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11/24/2022 3:38:00 AM
Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Wayne Howard

It's Thanksgiving Day, and regardless of your religious preferences, it's a day for gratitude.  To those who are part of one of the Abrahamic religious sects--Christians, Muslims, Jews--it is a day to be thankful to God (by whatever name you call Him) for the blessings you have enjoyed.

Even atheists and agnostics have a reasnn to be thankful--to those people who have been a welcome part of your life: parents & grandparents, children, friends...who, if by nothing more than their presence have made your life more enjoyable.

Many years ago, when I was working as a morning radio announcer on WLON Radio, I used to listen to a DJ from Hickory, on a station known then as Channel X, WXRC, as I drove to work in Lincolnton.  The station played country music and every morning between 5 and 6 AM, that announcer (whose name I do not remember) would recite a poem by Red Foley.  For younger readers (and older ones who may not remember) Red Foley was a country and gospel music singer.  He is best known for the song "Peace in the Valley."

I may have forgotten that announcer's name, but I still remember very well his recitation of Foley's poem, which seems appropriate for sharing with our readers on Thanksgiving Day.

Life presents us with both joys and sorrows, with success and failures, with triumph and tragedy.  Life is such that at times I laugh, at times I cry, and at times I curse; but surely most of us have many reasons to be thankful.  Thank you for reading the LIncoln Herald and for taking time to read my comments on the day.  I hope you have a good Thanksgiving.

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