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Happy Thanksgiving!


Dear Readers: Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are fortunate enough to be spending the holiday with family and friends. And our personal thanks to those who are spending the day volunteering at shelters and soup kitchens, or going to a nearby nursing home and bringing conversation and attention to the residents. Bless you for your kindness and generosity. Here is a poem that captures the spirit of the day:

"Thanksgiving" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

We walk on starry fields of white

And do not see the daisies,

For blessings common in our sight

We rarely offer praises.

We sigh for some supreme delight

To crown our lives with splendour,

And quite ignore our daily store

Of pleasures sweet and tender.

Our cares are bold and push their way

Upon our thought and feeling;

They hang about us all the day,

Our time from pleasure stealing.

So unobtrusive many a joy

We pass by and forget it,

But worry strives to own our lives,

And conquers if we let it.

There's not a day in all the year

But holds some hidden pleasure,

And, looking back, joys oft appear

To brim the past's wide measure.

But blessings are like friends, I hold,

Who love and labour near us.

We ought to raise our notes of praise

While living hearts can hear us.

Full many a blessing wears the guise

Of worry or of trouble;

Far-seeing is the soul, and wise,

Who knows the mask is double.

But he who has the faith and strength

To thank his God for sorrow

Has found a joy without alloy

To gladden every morrow.

We ought to make the moments notes

Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;

The hours and days a silent phrase

Of music we are living.

And so the theme should swell and grow

As weeks and months pass o'er us,

And rise sublime at this good time,

A grand Thanksgiving chorus.

Annie's Snippet (credit the late Johnny Carson): Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.

Annie's Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to, or write to: Annie's Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. To find out more about Annie's Mailbox and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Surprise, surprise!!!! The Annies have posted another poem in lieu of an advice column!!!!!
Who woulda thunk it?

Comment: #1
Posted by: jennylee
Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:32 PM
Re: jennylee

Well, the advice is for us -- to follow what is printed.

Sure is a helluva lot better than a letter like "How do I tell a relative who (habitually gets roaring drunk/acts like a creep around my teenage niece/refuses to send an RSVP and drops in whenever) that he's not welcome thus year or any year and should stay the hell away?"

Happy Thanksgiving and please be thankful that we have the Bill of Rights that protect all our freedoms.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Bobaloo
Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:09 PM
Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
Comment: #3
Posted by: Kitty
Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:45 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to all our American neighbours.

Comment: #4
Posted by: Lise Brouillette
Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:39 AM
May each of us find something for which we can be thankful today, because of or in spite of our circumstances. Happy Thanksgiving to readers and BTL community!
Comment: #5
Posted by: Humama
Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:57 AM
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Comment: #6
Posted by: Chris
Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:17 AM
To all BLT: Happy Thanksgiving!
Comment: #7
Posted by: Mary Ann
Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:01 AM
appy Thanksgiving to all.

A buddhist Thanksgiving Grace:

This food is the gift of the whole universe—the earth, the sky, and much hard work.

May we live in a way that makes us worthy to receive it.

May we transform our unskillful states of mind, especially our greed.

May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness.

We accept this food so that we may realize the path of practice.

May you, your family, your friends, your neighbors and my neighbors, our country, all the nations of the world, all the creatures and plants of this beautiful world—may all beings everywhere—be happy, satisfied, and safe! _Thich Nhat Hanh
Comment: #8
Posted by: EstherGreenwood
Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:57 AM
I was hoping for today's "column" to be about sending thank you notes.
Happy TDAY Everybody!
Comment: #9
Posted by: michelle black
Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:48 AM
Or REALLY fortunate to not be with family and instead to be with someone who loves and appreciates you.
Comment: #10
Posted by: Filiagape
Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:57 AM
Re: EstherGreenwood
THAT was much nicer han he Annies' poem. I'll bet Mike loves it!

@Michelle Black
Tough (green) beans - you're getting poems!

Comment: #11
Posted by: Lise Brouillette
Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:57 PM
Re: Lise Brouillette
Michelle Black had a good thought though -- Thanksgiving would have been perfect for a column on "thank you notes" :D
Comment: #12
Posted by: Kitty
Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:42 PM
Re: Kitty
True. Very true... Let's be thankful the thought didn't occur to them! ;-D
Comment: #13
Posted by: Lise Brouillette
Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:57 PM
Comment: #14
Posted by: Ms Davie
Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:05 PM
Re: EstherGreenwood

I'll admit it ... a great blessing that says it all!
Comment: #15
Posted by: Bobaloo
Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:28 PM
Geez, it's not just a sappy poem, but a REPEAT sappy poem from 2 years ago.

Happy Thanksgiving to my US neighbours - eat some turkey for me.
Comment: #16
Posted by: Barbara B.
Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:34 PM
Happy Thanksgiving to all the BTLers and a shout out to our Canadian neighbors.

May the turkey be heavenly.

May the mashed potatoes and gravy be free of lumps.

May the rolls turn out just right.

May the pumpkin and sweet potato pie be delicious.

And may all of us have continued good health for ourselves and our loved ones.

Oh, I almost forgot - - - May the Lions win!
Comment: #17
Posted by: JustWinBaby
Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:17 PM
Happy Thanksgiving!! My grandfather made it through risky surgery yesterday. For that, I am so thankful!
Comment: #18
Posted by: Michelle
Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:22 AM
If at least they bothered to find a different poem every year... But no, and they don't even bother giving us a fresh comment section.

This column was recycled as is from November 27, 2013, complete with the old posts from 1 to 15. Just so you'll know.

Comment: #19
Posted by: Lise Brouillette
Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:50 AM
Re: Michelle
Good luck to youir grandfather, and may he heal in jig time!

Comment: #20
Posted by: Lise Brouillette
Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:51 AM
But I like lumps in my mashed potatoes :( Not the gravy though.
Comment: #21
Posted by: Stacy
Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:25 AM
Comment: #22
Posted by: Meow Mix
Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:03 PM
Sometimes, old advice is good advice. (The correct column for today, BTW, is posted at Arcamax).
Comment: #23
Posted by: Bobaloo
Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:19 PM
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