As always, we give thanks for all of the many blessings we’ve received this past year, both personally and professionally. Moreover, I give thanks to our brand new son-in-law, Samir, who recently underwent a bone marrow harvest to save a child’s life, then returned to his surgical duties the very next day. I also give thanks to our prospective son-in-law, Jason, who will soon graduate from the correction officers academy and serve under the auspices of the New York City Department of Correction. Besides my wonderful wife, Robin, and our fantastic daughters, Linda and April, I give thanks for the many memories I had with my recently departed dog, Cookie, who was profiled earlier this month. A new furry friend will likely join our entourage shortly, making this an especially joyous holiday season.