Giving Thanks

Sunset A  2.22.17by Mary Jo

Thanksgiving is a justly popular holiday because it involves family, friends, food, and no need to shop for presents. <G>  As you probably know, the holiday is a form of harvest festival so the origins are lost in the mists of time.  The difference between a good harvest or a bad one was literally life or death, so it made great sense to celebrate the bounty of the earth. 

I love Thanksgiving because it's secular and can be–and is!–celebrated by everyone, of all religious and ethnicities.  It's a time for families, but also for inviting friends, particularly those who might not have someone else to celebrate with.  Roast turkey is not mandatory. 

 

Even though these days most of us aren't as closely connected to the production of food, I think Thanksgiving is a good time to consider the things we're thankful for, both large and small.  A large occasion for gratitude this year is because IMG_0275 this holiday has the blessing of being able to gather friends and family together in the traditional way after a year of lockdowns and reduced socializing.  Some of my favorite people gathered at my table and we all contributed different dishes which makes the feast even better (as well as being less work for the hostess!)

But it has been a very difficult year, and many are still struggling.  Which is why it's good to take time to give thanks for small good things.  Twice in the past, I've blogged about looking for three things to be thankful for every day.  Because it's been a rough year, remembering even a single small blessing can brighten our days.  Things like:

***A touch of natural beauty, like a sunset or spring flowers.

IMG_5255***The charm and entertainment that pets can provide.

***A favorite food.

***Talking with a friend you haven't seen in too long and picking up as if no time has passed since your last conversation.

***A task performed successfully, whether at home or work.  Personally, I'm pleased that I've successfully cleared away the geologic layers of accumulated papers, books, and unclassifiable objects on my desk so I can now actually see wood again!

So what small blessings can you give thanks for? I hope you have many!

Mary Jo

145 thoughts on “Giving Thanks”

  1. Mary Jo-I am thankful that this Thanksgiving, I was able to be present to share wonderful fellowship, not to mention delicious food. In person and around the table. Somehow, it was magical. I am thankful for the dear friends that make life so much better in every way. I am thankful that I can continue to reach out and help my friends and even strangers when the opportunity arises. And lastly, I offer thanks for the myriad of writers whose books occupy my shelves both literally and metaphorically.

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  2. Mary Jo-I am thankful that this Thanksgiving, I was able to be present to share wonderful fellowship, not to mention delicious food. In person and around the table. Somehow, it was magical. I am thankful for the dear friends that make life so much better in every way. I am thankful that I can continue to reach out and help my friends and even strangers when the opportunity arises. And lastly, I offer thanks for the myriad of writers whose books occupy my shelves both literally and metaphorically.

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  3. Mary Jo-I am thankful that this Thanksgiving, I was able to be present to share wonderful fellowship, not to mention delicious food. In person and around the table. Somehow, it was magical. I am thankful for the dear friends that make life so much better in every way. I am thankful that I can continue to reach out and help my friends and even strangers when the opportunity arises. And lastly, I offer thanks for the myriad of writers whose books occupy my shelves both literally and metaphorically.

    Reply
  4. Mary Jo-I am thankful that this Thanksgiving, I was able to be present to share wonderful fellowship, not to mention delicious food. In person and around the table. Somehow, it was magical. I am thankful for the dear friends that make life so much better in every way. I am thankful that I can continue to reach out and help my friends and even strangers when the opportunity arises. And lastly, I offer thanks for the myriad of writers whose books occupy my shelves both literally and metaphorically.

    Reply
  5. Mary Jo-I am thankful that this Thanksgiving, I was able to be present to share wonderful fellowship, not to mention delicious food. In person and around the table. Somehow, it was magical. I am thankful for the dear friends that make life so much better in every way. I am thankful that I can continue to reach out and help my friends and even strangers when the opportunity arises. And lastly, I offer thanks for the myriad of writers whose books occupy my shelves both literally and metaphorically.

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  6. Hi Mary Jo. There is a radio program in the UK called Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4. Every week they have a listener thank a stranger who did something really significant for them but possibly didn’t stay to be thanked properly at the time. It is often very moving and really reminds me of the milk of human kindness, which definitely outweighs the horrible stories that seem to fill up the news.

