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I love this so much. Walter you are a treasure.

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I always liked Thanksgiving more than Christmas precisely because it was less stressful; you spent all day with family and maybe some friends, you had a marvelous dinner, and there wasn't the stress of gifts or expectations or decorations or anything like that. Thanksgiving is still that way for me and mine. These articles I also see every year are just a reminder of how completely alien the people who work for, or even subscribe to, the New York Times or The Washington Post are. They really are from some alternate universe. The universe they live in is one of constant fear. I pity them.

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They just cannot let us be, can they? It’s not a godawful trial to spend time together with our relatives! One of the blessings that come with this feast is the realization that love is far more important than differences. At 82, I am so very grateful for family and friends.

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We have a rule at all our family gatherings. Argue all you want with people in your own age group. Disrespect the elders and you leave. We will all throw you out. I mean, we will call you afterwards and check on you and love you, but don't cause distress in people who could die in the next year.

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If only I could sit next to Uncle Tim - my very favorite kind of grouch!!

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Here in Wokeshington state, Walter, we're no longer allowed to call it Thanksgiving - no matter who you're thanking or giving of your opinion. So, if you stumbled and call it T... the DEI squad jets in and takes your turkey away. Fine, I'm just in it for the stuffing.

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I’m looking forward to your epic short story: “Thanksgiving at Uncle Tim’s”

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I have a brother-in-law I have known since we were classmates in high school. (Going on 52 years now) He just happened to marry my wife's sister. We disagree on most things political in nature but we have loved and respected each other throughout our journey together. Shared loss, shared pain and shared love. I accept his right to believe as he does and he respects mine. I break bread with him whenever time allows. Thank you Walter for your wisdom!

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Walter I would consider it an honor and privilege to be seated next to you at Thanksgiving or any other meal. Even a pretzel and coffee on a park bench!

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The winner is the one who snaps off the biggest part of the wishbone. Everybody knows that! 🍗🦃. Happy Thanksgiving 🦃🍽 Day, USA. I have been in other countries, and in France now, and the people I have met talk of Thanksgiving with fondness. I re-created it when I lived in Canada one year and they loved it. 😊

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Of course they create the problem, exacerbate the problem, throw salt on the wounds and offer advice that serves them, not us. I will never forget how this administration lay the blame on every day Americans as the cause of the ongoing pandemic...which was a bold faced lie. And now, these liars expect me to believe they have the answers to solve the chaos and confusion they created. Grandpa isn't the problem, it's the so called experts that are the problem.

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I was just commenting to my wife about all of these articles telling us how to act at the holidays. Are most families that messed up? I'm not Uncle Tim yet, but as a grandpa thoroughly alienated from my old party of FDR, I might be considered toxic.

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Enjoyed! Thank you Walter, Happy Thanksgiving.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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I just read this as a free subscriber and immediately upgraded… because reading you is such a pleasure I felt like I need more of you in my life.

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Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for thinking independently.

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