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Be thankful for the little things

Charley Najacht
Published: Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is one of my favorites and I’m sure it is one of yours also. It’s a time to reflect on what we do have in the way of family, friends and health, rather than what we do not have.
Material possessions come and go, but family, friends and our health is really what sustains all of us. Most of us can get along with a lot fewer possessions and toys that we have. Trust me. I know all about this as we attempt to downsize at our house.
It seems we spend most of our adult lives acquiring possessions and in our latter years we are trying to figure out how we are going to get rid of all the “stuff” we have accumulated. At one time it had some kind of value to us, but now as we look back, it has lost a lot of its luster.
The kicker is that we don’t know for sure if we should get rid of some of our things, or hang on to them in case our three boys and their families would want them. Everything I have read about this situation says if there is any doubt, throw it out. It probably wouldn’t hurt to ask them if they would be interested in a particular item.
We’ll have an opportunity to visit with all of them soon at Thanksgiving in the Chicago area where all of our sons and their families will be gathering at our oldest son’s house for the holiday celebration. Norma’s 96-year-young mother will be joining us for this momentous event this year, so it will be almost like a mini-family reunion, at least on our side of the family.
We wish all of our friends, readers and advertisers a most joyous and happy Thanksgiving. We appreciate all you do for us.
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After covering the Republican U.S. Senate candidate forum Nov. 4., I have a little bit of advice for State Sen. Larry Rhoden and State Rep. Stace Nelson, the only two of four Republicans to show up. Stop the mud slinging and stick to the issues.

The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is one of my favorites and I’m sure it is one of yours also. It’s a time to reflect on what we do have in the way of family, friends and health, rather than what we do not have.

Material possessions come and go, but family, friends and our health is really what sustains all of us. Most of us can get along with a lot fewer possessions and toys that we have. Trust me. I know all about this as we attempt to downsize at our house.

It seems we spend most of our adult lives acquiring possessions and in our latter years we are trying to figure out how we are going to get rid of all the “stuff” we have accumulated. At one time it had some kind of value to us, but now as we look back, it has lost a lot of its luster.

The kicker is that we don’t know for sure if we should get rid of some of our things, or hang on to them in case our three boys and their families would want them. Everything I have read about this situation says if there is any doubt, throw it out. It probably wouldn’t hurt to ask them if they would be interested in a particular item.

We’ll have an opportunity to visit with all of them soon at Thanksgiving in the Chicago area where all of our sons and their families will be gathering at our oldest son’s house for the holiday celebration. Norma’s 96-year-young mother will be joining us for this momentous event this year, so it will be almost like a mini-family reunion, at least on our side of the family.

We wish all of our friends, readers and advertisers a most joyous and happy Thanksgiving. We appreciate all you do for us.

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After covering the Republican U.S. Senate candidate forum Nov. 4., I have a little bit of advice for State Sen. Larry Rhoden and State Rep. Stace Nelson, the only two of four Republicans to show up. Stop the mud slinging and stick to the issues.

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