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Happy Thanksgiving to Our Dear Readers

Fri, 2008-11-28 03:32
I turned to my trusty assistant...Beirne White...this morning. "Beirne," I said gravely, "tell me about Thanksgiving in Mississippi." Beirne proceeded to tell me about a Mississippi bluesman named "Son" House, who lived to be 102 by doing what bluesmen tended to do...chasing bad luck, bad liquor and bad women. "What has that to do with Thanksgiving?" "Nothing," he replied...whereupon he drew on the resources generously provided by, formerly of Chicago, lately of cyber space,

Thanksgiving Art

Thu, 2008-11-27 22:24
Thanksgiving 2003 by John Currin Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Freedom of Want by Norman Rockwell I love Norman Rockwell's work and find it a shame that Illustrators are not considered Fine Artists. How much better can you get with these images?! Even the Turkey is glazed! It seems the subject has not been covered by Fine Artist too much, unless it involved the Mayflower on a stormy sea. Landing of the Pilgrims by Henry Sargent 1170-1845 Thanksgiving by Jean Louis Gerome 1915Po

Thankfully on this day

Thu, 2008-11-27 17:07
For many this image of Thanksgiving is the quintessential picture of the holiday.   That the painting, titled Freedom from Want, was painted by Norman Rockwell shouldn’t surprise anyone. But there is an interesting story behind this image. It is one of the Four Freedoms, originally put forth by FDR and later illustrated by Normal Rockwell.  The other three freedoms are: Freedom of Speech   Freedom of Worship   Freedom from Fear And these freedoms are what I am thankful for today. Obviously I

Happy Thanksgiving to You!

Thu, 2008-11-27 14:53
This is the unmistakable image of Norman Rockwell's 1943 "Freedom from Want." I have always loved this image.....the closeness of a family gathered around a table of nourishing food in a moment of thanksgiving. All of them taking time to be together, to lay aside any differences, to be thankful for the moment, for the day, for the time, for the blessings. Thanksgiving is such a beautiful holiday. I hope you and your family and friends take time to enjoy each other, a wonderful meal, and mos

Happy Thanksgiving To The Geeks!

Thu, 2008-11-27 13:00
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you here in the United States!  For my international readers… sorry, our country is closed today for massive turkey consumption and tryptophan-induced comas.  Come back tomorrow for the craziest shopping day of the year. Continuing my passion for Norman Rockwell… here is his 1943 “Freedom from Want” image representing Thanksgiving. On a geekier note, here is the cover of the Justice Society of America Thanksgiving celebration from 2003.  In this issue the JSA an

A Blogging Pastor's Prayer on Thanksgiving Day

Thu, 2008-11-27 06:10
Thanksgiving by Norman Rockwell Today I thank God for the gift of faith, that strength, power and source within showing me the way, guiding me in the dark, making sure my unsteady step, giving light for me to find the truth and hope when all seems lost... Today I thank God for the gift of the Church, that wounded,rag-tag, joyful company of sinners and saints whose faith (see above) binds us together and binds us to God... Today I thank God for all the people around, behind and before me; th

Happy Thanksgiving

Thu, 2008-11-27 06:05
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…”  -James 1:17 I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  We may not have every single thing we might wish for, be we have been richly, richly blessed.  The unemployment rate is up to 6%, but in some nations the unemployment rate is typically 96% or so.  Over half of the world’s population lives on less than the equivalent of $2 per day.  We’re doing pretty well.  Let’s remember where blesings come

No Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

Wed, 2008-11-26 22:07
On the eve of our annual day of excess, we are all suffering from the heartburn of years of greed and over-consumption that a ton of antacids won't cure.In today's Times, Tom Friedman catalogues the gluttons: "People who had no business buying a home, with nothing down and nothing to pay for two years; people who had no business pushing such mortgages, but made fortunes doing so; people who had no business bundling those loans into securities and selling them to third parties, as if they were AA

Thomas Kinkade’s 16 Guidelines for Making Stuff Suck

Wed, 2008-11-26 19:35
I detest Thomas Kinkade and his dewy, gooey, glowy paintings. There’s a whole development inspired by his hotel-quality “artwork” that is, oddly enough, filled with run-of-the-mill tract housing, not quaint cottages backlit by angelic luminescence at all times. Oh, and I hate Kinkade’s book, Cape Light, just because I can. I know, I’m such a meanie! In fact, I’m such a meanie that this post about the Thomas Kinkade Christmas Movie at Vanity Fair just about made my day. Kinkade, a postmodern

25 Thanksgiving Quotes and Conversation-Starters

Wed, 2008-11-26 18:50
One of the most fascinating aspects of Thanksgiving are the conversations that take place at the dinner table. The nature of these conversations naturally depends on whose company you’re in. More likely than not, you’ll be with family, meaning it’s time for pointed questions, embarassing stories, and recollections you’d rather keep buried. In other words, the time will come when you want to make yourself look good. If that doesn’t suffice, at least try sounding good with one of these 25 q

Thanksgiving blah blah blah, seriously BLAH!

