By Art Gallagher
This year, more than any before, I am present to the many blessing which have been bestowed upon me, for which I am grateful.
While I don’t recommend it, I am grateful that I was arrested and spent three weeks in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.
I am grateful to have met the men and women I met while at MCCI, both inmates and staff. They gave me insights into life that will contribute to the rest of my life.
I am grateful to my friends who made sure I was safe.
I am grateful to know who loves me and has faith in me. I am grateful to know who doesn’t.
I am grateful to know who my friends are.
I am grateful to know that I am either “popular”, “powerful,” or “polarizing” enough that my arrest, incarceration and release where more newsworthy than items in the police blotter.
I am grateful that I will have the opportunity to celebrate these, and many other blessings with friends and loved ones.