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Thankful Thoughts

I sit here writing the blog before Our Thanksgiving Blog,  wanting to write about thanks. You are probably in the midst of lots of stuff that includes planning, family and “getting ready”.

Yesterday, I felt so fortunate to celebrate my Mom’s birthday, with lunch at the Williamsburg Lodge. Then, I posted a quick picture on Facebook of mom and me. I was laughing then about it, and I am laughing now. I feel so thankful!

In keeping with wanting to post a quick blog today, here’s an article from titled 129 Reasons to be Thankful. It asks 129 celebrities why they are thankful. Some good things to think about.

So many reasons to be thankful!


Turning the Clocks Forward

I had a great weekend! And doesn’t it sound positive to turn the clocks forward?

It was filled with activities that included going to a play on Friday at the Virginia Repertory Theatre. The play is adapted from a book titled The End of War, written by my friend and author David L. Robbins. Historical fiction that is attention-grabbing.

I also attended a retirement party in Virginia Beach, for Brenda Jennings. She taught me in high school and has had such an impact on so many lives. Mary Jo Harrell posted pictures and a video and also tagged them to my Facebook page. One video posting includes me saying a few words of thanks. (Yes, if you see it, you might notice that I did grow some facial hair. It’s cold outside!)

And one final mention from the weekend. I attended a soccer tournament in Richmond and watched my 11-year-old nephew play. It was cold but really made me smile.

These are the good days!

This upcoming week filled with lots of basketball and the excitement of the start of the NCAA tournament. Will a Cinderella team dance to the final four?  More twists and turns than a Rubik’s Cube.

The hope of excellence. The certainty of excitement. The sanctity of pure competition. (I know… I’m getting crazy. I was pretending that my sequence of sentences was being read in one of those sports announcer voices, like the voice that famously spoke “The frozen tundra of Lambeau Field” in NFL Films)

With all that sports and basketball in mind, that leads me to a good reminder of the pursuit of success. This comes from a Nike poster:

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that is why I succeed.

Michael Jordan
And for pic o’ day, from Bleacher Report. A creative NCAA basketball game sign that makes me laugh:


Thanksgiving “Stuff”ing

I truly enjoy Thanksgiving. All of it! The food, the thanks, the giving! I truly have so many reasons to be thankful. But, I always feel like I need to add some extra workouts!


I know you have a busy day and weekend so I will just post a few quickies. First, here’s our newsletter for November, in case you didn’t receive it in your email.

And here we go, the first is one that I post every year because it always makes me laugh….



And some random:









And where else can you find some Noah’s Ark Thanksgiving humor?



And finally, just some thoughts









I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Meaningful Weekend!




Thank You Thoughts and Pictures

History  tell us that the first Thanksgiving celebration can be traced back to 1671. It was celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts by the Pilgrims. They had survived the trip from England and Europe as well as their first bitter winter in 1620.

Under the rule of the Continental Congress,  President George Washington declared a National Day of Thanksgiving “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”.

I think that Thanksgiving has a different meaning to each of us. A couple of days ago, I sent out our Firm newsletter/eBlast here, which caused me to look at my last year’s introduction before writing the one for this November eBlast. It made me travel down memory lane a bit.

For some things this year, I am glad that I will only see those events in my memory rearview mirror. Other things just make me feel good when I think about them and feel so thankful. I am also reminded that I have so many reasons to be thankful.

I plan on spending time with family; eating a big meal; putting on my loose fitting pajamas; watching some football; eating some leftovers; and spending more time with family. I cannot wait to be thankful!!!! The perfect day for buffet pants.


Favorite program

And finally, I post another pic o from the past. This one always makes me laugh. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. And, I hope you will be back on Monday with a smile and the knowledge that you should never feel guilty for having a second piece!

car load o'turkeys

A Birthday Blog Secret

I am going to let you in on a secret. Just between you and me… okay? I am headed to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this morning. We are celebrating my mom’s 80th birthday!!!!! (It’s ok to just tell you her age)

So, I will leave you with a couple of pic o’s and a word puzzle sent to me from Debbie K. Good stuff!

Overwhelmed, d

“Overwhelmed cracks me up. The next one is from Kim Raab. She thought I would appreciate the New York snow. I do wonder what this dog is thinking.


And now to the “word puzzle”.



Completely Personal

This is a full week that includes lots of casework; Attending an Orioles game. And even doing some TV production later in the week. I could blog about each of those.    However, every now and then, something comes along that trumps all of that.

Last week, we celebrated my dad’s last radiation treatment. He rang the bell! It had been such a climb up the mountain for him with 44 treatments, that he said that he didn’t even know how to feel.  Just taking that last step of finishing… congratulations Dad!


(Mom put these together. The last one is Dad and his doctor)

Pot Meets Kettle

First, as I noted in yesterday’s blog, I was at the North Carolina high school golf tournament. My nephew shot a first round 77 and was not satisfied. To me, it looked effortless. The temperature around 90 was pretty stifling. I have the fan blowing on high in the office today!

For the blog,  I titled this after the idea of  silly criticism. In this instance it led to an arrest.

This story  (USA Today) is about a woman who was ticked at her drug supplier. The marijuana was apparently a fraud.  So, she called the police, just as she said she would. Guess who paid the price! Some 911 calls are just not an emergency!

DID YOU KNOW  that Thomas Jefferson was once given a 1235 pound block of cheese for a gift?  Supposedly, that’s where we get the expression “The Big Cheese”.

For pic o’ day, some good ole-fashioned friendliness.

Giraffe laugh

It is a Good Friday!

This is a time of family, thankfulness and appreciation; and even baskets, chocolates and friendly rabbits.

lonely bunny

If you like marshmallow peeps… it’s a good time too. Plus, it includes Friday.

Friday dog

We just emailed our e-Blast for April. You can get it here if we did not send it to you. The staff put some good stuff in this April edition.

There is no shortage of funny Easter and rabbit pictures on the Internet. It just seems like it was only a couple months ago that we were posting these to the blog. Has it really been a year? Still, they make me smile every time.

cat ears

I hope this is a wonderful time for you and your family. Have a great weekend and make sure to find all the hidden eggs… especially the ones that have money in them. Also, I personally hope to see the Cadbury Bunny working this year.


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