Today and tomorrow I’m going to fudge a little and only post one item of gratitude. I’m only posting the one because it’s the biggest, most important thing on every American’s agenda today. I am grateful for the right to vote.

For the past eight years, this country has been held in chains and nearly brought to ruin by the disastrous Bush administration. In the 2004 election, I voted out of a sense of duty–but without much hope. This year feels different. This year, I marked my ballot with a sense of pride and hope. It’s remarkable that I can feel that way in these times of economic disaster and war, but this country is resilient. We will survive and thrive.

Please vote. It matters now more than ever before.

What are you grateful for today?