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  7. Hi Mary Jo. There is a radio program in the UK called Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4. Every week they have a listener thank a stranger who did something really significant for them but possibly didn’t stay to be thanked properly at the time. It is often very moving and really reminds me of the milk of human kindness, which definitely outweighs the horrible stories that seem to fill up the news.

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  8. Hi Mary Jo. There is a radio program in the UK called Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4. Every week they have a listener thank a stranger who did something really significant for them but possibly didn’t stay to be thanked properly at the time. It is often very moving and really reminds me of the milk of human kindness, which definitely outweighs the horrible stories that seem to fill up the news.

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  9. Hi Mary Jo. There is a radio program in the UK called Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4. Every week they have a listener thank a stranger who did something really significant for them but possibly didn’t stay to be thanked properly at the time. It is often very moving and really reminds me of the milk of human kindness, which definitely outweighs the horrible stories that seem to fill up the news.

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  10. Hi Mary Jo. There is a radio program in the UK called Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4. Every week they have a listener thank a stranger who did something really significant for them but possibly didn’t stay to be thanked properly at the time. It is often very moving and really reminds me of the milk of human kindness, which definitely outweighs the horrible stories that seem to fill up the news.

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  11. Thanks to you, Mary Jo, I now have a notebook next to my reading chair full of lists of three things for which I have been thankful on various days. I must admit that I do not write them down every day, as I did when we were in lockdown. Now, I usually note them to myself on my drive home from work. But there have been a few times during the last several months when reading back over the entries have been just the reminder that I needed to be thankful for all life offers, so I am very grateful to you for recommending the practice.
    Today, I am watching Boy Scouts unload Christmas trees in the church parking lot across the street, where they will string lights, set up stands for the trees and welcome families from tomorrow until Dec 24, and I am grateful that this year, those families can come whenever they like, rather than having to have an appointment as was required during last season because of Covid.

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  12. Thanks to you, Mary Jo, I now have a notebook next to my reading chair full of lists of three things for which I have been thankful on various days. I must admit that I do not write them down every day, as I did when we were in lockdown. Now, I usually note them to myself on my drive home from work. But there have been a few times during the last several months when reading back over the entries have been just the reminder that I needed to be thankful for all life offers, so I am very grateful to you for recommending the practice.
    Today, I am watching Boy Scouts unload Christmas trees in the church parking lot across the street, where they will string lights, set up stands for the trees and welcome families from tomorrow until Dec 24, and I am grateful that this year, those families can come whenever they like, rather than having to have an appointment as was required during last season because of Covid.

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  13. Thanks to you, Mary Jo, I now have a notebook next to my reading chair full of lists of three things for which I have been thankful on various days. I must admit that I do not write them down every day, as I did when we were in lockdown. Now, I usually note them to myself on my drive home from work. But there have been a few times during the last several months when reading back over the entries have been just the reminder that I needed to be thankful for all life offers, so I am very grateful to you for recommending the practice.
    Today, I am watching Boy Scouts unload Christmas trees in the church parking lot across the street, where they will string lights, set up stands for the trees and welcome families from tomorrow until Dec 24, and I am grateful that this year, those families can come whenever they like, rather than having to have an appointment as was required during last season because of Covid.

    Reply
  14. Thanks to you, Mary Jo, I now have a notebook next to my reading chair full of lists of three things for which I have been thankful on various days. I must admit that I do not write them down every day, as I did when we were in lockdown. Now, I usually note them to myself on my drive home from work. But there have been a few times during the last several months when reading back over the entries have been just the reminder that I needed to be thankful for all life offers, so I am very grateful to you for recommending the practice.
    Today, I am watching Boy Scouts unload Christmas trees in the church parking lot across the street, where they will string lights, set up stands for the trees and welcome families from tomorrow until Dec 24, and I am grateful that this year, those families can come whenever they like, rather than having to have an appointment as was required during last season because of Covid.

