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Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2015

Tomorrow is the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day. Though we all celebrate differently, we all have things to be thankful for.

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The First Thanksgiving” (1915), by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris

Some years it seems harder to tally up the good things. This year is hard. The economy is still stagnant.  Many, many Americans are out of work. The world seems to be burning, here, in Europe and in the middle east. Politics are crazy all over the world.

And yet… we do have things to be grateful for. Yes, I know it’s mushy, but when times are hardest is when we need to remember all the things that make such times bearable. Friends, family, random acts of kindness.

Americans tend to gather for a day (maybe a whole weekend) of feasting, football, and family. In 1621 the pilgrims feasted with their neighbors, Native Americans, to celebrate having a roof over their heads and food on the table.  We take those things for granted usually. Sometimes the only thing we remember to be thankful for is having the day off from work.

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While that is worth celebrating, take a moment to remember there are people worse off in the world than you. People hungrier, colder, more raggedly dressed. Lend someone a hand this weekend, in any way that presents itself and be grateful for what you have.

And enjoy your celebration.

Happy Thanksgiving!

—E. A. Cooke

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