Year older, year wiser?

November 28, 2011 Country singer Faith Hill was nearly two years younger than me when she appeared on the music scene in 1993 with her debut album “Take Me As I Am” and single “Wild One.”It was the first cassette tape I ever bought with my allowance and years later I found it neat that the first album she ever bought was one by Elvis Presley, who, of course, is my favorite singer. (Hill, a Mississippi native, was a fan too.)

Differences in gratitude

November 25, 2011 I was 19 years old, living in New York, and a long way from home. It was Thanksgiving time, and I knew I would not be able to go home for Thanksgiving. Two different families who attended the same church I did invited me to Thanksgiving dinner. The first dinner was to be at about noon, and the second would be around 7 in the evening. Being young and having a big appetite, I figured I would be fine accepting both. On that morning, I ate a light breakfast so I could heartily enjoy the feasting of the day.

Being thankful

November 25, 2011 Dear editor:Here is a suggestion for us all:While our minds are still in thankful mode, why don’t we try to imagine what this lovely town would be like without water flowing through the pipes; nasty trash hauled away; electricity flowing through the wires; store shelves stocked with things we all need; and many other such services.I hereby invite all whose imaginations are functioning properly to join me in offering a word of appreciation to the often-disdained people who make these things happen day after day.

Short wave radio as spy network

November 25, 2011 Want to listen in on spy talk? According to many reports, anyone with access to a short wave radio can tune in and listen to a variety of stations that are said to be used by various governments to send coded messages.One of the most well-known is being broadcast out of Russia called UVB-76 and it’s on frequency 4625 kHz.

Iran is serious threat to U.S.

November 25, 2011 Until a couple of weeks ago, I considered Iran a nation run by a doofus president and kooky religious leaders and a threat only to Israel.But no more. The rogue nation of Iran, doofus and the kooks who run it make up a significant threat to the mighty United States of America.Tipped off by a friend, I started learning about High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse weapons. Delivered by a nuclear warhead to explode high over the intended target, the High Altitude Electronic Pulse knocks out all, or almost all, computer systems within a wide range below.

It may be time to opt out

November 23, 2011 “Let’s be real, Mom, when you die we probably won’t do this anymore.”Those profound words were recently uttered by my oldest in regards to holiday get-togethers.For a moment, I was sad.Then, it hit me like a ton of bricks! After death, they have no plans to participate in this stressful event which means, we are only getting together to (1) feed the multitude and (2) bring additional anxiety to my life.

Precious gift of family at Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 Thanksgiving is one of the simplest American holidays. There are no expensive presents, no elaborate decorations and no divisions based on religion or political ties. There are actually very few expectations of any kind. Sure, my family always had to have rice, whipped potatoes and stuffing or there would be hurt feelings. That’s a lot of carbs at one table but those are still all easy requests to fulfill.

How will you mark the 4th Thursday?

November 23, 2011 How will you spend your Thanksgiving Day this year? Sleep in because you have extra days off? Settle down to watch football? Pull up a chair at 4 o’clock to eat a huge feast? Make plans for Black Friday, plotting with the multitudes to storm the stores and “shop-until-you-drop?”Why not consider another tradition? The tradition of the Pilgrims, honored nationally since the days of George Washington.

After holiday feasting comes the loafing

November 22, 2011 Twenty-four hours ago, I was seated with my family and friends around the Thanksgiving table. Now, I am seated in my chair and cannot move. Why is it on Thanksgiving we give ourselves permission to gorge ourselves to the point of semi-consciousness?

Turkey Holocaust Day 2011

November 22, 2011 Let me be among the first 40-foot, helium-filled balloons to kick-start our national parade of giving thanks. That’s right, we’re just about to butt heads with Turkey Holocaust Day, and to be perfectly honest, it’s about time. A little tryptophan poisoning might be the perfect prescription for these trying times.