The First Thanksgiving

And so filled with the spirit of gratitude, Governor Bradford proclaimed a feast, and then added, “We will extend an invitation to our Indian friends to join us in the feasting.”

The First Thanksgiving

November the 21st, 1621, Plymouth, New England: The pilgrims sat down to feast with 90 of their Indian brethren. Governor William Bradford offered the following prayer:

“Lord God, Thy hand has watchfully brought us to this land and given us friendship with the natives that live herein. We do give solemn thanks and praises to thy name.”

You know, that these stalwart souls were of a mind to offer such thanks is the story I want to tell you this Thanksgiving.

The pilgrims began as separatists from the Church of England. They wanted freedom to worship as they chose. And because of that, they were branded as traitors by the crown and persecuted, sometimes even unto death. And then, moved by the Spirit of God, they set their eyes on the newly discovered land of America. On September 6, 1620 the Mayflower set out with 102 passengers crammed in every inch of space. Consider it: Those pilgrims left all, and they would never return.

Well, the voyage was difficult, fraught with much suffering, sickness, and even death. As the season advanced, the North Atlantic weather grew colder. Food and water became scarce, and it seemed as though that journey would never end. Finally, after 66 days land was sighted at dawn on November the 19th. They dropped to their knees and thanked God.

One of them wrote though, “We now had no friends to welcome us, nor inns to entertain or refresh our weather-beaten bodies – no houses, or much less, towns to seek help.” And then she added, “And it was freezing cold weather.” But they were grateful. Why?

On Christmas day, 1620, they began construction on a common storehouse. But without homes and adequate food, they could never get warm. They weakened and became ill. When they finished the storehouse, it became a hospital.

Disease took its toll on them, and as many as two or three settlers died every day. At one time, there were only 6 healthy people out of more than a hundred who could care for the sick. This was called by them ever after “The Starving Time.” Only 51 pilgrims survived that first winter out of 102. Scarcely a family was not hit. Still, after all that, they gathered every day twice daily and offered prayers of thanks.

And you know, when the Mayflower returned to England in the spring, it is a testimony of the value of freedom to note that not one pilgrim went with her in spite of it all.

And then the Indians – they had feared them. But when the Indians finally came, they came friendly and with a desire to help, which if you consider how the Indians had already been treated by the whites, it was a miracle that they were friendly. The kindness of those early Native Americans saved those pilgrims.
Through the summer the pilgrims worked, and hard with little comfort. And when fall came, their harvest was plentiful; they wanted for nothing.

And so filled with the spirit of gratitude, Governor Bradford proclaimed a feast, and then added, “We will extend an invitation to our Indian friends to join us in the feasting.”

And on the day of the feast, Massasoit arrived with 90 Indians. For three days they prayed, sang, feasted, played, and bonded as brethren in the family of God.

Why was there a feast of Thanksgiving? What did they have to grateful for? Well, they had a greater faith in God, they had freedom, and now they had food, shelter, and friends. And when you think about it, what else matters?

Their gratitude for simple things changed the lives of millions all the way to your table. Happy Thanksgiving.

Glenn Rawson

Figure It Out

People may fail many times, but they become failures only when they begin to blame someone else. – Curtis Howe

Motivational Quotes

If at first you don’t succeed, before you try again, stop to figure out what you did wrong.
– Leo Rosten

People may fail many times, but they become failures only when they begin to blame someone else. – Curtis Howe

Chuckle of the Month

Dedicated to those in Southern California that need a laugh

His request approved, the photographer used a cell phone to call the local airport to charter a flight. He was told a twin engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.

Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger. He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, “Let’s go”.

The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off. Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, “Fly over the valley and make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides.”

“Why?” asked the pilot.

“Because I’m a photographer for Fox Cable News,” he responded. “And I need to get some close up shots.”

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he stammered, “So, what you’re telling me, is . You’re NOT my flight instructor!

Weird Things You Would Never Know!!

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

Weird Things You Would Never Know!!
(But do now!)