Wed, 2008-11-26 18:30
Park benches #3 Yes, I have started my Bah Humbugging early folks. The older I get the more I dislike the holidays. This is what the holidays mean to me: *running around visiting people we are related to but would never be friends with *spending money that is not there *watching people stuff themselves into food coma, and complain about their bellies hurting *how many of the seven deadly sins are broken for Jesus sake? 1.Gluttony-eating more than one could possibly need, stuffing t

A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day 2008

Wed, 2008-11-26 18:05
Saying Grace - Norman Rockwell O good and gracious God! Make us grateful for all you have given us; let our needs and desires not blind us to all we have. Make us grateful for those who love us; let no grudge or anger keep us from family and friends. Make us grateful for those who are with us; let no grief isolate us from their loving embrace. Make us grateful for the good work we have done : let our failures not weigh us down or blind us to your mercy. Make us grateful

Hey, Jack can you draw me a turkey?

Wed, 2008-11-26 16:25
  Ask a kid like Jack to draw you a nice turkey to put on your blog and this is what you get.I have so much to be thankful for…and on the top of the list is having a kid with a killer sense of humor. So when you are up at 4 in the morning taking the guts out of your bird and putting it in the oven, think about this post. "Please Eat Ham". I might make a little sign like this to put in the Turkey’s wing as I bring it to the table. Now that is how we do the Norman Rockwell moment at my house.

LV Christmas

Wed, 2008-11-26 13:17
In my "to do" list of all time is spend Christmas in Las Vegas. I read that majority of the crowd during the season are foreigners and locals. On the outside, the street may not look like a Norman Rockwell painting that it has been said that the inside of Las Vegas hotels, specifically the casinos and main lobby are all decked up for the season. Every hotel in the strip has its own special way of celebrating the holidays. There's Wayne Newton, Bette Middler, and of course the Cirque de Soleil. I

Thankful For An (Almost!) Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

Wed, 2008-11-26 13:00
I'm looking forward to tomorrow! We are driving for a couple of hours to the home of one of my sisters, where she is hosting Thanksgiving. Her two young adult children will be there, as will another sister and her husband and daughter, my parents, and my husband and I with two of our children. There will be lots of great food, good catching-up conversation, probably some game-playing, and a joint kitchen clean-up after dinner. Though the location rotates around, the routine and traditions remain

The Four - or Six - Freedoms

Wed, 2008-11-26 03:35
My dad used to tell me about "The Four Freedoms" - Franklin Roosevelt's goal for a post-World War world and his reason to fight. Freedom of Speech and Expression. Freedom of Religion. Freedom from Fear. Freedom from Want. "The Russians," my dad would say, "took the last two seriously. Everybody ate and invading armies were kept away [not that fear was wiped out]. The Americans worried about only the first two - and even then - not if you wanted to say you were a communist. The Europeans

Flashback: 11th Annual Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival

Tue, 2008-11-25 21:23 takes a trip down memory lane, and remembers last years Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. If Norman Rockwell did beer festival landscapes, this would have made for quite the classic. will be on hand for the 12th Annual Strong Ale Festival, December 5, at the VIP session. Read on to see what kind of fun is in store.

A Thanksgiving Post (by Laura Orem)

Tue, 2008-11-25 20:49
Happy Thanksgiving, BAP readers! Usually, at this point, I'm running around in frantic circles, trying to get ready for the holiday, but this year, I abdicated. I gave Rick a choice: we could either go out to eat, or he could cook dinner. By "cook," I also mean plan, shop for, and prepare without asking me any questions (as in, "Honey, how do you boil potatoes?"). After mulling this over, he gamely agreed to give it a try, and I plan to spend Thursday morning on the sofa in my pajamas, watching

Historians Among Winners of 2008 National Humanities Medals

Tue, 2008-11-25 15:06
Historians Among Winners of 2008 National Humanities Medals By David Darlington President George W. Bush awarded the 2008 National Humanities Medals and National Medals of Arts at the White House this past Monday, November 17, 2008. Several historians were among the recipients of these prestigious awards given out by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Gabor S. Boritt, director and founder of the Civil War Institute and professor of history at Gettysburg College received one o

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