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We celebrate gratitude in our daily lives on Thanksgiving.

A Thanksgiving Prayer
Samuel F. Pugh

O God, when I have food,

     help me to remember the hungry;

When I have work,

     help me to remember the jobless;

When I have a home,

     help me to remember those who have no home at all;

When I am without pain,

     help me to remember those who suffer,

And remembering,

     help me to destroy my complacency;

     bestir my compassion,

     and be concerned enough to help;

By word and deed,

     those who cry out for what we take for granted.





Be a child at Thanksgiving.  Touch the gratitude.   
Enjoy Thanksgiving recipes and pumpkin pie.


“Pum-pum Pum-pum Pumpkin Pie,”
by Grandpa Tucker©


I like turkey – the dressing’s cool
With potatoes round a gravy pool
The thing that really makes me sigh
Is pum-pum pum-pum pumpkin pie!

When it is Thanksgiving Day
Aunt Edna comes from far away.
I kiss her cheek, it makes her cry,
I do it all for pumpkin pie.

Oh! Pum-pum, pum-pum pumpkin pie!


The table's set, I bow my head,

Then my private prayer is said,

"Thanks for your blessing from on high,

This pum-pum,  pum-pum, pumpkin pie!”

The time is close, I start to stutter
And stick my finger in the butter.
As mom asks, "Now?" "Oh! Yeah!" I cry,
"A big HIGH FIVE for pumpkin pie!

Yes!!!  Pum-pum, pum-pum, pumpkin pie!"


Beautiful Thanksgiving ecards, Thanksgiving poems, Thanksgiving resources and Thanksgiving articles. 


If the only prayer you said in your whole life was "thank you,"  that would suffice. 
 ~Meister Eckhart







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







Pauline is an attorney who devotes several hours a week to pro bono law for clients with needs who cannot pay.  She is a tireless supporter of better pay and better work conditions for all.  She feels that education is the way "up and out." 


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





Thanksgiving at Guevarra, Hoerschgen, Bjorn, O’Neill, Puccini & Greenstein


Giacomo (front, left), is the head of a law firm intentionally formed with exceptional diversity.  A man who lives his faith, he has surrounded himself with employees of both genders, all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and cultures, heading off potential conflict with integrity and leadership.  Those who go to complain to him about the day-to-day things that happen in any office are usually told, “Change your attitude.” 

The age range in the firm is 32 through 61 and includes two mother-daughter combinations.  The holiday party this year is being called "Our Kris Kringle Party."  They drew names.  The 60 year old runner Giacomo hired last year, who had just lost his wife, and just filed bankruptcy, drew Giacomo's name for the party. Coincidence?  You be the judge.  



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“Remember God's bounty in the year.  String the pearls of His favor.  Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light!  Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!”  ~~Henry Ward Beecher


Did you thank the person who helped you today?  Last week?  
All day every week?  (They’re the easiest to take for granted!)


The most hectic job I had (besides parenting and homemaking) was in PR.  Besides raising funds, giving events, and the other usual, it’s about handling complaints.  Gilson was a retired engineer who volunteered his services at the homeless shelter where I worked and served on the Board.  Whenever I would call him on the phone, he would say, “Hello, Susan.  How can I help you today?”

AMAZING GRACE!  (Thanks Gilson, wherever you are.)





When this little pilgrim was a few years older, he put together a party for the children at a local homeless shelter.  He brought t-shirts and dye for them to tie-dye t-shirts, and refreshments.  A good time was had by all.  When it was over, he said, "I'm tired but I sure feel good."  And so it is with giving.   


He died in 1999.  Those who are left behind are grateful for the blessing of his life and goodness for the 21 years, 6 months, 5 weeks, 7 hours, and 11 minutes he was here on earth. 


“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.”
~W.J. Cameron




Express your gratitude. 

Do a little bit more, go the extra mile,






Asked at the last minute to provide the desserts for the Thanksgiving table as a houseguest, Grammuver, as Lisette calls her, found a way to improvise, and embellish.  “It’s the little things that count,” she always says. 


My own grandmother taught me how to do the mashed potatoes.  She said if you didn't have enough money to pay for a lot of real butter (which she didn't), put a big dollop of it right on top where they can see it.  She was an early-adopter of presentation - - let’s call it “letting it show.”




He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.
~J.A. Shedd




What do we have to be thankful for?


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson



From the mailbag:  "I'm grateful I learned about emotional intelligence.  Now I can get along better.  My whole family is telling me that."







The Children’s Table

I’m thankful when I go to a Feast and the children get to sit with the Big Folks, or if they are to sit at a Children’s Table, it’s been festively decorated like the Big Folks’ table.