    Reply
  15. Thanks to you, Mary Jo, I now have a notebook next to my reading chair full of lists of three things for which I have been thankful on various days. I must admit that I do not write them down every day, as I did when we were in lockdown. Now, I usually note them to myself on my drive home from work. But there have been a few times during the last several months when reading back over the entries have been just the reminder that I needed to be thankful for all life offers, so I am very grateful to you for recommending the practice.
    Today, I am watching Boy Scouts unload Christmas trees in the church parking lot across the street, where they will string lights, set up stands for the trees and welcome families from tomorrow until Dec 24, and I am grateful that this year, those families can come whenever they like, rather than having to have an appointment as was required during last season because of Covid.

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  16. As many of you know this household has been plagued with health problems. My older daughter has put her life on hold in order to be with us, cleana up after us, and generally make life better for us.
    Yesterday she ordered a ham dinner from a nearby grocery store. She heated the foods and prepared them for our enjoyment. It was a wonderful family meal made possible by her good will.
    I cannot express how thankful we are for her love.

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  17. As many of you know this household has been plagued with health problems. My older daughter has put her life on hold in order to be with us, cleana up after us, and generally make life better for us.
    Yesterday she ordered a ham dinner from a nearby grocery store. She heated the foods and prepared them for our enjoyment. It was a wonderful family meal made possible by her good will.
    I cannot express how thankful we are for her love.

    Reply
  18. As many of you know this household has been plagued with health problems. My older daughter has put her life on hold in order to be with us, cleana up after us, and generally make life better for us.
    Yesterday she ordered a ham dinner from a nearby grocery store. She heated the foods and prepared them for our enjoyment. It was a wonderful family meal made possible by her good will.
    I cannot express how thankful we are for her love.

    Reply
  19. As many of you know this household has been plagued with health problems. My older daughter has put her life on hold in order to be with us, cleana up after us, and generally make life better for us.
    Yesterday she ordered a ham dinner from a nearby grocery store. She heated the foods and prepared them for our enjoyment. It was a wonderful family meal made possible by her good will.
    I cannot express how thankful we are for her love.

    Reply
  20. As many of you know this household has been plagued with health problems. My older daughter has put her life on hold in order to be with us, cleana up after us, and generally make life better for us.
    Yesterday she ordered a ham dinner from a nearby grocery store. She heated the foods and prepared them for our enjoyment. It was a wonderful family meal made possible by her good will.
    I cannot express how thankful we are for her love.

    Reply
  21. Giving thanks to God for blessings in our lives was part of my religious upbringing, so thankfulness was never new to me. However, as a young person, I noticed that most of the unhappy people I knew tended to focus on what they didn’t have rather than what they did have. I determined then and there that it was important to develop and attitude of gratitude – so I worked on it.
    I am homebound now so that attitude saves many a day for me. But today I am thinking of the most important blessings I have. Family and friends who love and care for me and the sweetest most loving feline roommate in the world.
    Yesterday, because we are all vaccinated, we were able to get together for the first time since the pandemic began. It was wonderful.
    And last of all I want to thank you Mary Jo and all the wenches and other writers who have provided countless hours of entertainment. Your talent has truly been a blessing for me.

    Reply
  22. Giving thanks to God for blessings in our lives was part of my religious upbringing, so thankfulness was never new to me. However, as a young person, I noticed that most of the unhappy people I knew tended to focus on what they didn’t have rather than what they did have. I determined then and there that it was important to develop and attitude of gratitude – so I worked on it.
    I am homebound now so that attitude saves many a day for me. But today I am thinking of the most important blessings I have. Family and friends who love and care for me and the sweetest most loving feline roommate in the world.
    Yesterday, because we are all vaccinated, we were able to get together for the first time since the pandemic began. It was wonderful.
    And last of all I want to thank you Mary Jo and all the wenches and other writers who have provided countless hours of entertainment. Your talent has truly been a blessing for me.

    Reply
  23. Giving thanks to God for blessings in our lives was part of my religious upbringing, so thankfulness was never new to me. However, as a young person, I noticed that most of the unhappy people I knew tended to focus on what they didn’t have rather than what they did have. I determined then and there that it was important to develop and attitude of gratitude – so I worked on it.
    I am homebound now so that attitude saves many a day for me. But today I am thinking of the most important blessings I have. Family and friends who love and care for me and the sweetest most loving feline roommate in the world.
    Yesterday, because we are all vaccinated, we were able to get together for the first time since the pandemic began. It was wonderful.
    And last of all I want to thank you Mary Jo and all the wenches and other writers who have provided countless hours of entertainment. Your talent has truly been a blessing for me.

