Be Thankful - always

Norman Rockwells Freedom From WantThe Hypnotized never lie”
– Pete Townshend “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It has none of the trappings of the LSD-induced imagery of Christmas or the Meth-induced imagery of Halloween – let alone the opioid-induced imagery of chickens laying chocolate eggs you get at Easter.
It’s just a time home with friends, family and those who matter. If you can watch football without feeling guilty about the head injuries or angry someone is or isn’t taking a knee, then you’ve got the makings of a great extended weekend enjoying those you love.
Losing a loved one at this time is bitter and remembering them becomes bittersweet.
But I’ve always found Thanksgiving to be the most heartfelt time to remember those we’ve lost and to enjoy those still with us. It is a time to celebrate our shared experiences and to remember the things that divide us are not as consequential as those which bind us together.


No turkey and pass the beer

  • Published in Sports

Redskins fans indulge sports bar rivalry instead of traditional Thanksgiving

Redskins vs. Cowboys

GERMANTOWN – While many families stayed home to watch the Washington Redskins take on the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, some local residents headed to the bars as part of a weekly football tradition.

“Oh, this is a real rivalry game. I’ve been a part of the bar for three months and the Redskins-Cowboys fans are the most loyal fans,” said Demetre Peterson at the Green Turtle.


Giving Thanks - Not Lip Service


mysweetyWhen I was but a wee lad and the extended family met for the holidays, most notably for Thanksgiving or a Christmas dinner, we’d separate into two camps.
The adults had a long, extended table where my grandparents and their children and spouses ate dinner. The kids, well we were assigned a couple of card tables replete with paper plates, plastic cups and dishes while the adults ate from the fine china.
While the kids constantly fought and argued about cartoons or football, the adults held discussions about art, literature and business – for my grandfather forbade any discussions on politics or religion.


And now the real Thanksgiving

mccivicfedLast week most of us celebrated Thanksgiving.  Last month was also Native American Heritage Month, and as such it’s worth remembering that while the original Thanksgiving has been interpreted through the decades as a peaceful early encounter of two peoples, it is not necessarily a day of thanksgiving for everyone.  


Local firefighters take down robber

  • Published in Local

handcuffedAn elderly woman is thankful for a group of Montgomery County firefighters after they apprehended a 34-year-old Landover man who attempted to steal her purse as she walking in a shopping center parking lot in Chillum to purchase food for Thanksgiving.   

Montgomery County police said the attempted robbery took place around 5 p.m. on Nov. 24 in the 6800 block of New Hampshire Avenue at the Takoma Park Plaza.


Happy Thanksgiving again

PencilPaperThanksgiving is my favorite Holiday. I don’t have to worry about offending anyone except the turkey roasting in my oven. The family gathers, we enjoy spending time together, eat, watch football and relax.

Relaxing this holiday season is vital to my well being due to the amount of vitriol in this country which seems to have reached overwhelming proportions.

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