1. amanda

    thanks Joe – I enjoyed reading your post! good to think of things from your perspective. I often find myself feeling rather hopeless. very fitting for today, of all days, to reevaluate!

    • Ann Dobie

      Congratulations, Joe, on this first blog post. By some coincidence, not five minutes before I read it Walter and I were talking about how Thanksgiving seems to have lost its purpose: to give thanks. Now it seems all about football and turkey, and while I like them both, I like the idea of gathering with family and friends to assess our blessings better. This we were able to do, and I am thankful.

  2. Vaughan Simpson

    Couldn’t agree more, Joe. We need all to focus at least now and then on the positives, and cultivate a greater generosity of spirit. We can do better, but we do have it better than so, so many others in today’s world. Enjoyed your comments.

    • Bookscrounger

      Thanks, VB. I want to use this as a testing ground for some ideas I’ve been ruminating on, I want the feedback from as many disciplines, and viewpoints, as I can get. Keep those cards, letters & eComments coming…

  3. Eddie Cazayoux

    Good morning Joe. I enjoyed reading your thoughts. However, in the 60s, it was not the left that was against the government, it was everybody not trusting anyone over 30. But I think you are right – most hippies were left of center. I think when you are young you fall to that side and when you have to make a living you move to the other side. But when you get old, you should move back, lay back and enjoy life. And both sides curse the government – which does much better than we want to admit. And about the right being more Christian, most that I know do not believe in abortion but support the death penalty. I do not think they are very Christ like at all. I thank God for my life, my family, my country, this beautifyl planet that we live on, and that he created us to walk in his footsteps and enjoy His presencs. Pun intended.

    • Bookscrounger

      Thanks for the comments, Eddie. You’ve raised some interesting points; part of where I want to go with this blog is left vs right vs moderates. I’ll let you know when I get there, I’d enjoy your input.

  4. Howard

    Great comment Joe, very insightful. I look forward to reading your future posts.

  5. Madelyn walters

    I so enjoyed reading your thoughts and look forward to more. We do have truly so much to be thankful for that we take for granted. Thank you for opening our eyes and hopefully they will remain open to our many blessings. And your friendship is truly a blessing to me. Love you !!

    • Anne

      Joe, nicely done. Of course I love your reminder of what Thanksgiving should be. I also love the history and philosophy you brought to your view. Looking forward to more from you.

  6. Jerry

    I like this perspective Joe!

    George Carlin once said that the reason our government is made up of A-holes, is because the majority of people are A-holes. ( Those are his words, sorry if its in poor taste). And he is kinda right Lets face it, our government has quite a bit of faults that we can point to. And rightly so.

    However, in the grand scheme of things, we are still a relatively young nation, and we have have accomplished A LOT in our short history, despite having huge obstacles to overcome in the process. Westward expansion, abolishing slavery, desegregation, not to mention the many wars that we had to participate in. As well as creating our own sense of ideals that has set a standard for the world to follow. We’ve set standards in economics as well. We may still have a long way to go, but we have come a long way as well.

    We have, as a nation, done some pretty amazing things, all in our very short history. Our government has a tough job of balancing legislating ideals in one hand, and remaining a secular nation in the other. I think its high time we realize that as a people.

    Thanks for posting this!

    • Bookscrounger

      Good thoughts, Jerry.
      I would add this one from Molly Ivins: “I agree with an old state senator who always said that, `If you took all the fools out of the Legislature, it would not be a representative body anymore.'”

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