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Whew! Turkeys get pardons

The United States President is pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the Rose Garden today.  The president will celebrate the 66th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a safe and healthy holiday.  

The 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate were hatched and raised near Badger, Minnesota. 

After the pardoning, the turkeys will be driven to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.  The National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate will be on display for visitors during “Christmas at Mount Vernon,” a traditional program through Jan. 6. 

The turkeys will then travel to their permanent home at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill, the historic turkey farm located at the home of former Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis (1918-1922) in Leesburg.

Guess today is those birds’ lucky day. 


(The following opinion article entitled “Looking Past Thanksgiving” is written by American columnist Glenn Mollette of Indiana and reprinted in this space with permission. He is the author of “American Issues” and numerous other books.)


Looking past Thanksgiving

By Glenn Mollette    

The first Thanksgiving was surrounded by life’s hardships. The early settlers were bombarded with extreme weather, hunger, sickness and death. Those who had survived believed the best they could do was to stop and give thanks.

Too many throughout America are looking past Thanksgiving. Either we don’t want to think about it, or we are looking to black Friday, Christmas or just trying to get through the year. The aggravations of the world often drive us to feeling beaten down, and we become bitter and resentful instead of thankful.

When we live with gratitude, our lives are more peaceful. Gratitude is a great stress reliever because we are looking to God and thanking Him. A thankful life is a healthy life emotionally and physically. In gratitude we focus on the positive instead of the negative. We focus on the giver of life and not everything that is wrong with life.

How well we know that life is filled with suffering.  Tornadoes destroyed towns throughout the Midwest recently. Thousands of people were devastated. One evening news sound bite was a woman in tears saying that she and her husband lost everything but they clung to each other because they still had each other. In the middle of losing everything they were grateful for each other.  The Philippines were almost wiped off the map because of the most horrific typhoon ever recorded. Those people are suffering.

We don’t want pain and suffering. Yet, it’s almost impossible to live very long without experiencing both.  A man in the Bible by the name of Job lost everything. He lost his children, his entire wealth and his health.  Job suffered and lost everything. His wife told him to curse God and die. Job looked to his creator in spite of circumstances. He never lost his sense of gratitude toward God even in the blackest hours of his life.  He said, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him,” Job 13:15. In his last years of life Job ended up with more than ever before. Gratitude was the beginning step to a new life for Job. 

 You may not feel life is going your way. Stop and give thanks. Giving thanks is often the first step to better days.