    Reply
  24. Giving thanks to God for blessings in our lives was part of my religious upbringing, so thankfulness was never new to me. However, as a young person, I noticed that most of the unhappy people I knew tended to focus on what they didn’t have rather than what they did have. I determined then and there that it was important to develop and attitude of gratitude – so I worked on it.
    I am homebound now so that attitude saves many a day for me. But today I am thinking of the most important blessings I have. Family and friends who love and care for me and the sweetest most loving feline roommate in the world.
    Yesterday, because we are all vaccinated, we were able to get together for the first time since the pandemic began. It was wonderful.
    And last of all I want to thank you Mary Jo and all the wenches and other writers who have provided countless hours of entertainment. Your talent has truly been a blessing for me.

    Reply
  25. Giving thanks to God for blessings in our lives was part of my religious upbringing, so thankfulness was never new to me. However, as a young person, I noticed that most of the unhappy people I knew tended to focus on what they didn’t have rather than what they did have. I determined then and there that it was important to develop and attitude of gratitude – so I worked on it.
    I am homebound now so that attitude saves many a day for me. But today I am thinking of the most important blessings I have. Family and friends who love and care for me and the sweetest most loving feline roommate in the world.
    Yesterday, because we are all vaccinated, we were able to get together for the first time since the pandemic began. It was wonderful.
    And last of all I want to thank you Mary Jo and all the wenches and other writers who have provided countless hours of entertainment. Your talent has truly been a blessing for me.

    Reply
  26. God has blessed me. I have a safe place to live, clothes to wear and food to eat. This year I got to see my son who I have not seen since the start of the pandemic.
    God is good.
    Hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

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  27. God has blessed me. I have a safe place to live, clothes to wear and food to eat. This year I got to see my son who I have not seen since the start of the pandemic.
    God is good.
    Hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

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  28. God has blessed me. I have a safe place to live, clothes to wear and food to eat. This year I got to see my son who I have not seen since the start of the pandemic.
    God is good.
    Hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

    Reply
  29. God has blessed me. I have a safe place to live, clothes to wear and food to eat. This year I got to see my son who I have not seen since the start of the pandemic.
    God is good.
    Hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

    Reply
  30. God has blessed me. I have a safe place to live, clothes to wear and food to eat. This year I got to see my son who I have not seen since the start of the pandemic.
    God is good.
    Hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

    Reply
  31. It was a great blessing to be able to get together with family yesterday. We went to Brooklyn, and in a true Thanksgiving miracle, as we arrived, someone pulled out of a parking space right in front of the building! It’s the small things that sometimes bring the most pleasure.

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  32. It was a great blessing to be able to get together with family yesterday. We went to Brooklyn, and in a true Thanksgiving miracle, as we arrived, someone pulled out of a parking space right in front of the building! It’s the small things that sometimes bring the most pleasure.

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  33. It was a great blessing to be able to get together with family yesterday. We went to Brooklyn, and in a true Thanksgiving miracle, as we arrived, someone pulled out of a parking space right in front of the building! It’s the small things that sometimes bring the most pleasure.

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  34. It was a great blessing to be able to get together with family yesterday. We went to Brooklyn, and in a true Thanksgiving miracle, as we arrived, someone pulled out of a parking space right in front of the building! It’s the small things that sometimes bring the most pleasure.

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  35. It was a great blessing to be able to get together with family yesterday. We went to Brooklyn, and in a true Thanksgiving miracle, as we arrived, someone pulled out of a parking space right in front of the building! It’s the small things that sometimes bring the most pleasure.

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  36. Mary T, you were a very wise young woman to adopt thankfulness as a philosophy, and it’s serving well still. Family gatherings and wonderful cat are certainly blessings to appreciate. As are good books!

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  37. Mary T, you were a very wise young woman to adopt thankfulness as a philosophy, and it’s serving well still. Family gatherings and wonderful cat are certainly blessings to appreciate. As are good books!