A shrimp’s heart is in its head.

The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest
tongue twister in the English language.

Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a
million descendants.

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear
by 700 times.

If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14,Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

23% of all photocopier faults world-wide are caused by people sitting on
them and photocopying their butts.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a
sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.

In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a
telephone call.

Horses can’t vomit.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world’s
nuclear weapons combined.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

A snail can sleep for three years.

No word in the English language rhymes with “MONTH.”

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

All polar bears are left handed.

In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including
their eyebrows and eyelashes.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

“Go,”is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would
stand seven feet, two inches tall.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

It is impossible to lick your own elbow.

Almost everyone who reads this will try to lick their elbow.

What Kids Say – Sometimes Are The Darnest Things

When I was six months pregnant with my third child, my three year old came
into the room when I was just getting ready to get into the shower.
She said,”Mommy, you are getting fat!”

A small boy is sent to bed by his father.
Five minutes later…. “Da-ad….” “What?” “I’m thirsty. Can you bring me a drink of water?”
“No. You had your chance. Lights out.” Five minutes later:
“Da-aaaad…..” “WHAT?” “I’m THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water?”
“I told you NO!” If you ask again, I’ll have to spank you”.
Five minutes later…… “Daaaa-aaaad…..” “WHAT!”
“When you come in to spank me, can you bring a drink of water?”
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An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally
asked him, “How do you expect to get into Heaven?”
The boy thought it over and said, “Well, I’ll run in and out and in and out and keep
slamming the door until St. Peter says, ‘For Heaven’s sake, Dylan, come in or stay out!'”
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One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her
son into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a
tremor in his voice, “Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?”
The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. “I can’t dear,” she said. “I have to
sleep in Daddy’s room.”
A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: “The big sissy.”
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It was that time, during the Sunday morning service, for the children’s
sermon. All the children were invited to come forward. One little girl was
wearing a particularly pretty dress and, as she sat down, the pastor
leaned over and said, “That is a very pretty dress. Is it your Easter Dress?”
The little girl replied, directly into the pastor’s clip-on
microphone, “Yes, and my Mom says it’s a bitch to iron.”
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When I was six months pregnant with my third child, my three year old came
into the room when I was just getting ready to get into the shower.
She said,”Mommy, you are getting fat!”
I replied, “Yes, honey, remember Mommy has a baby growing in her tummy.”
“I know,” she replied, but what’s growing in your butt?”
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One day the first grade teacher was reading the story of Chicken Little
to her class. She came to the part of the story where Chicken Little tried
to warn the farmer. She read, “…. and so Chicken Little went up to the
farmer and said, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!”
The teacher paused then asked the class, “And what do you think that farmer said?”
One little girl raised her hand and said, “I think he said: ‘Holy Cow! A
talking chicken!'” The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes

Have a great week.

Dedication and Determination

…life is but a weaving and what we weave we have to wear. I would like to share this one last thought by Swami Chinmayananda: Be a noble person in life. The tide of circumstances and the tussle of happenings may toss us hither and thither, may buffet us up and down, but stay noble in your thoughts and actions.

Dedication and Determination
By Gilbert Howe

Goodness is the only investment that never fails. — Henry David Thoreau

For one to understand and live a life of dedication and determination, one must be able to show goodness to their fellowmen. We all need to choose wisely and make the choices in our lives of the what we want to commit ourselves to and then become determined to make it happen. We have heard the phrase “do it now” and many more of the same type of thoughts; however, none of these great phrases can change lives unless we change our inner-self.

I find that nature is often our greatest teacher; we have learned industry from the ant and grace from the swan. However, the greatest lesson that nature has to offer is that of the bamboo tree.

For the first four years, the bamboo tree develops an effective root system underground, without growing more than a few inches above the ground. Then, in the fifth year, the bamboo tree grows 80 feet! Our personal life is very similar. We see people who achieve so much in what we might view as a very short time, without realizing the efforts that they have put in the past, to build firm foundations.

