Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Pilgrims, Indians, cornucopias, no school, pumpkin pies, sweet potatoes and turkey. All things we associate with the Hallmark Holiday that has become Thanksgiving in America.
Today I thought I would post the proclamation that started Thanksgiving as we celebrate it here. Here are several of the proclamations, including William Bradford's on audio for you to enjoy.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name."
The Year that is drawing to a close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke the aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversion of wealth and strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.
Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascription's justly due to Him for such singular deliverance's and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
To begin on a tangential note, I love gadgets. I really do. In order to make my life and times easier I even have the greatest new gadget ever, the T-Mobile G1. If it just made coffee I would be the happiest camper ever.
It is my observation, however, that there is a problem with gadgets. They seem to have truncated the English language to an incomprehensible gobbledygook. Worse yet this bastardization, once the sole realm of teens and twenty-somethings, has leaked into everyday ordinary life! It seems that in this day and age of gadgets that make "texting" faster, easier and better, no one now is using the Queen's English for anything anymore! Emails abound with these verbiage shortcuts and even my beloved home school message boards have had a disturbing trend towards the same.
Now I "get", in the interest of space and speed, changing YOU to U and other such abbreviations. I have even used the ubiquitous lol or rotfl on occasion BUT there I draw the line. For my part, I intend to fight. I will fight the long fight of preserving communication as it has existed since Webster. I refuse to truncate, abbreviate or misspell for the sake of ease or speed. I will continue to write as I always have and know with certainty that what I write may be comprehended even in the future!