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  38. Mary T, you were a very wise young woman to adopt thankfulness as a philosophy, and it’s serving well still. Family gatherings and wonderful cat are certainly blessings to appreciate. As are good books!

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  39. Mary T, you were a very wise young woman to adopt thankfulness as a philosophy, and it’s serving well still. Family gatherings and wonderful cat are certainly blessings to appreciate. As are good books!

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  40. Mary T, you were a very wise young woman to adopt thankfulness as a philosophy, and it’s serving well still. Family gatherings and wonderful cat are certainly blessings to appreciate. As are good books!

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  41. Lovely post, Mary Jo.
    Constance, like you, I try to write in my journal three things I feel grateful for. I don’t always do it — but I agree, it’s a good thing to look back on, and if I’ve had a bad day or an upsetting incident, finding three things to be grateful for is a very good way of getting my balance back.

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  42. Lovely post, Mary Jo.
    Constance, like you, I try to write in my journal three things I feel grateful for. I don’t always do it — but I agree, it’s a good thing to look back on, and if I’ve had a bad day or an upsetting incident, finding three things to be grateful for is a very good way of getting my balance back.

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  43. Lovely post, Mary Jo.
    Constance, like you, I try to write in my journal three things I feel grateful for. I don’t always do it — but I agree, it’s a good thing to look back on, and if I’ve had a bad day or an upsetting incident, finding three things to be grateful for is a very good way of getting my balance back.

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  44. Lovely post, Mary Jo.
    Constance, like you, I try to write in my journal three things I feel grateful for. I don’t always do it — but I agree, it’s a good thing to look back on, and if I’ve had a bad day or an upsetting incident, finding three things to be grateful for is a very good way of getting my balance back.

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  45. Lovely post, Mary Jo.
    Constance, like you, I try to write in my journal three things I feel grateful for. I don’t always do it — but I agree, it’s a good thing to look back on, and if I’ve had a bad day or an upsetting incident, finding three things to be grateful for is a very good way of getting my balance back.

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  46. Mary, how lovely to be reunited with your family and friends again. So special.
    And I agree with you about the importance choosing to focus on what we have, as opposed to what we don’t have.
    I am also very grateful, not just for meeting various wenches so many years ago, but for being part of this Wenchly group. I’m especially grateful for the wonderful community of readers we get here, and the discussions and various interactions we have, united in our love of reading and books.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all the wenches and all the wenchly readers. May we share our thoughts and ideas for many more years.

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  47. Mary, how lovely to be reunited with your family and friends again. So special.
    And I agree with you about the importance choosing to focus on what we have, as opposed to what we don’t have.
    I am also very grateful, not just for meeting various wenches so many years ago, but for being part of this Wenchly group. I’m especially grateful for the wonderful community of readers we get here, and the discussions and various interactions we have, united in our love of reading and books.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all the wenches and all the wenchly readers. May we share our thoughts and ideas for many more years.

    Reply
  48. Mary, how lovely to be reunited with your family and friends again. So special.
    And I agree with you about the importance choosing to focus on what we have, as opposed to what we don’t have.
    I am also very grateful, not just for meeting various wenches so many years ago, but for being part of this Wenchly group. I’m especially grateful for the wonderful community of readers we get here, and the discussions and various interactions we have, united in our love of reading and books.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all the wenches and all the wenchly readers. May we share our thoughts and ideas for many more years.

    Reply
  49. Mary, how lovely to be reunited with your family and friends again. So special.
    And I agree with you about the importance choosing to focus on what we have, as opposed to what we don’t have.
    I am also very grateful, not just for meeting various wenches so many years ago, but for being part of this Wenchly group. I’m especially grateful for the wonderful community of readers we get here, and the discussions and various interactions we have, united in our love of reading and books.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all the wenches and all the wenchly readers. May we share our thoughts and ideas for many more years.

    Reply
  50. Mary, how lovely to be reunited with your family and friends again. So special.
    And I agree with you about the importance choosing to focus on what we have, as opposed to what we don’t have.
    I am also very grateful, not just for meeting various wenches so many years ago, but for being part of this Wenchly group. I’m especially grateful for the wonderful community of readers we get here, and the discussions and various interactions we have, united in our love of reading and books.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all the wenches and all the wenchly readers. May we share our thoughts and ideas for many more years.

