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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

HAPPY THANKSGIVING


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I wish all my American family and friends a Happy Thanksgiving. I trust you are able to share the day and a meal with significant people in your life.

I have said this before( I always think of this day fondly). It is worth saying again, "My fondest memories of my years living in the US are around Thanksgiving. American friends always included us and made us feel welcome. I had one friend in particular who , in spite of having four children of her own, always enlarged her Thanksgiving table to include not only my small family bur also other odd friends who found themselves alone at this time of year. The extra work and sharing the day with others was always a joy for her. She was a loving and gracious friend.

This year the silly tradition of pardonning a turkey by the President seemed to get more attention than it deserved. In some religious traditions on significant holidays prisoners are pardoned and release. It would have been nice if the President had pardonned and released Omar Khadr, our Canadian "terrorist" who has been tortured and is lanquishing in Quantanamo since he was 15.

(He is the last of prisoners from Western countries being held there. It is to the shame of the US that they even violated International law by punishing a 'child soldier' rather than rehabilitate him. Worse still, the Canadian government has not used Canada's special relationship with the US, to insist of Khadr being released and sent home. He is one of our children, now a young adult. who has a right to the best protection our government can offer.) Sorry, I digressed.


The young wild turkey below is one that evaded all slaughter. I like to think so! This year for the first time I have confirmed for myself that there are now wild turkeys in our area. Who knows some time soon they may be seen on my fields.











As a tribute to the Presidential pardon and Sarah Palin's pardon (in full view of the slaughter of birds) of a turkey I offer the following video. It made me smile.





Happy Thanksgiving, folks!

PS. If you go to the bottom item in my sidebar, the picture of the pilgrim hat and the turkey made out of vegetables. you will find one of Jacqui Lawson's remarkable animated pictures.
Click on it.

7 Comments:

At 2:06 p.m., Blogger possum said...

Thank you, Philip.
Yes, there are so many who should be pardoned, those with feathers, those without! Then there are those I canNOT pardon (one of my short comings) but they are not asking for a pardon (GWB, SP - just to name the 2 biggest turkeys on the top of my list) because they do not think they have done anything wrong.
I picked my tomatoes the day before the heavy freeze, so I had fresh tomatoes for Turkey Day, and still had a couple of peppers and a cucumber.
I debated between moving a tomato plant into the greenhouse and digging up some red and pink impatiens... the impatiens won, and I will hopefully have flowers long after the tomatoes would be gone.
Hope you had a good day and your baby piglets are doing OK. Maybe no news is good news???? Dare I hope?

 
At 3:01 p.m., Blogger Rachel said...

Thanks for the good wishes. I plan to eat hearty today (later) at my nephew's home. They are gracious to invite me each year.

I loved that cute video!!

 
At 10:02 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

A belated thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes.
You are so right...the silly turkey pardons don't cover up the atrocities that are left unpardoned. Hopefully that will change with our new President...do I sound naive? At least I can hope.

 
At 4:32 p.m., Blogger KGMom said...

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday because, I think, it is unencumbered with religious trappings that complicate or even derail other holidays.
What is the point of Thanksgiving--food, family, friends, fellowship--how can you go wrong?

 
At 11:39 a.m., Blogger Mary said...

Philip,

The Thanksgiving graphic is very pretty and like you, I sent all of my US friends a Thanksgiving greeting.

I saw the Turkey Pardon on TV and yes, it is a silly custom, but one that is historical. Some fun is needed in the political arena.

Enjoyed the video. It was a hoot. Thanks for a good chuckle.

Hope all is well with you. I haven't been to visit for a while. Aunt May was in pallative care for two weeks and I was helping keep a vigil. She passed last Sunday and is now pain free.

Drop by for a visit when you have time. I've missed visiting with you.

Blessings,
Mary

 
At 8:43 p.m., Blogger Gretchen said...

I so agree with you. Obama has promised to close that hell-hole. We can only pray he keeps that one.

We always make room for one more at our Thanksgiving, too. We've had countless people over the years and everyone is welcome. That's what the day is for. :)

After dinner, my son and I had a True Blood marathon. What an awesome TV show! There's just something about a vampire.

 
At 4:54 p.m., Blogger Janet said...

Guantanamo is one of the supreme embarrassments in an appallingly long list of embarrassments perpetrated by the Bush administration. I keep hoping for the UN to come in and sanction us for the human rights violations we've committed there. At least when Bush was pardoning the turkey it was a few minutes where he wasn't committing some atrocity somewhere. Palin's pardoning of the turkey right in front of the slaughter of the rest of them seems highly symbolic to me, funny and sad as it was at the time.

 

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