Thankful At Last / Apologies

The post I wrote yesterday could have been read in a very different way than it was intended, and I wouldn't be surprised if some of my readers took it the wrong way.

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McJ's picture

Thankful For You!

I am thankful for you! for your insightful writing, for the many resources you make available to us and for being a most gracious blog host.

This search for 'truth' is a very nasty business and as we have discovered there are not many who are willing to actually look for it. Being angry about what we discover is (IMHO) a healthy response. Being thankful for what we have is a recognition that there are others around us that are not as fortunate. This is good. It means you are aware. It means you care!

It is so-o-o good to be able to share and discuss with others who are on the same journey. We don't always agree, and sometimes the emotions run high and feelings are hurt but in the end I think we all benefit.

"I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain..." -- Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, v

spiv's picture

No apologies needed....

You keep going WP, no apologies needed. I check in to your blog about once a day, it raises up my spirits and makes me feel amongst kindred spirits.


I understand.

The other day, I wrote a comment---I don't remember on which post---asking just how far into the bottomless pit I had to go to learn all the truth. That enough of the truth was generally right on the top, like cream, or some such nonsense. I was a bit overwhelmed.

I was (am) upset and angry too. I understood your post of yesterday, Winter. It didn't bother me a bit. I dislike Thanksgiving because, as you indicated, it's a celebration of our genocide no matter which way you look at it. Yes, it's still going on and we are all complicit.

But it's a good thing to remember our blessings and be thankful. I try to do it every day but sometimes fail.

Anyway, you and this place are a blessing, and I love the music!

Thank you, Winter Patriot. Don't forget Mr. Paine, of course, on your blog every day, up top and to the right:

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

-- Thomas Paine (The Crisis, December 1776)

One should never have to apologize for speaking truth.

No matter what day it is.

Not So Bad

Your post of yesterday was not so bad. It was just heartfelt and passionate, which are characteristic of your entries, along with sentiments that often have me nodding my head in agreement--and appreciation.


That was tame. I feel that way a lot too. Like when my ex-wife drives me batsh*t and then has the audacity to tell me she thinks I'm batsh*t. puzzled Same can be said about the world and it's effect on us. Terrible truths indeed. Thanksgiving has never been about thanks to me; it has always been a day of humility and mourning, and no one around me understands it and to tell you the truth, I don't care one bit. My brother Mike got tired of this world and decided to leave it on September 23 of this year. Am I mad? Yes. Did he hurt a lot of people in the process? For sure. But out of all his friends and family, I understand. He could not handle the truth. He could not bear to see the country that he served as a Marine get sold to the highest bidder.
This is not easy stuff. I don't think many of us really stop and think how heavy the burden is.

" The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places." - Ernest Hemingway

so sorry

Pat: I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. But I too understand.
Humility and mourning indeed.
My very best wishes to you and your family.
And thanks for your perspective.

Ditto, from me. Absolutely

Ditto, from me. Absolutely no apologies necessary. We don't celebrate 'thanksgiving' here in Aus, but I try everyday to be thankful for those personal things you mentioned, at the same time feeling guilty because of those who don't have them, and angry at the mess we are making of our world. It would be so much easier with out empathy.

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