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November 27, 2003
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We're all a happily diverse bunch, with a trio of medical types who speak physiology; two engineers who talk of electrical grids and blackouts; a secretary whose Finnish substitutions of what for which amuse; a soda distributor who with his wife and his two children represent the Pepsi generation; our museum-director son and his wife, an artist, who ooze local memory and imagination; a pianist son who keeps us all soundly entertained; a college student and his mom who both manage a substation of bright light hereabouts, and my wife who will once again keep everyone stylishly cheered and deliciously fed this Thanksgiving.
Of course, this is nothing like the first Thanksgiving, an original report of which I thought to share today — William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation:
So is this report, likewise, though I might feign saying I hear a knock at the door now.
Well, whoever you are, do have a Happy Thanksgiving!Permalink
The Rev. Martin Rinkhart here (1586-1649), noting that you didn't cite and extend my title words right. For the record, do tell everyone that they went originally in German, "Nun Danket Alle Gott," and in English,
Now thank we all our God,
Who, from our mother's arms,
Thanks, of course, for doing something more properly Germanic last year.
My Bradford is rusty and your library vast, but something seems amiss in the phrase italicized below. Is it of rather than a, perhaps?
This site — great as it is — needs a copyeditor:
Pls chek prior post, re: R. Angell, 2nd 'graph, 8th line, and and, too.
Though your fine slot services may help, Samuel Eliot Morrison and The New Yorker seem rather in need of your eagle eye.
But note that I've added acknowledgement of your helpful corrections already, Ms. Crowe.
My heartfelt thanks.
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