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for Thursday, November 23, 2006

Funky Winkerbean Thanksgiving 2006

How's that for an image to start my annual Thanksgiving edition of this column?

The origin of Thanksgiving goes back to 1619 or so. You got your Pilgrims, living in dirty, disease-ridden huts, hungry, and, waiting for death to release them from their misery. Then come the Wampanoag, one of the many Native-American people who lived happily in the future United States.

The Pilgrims would have died if it weren't for the Wampanoag. They got the settlers through that first winter, taught them how to grow crops, taught them how to fish, and probably even taught them not to go around poking bears. That worked out just peachy for the Pilgrims, not so good for the Native-Americans.

The history books won't tell you this, but "Thanksgiving" is actually a Wampanoag word which roughly translates to "No good deed goes unpunished."

In years past, I have used my Thanksgiving musings to express my gratitude for my wonderful wife, children, family, friends, and readers. I've given thanks for having achieved some small success in my chosen vocation, and for those along the way who helped me to achieve it. Let's consider all of the above as constants. I was grateful for them all in years past, I remain grateful to them in the here and now, and I fully expect to be grateful to them for a good many years to come.

What I haven't said before is this:

I am thankful, every day, for the gift of another day. There have been times in my life when I wasn't sure there would be another day. This isn't something I'm going to dwell upon here or even explain. Realistically, none of us ever knows for sure that we will have another day. All the same, I am grateful for each new day that comes my way.

Another day represents another chance to get it right. It's another chance to do something better today than I did yesterday. It's another chance to achieve something, create something, help someone, repay a generosity, and so much. I may not succeed in any of these ambitions today, or tomorrow, or even the next day, but, as long as I get to wake up to another day, I get another crack at all of them. That's worth celebrating...and that's really what I wanted to share today.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from me and mine.

I'll be back on Tuesday with more stuff.

Tony Isabella

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