Happy Thanksgiving!

Here’s a link to a great but simple activity to enjoy with the family: The Thanksgiving Reader.




We’re Thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re thankful for lots of things. We especially appreciate the opportunities we have to be a resource to our communities… the fact that those same communities are a resource to us, providing the support and help we need to do what we do.

Individuals and organizations are an important part of those communities–we appreciate them too! There are really too many to list… the schools for helping us implement our Words for Thirds Program…  the kids for their enthusiasm… the folks who help us with fundraisers and attend our events… and the organizations who truly understand what it means to collaborate.

These are exciting times for us; we’re looking forward to a couple of awesome projects next year. So yes, we’re even thankful that it doesn’t matter what direction we look–backwards or forwards–there’s lots to be thankful for!

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.

~Theodore Roosevelt

Happy Thanksgiving!

For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet…. Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long?

~Rebecca Harding Davis

Best Holiday Wishes! 

Thoughts of Thanks…

If you could use a little inspiration this Thanksgiving, try visiting this site. Turn your sound on and pay attention. I believe the site is sponsored by a Military Support Group, but it’s not just about the military.  Thanksgiving is, it seems to me, a particularly appropriate holiday for Grange folks to feel some kinship with… it’s about the harvest, certainly, and we might do well to note that the bounty of the harvest is always somewhat relative.

History tells us that nearly half of those early pilgrims perished during their first year here. And yet they found cause to celebrate and recognized there is always much to be thankful for even when things seem bleak by most standards. No, we can’t necessarily make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. But we can find value and beauty in almost everything around us. Often times the greatest beauty and the highest value is found in the simplest.

We can be thankful for what we have–that’s somewhat the point of the Thanksgiving Meal. But let’s not forget to be thankful for what others do and perhaps, even, for who others are.  And while we’re being thankful, why not be thankful for what we do and who we are?

When asked about angels, nine year old Ashley said, “My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got 
a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth.”

Who are our angels… and who’s angels are we? That’s a worthy Thanksgiving Thought!