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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Wishes

Today is the "great eating holiday", and I will be participating, likely to end up in a turkey/food coma at the end of the day, while watching a football game. Normally when this happens, I have little grandsons and granddaughters laying all over me, equally stuffed, wondering why grandpa is calling the plays from his position on the couch.

Yes, the turkey is important as is the gravy, but to me, it's nothing without good stuffing (where bacon is an ingredient) and home made rolls. I must admit that I am a gravy hog. Just about everything is better if there is gravy on the plate on it or next to it.

In 1863, at the hight of the War of Northern Aggression/American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln designated a day of thanksgiving, to take time out and express appreciation to God for everything that we have. That is the genesis of the holiday in the US. Bringing in the Mayflower, pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians makes some sense, but the holiday was not predicated on stuffing ourselves with turkey. 

Take time out, show some appreciation, and maybe donate to your local food bank (I buy flats of canned goods at Costco and drop them off), because the shelves will be empty after Thanksgiving.







The Thirteenth Colony will resume after the Thanksgiving holiday break. I appreciate the feedback and that you are enjoying the story.


Will Governor Marcus Marius Longinus be crucified at the gates of the capitol city of the Province of Mauritania? If so, will crows peck out his eyes before he expires?


Will Mattia be captured by pirates and once captured, will she escape or will she live out her days as a pirate queen? Will this be the end of innocence?


Will Quintus stay at the Thirteenth Colony to search for more gold Phoenician coins and will he abandon the thought of returning to reclaim Mattia (who he thinks is safe at home)?

All this and more will be explored further as the saga moves forward, and I hope that you will be entertained.

I'm a writer. An author is a writer with a friend in the publishing business. If you want a novel, I need to find a friend.






25 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving, LL. I can't even begin to imagine the pain of bouncing children on a Thanksgiving stuffed tummy. Ouch. You're a good grandpa.

    I use sausage in my stuffing, but bacon would be equally good. Also, the cooked chopped liver must be in the gravy. The addition of a couple chopped hard cooked eggs is nice, too.

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    1. The grandchild count is: 1- 6 yr old boy, 1- 6 yr old girl // 2 - 4 yr. old boys // 1 - 3 yr old girl // 2 - 1 yr old boys.

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  2. And hello from the Pilgrims of Plymouth, flower. Since I’m somewhat directly related to your ancestry you may raise a glass in my honoUr and be thankful for my commentary ;)
    Well nothing wrong with a food coma and the delights of innocent bairns to let you see the world as a bright and fascinating place, thats for sure. I hope you and yours have a fabulous day.

    However, as a cynical English chick, I’ve often wondered how Americans can cope with family gatherings two months in a row and one of them you don’t even get presents at. I’m surprised that divorce rates and homicides don’t triple come January. You clearly didn’t take any of our snark over there on that boat and really do live like the Waltons as we are led to believe.

    Toast: Santé, bottoms up and remember to keep looking into the eyes of the person you're clinking glasses with as you take your first sip or you won’t have sex for seven years.

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    1. Thank you for your toast...I think. The curse it too horrible to imagine.

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  3. Having the grandkids sitting with you or on you is the icing on the cake. It is for those that we did what we did back in the day - and some are still doing today though we are old (er). I still think you could make a good book out of the Thirteenth Colony. It is good reading.

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    1. There is simple math with books that are published without the support of actual publishers. It's much easier to get them marketed on Amazon, for example and doesn't cost much -- but. Very few people read them even if you knock the price down to $2.50 each.

      There are roughly 45 people who read this blog and if I constructed a book, it would take the better part of a year, and I'd sell 100 copies if I was lucky. Which is why I dabble with blog shorts rather than writing books. I'm not offended at 45 free readers on my blog, but after I toil for a year and go through the tortuous editing process, find somebody to handle the art for the cover (that costs roughly $250), and so forth - I break even - and people on Amazon give me tepid reviews of my efforts.

      I appreciate your confidence and your accolades VERY MUCH, John. But there is not much to writing a book unless there is promotion and advertising that allows you to get it to the point where you make more than $1/hour for writing it.

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    2. There's always a point. I know people. Do it.

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  4. I agree -- stuffing is of critical importance. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. If your mother is cooking, you know that it will be good.

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  5. There is not enough gravy in the state to help my biscuits...sigh
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. You could have picked up a giant bag (or two) at Costco for supper, painted your biscuits red and launched them (like clay pigeons) as targets...

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    2. Dang, what a great idea, and I have them piled in the garage under a hardtack sign... so on it.... pull...

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  6. A happy and safe Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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    1. Thank you, Morgan. You're an inspiration.

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    1. Your wishes are appreciated indeed.

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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    1. The president asked that we talk about gun control over Thanksgiving dinner. I hope that you took the opportunity to do just that.

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