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City Aides Cherish Simple Things

Sally Johnson and other members of Mayor Richard Moccia’s staff aren't taking the simple things for granted. Asked what she might be thankful for, Johnson said, "I am thankful for being here. " Pressed to elaborate, the executive assistant to the mayor said, "I'm thankful for breathing every day."

Darlene Young, program coordinator, is also thankful for basic things. "I don't want to sound corny, but I'm thankful for my children and good health," Young said. She agreed that we should also be thankful just to be alive. “It's almost something we should think about all the time," she said. "We forget about it. But we wait until the holidays to think of things that we're thankful for. There are 365 days in a year, and you should be thankful for each one that you have, good or bad.”

Tad Diesel, director of marketing and business development, struck a similar theme. "I have a life that begins and ends with thankfulness," he said. "It just isn't a single thing. I'm not supposed to be here. ... I'm one of those undeserng human beings who has a wonderful family, community and friends. So many human beings are deserving, but don't have as much."

After a bit of thought, Johnson added her "beautiful, successful" 29-year-old daughter and having a job to her list of things to be thankful for. But she also emphasized the value of simply being alive. "We should all think about it," she said.

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