Holiday Beverages for the Little Pilgrims
Nana’s Nog, Little Pilgrim’s Progress Punch, Turkey-Toe Warmer


It’s an old tradition that just doesn’t seem to go away – putting the children at a separate table . . . with second-hand tablecloth, no centerpiece, almost as an after-thought.  Please don’t do this!  Let the kids sit at the big folks’ table, or fix up their table extra-special.  When they sit with the big folks, they learn the etiquette of such occasions, and feel included.


Letter from client:  “At my house when I was growing up, we all sat at one table.  My mom got out the china and real silverware.  I had my own child's set of Towle sterling.  It had my initials on it.  Wow!  Way cool." 


With a larger group, you can go buffet.


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How to be the Perfect Guest



What can you give thanks for?



For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson





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                            Let us Bow our Heads in Prayer . . .
            Because the world is so full of such beautiful things.





“The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!”  ~Henry Ward Beecher








Thanksgiving 2004

How have you been blessed this year? 


Since last Thanksgiving, the man on the left survived a quadruple bypass and then was laid off after 25 years with his company.  He is now working as a security guard at the airport in order to have insurance for which he says, “I am very grateful to have a job and to be able to work.”  


He's working on Thanksgiving Day, helping the travelers navigate the labyrinth that is DFW.  

[If you're reading this, Ken, you're just the one to do it!]




“Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace,
the celebration of work and the simple life . . .
a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest,
the ripe product of the year -
and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.”
 ~Ray Stannard Baker










Thanksgiving 2004


Since last Thanksgiving, the man on the right lost his father to cancer.  Last year was their last Thanksgiving together.  His father died two months later.  


Since last Thanksgiving, the woman on the left is helping her young husband, the father of their two small children, battle a brain tumor.  


Meanwhile, out on the West Coast, Clarice will be hosting Thanksgiving Dinner.   Her husband and her mother are both dying, and this will be their last Thanksgiving together.  Clarice has no children.  


This year Phillip will be returning to New Orleans for Thanksgiving.  3 years ago his wife died.  2 years ago his home was destroyed in the hurricane.  He has relocated to Texas.


What are you grateful for right now?  
If you can see, hear, smell, taste and touch, 
be grateful!



“Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.”
~George Herbert





Count Your Blessings!
Autumn Leaves midi



“On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.”
~William Jennings Bryan


Grandparents and grandchildren have a special bond, as they are approaching the vulnerable ends of the spectrum.  Plans are made for and around them, and they often sit at a separate table at the Thanksgiving Feast.   Why not honor them instead! 


We age according to our gratitude.  A grateful heart is a young heart.  Each minute of anger suppresses your immune system for an hour. 





  • The average life expectancy in the US was 47.

  • Only 14% of the homes in the US had a bathtub.

  • Only 8% of the homes in the US had a telephone.  A 3-minute call from Denver to New York cost $11.00 (consider inflation when you do the math).

  • There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.

  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

  • Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa and Tennessee were each more heavily-populated than California.  With a mere 1.4 millions residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

  • The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour. (Means you had to work more than one day to pay for that LD phone call.)

  • The average US worker made between $200 and $400 a year.


. . . we took it for granted








“It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for.  He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire.  Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient.  But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.”    ~W.J. Cameron




“In a Last-Minute Panic about Thanksgiving Dinner?”
by Susan Dunn, MA, The EQ Coach



Well, the big day is almost here!  I just received an article through my list saying you should’ve had it all planned out 10 days before, and that’s past, of course, so – as a 
former giver of events, and a long-time hostess, chef and bottle-washer for the 
Thanksgiving Feast, let me help you out!  

Be completely traditional.  Having just attended several early Feasts at offices I visit, let me assure you, there’s nothing like it.  Yes, that deep-fried turkey is great (so I’m told), 
and some Emeril creation is designer-impressive, but what people love is the same old traditional things, so here goes. 

1.             Get a frozen Butterball.  You can’t beat it.  Extensive directions on the
 label, and also on their website.  Everyone wants to help you with 
your turkey!

2.             Stuffing – well, in the south it will be cornbread, and in the north, 
white bread, but Pepperidge Farm sells them both in packets to which 
you add chicken broth (buy it in a can, or like I just did – in a box, free 
range chicken and fat free) .  Start by sautéing 1 medium onion and 2 
stalks of celery, cubed, in about 2 T. of butter.  Then follow the 
directions on the bad, and add to the sautéed veggies.  Add pecans or 
walnuts if you like, at the end, water chestnuts, whatever strikes your 
fancy.  Raisins I’ve seen!  (Plenty of recipes on the Internet.)