If we spend time investing in ourselves, learning patiently, we would be surprised at just how much we can grow. This is the action of taking real steps in our lives to learn the basics and get our roots solid. No great quotes or thoughts will make this happen, only action. This is your start to determination.

There is a legend in Ancient Greece; that a tourist, upon arriving in Athens, asked directions to Mount Olympus from Socrates. Socrates looked at him and told him to turn right and just take step after step until he reached his destination.

In life, there are very few things we can control. The only things that we can control, in fact, are our dreams, our goals and our ambitions.

It is essential to be rigid in our determination as well as flexible in approach. In order to succeed we must follow Socrates’ advice and stick to the path, not knowing how long or hard it is. But thus we have created a step in establishing our dedication to accomplishing the task

Just by consciously accepting that the destination is controllable but the journey is not, most of our problems will dissolve.

The Five Steps To Dedication: When Sir John Hunt stood at the foot of Mount Everest, he did not expect to reach its summit by some magic trick or in one giant leap. Hunt had mapped his climb by stages, one day at a time. Each day he ascended as high as he had planned for that day. The day Hillary and Tensing, of his climbing team, finally stepped up to the summit was the climax of many days, and the last step was the top one of many climbing steps.

What you are setting out to do may not be as spectacular or arduous as climbing Mount Everest, but you apply the same principles. There is no magic or sudden high-speed leap in time; no, it is you taking one step at a time.

Here are the five steps you must use to take your first steps.

1. Make Sure You Want It _ Really Want It
• Pinpoint your reasons for wanting it.
• Sell yourself on the importance each point.

2. Believe You Can Do It
• Put past failures behind you
• Build up your self esteem,

3. Take Just One Step At A Time
• Plan for just the next five minutes,
• Then the next hour, day, week etc.

4. Put Yourself On The Spot
• Make the decisions to overcome weakness and temptations,
• Tell another what you are doing.
• Write it down.
• Set deadlines.

5. Achieve Through Creating A Great Habit
• Make the change become a good habit by repetition.
• Watch the habit grow and you will become more determine to succeed.

This is the start to taking the steps in becoming dedicated to making your life a value to you and to others. You can now prove to yourself that you can develop the will power to do what you set your heart on doing. Remember when your life has determination others around you will see the difference and they, themselves, will become desirous to improve. One expression I have applied in my life is very simple but has been very meaningful for me. It is merely that life is but a weaving and what we weave we have to wear. I would like to share this one last thought by Swami Chinmayananda: Be a noble person in life. The tide of circumstances and the tussle of happenings may toss us hither and thither, may buffet us up and down, but stay noble in your thoughts and actions.

This will be a great week if you make it so.
gphowe

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Ben Stein About God

Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.

My confession:

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I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are: Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, “Merry Christmas” to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me, as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution, and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica, but we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show, and was asked “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.

She said, “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

In light of recent events…terrorists attack, school shootings, etc., I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.
Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said OK.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with “WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.”

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

My Best Regards.
Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

Airport Bathroom Etiquette! Or a Senator’s Bad Taste.

I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the other stall saying:
“Hi, how are you?”

This could happen to you.

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I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from
the other stall saying: “Hi, how are you?”

I’m not the type to start a conversation in the
restroom but I don’t know what got into me, so
I answered, somewhat embarrassed,
“Doin’ just fine!”

And the other person says:
“So what are you up to?”

What kind of question is that? At that point,
I’m thinking this is too bizarre so I say:
“Uhhh, I’m like you, just traveling!”

At this point I am just trying to get out as fast
as I can when I hear another question.
“Can I come over?”

Ok, this question is just too weird for me but
I figured I could just be polite and end the conversation.
I tell them “No…….I’m a little busy right now!!!”

Then I hear the person say nervously…
“Listen, I’ll have to call you back. There’s an
idiot in the other stall who keeps answering all my questions.

Be smart don’t use your phone when in the bathroom.

gphowe