Thanksgiving display in a North Carolina shop, September 2013

Thanksgiving display in a North Carolina shop, September 2013

“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” — H.U. Westermayer

I was unable to find out anything about who H. U. Westermayer was, though I did find others asking the same question. While they were similarly unsuccessful at learning about the person who originated this oft-quoted thought, many did verify the historical accuracy of the quote.  Sometimes our quaint stories about the first Thanksgiving tend to obscure the harsh reality of the context in which it took place.  Perhaps our greatest lesson to be drawn from that celebration is the example of people who were able to find reason to be thankful amid circumstances more adverse than most of us can imagine.  Whatever you may be facing today, I hope the difficulties will not obscure the blessings.

One year ago today:

Absolutely, positively, certainly

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Sheila

    Good morning Julia with my java in hand and early morning thoughts of my friend that never forgets her Verandah bestie🧡 Thank you for the Thanksgiving card that graced my little kitchen nest, my go to for comfort and gazing outside! Right now, clouds offshore are giving way to sunbeams determined to make this day brighter. Quiet was the order of the day here and for our family. If people will play by the rules, the results may be better and quicker. Why is that so hard for the masses to understand? I hope is well with Matt and with you, my dear friend. “The road to a friend’s house is never long” 🧡✝️

    • Thank you, Sheila. Quiet was the order of the day here, too, and we enjoyed it. 😀 The weather was Verandah-perfect!

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