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Our Thanksgiving Tree

Our Thanksgiving Tree A friend’s 9-year-old came home from school some years back, wearing a paper “Indian hat.” He excitedly told his historian father, “We learned all about the Thanksgiving party the pioneers threw for their Indian friends!” “Well, actually,” … Continue reading

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Who Do You Thank?

When I first heard the song “All Good Gifts” in the adorably ragamuffin movie version of Godspell way back in 1973, I got choked up. I didn’t understand why. And then, even though I considered God (“if there even is … Continue reading

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Without Wonder…

Thought for the Week To say it’s been a hard year would be a gross understatement. And yet this week Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving. In theory. In truth, many will wonder what there is to be thankful for. But they’ll … Continue reading

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Small Things

“It’s a small thing, but people who consistently express gratitude develop a higher level of awareness for all the things in their lives they have to be grateful for.” ~Richie Norton “The Lord likes small things best, especially those done … Continue reading

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76 Years Ago Today

D-Day: It was the largest and riskiest invasion in human history. Courage worth commemorating, yes. But beyond that, if June 6, 1944, still has something to teach us–and I believe it does–it may be this: 1) That evil exists 2) … Continue reading

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Courage Has Many Faces

Today is Memorial Day in my country, a day when, like many other nations, we express our gratitude for those who’ve given their lives defending us. Traditionally, of course, this means those who died in battle. And indeed it should. … Continue reading

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Flying to Neverland

Today is my birthday, but I’m far too clever (or is that cagey?) to simply say that. Truth is, I’ve been thinking about my past birthdays. “Contemplating my natal navel,” so to speak. I’ve been thinking about: Food. Always a … Continue reading

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From Crappy to Happy

It’s funny how Thanksgiving, America’s official day of gratitude, is followed by Black Friday, our unofficial day of grumbling. Of course, you can always avoid shopping and sit at home complaining about the “&%@#*ing commercialization of the holidays!” But that … Continue reading

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Thank You!

“Please” and “thank you.” Those were the magic words, Mom and Dad said. Corny? Yep. But you know what? When I taught my kids to say them, they were kind of magical. “Happiness isn’t necessary for gratitude, gratitude is necessary … Continue reading

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Wise Bear

Have a wonderful end of the week, and then a perfecticle weekend, and then an even wonderfuller week, and then, well, you know, just keep on going. ℘            “If you look the right way, you … Continue reading

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