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  1. bob1 says:

    The Carters. “By your fruits you shall know them ” — Jesus

  2. Donner says:

    Consolation in your post. Thank you.

  3. mk says:

    Beautifully written, Michael. Happy Thanksgiving to you my friend.

  4. Michael says:



  5. Michael says:


    Thank you!

  6. Michael says:


    Happy Thanksgiving! Glad to see you here…

  7. Linn says:

    Thank you, Michael! Many years ago I came home fro school the Friday before Thanksgiving as the firefighters were shoveling stuff into a debris box. We were out of our house until right before Christmas. I learned a lot that year -why my parents had insurance, the kindness of strangers, the “joy” of living with my family in a real dive of a motel. We ate Thanksgiving at an all you can eat buffet that year, but my ninth grade self gained some perspective about what was important in life. We were okay, our pets survived the fire, our house could be fixed…Later, when I came to faith in Christ, I realized what a miracle God’s blessings were during that time were.

    I’m also thankful for PP and the folks who share here. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  8. Michael says:


    Thank you for being here…have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  9. filistine says:

    Without Rosalynn Carter, Jimmy Carter would have been a caricature of who he became.

    Kate Bowler is a consistent gift to those of us who struggle onward. I am finding treasured folks in unlikely ways and places.

    Vigilance is the word regarding this canine respiratory illness. It seems to be generating a lot of attention.

    Housefull of polarized family members tomorrow–praying for the peace of filistia.

  10. Michael says:


    I hope you are recovering well…much love to you and your bride and best wishes for the peace of filistia to prevail…

  11. Pineapple Head says:

    My dog had the virus last month. Took him a month to shake it.

  12. Captain Kevin says:

    “… give what you can and take what you need. Do not measure either…this is the season of grace…” AMEN!

    Happy Thanksgiving Michael and all the PhxP family.

  13. Michael says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, CK!

  14. Shawn says:

    I was in a local grocery store and a Dollar General when I somewhat understood the gravity and reality of number 7. At the grocery store :Come Sail Away” by Styx played over the loudspeaker.

    “I look to the sea, reflections in the waves spark my memory
    Some happy, some sad
    I think of childhood friends and the dreams we had
    We lived happily forever, so the story goes
    But somehow we missed out on that pot of gold
    But we’ll try best that we can to carry on.”

    I never used to like that song until recently. Earlier this year I lost a long time friend. Like my grandfather he always was my biggest fan. We had a lot of good times together. The last time I spoke to him he told me he was dying. I simply replied, “We are dying from the day we are born.” I didn’t think he was serious and I figured he would avert death at least one more time. He did not. As the song played I welled up with tears. I miss him.

    Later in the evening I tried to locate some brown sugar. As I was searching the shelves in Dollar General I heard a woman talking on the phone to her boyfriend or husband. She was an aisle or two over from. I never did see who she was.

    She was there to pick up a few odds and ends. Her tone of voice changed. I don’t know what he said but her response revealed it was less than positive. It was most likely demeaning. She asked why was he being such an blank button. It was then I was reminded that Thanksgiving is not a good time or a day to be thankful for everyone. For some people it sucks for many different reasons. Deep inside I grieved and prayed for her.

    Two different types of grief while being thankful that we are able to entertain our youngest daughter’s good friend for Thanksgiving. We will be entertaining her boyfriend in December.

    #8 really reminds us of grief during this season.

  15. Lori says:

    All well said. Thanks, Michael.

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