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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
DO YOU CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING AT YOUR OFFICE?
Thanksgiving at Guevarra, Hoerschgen, Bjorn, O’Neill, Puccini & Greenstein
(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
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.
a Turkey at your table this Thanksgiving?
Change your attitude
Take the Difficult People Course and be prepared.
THANKSGIVING – a card
for you, or copy and paste
Can I Help You?
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
you thank the person who helped you today?
All day every week? (They’re the easiest to take for granted!)
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
GRACE! (Thanks Gilson, wherever you are.)
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
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
after all, is a word of action.”
a little bit more, go the extra mile,
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.
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
who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.
do we have to be thankful 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
the mailbag: "I'm grateful I learned about emotional
intelligence. Now I can get along better. My whole family is
telling me that."
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
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
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
a larger group, you can go buffet.
Thanksgiving Dinner Etiquette
can you give thanks 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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for Christmas. What
we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Help them get that baby off to a good start.
Let us Bow our Heads
in Prayer . . .
Because the world is so full of such beautiful things.
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
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!]
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
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.
are you grateful for right now?
If you can see, hear, smell, taste and touch,
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.”
Autumn Leaves midi
Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.”
~William Jennings Bryan
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!
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
YOU REMEMBER TO BE GRATEFUL FOR A NORMAL,
UNEVENTFUL DAY AND ORDINARY GOOD HEALTH?
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
Last-Minute Panic about Thanksgiving Dinner?”
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
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),
1. Get a frozen Butterball.
You can’t beat it. Extensive
directions on the
– well, in the south it will be cornbread, and
in the north,
3. Mashed potatoes. With
that great turkey gravy you can even get by
4. That green bean casserole.
All it takes is opening cans – a can of
5. The pies? Many
people buy them frozen, or from Marie Callenders
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.
now, my two favorite recipes for the sweet potatoes, or yams as
they’re called in
SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
large yams in the oven at 350 till tender.
Test with a knife. When
with 4 T. butter, ¾ C. brown sugar, and a dash of cinnamon.
Put into a
piece de resistance (the best part) my Special Topping for Apple
butter till soft, blend in brown sugar.
Mix in flour till mixture is crumbly.
If the gravy panics you, I don’t recommend you buy the canned or
need help, give me a call – 817-734-1471.
don’t leave out the most important ingredient – the gratitude!
have you been blessed in your life?
on Thanksgiving Day
The heart will find the pathway home.”
~Wilbur D. Nesbit
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.
up the phone. Someone’s
isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.
It's a way to live.”
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,
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!
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.”
like the house you live in?
Think the traffic’s bad on your way to work?
Hate your job?
a nasty boss, cramped office, hate the
tired of listening to your kids whine?
your husband’s gone too much?
though I ebb in worth, I'll flow in thanks.”
immune system is your FIRST line of defense against bacteria,
and your ONLY line of defense against viruses.
can kill bacteria with antibiotics, but nothing kills a virus
except your own good health.
HERE to become a
distributor and help others as well as yourself.
HERE to become a
distributor and help others as well as yourself.
what we say about our blessings, but how we use them,
is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
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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is Grateful Today?
is there to be happy about?
let’s see . . .
do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains.
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
and without you and be happy.”
Precautions for the Safety of Your Animal Companion,”
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.
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.
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
are some precautions for the safety of your animal companion:
careful track of visitors’ possessions.
6. Tranquilize your pet or tranquilize their environment.
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.
Guard against escapes!
animal companion counts on you for food, shelter, and safety.
Be there for them at Thanksgiving and all the year.
is a quality similar to electricity:
It must be produced
and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”
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.” ~
you thank the opera singers, the ballet dancers, the pianists,
conductors and orchestra at the last performance you attended?
just sit there! GET UP ON YOUR FEET AND GIVE THEM A BRAVISSIMO!
speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant,
enact gratitude is generous and noble,
to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”
Johannes A. Gaertner
does not thank for little
not thank for much.”
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 . . .
tired of, annoyed by, irritated with, longing to be rid of,
begrudgingly tolerating, or busy wishing away . . .
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
for the rest that follows from the sense of a job well done
to you, and best wishes to you and yours
a Thanksgiving full of gratitude!
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