I’m sorry about this. I meant to save this to write a whole post later. I must have hit the wrong button and it popped up before I was done. Here’s the story. The Kirkwood Community College Print Services have been trying to urge people to go there early. This is my favorite below because it is all too true.
Top 10 Reasons You Should Go to Print Services Early This Holiday Season 9. Dates on your calendar are closer than they appear.
The National One-Room School Conference next summer will be held in Oxford, Ohio, home of the University of Miami where McGuffey of McGuffey Reader fame taught. See the call for papers at the link below.
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. We had a really nice family time this year. My brother did a great deep-fat fried turkey. I also wanted to share one of my favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder quotes. It’s from a “Missouri Ruralist” column in which she retells the story of Mary and her fighting over whether to have sage or onion flavoring in the stuffing by Silver Lake.
“This little happening has helped me to be properly thankful even though at times the seasoning of my blessings has not been just such as I would have chosen.”
Often people seem to be hardwired to find fault rather than gratitude, so throughout the year I like to think of this quote and be thankful for my blessings, even when I would prefer a different flavor or form.
This is the second year I’ve done a special Thanksgiving Program for the Johnson County Historical Society. Besides hearing stories from Laura’s life and other old stories and poems, participants got to smell and handle a sage plant, taste parched corn, and grind wheat in a coffee grinder. As a final part of the program they made a turkey paper chain from a pattern I designed to be similiar to the star paper chain Ma makes in “On the Banks of Plum Creek.” It was a successful event again this year and although we don’t have a date yet, I think we’ll be doing a similar program next November, I’ll look for you then.
The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota has just announced that they are developing a new musical based on the Wilder series. It’s set to debut at the Guthrie next summer and they are hoping it will go national.
There is a story about my upcoming event at the Johnson County Historical Society for Thanksgiving. It’s got a great photo from last year, please take a look.
I hope that everybody took the opportunity to at least think about how grateful we are to the veterans who’ve given their lives, their limbs, or their youth to give us our freedom. Today is a good day to think about that and how you use that freedom. If you didn’t do something to thank a veteran today, they will also be glad to be remembered tomorrow.