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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.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

To my American family and friends,  may this Thanksgiving be filled with your celebrations of being with each other, a shared traditional meal and other family traditions you have established over the years,

I shall be reading the passages  about the first couple of Thanksgivings from Bradford's Journal as is my tradition  for remembering the American Thanksgiving. I will be reliving my seasonal experiences in New England .  Once again, I  will  remember the kindness, joy and good cheer I shared with friends in those years as they included me and my family so often in their festivities.

We Thank Thee

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender gra
ss, 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.

For blue of stream and blue of sky;
For pleasant shade of branches high;
For fragrant air and cooling breeze;
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

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
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

~~Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882


At 10:49 a.m., Blogger Owen Gray said...

We need to remember, Philip, whether we celebrate Thanksgiving in October or in November, that we have much for which to be thankful.

At 12:01 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Thank you for the nice wishes on our Thanksgiving day, Philip.

I, too, spent many years in New England and the Thanksgivings were special there.

For some reason I thought you were American and had migrated to Canada but I see it's the other way around ... whichever it is I'm glad we've met through our blogs.

At 5:43 p.m., Blogger Mary said...


So nice to find you again. It's been a while. How are you? Drop over to the Writing Nook if you have a chance and say hi.


At 8:36 p.m., Blogger Sissy said...

Thank you, Philip. And yes, I did enjoy an 'eating good time' but now am in pigmisery. There is a Christmas song that says "If every day could be just like Christmas". I forget who sang it but I like it so much. Now I think "If every day could be a day of thanksgiving", what joy that would be. The world is in need of much joy.

At 10:55 p.m., Blogger KGMom said...

I love Thanksgiving for many reasons--but one of those reasons is that this is one holiday which doesn't have an overtly religious reason for existing.
Its simplicity is compelling--except, now commercialism is creeping in with stores opening earlier and earlier.

At 7:31 p.m., Blogger judie said...

That is beautiful Philip. Thank you for posting such lovely thoughts and words. Many blessings to you and yours. xoxo

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