3.             Mashed potatoes.  With that great turkey gravy you can even get by 
with mashed potato flakes.  I saw a woman in the office break room the 
other day mixing it up right there with nothing but a microwave, and 
they were great.

4.             That green bean casserole.  All it takes is opening cans – a can of 
mushroom sauce, a can of those French onion rings. 

5.             The pies?  Many people buy them frozen, or from Marie Callenders 
or a caterer, but I encourage you to make your own.  It’s a real treat.  
Pie crust is the easiest thing in the world if you use more shortening 
than is required, and make the 2-pie crust recipe for just one., i.e., if
it calls for 2/3 c. shortening, use 3/4 cup.  Then you don’t have to worry 
about making the crust on the edges nice and high.  Get a can of 
pumpkin pie mix with the evaporated milk.  Grocery stores now batch 
these items so you don’t have to hunt.  For the crust, use the extra 
dough.  Roll it out again and use a cookie cutter to cut out some shapes 
and place them on top – I use fall leaves! 

6.              Buy two pints of whipping cream and make your own.  Makes all the difference.  Recipe on carton.  All you need is an electric mixer.  Use 
1 t. vanilla, 1 T. of sugar, nothing else.  Far better
than cool whip. 

And now, my two favorite recipes for the sweet potatoes, or yams as they’re called in 
the south.  


Bake 3 large yams in the oven at 350 till tender.  Test with a knife.  When it goes 
through without resistance, they’re done. 

Mash with 4 T. butter, ¾ C. brown sugar, and a dash of cinnamon.  Put into a 
greased casserole.  Put marshmallows all over the top.  Put back in the oven at 
serving time until marshmallows are brown, and casserole is heated.  You can add 
raisins and nuts if you like – about ½ cup of each should do it, but we like it plain. 

And the piece de resistance (the best part) my Special Topping for Apple Pie. 
should add that I fix pumpkin and mincemeat pies, but this apple pie is the one that
everyone eats.  Instead of putting regular crust on top sprinkle the following on top 
and bake the usual way. 


1/3 cup butter
¾ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup sifted flour 

Cream butter till soft, blend in brown sugar.  Mix in flour till mixture is crumbly.  
Sprinkle these crumbs over the top of the apples. 

P.S.  If the gravy panics you, I don’t recommend you buy the canned or packaged 
product.  Rather shop around town for a top-notch caterer that sells it.  It will be 
worth every cent.  Likely it’s frozen and you can stop by tonight. 

If you need help, give me a call – 817-734-1471. 

And don’t leave out the most important ingredient – the gratitude!



How have you been blessed in your life?




“Forever on Thanksgiving Day
The heart will find the pathway home.”
~Wilbur D. Nesbit


Your mother is waiting for you to call her on Thanksgiving!
No matter where you are, or how old you are, or what has gone on between you, you are always in her heart and on her mind.


Pick up the phone.  Someone’s waiting.







“Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. 
It's a way to live.”
~Jackie Windspear




“Grace under pressure” is one of my favorite phrases, and touchstones.  I am most honored, I think, when I am told I evidenced it.  It is easy to be grace-ful (kind, compassionate, patient, wise, authentic) when things are going well.  It is not so easy when things are not going well.  With EQ, we can learn to have more grace under more pressure, more often. 









All along your journey, someone looked after you … someone mentored you … someone believed in you … someone cared … someone picked you up when you were down, dusted you off and sent you lovingly back on your way again ... someone listened ... someone else gave you a wakeup call . . . someone was there, in large ways and small.  Pass it on!



“Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. 
Believe in man.  Soberly and with clear eyes,
believe in your own time and place. 
There is not, and there never has been a better time,
or a better place to live in.” 
~Phillips Brooks




Don’t like the house you live in? 
Think the traffic’s bad on your way to work? 
Hate your job?

Got a nasty boss, cramped office, hate the staff?

Get tired of listening to your kids whine?

Think your husband’s gone too much?







“And though I ebb in worth, I'll flow in thanks.”
~John Taylor  



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“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them,
is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” 
~W.T. Purkiser


"How wonderful it would be if we could help out children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age.  Thanksgiving opens the doors.  It changes a child’s personality.  A child is resentful, negative - - or thankful.  Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.  ~ Sir John Templeton

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What is there to be happy about?




Oh, let’s see . . .


“I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. 

Go outside into the field, nature and the sun,
Go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God.
Think of the beauty that again and again discharges itself

Within and without you and be happy.”

~ Anne Frank



“Thanksgiving Precautions for the Safety of Your Animal Companion,”
by Susan Dunn, MA, cEQc, The EQ Coach™


Nancy and Odie
Since last Thanksgiving, Odie has passed. 

