Thought for the Day: Giving Thanks

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You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.
Bill Gates (thanks to brainyquote.com)

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. Irv Kupcinet (thanks to brainyquote.com)

I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land. Jon Stewart (thanks to brainyquote.com)

turkey pilgrimThanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. Erma Bombeck (thanks to brainyquote.com)

My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor. Phyllis Diller (thanks to brainyquote.com)

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Even during the Great Depression, we had a turkey on Thanksgiving Day and on Christmas Day. My mother started the work a day or two before Thanksgiving. My job was to grind breadcrumbs and one other else she wanted ground using the hand grinder. I thought my arm would fall off.

TG 1My job was to singe the bird over burning newspapers. Then I took the nut pick and removed the feather stubs. I like playing with fire, but did not like trying to pluck those blasted stubs out of the turkey’s hide.

On Thanksgiving morning, we always chopped wood for the winter. Sometimes the wood was full of knots and hard to slice. It was a good way to work up hunger.

Mother’s dressing and turkey gravy was out of this world. Sometimes I wonder if my sisters know how to make it. I better give them a call.

In a good part of my life, our country has been at war. We certainly have had our ups and downs. But in the long run, we have a lot for which to be thankful. It’s a good time to think about the down and out. Why not take a few cans of goods to your local food kitchen or Salvation Army?

John

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