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Thanksgiving notes

November 26, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Nov. 26, 2015

I wanted to throw up a quick entry here mentioning some previous blog posts that are relevant to the season:

Three years ago, I wrote a post listing six things for which I was grateful. All still apply. What are you grateful for? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Six years ago, I began tweeting tributes to the seniors on the Stanford football team toward the end of the season. (The timing is loosely tied to the senior day tradition established by the late Dean Smith, a legendary men’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.) My most recent tribute appeared on Twitter shortly before the kickoff to the 118th Big Game last Saturday; subsequently, I updated the page on this blog that contains all of the tributes. Be sure to visit if you have any interest in the Cardinal football team!

In 2013, I wrote about Christmas creep, which, I assure you, is alive and well. Unfortunately, I’ve noticed no decrease in the insistence by conservatives that Christianity is imperiled here in the United States. (See: Kim Davis.)

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Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a list of what I’m thankful for today…

November 22, 2012

Have a very happy Thanksgiving, readers!

Here are some things for which I’m thankful today:

• My health.

• My family: Dearly departed members, older members, middle-aged-ish members, younger members and dog members!

• My nation: The United States of America, be it right or be it wrong. This country is imperfect in many ways, and still it is also glorious in many ways. America does not yet fully live up to our ideals of freedom and justice for all, but it can be argued that our nation comes closer than any other place that is or ever has been on this great planet. When reporters carry word of places where innocents die violently, the rule of law is absent or badly corrupted and the will of the people is suborned to small and powerful groups, I am reminded how privileged I am to be an American citizen.

• My planet: Earth and its many varied and beautiful environments, flora and fauna. Humans have not always been wise or great stewards, but we have made some strides for the better. I hope that we will have a safe and beautiful place to pass on to many, many future generations.

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