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#8206;"The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving." ~H.U. Westermayer

Wishing all the TIJ monitors and loiterers a safe and Happy Thanksgiving with much to be thankful for.

TIJ alone is a thing to be thankful for. Thanks for all you guys do and offer.

Mike

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"Every year every person in America concentrates all his thought upon one thing, the cataloguing of his reasons for being thankful to the Deity for the blessings conferred upon him and upon the human race during the expiring twelve months. This is well and as it should be; but it is too one-sided.

No one ever seems to think of the Deity's side of it; apparently no one concerns himself to inquire how much or how little He has had to be thankful for during the same period; apparently no one has had good feeling enough to wish He might have a Thanksgiving day too.

There is nothing right about this. Do you suppose everything has gone to His satisfaction during the year? Do you believe He is as sweepingly thankful as our nation is going to be, as indicated by the enthusiasms which will appear in the papers on the 30th of this month from the pens of the distinguished persons appointed to phrase its thankfulness on that day?"

...............Samuel Clemens......1905

Just another side of it.......and Thanks to everyone that takes part here.

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I find myself contemplating this morning the fact that, through TIJ, I've gotten to know folks from practically every state in the USA, Canada and even Australia. Then I think of those Pilgrims - explorers, who elected to dedicate a moment to give thanks for all they had, when every moment of their living was truly wrapped up in a a desperate attempt to survive, in a land completely void of boundaries - a new world that stretched from the Arctic to Antarctica - as foreign and pristine as outer space or the ocean bottom.

Even the natives of these two continents had rather hazy ideas about boundaries or territories. Few had permanent residences, choosing rather to pick up and move, as it made sense to them. Hunger, cold, illness and death were all merely daily "in your face" parts of living.

Now our idea of a horrifying crisis is the loss of the internet or cable TV for an hour or two - or the grocery store being out of our favorite food or beverage. Then, crossing the continent took months and people died along the way. Now, we do it in between four and six hours and stew, if not gripe, about the service, seat and snack we must "endure" getting from here to there. How times change.

And then, there are those fine brave and dedicated military men and women of valor peppered around the world, that stand vigilant so we can enjoy a day like today.

We so easily lose our perspective regarding just how much we have to be thankful for.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving to all of the decent and varying friends and acquaintances I've made here at TIJ. May today hold some particularly meaningful special and lasting moment for each of you.

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A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.

Every word out of the bird's' mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.

Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude.

As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly, "May I ask what the turkey did?"

Happy Thanksgiving

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"Every year every person in America concentrates all his thought upon one thing, the cataloguing of his reasons for being thankful to the Deity for the blessings conferred upon him and upon the human race during the expiring twelve months. This is well and as it should be; but it is too one-sided.

No one ever seems to think of the Deity's side of it; apparently no one concerns himself to inquire how much or how little He has had to be thankful for during the same period; apparently no one has had good feeling enough to wish He might have a Thanksgiving day too.

There is nothing right about this. Do you suppose everything has gone to His satisfaction during the year? Do you believe He is as sweepingly thankful as our nation is going to be, as indicated by the enthusiasms which will appear in the papers on the 30th of this month from the pens of the distinguished persons appointed to phrase its thankfulness on that day?"

...............Samuel Clemens......1905

Just another side of it.......and Thanks to everyone that takes part here.

Your post brings to mind another more humorous "other side of things" raised by Mark Twain: “But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?â€

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Hi All,

I'm thankful for this, my second family, and all of the friends, and enemies, I've made here. Every year, I'm especially thankful that TIJ has managed to survive another year. I hope I'll be able to say this again next year.

Have a great day, Everyone.

ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!

Mike

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"Every year every person in America concentrates all his thought upon one thing, the cataloguing of his reasons for being thankful to the Deity for the blessings conferred upon him and upon the human race during the expiring twelve months. This is well and as it should be; but it is too one-sided.

No one ever seems to think of the Deity's side of it; apparently no one concerns himself to inquire how much or how little He has had to be thankful for during the same period; apparently no one has had good feeling enough to wish He might have a Thanksgiving day too.

There is nothing right about this. Do you suppose everything has gone to His satisfaction during the year? Do you believe He is as sweepingly thankful as our nation is going to be, as indicated by the enthusiasms which will appear in the papers on the 30th of this month from the pens of the distinguished persons appointed to phrase its thankfulness on that day?"

...............Samuel Clemens......1905

Just another side of it.......and Thanks to everyone that takes part here.

Your post brings to mind another more humorous "other side of things" raised by Mark Twain: “But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?â€

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