Sunday, November 29, 2009

Giving Thanks

This past week was devoted to giving thanks, for setting aside the problems and turmoil, the frets and fusses of life to think of the good and the important. The enduring and the meaningful.

For me the week focused on family gathered around a Thanksgiving table, brothers and their wives, children and their children, stories shared of earlier days, memories of those no longer with us. Giggles and laughter from the younger generation who have heard the stories already several times, and who vow to never repeat them. But they will, for it is the stories that tie families together. That keep the generations connected.

And of course there was feasting. But Thanksgiving celebrations are more than turkey and cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and dressing, dill pickles and mashed potatoes with Paul’s special gravy—although it is food that brings us all together.

Thanksgiving is for giving thanks—and for remembering. For once again being reminded of the importance of family.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Family comes first. Before work. Ahead of play. Beyond everything that may look so important at the time.

WRITING WORKSHOP: The dates for my writing workshop at The Clearing in Door
County for 2010 are August 8-14. Contact www.theclearing.org for further information.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS: Consider BLUE SHADOWS FARM, IN A PICKLE, and OLD FARM. See my website for details about these books. Available in most book shops. Can also be ordered from my website.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

December 7, 1:00 p.m. Sugar Creek Camp, Ferryville, WI. Stories From the Land.

December 12, 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Fireside Books, West Bend, WI. Book signing. Presentation at 10:30 a.m. Blue Shadows Farm.

January 4, 11:45-12:30. Wisconsin Public Radio, Ideas Network. Telling Wisconsin Stories. (With Larry Meiller)

January 14, 6:30 p.m. Madison History Round Table. West Side Business Men’s Association. Old Farm

January 19, Noon luncheon. SAIL (Supporting Active Independent Lives) Black Hawk County Club, Madison. Telling Stories—Why and How.

3 comments:

Bill said...

It is good to have a sharpie like Jerry Apps keeping on eye on stories: their use, history, structure, etc. I am getting a special notch in my brain for the word "story", just as Jerry wants. Bill

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