    Reply
  51. Binnie, thank you for all the support you give writers, and for being a regular wenchly reader and commenter.
    In fact, thank you to ALL the wenchly readers, those who leave comments and join in our wonderful discussions, and those who simply read and stay quiet. I’m very grateful to be part of this community.
    Happy Thanksgiving all.

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  52. Binnie, thank you for all the support you give writers, and for being a regular wenchly reader and commenter.
    In fact, thank you to ALL the wenchly readers, those who leave comments and join in our wonderful discussions, and those who simply read and stay quiet. I’m very grateful to be part of this community.
    Happy Thanksgiving all.

    Reply
  53. Binnie, thank you for all the support you give writers, and for being a regular wenchly reader and commenter.
    In fact, thank you to ALL the wenchly readers, those who leave comments and join in our wonderful discussions, and those who simply read and stay quiet. I’m very grateful to be part of this community.
    Happy Thanksgiving all.

    Reply
  54. Binnie, thank you for all the support you give writers, and for being a regular wenchly reader and commenter.
    In fact, thank you to ALL the wenchly readers, those who leave comments and join in our wonderful discussions, and those who simply read and stay quiet. I’m very grateful to be part of this community.
    Happy Thanksgiving all.

    Reply
  55. Binnie, thank you for all the support you give writers, and for being a regular wenchly reader and commenter.
    In fact, thank you to ALL the wenchly readers, those who leave comments and join in our wonderful discussions, and those who simply read and stay quiet. I’m very grateful to be part of this community.
    Happy Thanksgiving all.

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  56. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Ireland. But I think it’s a wonderful tradition. I’ve been thankful that, with a couple of family members contacting covid, we all came out of it ok. Now it looks like we might be heading into some sort of lockdown again because our numbers are really high and our health service is stretched to the limit. But Christmas is coming and even if it means just immediate (and I mean immediate family), we’ll still have a good time.
    I think life itself is the main thing to be thankful for and I hope everyone here had a lovely Thanksgiving.

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  57. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Ireland. But I think it’s a wonderful tradition. I’ve been thankful that, with a couple of family members contacting covid, we all came out of it ok. Now it looks like we might be heading into some sort of lockdown again because our numbers are really high and our health service is stretched to the limit. But Christmas is coming and even if it means just immediate (and I mean immediate family), we’ll still have a good time.
    I think life itself is the main thing to be thankful for and I hope everyone here had a lovely Thanksgiving.

    Reply
  58. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Ireland. But I think it’s a wonderful tradition. I’ve been thankful that, with a couple of family members contacting covid, we all came out of it ok. Now it looks like we might be heading into some sort of lockdown again because our numbers are really high and our health service is stretched to the limit. But Christmas is coming and even if it means just immediate (and I mean immediate family), we’ll still have a good time.
    I think life itself is the main thing to be thankful for and I hope everyone here had a lovely Thanksgiving.

    Reply
  59. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Ireland. But I think it’s a wonderful tradition. I’ve been thankful that, with a couple of family members contacting covid, we all came out of it ok. Now it looks like we might be heading into some sort of lockdown again because our numbers are really high and our health service is stretched to the limit. But Christmas is coming and even if it means just immediate (and I mean immediate family), we’ll still have a good time.
    I think life itself is the main thing to be thankful for and I hope everyone here had a lovely Thanksgiving.

    Reply
  60. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Ireland. But I think it’s a wonderful tradition. I’ve been thankful that, with a couple of family members contacting covid, we all came out of it ok. Now it looks like we might be heading into some sort of lockdown again because our numbers are really high and our health service is stretched to the limit. But Christmas is coming and even if it means just immediate (and I mean immediate family), we’ll still have a good time.
    I think life itself is the main thing to be thankful for and I hope everyone here had a lovely Thanksgiving.

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  61. Also could someone tell me if my comments are showing up here. Twice my comments have been passed over for a reply when everyone else’s have had one. It never happened before so I’m just wondering.

