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.
UPDATED November 25 2017: I added my current signature block and the Thanksgiving card.
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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.
Historically, the Mansfield pageant has been the one hardest to get upcoming dates for. That has changed now as it has started its own webpage. http://www.laurasmemories.com/
The most useful part is the dates, but also included is a brief description of the pageant and a nice slide show that gives you a little bit of the flavor of the show.
A recent article on Forbes.com (see link below) talks about people famous enough to support multiple museums in their honor. “It takes a true superstar with iconic status to command multiple museums.” It very briefly describes several of the museums and includes a quote from Walnut Grove’s Nicole Elzenga.