There’s a lot of privilege in that photo. I’m thankful for the people who sacrificed so much.

I have a great deal to be thankful for, family, particularly grandchildren, good friends, an interesting and rewarding career, and an abundant life.

Thank you for visiting this blog – for all it is and isn’t. I appreciate your comments and participation. Thank you for putting up with me.

The world is still an interesting place and it’s more fun if we encounter it together.

I hope that you have an opportunity to be with the ones you love on this holiday and that you’re able to take time out to give thanks.


Those of you who know me will understand that the holidays are always difficult for me. Absent friends and absent family. We all have them and we all miss them, don’t we?


We are the manifestation in the modern, of our stalwart ancestors who gave all that we might be. I don’t know of anyone who didn’t want their children and grandchildren to have better lives than they did.  Thanksgiving brings generations together in celebration of many things, and naturally, the communists in Washington DC and their media factotums cheer them on.

And still, we celebrate.


  1. My daughter abandoned me about 4 years ago and I still don’t know why. Despite my entreaties for her reasoning, I have been rebuffed. I’m not even sure how old my granddaughter is now. Somehow I have come to accept this and come to relative peace with it. Which is very weird because I will kick and scream and shout over the most trivial things that occur.

  2. I for one really appreciate your wisdom and insight on many subjects that I know very little about. It’s amazing how much one can learn by just keeping one’s mouth shut and listening. (And trying to understand). I will drink from your well of knowledge until it runs dry. I try to only reply when I have intimate knowledge on a subject. I give thanks for you being willing to share with the rest of us plebes.

  3. The Bible tells us to give thanks in all circumstances, and with acknowledgment, to be grateful for the blessings we enjoy. Today we celebrate something uniquely American, something Lincoln set down as critical because:

    “…we are prone to forget the source from which bounties come,…which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the everwatchful providence of Almighty God.”

    We, your readers, are grateful for this site, which brings an eclectic blend of interest and insight that we get to enjoy. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. I’m thankful for family and friends as well and I’ll be with family today though I’ll have to go into the city to do so where I’ll be seeing at least some of the grandkids.
    Thanks also for tolerating my comments here when I make them.

  5. We all have countless things to truly be great full for one being this great blog and all the wisdom that comes from reading it daily. The Mrs and decided to decline family invites this year and stay home with our three GSPs and the wood stove. We’re also going with a non traditional feast and will be cooking up a great big giant pot of Zarzuela along with a few smoked meat and cheese tapas and some good wine. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. We have similar feelings. Many thanks for the friendship over the years. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and a toast to those who cannot be here- Absent Comrades!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. A most excellent blog with outstanding commentary from the exceptional readers thereof. Does it get better? Only when the postman delivers the 97 volumes of the Encyclopedia of Tanks, Planes and Everything Else in History…so I can try to keep up.

  8. LL, I pray you and your family for a wonderful, prosperous and Blessed Thanksgiving and may Peace reign and continue.

  9. Yes, LL, friends absent and friends who have passed on. We can still give thanks for having them in our lives at some time, for some time, and to have met them.

    Here’s wishing all who come here a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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