Happy Thanksgiving and being Thankful

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Focus. Focus. Focus. You know, - the true meanings of Thanksgiving in my heart. For me, it's a good time to think about my spiritual, community, and humanist values. How to make this time a meaningful and connecting event. There are people in the community that seem to be left out of it because of their family situation. They may have an illness, be a primary caregiver, or they may be without proper means of transportation. Don’t forget to include these people in some way, even during these COVID times, there are possibilities.



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Why can't we live the same message all year round? Happiness, helpfulness, goodwill towards man? We can and we should. I think there is just not enough of a focal point to rally around the rest of the year. One would hope the purpose of our lives would be enough, but for too many, it's not. The best part lies in giving and bringing a smile to those in need. Those smiles are the gifts that feed the soul. There are days I need a reminder of the true spirit. Today, I remind you. I love this time of year and wish it would last forever as it washes me over with a collection of gratitude. And family. Did I say that I just love family? I think it is a given, but I like to remin them that I love them. Every. Single. Day.


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I am grateful for this day. Every day, in fact. I have found that lately, life is so hectic that my days all seem to run collectively, one into the other. The day ends and as I crawl into bed I try to imagine where all the hours went. I wanted to take some moments before the day was done to reflect. I needed to center my thoughts on the simple things in life that get skipped on my gratitude list. Simple pleasures. Small gestures…. A loving gesture. A kiss goodbye. A short note from a friend. Small things. Simple gestures. Little niceties. Life is good. I love you. Thank you for being part of my life.


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I just wanted to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. May the good things in life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving but also throughout the coming year. Sometimes, we have to just stop and marvel at our many hidden blessings to be truly thankful. May your tomorrow and the days that follow be filled with the warmth of the season. Happy Thanksgiving from my house to yours! XOXXO

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A little musing, yes? Nobody leaves here without a few words from the soul. Oh, such a romantic soul tonight, but, then again, every night. I find it feels good to let your heart speak for you. She always tells it, just as it is. Muse along. I promise it won't hurt a bit.


The softness of your lips, brushing next to mine
Leaves me nearly breathless
Almost
Every
Single
Time


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All I have are my words, armed in my mind, written in pen, stand by stand. Oh, yes. Still by hand. It has a different feel. Altered not by keys, backspace, and delete, I write, erase, tear it to pieces and start all over again. And again.

It’s my way. I walk out to the deep end of the page and dive right in.


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It is almost official! You can start bringing out that Christmas bling! In keeping with the Christmas Countdown, I give you one seasonal picture and the day count! There are 30 days 00 hours 12 minutes and 13 seconds. Woo-hoo!! And just like that, this post is over. Come back tomorrow and we'll do it again! Good night from Washington, DC!

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Thanksgiving

Gettin' together to smile an' rejoice,
An' eatin' an' laughin' with folks of your choice;
An' kissin' the girls an' declarin' that they
Are growin more beautiful day after day;
Chattin' an' braggin' a bit with the men,
Buildin' the old family circle again;
Livin' the wholesome an' old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother's a little bit grayer, that's all.
Father's a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an' to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin' our stories as women an men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we're grateful an' glad to be there.
Home from the east land an' home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an' best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We've come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an' be frank,
Forgettin' position an' station an' rank.

Give me the end of the year an' its fun
When most of the plannin' an' toilin' is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin' with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An I'll put soul in my Thanksgivin' prayers.

Edgar A Guest


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Those mums are so vibrant. They immediately lift the mood as do the energy an dbeauty of your words:)

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Hi, Pryde! Thanks always for your kind and generous words! I thought of you as I was watching Hive mooning tonight! :)

We all got so rich, for a moment or three! :) Have an amazing day tomorrow! Love to you!


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Oh I love that the moon makes you think of me:)

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Well, you and I love the moon. :) And howling some days.


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Love! Happy Thanksgiving!! Wishing you a most wonderful day! ❤️

I know, you are Canadian, but the thought was there a few weeks ago!

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LOL ... last month. But it's the thought that counts:)

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Happy thanksgiving to you and your family keep up the good work 😀

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Thank you so much!

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@dswigle

You vibrate with the same energy as I do... or try to. Sending you positive energy and love... from everyone here in my crazy home, to yours...

Truly, a #thoughtfuldailypost.

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!LUV !WINE !giphy Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Wes! @wesphilbin It is the season of joy, there is no doubt about it!

Thanks for the wine, and Luv! I send you back some wine!

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How I wish we also have Thanksgiving in the Philippines. I find this day so legendary because it makes people become intentional in being grateful. And I mean, when we look around, there are so many things to be thankful for💖

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I find that the pay it forward gives just as much of the feel-good as giving thanks does. But, yes. I agree with you. It gives purpose.

Happy Thanksgiving anyway! I make you an honorary Amerian for Thankgiving!

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Happy thanksgiving for you and your family

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Thank you. It was a most wonderful day!

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Sounds like you are living the true meaning of the day 🙂

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Laughter is the food of the soul. Anyway hope this time of year if your love lasts forever. You have shared some beautiful things. Also shared many beautiful photography. Thanks.

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I'm beginning to realize that you are quite a family person and that you love this kind of dates! I agree that smiles are an important part of our soul, for our mood, our connections with other people and our emotions. I totally agree.

Just today I was thinking, how fast the time goes by, the week, the impressive thing is that the hours go too fast and from one moment to another, we are already getting ready for the next day.... I don't like that, I feel that I miss many things (not necessarily the time).

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I do not want to speak too early, but maybe I will spend this Christmas with my brother, and not with my former housemate. This would be much better. We are family after all.

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The best part lies in giving and bringing a smile to those in need. Those smiles are the gifts that feed the soul.

That is so true and the world would be such a better place if more lived by these words

Today is a special day indeed to celebrate all the things in our life that make it special many focus on the big things but I find it’s the small things that add up to be so much more important

Happy thanksgiving

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You have a beautiful family Denise! What a special photo. Knowing what the heart of a mom contains - and often feels like you cannot contain because of the overflow of love - you must feel complete, and completely blessed looking at that picture. Happy thanksgiving dear Denise! Although it is an American holiday I also love Thanksgiving - which I have probably told you already. It is such a wonderful time to celebrate the small things. We have so much to be thankful for

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Incredibly thoughtful. Great read and nice way to wind down my pretty uneventful "Thai" Thanks Giving.

So eat some Turkey for me as the closest thing I can find here is Fried Chicken! Hahaha

Happy Thanks Giving!

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Happy Thanksgiving @dswigle wishing you and family a great one 👍

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Thank you! That is so sweet of you! ❤️

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My pleasure @dswigle hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends 😊

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Thanksgiving gets one thinking about that for which one ought to be thankful. And so, I thought I'd drop by Hive and say "Hi" to a few old friends. Denise, as usual, you are a ray of sunshine. And, BTW, I love that poem.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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Happy thanksgiving Denise to you and your lovely family.💕 Our Thanksgiving was earlier than the American one on Oct 11. 🦃 It doesn’t hurt to be thankful on both occasions and all year long. :)

Blessings!🙏

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Lovely photography of your family. I am also feel like you.

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