Posts Tagged ‘ Thanksgiving ’

WHAT COULD I HAVE DONE?

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

As the year closes, with Thanksgiving and Christmas and the other significant holidays that call to mind the rapid passing of the year, we are met with the interrogatory, What Could I Have Done?

Daily urgings and reminders suggest there is a whole variety of possible positive expressions of caring that can be exercised. It feels as if there are more and more people who recognize that giving stretches beyond one’s nuclear family and out into the universe of where we live and all those who need care and attention.

It appears that we are aware that having much doesn’t quite cover the demand upon us for giving much. Our need is to be sensitive to those whose lives have been wrecked on the shores of a very dangerous time. Jobs are lacking.



SENIORS: ENJOYING A NORMAN ROCKWELL THANKSGIVING

Nov 24th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Today comes as a favorite holiday for many of us. There are only three major interruptions to its flow: the Macy’s Day parade, subtly kicking off the Christmas season, a huge, ginormous meal, and football. Much to the chagrin of some, as depicted so well in the movie “The Blind Side,” the Thanksgiving meal should not be interrupted by football. This is a day when, unlike so many others, everyone should gather at table, murmur a solicitous and generous prayer of thanksgiving, enjoy the presence of all gathered, and indulge until you can eat no more.

This is a time for good cooks to show off, best manners to be observed, thoughtful compliments given, and kind words said and shared by all. This is a time to be old fashioned. To allow for the sense of family to prevail. To embrace everyone around the table and remember those who are not. It is a time for hand holding and bussed cheeks, complete with lipstick on the cheek of the 8 and



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 11/20/11

Nov 20th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

This Thanksgiving give thinking thankfulness a try for at least 16 hours of the day. Just for today or Thursday or whenever you are celebrating the occasion this year, lend yourself to thinking thankful thoughts. Write them down, if you wish. Post them on the refrigerator, but remove all else that would distract from them. Put up extra paper so that others may join in your exercise. Use bright, colorful markers. Come up with pithy and clever phrases. Don’t worry about spelling. It’s the thought that counts. Think Thankfulness. Add in some provocative art. Be creative. make the day and its expressions a masterpiece.

Be sure your first thought includes an invitation to others who may be in your kitchen on these holidays to join in expressing themselves. This is the creation of synergy. The more who participate, the more exciting and involving it becomes. Use your noodle. Tout your feelings. Don’t hold back. Tell someone who will be in your home how much you love them. Write in large



SENIORS: GET READY FOR THANKSGIVING

Sep 14th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Thanksgiving will likely be a somewhat more meaningful, perhaps more somber occasion this year. Its commemoration is more family centered, more focused on blessings and the shared gift of love, more identified with a national sense of feeling good about having made it through the year so far, more centered on the gift of peace and harmony and one another than on physical gifts. It allows for us to reflect and be thankful.

That may be what we always do, but this year seems to carry with it an extra helping of our needing to be aware what it takes to keep the fabric of our national identity sewn together. The rancor, among political interests, the abrasiveness of language, the mean attacks and almost libelous accusations thrown against others, these are reason enough for a time of calm, a chance to collect ourselves, an occasion to be aware what gets left out in the midst of our cataclysmic