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Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

I’m off to cook the Big Dinner with all the fixins and plenty of leftovers. It’s a tough job, but I’m sure Ava and Robbie will help.

I’m grateful beyond words to all of you for for your presence, your comments, your support, your ideas, your smarts, and your commitment to freedom.


I’m going to take a couple of days off now, so see you sometime over the weekend.

Meantime, I hope you’ll leave comments saying what you’re grateful for in your own life, this very interesting and challenging year.

(Clipart courtesy of Webweaver.)



  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty November 26, 2015 3:51 am

    Here’s hoping everyone has a good time with friends and family, plenty to eat, and a safe place to watch their football. (They still have football on Thanksgiving, don’t they?) Laddie and I are going to make a nice dinner and share it with an old friend. With only a few inches of snow on the ground, I’m sure he’ll be able to make it to “grandma’s house.” 🙂 He’s only 79, after all. I’m very grateful for many things, but friends and family are at the top of the list.

  2. Joel
    Joel November 26, 2015 7:28 am

    It has indeed been an interesting and challenging year, but I am most grateful to be here. We had a neighborhood get-together at S&L’s last weekend, one of those big potluck feeds they like to put on, and S made the point that our little valley (he actually wants to call it Happy Valley, which I resist on the grounds of are you kidding) is, despite all, pulling together as a neighborhood. And I am most grateful to those folks, and all the other folks, who have made my part in it possible. I spent so much time being unhappy about and alienated from everything around me, it still after nine years seems rather odd to actually find myself a happy and useful man.

  3. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair November 26, 2015 7:30 am

    Football? What’s that?

    Thank you Claire for regular blogging. Enjoy your short vacation.

    I’m going for Thanksgiving feast to the intentional community in the Berkshires that I left in March. At least 50 people and 6 turkeys promised. My not-yet-over-me-leaving wife will be safely sequestered at her sister’s house south of Boston.

  4. Bob
    Bob November 26, 2015 7:43 am

    I’m grateful for the community I have settled in, and the neighbors who tried to make sure the old folks had someone to share Thanksgiving with(I’m not ready to comply just yet thank you).

    But I would be especially thankful if someone would step up to the plate and beat the Patriots, just one time. Please!

  5. Karen
    Karen November 26, 2015 7:55 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Claire and all you commentariat!
    We have lots of crap stuff going on right now but I’m so thankful that we are in the right place at the right time to deal well with it all. It’ll be a nice quiet day at home, having turned down several invitations, and that’ll be something of a luxury. So, whatever you all are doing, I hope you enjoy and I thank you all for being out there.

  6. jed
    jed November 26, 2015 10:10 am

    I’m grateful for alternating current, black-bean chocolate brownies, cetaceans, … no, I won’t go on; that would be too silly.

    I am thankful that I was able to put good tires on the car this week, which will make the drive down I-25 much better. Looking forward to an afternoon of just hanging out, followed by turkey cooked in a smoker. No kitchen work for me, except for the brownies, which I am smelling as I type, and those are hardly work.

    Everyone have an enjoyable day.

  7. pigpen51
    pigpen51 November 26, 2015 10:27 am

    I am thankful for my family first, of course. But I find myself this year being thankful especially for the firearms and freedom movement for how accepting they have been of my starting to come out and begin to post a little in the comment sections of different blogs.

    I am just an ordinary guy with an opinion like any one else, but in commenting on things, have met nothing less than respect and great discussions as well as helpful suggestions from every blog I have visited.
    So I am thankful for the community of Patriots found here in America yet today. You give me hope that it is not too late for our country.

  8. mary in Texas
    mary in Texas November 26, 2015 2:29 pm

    I’m grateful for my family and my friends and neighbors. We are planning a move and wish we could take our friends and several neighbors. The others we will miss, but not as desperately.
    I’m grateful for adequate but not excessive food, for a comfortable home with enough heat to prevent discomfort but not so much that I can’t work and be comfortable, for music to feed my soul.
    Basically I’m grateful for a wonderful life with enough but not too much of anything.

  9. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau November 26, 2015 7:43 pm

    I’m grateful for ruling class fear. Also grateful I’m still above ground. 😉

  10. LarryA
    LarryA November 27, 2015 8:45 am

    Lots of thankful down here. The four of us (me, spouse, cousin-who-lives-with-us, daughter-who-works-at-Texas-A&M) travelled “over the river and through the woods” (60 miles down I-10 in light rain) to sister-in-law’s house where visiting other s-i-l is crashing, and properly did Thanksgiving, complete with family-tradition recipes. (If you kept count that’s me and 5 women, but they’re all Texas Gals, so no problem.)

    We did, as the intelligentsia suggested, talk about ACA and gun control, but the results were not as the PTB expected.

    In fact, tomorrow I have a private license to carry class for a family just getting into the prepper mindset, my regular community-education-sponsored LTC class next Saturday is filling nicely, our last Hunter Education class of the year will be Tuesday & Thursday in between, and I’m scheduling a new shooter class for a mom-daughter pair.

    Meanwhile my Rebellious daughter and son-in-law have discovered that while Blue Hawaii is a gorgeous place with high wages and progressive benefits, it’s economically impossible to raise my twin grandkids there. (Public schools suck bottom of the barrel, private schools are outrageously expensive, and forget about buying a house.) Next January they’ll be returning to the mainland where they have good jobs waiting in Georgia. (I refrained from, “I told you so.”)

    So blessings on all. I suspect that 2016 is going to be interesting, but that the folks in the swamp they’ve created will be too busy staying afloat to mess with us alligators.

  11. just waiting
    just waiting November 28, 2015 10:53 am

    We’re just thankful that after 10 months we finally made it to our new home, and that its in a much better place than the last one.

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