Hello to my nearest, dearest, funniest and loveliest. I consider myself lucky for so many reasons. First and foremost, I have each and every one of you in my life. You have all challenged me, supported me, loved me, influenced me, made me laugh or cry (and sometimes even laugh-cry) and in many other innumerable ways, you've impacted my life for the better. Secondly, I have the means to buy myself the food I want to eat, the shoes I want to wear, the drinks I want to drink, and the apartment I want to live in. I don't live in a country ravaged by war (yet, anyway...). I'm not a refugee. I'm not an immigrant. I'm not fleeing persecution. I'm white, so I'm probably not going to be shot by a racist cop. In other words, in the world we live in, I'm far better off than most. It is for all these reasons that I am asking you to consider donating to any of the following charities in lieu of a gift for my 40th. Each of the these causes (Big Brothers/BIg Sisters of Mass, Planned Parenthood MA, and No Kid Hungry) are near and dear to me, and hopefully regardless of your political and social beliefs, you too will find at least one of these charities to be a cause worth contributing to.