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In a year riddled with foreclosures, layoffs, and stock market losses, you may think it would be difficult to find reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving.

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American poet Robert Frost once said, Poetry is what s lost in translation. In Catonsville, a talented group of poets and poetry-lovers are hanging on every lost word with the Poets Corner, a monthly program at Charlestown that features readings, lectures, and poetry-related workshops. The Poets Corner is for anyone who enjoys poetry, says poet Phyllis Rowe, who organizes the program.
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One of the greatest life lessons Peggy Wixted learned came from her grandchildren. They taught me not to sweat the small stuff, enjoy life, and laugh more, she says. Wixted, a grandmother of five, has plenty of opportunities to practice all of those lessons and teach new ones as she plays an active role in the lives of her grandkids, ages 8 to 22 years old.

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In her bedroom-turned-art studio, Jewell Brenneman is free to create pieces like her Pear Jammin series, which won multiple prizes in Charlestown s Visual Art Show. In spring 2008, Jewell and George Brenneman decided to trade in their Elkridge house for a maintenance-free 1,100-square-foot apartment home at Charlestown, the community by Erickson in Catonsville.

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Charlotte Micklos thought you were either born an artist or you weren t that was, until she discovered a hidden talent she never knew she had. I went to a local art show years ago and saw some paintings by people I knew, says Micklos. I thought, if they can do it, why can t I? Micklos began taking art classes and painted off and on while raising her five children.