You know we really deserve this coming holiday, we really, really do. It started out as a day the first settlers of our country gave thanks to a very real and generous God. Their God had protected and brought them through months of death-defying travel.
At the time, one in four ships that left port were never seen again; you traveled with a prayer on your lips and kept them moving for the whole trip. The pilgrims were supposed to join up with the southern colony here, but were blown off course and ended in New England. It was the beginning of the cold season; half of the company never made summer.
The natives and the settlers made a peace with each other and a co-dependence evolved. The Native Americans had experienced a devastating plague; their tribes were decimated. So the Europeans offered some protection from neighboring war-like tribes.
A second group of Europeans landed, and the colony was stabilized and grew with the sweat and tears of the settlers and the help of the natives. They taught the English what to do to survive.
The first Thanksgiving was a celebration of that survival effort, and an acknowledgement of the help and protection the settlers received from Native Americans and God. They joined in a celebration of food and mutual support.
They gave thanks — for God and each other.
So do we give thanks for our family and God for the meaning they bring to us this holiday season.
Have a great holiday.
A point to ponder.
Have you had the sense this year time is moving really, really, really fast? I know we are all busy, but the sense that our platform, our life, is almost totally out of control is a tangible feeling. Think about it.
We elect a governor who was not liked by many of the citizens of our state, and three days after his election we are told our electric bill is going up 25 percent starting in the beginning of 2015. Then we’re told that, due to revenue shortfall, we are starting to show new serious deficits now at $58 million with no end in sight. Then our president vows to rule by decree and subvert our rights and the rights of our children to allow 5 million illegal immigrants and their children to become fellow citizens.
Jobs are increasing — if you want part-time work at a Bergerdoodle or to be a greeter at the door of one of the big chain stores, many of which just up and close their doors and move out of the neighborhood.
We take care of our parents, our grandchildren and the world. We are told America is no longer the place of hope and growth. We are failing, moving toward Third World status. We try and keep our homes and families together and feel conflicted, with constant stress in all areas of our world: our kids, our careers, our parents, our homes. We go from one problem to the next. Time to slow down!
We must take a personal inventory, make a list of the good stuff, and move through our world with a sense of direction and honest ambition. And for the next six weeks enjoy the season of wonder and the celebration of light. Remember America is the city on the hill — the city of light.
Connecticut is bulletproof for the Democrats — ya think? As with the last midterm election, our state is one of the few — I think there were five or six others — that did not choose to move out any of the sitting elected delegation. They were all re-elected. The state representatives, both in the House of Representatives and the state Senate, were pretty much status quo. No change here. I forget who said it (I think it was Einstein): The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.
We did get one new state senator from the other side, Paul Formica. He won an open seat in the East Lyme area. Being the first selectman of East Lyme, the people of that area knew his record and knew Paul, so he is now a state senator. And I think he will be a good one. He is a businessman, administrator and an elected official — a proven commodity.
One party has controlled Connecticut state government for more years than I can remember. Governors come and go, but with one party controls the legislator and the executive branch. The people are not running the government; the government is running the people. That’s the insanity many people in the great state of “steady habits” think is normal.
I am not for one party over the other; I am for the safety of checks and balances. We as a state are out of balance. As a citizenry we are proving the definition of insanity. Hey, did you read where your electric bill will be going up 25 percent Jan. 1? Crazy, right!
A point to ponder.