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  62. Also could someone tell me if my comments are showing up here. Twice my comments have been passed over for a reply when everyone else’s have had one. It never happened before so I’m just wondering.

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  63. Also could someone tell me if my comments are showing up here. Twice my comments have been passed over for a reply when everyone else’s have had one. It never happened before so I’m just wondering.

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  64. Also could someone tell me if my comments are showing up here. Twice my comments have been passed over for a reply when everyone else’s have had one. It never happened before so I’m just wondering.

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  65. Also could someone tell me if my comments are showing up here. Twice my comments have been passed over for a reply when everyone else’s have had one. It never happened before so I’m just wondering.

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  66. Mary, what a wonderfully wise observation you made when you were young. An attitude of gratitude is such a positive way to see the world—and it’s a gift to everyone around you.
    Thank you so much for your lovely wrds about the Wenchly books. We all feel so grateful to have such a wonderful community of readers.

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  67. Mary, what a wonderfully wise observation you made when you were young. An attitude of gratitude is such a positive way to see the world—and it’s a gift to everyone around you.
    Thank you so much for your lovely wrds about the Wenchly books. We all feel so grateful to have such a wonderful community of readers.

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  68. Mary, what a wonderfully wise observation you made when you were young. An attitude of gratitude is such a positive way to see the world—and it’s a gift to everyone around you.
    Thank you so much for your lovely wrds about the Wenchly books. We all feel so grateful to have such a wonderful community of readers.

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  69. Mary, what a wonderfully wise observation you made when you were young. An attitude of gratitude is such a positive way to see the world—and it’s a gift to everyone around you.
    Thank you so much for your lovely wrds about the Wenchly books. We all feel so grateful to have such a wonderful community of readers.

    Reply
  70. Mary, what a wonderfully wise observation you made when you were young. An attitude of gratitude is such a positive way to see the world—and it’s a gift to everyone around you.
    Thank you so much for your lovely wrds about the Wenchly books. We all feel so grateful to have such a wonderful community of readers.

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  71. That’s a wonderful thought, Teresa, and so true. When we get down, as we all do, we need to remind ourselves that there are no ‘bad days’!
    This comment came through—and I’m so sorry that two previous ones went unanswered. There definitely are internet glitches, so maybe that happened. I can assure you that if they had appeared here they would have been answered! We LOVE our Wenchly readers!

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  72. That’s a wonderful thought, Teresa, and so true. When we get down, as we all do, we need to remind ourselves that there are no ‘bad days’!
    This comment came through—and I’m so sorry that two previous ones went unanswered. There definitely are internet glitches, so maybe that happened. I can assure you that if they had appeared here they would have been answered! We LOVE our Wenchly readers!

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  73. That’s a wonderful thought, Teresa, and so true. When we get down, as we all do, we need to remind ourselves that there are no ‘bad days’!
    This comment came through—and I’m so sorry that two previous ones went unanswered. There definitely are internet glitches, so maybe that happened. I can assure you that if they had appeared here they would have been answered! We LOVE our Wenchly readers!

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  74. That’s a wonderful thought, Teresa, and so true. When we get down, as we all do, we need to remind ourselves that there are no ‘bad days’!
    This comment came through—and I’m so sorry that two previous ones went unanswered. There definitely are internet glitches, so maybe that happened. I can assure you that if they had appeared here they would have been answered! We LOVE our Wenchly readers!

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  75. That’s a wonderful thought, Teresa, and so true. When we get down, as we all do, we need to remind ourselves that there are no ‘bad days’!
    This comment came through—and I’m so sorry that two previous ones went unanswered. There definitely are internet glitches, so maybe that happened. I can assure you that if they had appeared here they would have been answered! We LOVE our Wenchly readers!

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  76. Wonderful post, Mary Jo. I take a daily plotting walk, and I make a conscious effort to look for the little beauties around me—the light on the water, patterns and colors of the fallen leaves, the birds in flight—and be grateful for the wonders of Nature. It always makes me feel more balanced and calm when I finish the walk, even if I’d had a stressful day.

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  77. Wonderful post, Mary Jo. I take a daily plotting walk, and I make a conscious effort to look for the little beauties around me—the light on the water, patterns and colors of the fallen leaves, the birds in flight—and be grateful for the wonders of Nature. It always makes me feel more balanced and calm when I finish the walk, even if I’d had a stressful day.

