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What Makes the Original MIRACLE ON 34TH Street a Christmas Classic? -  Nerdist

The day after Thanksgiving, we usually watch Miracle on 34th Street. Last night I was so tired, I almost conked out over the keyboard–and I can’t remember how the mystery I was watching got solved, so maybe I did fall asleep.

And we’ve got to go buy groceries.

But! I will do my utmost to bring you Joe Collidge today. There are also some rather more serious issues I want to discuss, but I may have to save that for tomorrow.

Let’s Just Relax

A red barn and a wheat field ready for harvest near Silverton, Oregon Stock  Photo | Adobe Stock

No, no, no! I am not going to write up any politics today, I am not going to write up any nooze–and wit you well (as Sir Thomas Malory would say), there’s plenty I could write about. I am going to go out and have a cigar, work a little on my book, come back in to watch “Godzilla vs. Megalon,” and then sit down to our Thanksgiving dinner.

Judah the Maccabee, fighting for the survival of his nation, insisted on resting on the Sabbath: he would not do battle on that day unless he were attacked.

We fight for America. Maybe for the whole Western civilization, what’s left of it. But this day at least we set aside for thanksgiving to God.

‘Come, Ye Thankful People, Come’

It awes me when I realize that every good thing that I have ever known has been the gift of God.

Another traditional Thanksgiving hymn–Come Ye Thankful People, Come , performed by the music group at Catshill Baptist Church.

‘We Gather Together’ (Joshua & Jeremy)

I remember we used to sing this hymn in Sunday school, come Thanksgiving-time. “We Gather Together to ask the Lord’s blessing…” We have our friends and esteemed colleagues, Joshua and Jeremy, to play it for us today. Oh, this goes so far back for me!

My Newswithviews Column, Nov. 24 (‘Why Is Retirement So Hard?’)

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Nope–just can’t keep up.

It doesn’t make sense, but it’s certainly true: when we were working full-time, we nevertheless managed to get a lot more things done around the house… even though we weren’t here for most of the day.

Why Is Retirement So Hard?

You’d think it’d be easy! After all, retirement hands you, every day, eight or nine more hours that you didn’t used to have.

Where the dickens does it go?

‘You’re Invited (I Wish)’ (2019)

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I wish that we could gather together here.

You’re Invited (I Wish)

There’s a lot to be said for a nice back porch. My family got good use out of our old back porch, at our first house. Fully screened, no problem with mosquitoes. How many night, as a boy, I lay in bed with my bedroom windows open, listening to grown-up family and friends chatting and laughing on the porch. I miss that!

Well, we don’t have a porch anymore, so we’ll have to make do with a cyber-porch. You’re all invited. We’ll be home all day.

For Thanksgiving: The Doxology

Sorry, late again. I’ll post traditional Thanksgiving hymns today, but for the time being I thought it good to start with this, The Doxology–a slightly expanded version sung by Heidi Nadine. Praise the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving!

One of our household customs, on Thanksgiving Day, is to watch this gloriously silly movie while the turkey’s cooking in the oven–Godzilla vs. Megalon. The big robot is Godzilla’s tag-team partner against Megalon and Co. It had the rare ability to increase its size tenfold. Ain’t technology wonderful? “Ah! He programmed himself to do that,” says the robot’s inventor. It came as a surprise to him.

On Thanksgiving Day we set our cares aside and praise the Lord our God, who shoulders them Himself. We used to have these huge family dinners for Thanksgiving, but everyone has either died or moved quite far away. We give God thanks for all those memories.

I’ll be here on this blog tomorrow. I hope most of you can find a few minutes to drop in and share this holiday with us.

Complete with monster movie.