Things I'm thankful for...

We just got home from a nice day with friends and family at Nan's parents (in their mid-eighties) home up in Penderlea. I cooked the bird and Nan made her special homemade cranberry sauce with orange zest and she made stuffing, pumpkin pie and so on...and up we went. Our children are in far flung places so we don't often get to spend holidays with them. On the way home we stopped to feed a neighbor's goats and dog and cats keeping a watchful eye for deer along the way.

We talked about the things we're grateful for...each other, our friends and family, and our good fortune compared to so many. Our son called as we came in the door and we spoke with our grandchildren and maybe we'll hear from our daughter. But, she and her husband are up against it with one of the loans you've been reading about...and sometimes she's not in the mood to talk...and their problem is too large for us to solve.

Anyway...We're also grateful for people like you who believe in these few simple but profound words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form,
as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.....

Without you our voices would be stifled...but together we can and are making a difference...and I'm thankful we are in this together.

Happy Thanksgiving...from the Democratic Republic of Nanistan.


And Happy Thanksgiving to you and Nan

It sounds like the Democratic Republic of Nanistan was a lot like Cloud 9 today. (That's my piece of the world.) I spent today surrounded by family - my husband and son, two brothers, two sisters-in-law, three nephews, a niece, my brother's in-laws, his new puppy, and my 79 year old mom. We toasted each other,and my now absent father, sister and brother. I think we could all feel the supposedly absent ones around us - it was indeed a wonderful day.

My brother opened his home for us, and we all brought food - what abundance we had! None of us are wealthy, by U.S. standard, but my goodness, there was enough to feed all of us twice, and still have left-overs. I am so grateful for that. I feel warm and fuzzy, fat and sated. I'm going to have to do a lot of walking to get rid of the extra food I ate - and I'm going to have rethink my giving strategies so that the food banks get a little more from me. An embarrassment of riches.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Family, peace and happiness in the Adame home

My house was full of people....really full...My in-laws..My daughter and her family, The Iraqi refugee family I am sponsering, Total of 9 Grandchildren, my spoiled little 17 year old mutt, Prieta....and a few droppers in......It was a blast!!...My yougest grandson's first Thanksgiving ever!

We spoke to my youngest son Benjamin, who is in Iraq, on the phone for an hour.

I ate too much. I am happy you had a great day too!.........

Now.....BACK to the Campaign.....Democratic Blood Drive tomorrow (Saturday) morning at the Morehead City train depot....Bev Purdue and I are assisting....10 AM to 2 PM...see you there!

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Those profound words

tie us all together. Thanks, Stan. I'm so very thankful for all of you. My daughter and I spent yesterday with Mom 'n 'em, ;) ... Mom, Dad, my three brothers and three SIL's and their kids and the first great grandchild and my grandmother in Maryland called ... and I am so very thankful for everyone of them. And the food ... indeed it was an embarrassment of riches.

So today, Cait and I are getting ready to watch SICKO, then we'll go hiking. Tomorrow I'll go hiking again. I'm so very thankful for the public land we have in this area. Hope Johnston County starts to put some open, unmolested, unaltered park and public land aside soon. Future generations will be so thankful for it on days like this when the earth just begs us to come out and play.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Happy Thanksgiving Stan and Nan.

We had an unusual and fun Thanksgiving yesterday. Today we're huddling against the 20-degree weather of Central PA.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.