Monday, November 27, 2006

This is the text of George Washington's October 3, 1789 National Thanksgiving proclamation, issued while he was President (as printed in the Providence Gazette and Country Journal, October 17, 1789).



Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation;
for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war;
for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;
for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;
for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;
and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;
to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually;
to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed;
to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord;
to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us;
and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
GIVEN under my Hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.


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Thankful People

We often forget the Source from which the blessings of fruitful years and healthful skies come....No human wisdom hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God....I therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United observe the last Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.
Abraham Lincoln, 1863
Congress recommends a day of . . . thanksgiving and praise so that the people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts . . . and join . . . their prayers that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, to forgive our sins and . . . to enlarge His kingdom which consists in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Continental Congress, 1777 Written by Signers of the Declaration Samuel Adams and Richard Henry Lee)

I appoint...a day of public Thanksgiving to Almighty God... to ask Him that He would...pour out His Holy Spirit on all ministers of the Gospel; that He would...spread the light of Christian knowledge through the remotest corners of the earth;...and that He would establish these United States upon the basis of religion and virtue. (Governor Thomas Jefferson, 1779)

I...appoint...a day of public thanksgiving and render to God the tribute of praise for His unmerited goodness towards giving to us...the Holy Scriptures which are able to enlighten and make us wise to eternal salvation....And to pray that He would forgive our sins and...cause the religion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to be known, understood, and practiced among all the people of the earth. (Governor John Hancock, 1790)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

A pleasant vineyard, sing about it!
I, the Lord, am its keeper;
every moment I water it.
I guard it night and day
so that no one can harm it;
I have no wrath.
Isaiah 27:2-4
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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Herewith a few confessions from my beating heart: I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important?
I don't know who Lindsay Lohan is either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise's wife.
Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are. ?If this is what it means to be no longer young? It's not so bad.
Next confession:
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. ? And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution, and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

A Free Heart

" . . . to do those things you yearn for in life, to follow the dreams that dance in your heart, is itself an act of courage to which you can commit yourself. After all, courage is not the absence of fear; it's caring for something with a passion greater than your fear of pursuing it."

Paul & Sarah Edwards - the Practical Dreamer's Handbook

Friday, November 17, 2006

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

There is always room at the top. - Daniel Webster

Friday, November 10, 2006

"Children should be allowed to remain children in knowledge, and should become men and women only through growth in the understanding of man's higher nature."
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Thursday, November 09, 2006


Living in harmony with others, I fulfill my part in a divine plan.
All around me I see harmony at work on earth. Every living thing has its place to fill in God's creation. From the smallest of beings to the great whales of the sea, each being was created for a reason—to fulfill its purpose in a divine plan.
I, too, have a purpose to fulfill, and I go about doing this in harmonious ways. I work in harmony with those around me—in my home, my workplace, or wherever I may be. With the thoughts I think and the words I speak, I am a harmonizing influence on those within my circle of family and friends.
God uplifts me in being a harmonizer. I am in my right place in God's world, going about doing what is mine to do, fulfilling the role that I was created to fill.
"Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus."—Philippians 2:4-5

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Population 11/08/06 @ 2:46 (central time)


From Dee