A time to say thanks…

I want to wish all my readers and their families a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving and to thank you for reading my blog, participating in the discussions and joining in the effort to educate our fellow citizens about the happenings in the world around us.

There are some among us who have many things to be thankful for, and some whose list is less than what it should be, but I hope that everyone can find warmth and comfort on this day.

A special wish for peace and comfort goes out to those who have lost loved ones this year.  The loss is highlighted on festive days, like this, but it also gives us the opportunity to speak about our love and remembrances, which further ensure that the ones we’ve lost live on in such a special way.

I’d also ask that each one of us take a moment to pledge to do our best to ensure that when Thanksgiving Day comes around again, there are even more of us who can say with certainty that they are safe and warm and healthy and thankful.

Finally, here are a couple of quotes to ponder as you enjoy the blessings of the day – food, friendship, football and now thanks to the excesses of Black Friday – even shopping .  Each quote reflects, to some degree, its author, while both sparkle with a truth worth remembering on this day.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy who said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

And the always insightful, if not a bit acerbic, Mark Twain, who reminded us that, “Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for — annually, not oftener — if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man’s side, consequently on the Lord’s side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.”

So with that, Peace and Goodwill to one and all.

  • Castles Burning

    Heartfelt, inspirational, and educational. What a wonderful Thanksgiving message. Jonathan, you are a treasure.

  • Linda174

    Thank you Jon for uniting teachers, students and parents who are now working together to save and strengthen our public schools and to make sure they remain truly public.

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  • LaurieLima

    Well put… I wish the same for you and yours. Thank you.

  • And let us not forget our current President and all Presidents past who pardon the Thanksgiving Turkey in a public ceremony before going back into the private White House dinner to dine on … Turikey.
    As fine a political tradition as ever existed

    • jonpelto

      Yes truly – one of the finest!

      Sent from my BlackBerry please excuss typos