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  78. Wonderful post, Mary Jo. I take a daily plotting walk, and I make a conscious effort to look for the little beauties around me—the light on the water, patterns and colors of the fallen leaves, the birds in flight—and be grateful for the wonders of Nature. It always makes me feel more balanced and calm when I finish the walk, even if I’d had a stressful day.

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  79. Wonderful post, Mary Jo. I take a daily plotting walk, and I make a conscious effort to look for the little beauties around me—the light on the water, patterns and colors of the fallen leaves, the birds in flight—and be grateful for the wonders of Nature. It always makes me feel more balanced and calm when I finish the walk, even if I’d had a stressful day.

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  80. Wonderful post, Mary Jo. I take a daily plotting walk, and I make a conscious effort to look for the little beauties around me—the light on the water, patterns and colors of the fallen leaves, the birds in flight—and be grateful for the wonders of Nature. It always makes me feel more balanced and calm when I finish the walk, even if I’d had a stressful day.

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  81. Teresa, I’m so glad your family has come through the worst of the covid crazies. It will be good to be together with family for Christmas, even if only immediate family.
    As Andrea said, there are sometimes internet glitches that block comments. Both of your comments today came through fine. May the internet behave better in the future!

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  82. Teresa, I’m so glad your family has come through the worst of the covid crazies. It will be good to be together with family for Christmas, even if only immediate family.
    As Andrea said, there are sometimes internet glitches that block comments. Both of your comments today came through fine. May the internet behave better in the future!

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  83. Teresa, I’m so glad your family has come through the worst of the covid crazies. It will be good to be together with family for Christmas, even if only immediate family.
    As Andrea said, there are sometimes internet glitches that block comments. Both of your comments today came through fine. May the internet behave better in the future!

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  84. Teresa, I’m so glad your family has come through the worst of the covid crazies. It will be good to be together with family for Christmas, even if only immediate family.
    As Andrea said, there are sometimes internet glitches that block comments. Both of your comments today came through fine. May the internet behave better in the future!

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  85. Teresa, I’m so glad your family has come through the worst of the covid crazies. It will be good to be together with family for Christmas, even if only immediate family.
    As Andrea said, there are sometimes internet glitches that block comments. Both of your comments today came through fine. May the internet behave better in the future!

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  86. Thank you to all the Word Wenches for this fine place filled with bright convivial people.
    I’m grateful for my family’s relative good health; for loving family and fine friends; and for the fact that I live in a peaceful place.

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  87. Thank you to all the Word Wenches for this fine place filled with bright convivial people.
    I’m grateful for my family’s relative good health; for loving family and fine friends; and for the fact that I live in a peaceful place.

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  88. Thank you to all the Word Wenches for this fine place filled with bright convivial people.
    I’m grateful for my family’s relative good health; for loving family and fine friends; and for the fact that I live in a peaceful place.

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  89. Thank you to all the Word Wenches for this fine place filled with bright convivial people.
    I’m grateful for my family’s relative good health; for loving family and fine friends; and for the fact that I live in a peaceful place.

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  90. Thank you to all the Word Wenches for this fine place filled with bright convivial people.
    I’m grateful for my family’s relative good health; for loving family and fine friends; and for the fact that I live in a peaceful place.

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  91. Thanks Andrea for taking the time to reply and let me know that I’m still appearing here:) I love this site.
    Thanks to Mary Jo also for letting me know.

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  92. Thanks Andrea for taking the time to reply and let me know that I’m still appearing here:) I love this site.
    Thanks to Mary Jo also for letting me know.

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  93. Thanks Andrea for taking the time to reply and let me know that I’m still appearing here:) I love this site.
    Thanks to Mary Jo also for letting me know.

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  94. Thanks Andrea for taking the time to reply and let me know that I’m still appearing here:) I love this site.
    Thanks to Mary Jo also for letting me know.

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  95. Thanks Andrea for taking the time to reply and let me know that I’m still appearing here:) I love this site.
    Thanks to Mary Jo also for letting me know.

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