Things change at the holidays.  New people come to your house with strange new things, you rearrange furniture, you come and go more.  You’re distracted, more tired, and more emotional than usual, which means you can fail to pay attention to important things. 

At the same time, all these things confuse your animal companion, causing them to do things they ordinarily wouldn’t do that can bring harm to them. 

The most important thing is your pet’s health and life.  Second to this, your time and money are precious, and trips to the vet and extra bills aren’t pleasant with Christmas coming up.      

Here are some precautions for the safety of your animal companion:

 1.    Keep careful track of visitors’ possessions. 

People bring all sorts of things in their suitcases and purses, like nitroglycerine and sleeping pills.  Keep purses and luggage up off the floor, closed and latched.  Cats can climb, as you know so nothing’s really safe.  Ex Lax, Chew tabs, and other items with chocolate in them might be in a visitor’s suitcase or purse.  Chocolate contains theobromine which can be fatal to animals, even in small doses.     

2.     Keep your animal companion on their regular regime and diet.

It’s tempting to carve the roast beef or turkey and throw scraps to the dog.  There’s their weight to consider, but also, if you’ve done this they usually end up vomiting.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Protect your animal companion from new people and vice versa. 

Guests can agitate and excite your pet so they get in trouble, do bizarre things, and also harm people.   

Consider for instance your Macaw.  You know all about your bird, but many people aren’t familiar with their habits and may, as I once did, stick my finger right in the cage to get friendly, and …  “the Macaw uses its bill to score and then, in steel-cutter fashion, shear the nuts in two so cleanly that the cut surfaces resemble the work of a metal-cutting saw or laser …” and it’s ho-ho-ho, off to the emergency room we go.

Don’t let your pet eat all gifts that are presented!

The houseguest from hell, I brought homemade dog biscuits for a friend’s dog once, which gave it terrible diarrhea and we were all up all night.  People often bring chocolate and plants or flowers that might be poisonous.  Holly and mistletoe are poisonous to both humans and animals, and poinsettias, though not technically poisonous, don’t sit well. 

Rabbits like to chew electrical cords. 

You’ll be getting out more extension cords this time of year.  Cover them with duct tape and get them out of the way as best you can.

6.    Tranquilize your pet or tranquilize their environment. 

This is an option that may be best for your animal companion.  Some animals are innately high-strung, just as some people are.  Consult your veterinarian, or secure the animal in a quiet room, or put them outdoors if they’re the excitable type.

8.  Watch carefully the animal that isn’t used to children, and vice versa.  

Children do not naturally know how to behave with animals, and the excitement can lead to injury of either party.  Animals can bite when agitated.  Children can let the hamster or snake out of its cage, forget to close the cage, leave doors open so the dogs and cats run out, give animals food they shouldn’t eat, pull ears, step on tails and otherwise torture animals because they haven’t had the opportunity to learn pet care.   

9.  Guard against escapes!  

The holidays are greatly loved by the pet who loves to escape.  Your guests may not be used to closing doors quickly as they exit.  If you have such a knave in your house that shoots for the door at every opportunity, explain to kids and houseguests, don’t count on it working, make sure the pets have tags, or take the animal to the vets for a couple of days.  Sometimes that’s the only safe course of action.  Older visitors with bifocals who may also be forgetful of instructions, can step on small pets, or rock on their tales while sitting in the rocker.  

Your animal companion counts on you for food, shelter, and safety.  Be there for them at Thanksgiving and all the year. 







“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity:  It  must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”

~ William Faulkner







“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  ~  Melody Beattie





Did you thank the opera singers, the ballet dancers, the pianists, conductors and orchestra at the last performance you attended?






       Dr. Alifano recently went to hear Christopher O'Reilly and the 
       BOS play Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto.  The audience gave the 
       pianist a 10 minute standing ovation.  


Since last Thanksgiving, Luciano Pavarotti has passed. 
We hear the silence.

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“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant,

to enact gratitude is generous and noble,

But to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”

~ Johannes A. Gaertner







“Who does not thank for little

Will not thank for much.”

~ Estonian Proverb


Be glad for the poke in the eye from the little bozos in your life.
Remember those who cry out for what you take for granted  . . .

Are tired of, annoyed by, irritated with, longing to be rid of, 
begrudgingly tolerating, or busy wishing away . . . 






“Thank God every day when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done whether you like it or not.  Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.”  ~Basil Carpenter


and for the rest that follows from the sense of a job well done









Peace to you, and best wishes to you and yours

for a Thanksgiving full of gratitude!




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