustration by Currier & Ives, “Home to Thanksgiving,” is from the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery, a resource that — like the University’s many libraries and collections — researchers around the world are thankful to be able to access online.

We asked some members of the Yale community to share what they are grateful for this Thanksgiving. Here is what they told us.

To see more comments by community members who are giving thanks this holiday season — and to add your own expressions of gratitude for the good things in your life — visit Yale Facebook.

Yale College Dean Mary Miller:

“I’m thankful for the intensity of Yale students, the imagination of Yale faculty, and the commitment of Yale staff. And this year, I’m particularly thankful for the Art Gallery in its new incarnation: It’s pure magic.”

Tom Duffy, director of Yale bands and professor adjunct at the School of Music:

“I am thankful for the wonderful people that grace my life. It is amazing that, in this modern technology-based world, I can thrive by working and living with live musicians, the practitioners of ancient arts! All of humanity stands on the bank of the river of human emotions. Through deep and beautiful music, we are brought to dip our toes in that river, where we nourish our spirits, our souls, and each other.”

Amy Hungerford, professor of English and American studies, and master of Morse College:

“Every day I walk my dog in the Grove Street cemetery a stone’s throw from our home in Morse College. The cemetery contains a wild profusion of tree species and three centuries of grave markers. I am grateful for the truths these things embody: that time is long, the earth is gorgeous, and that the small things of life pass into something greater — this city, all of nature, the world that comes and goes from here every day.

Regina L. Starolis, executive assistant to the president of the University:

“I am thankful for this place, Yale, with its living and lively tradition. It is my fortune to be a part of such a true society of friends.”

Kenneth Jones, Yale Commons:

“I am grateful to work with Yale Dining, and to have such great colleagues here and across the campus, many of whom I’ve helped welcome and train.”

Paul Cleary, dean of the Yale School of Public Health:

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and dedicated faculty and students in the world. I am constantly impressed both by their commitment to improving health of populations throughout the word and the energy and talent they devote to achieving that goal. Working with such wonderful colleagues is a constant source of inspiration.”

The YaleNews staff:

“We are thankful for all those who have contributed to the success of this website since it launched just over a year ago: for those who have shared news about the people and programs in their departments and schools; for the writers, photographers, and videographers who have enriched us with their creative works; and, of course, for our readers who make it all worthwhile.”

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