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Thursday, 26 November 2020


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This site always makes me realize how much we have, https://www.gapminder.org/dollar-street/ Happy T-Bird Day, Mike!

Mike, your Thanksgiving message on gratitude is wonderful. May God bless and keep you.

Thanks for that, Mike.

I dated a very beautiful and kind woman that I think of sometimes now. She could trace her lineage back to the boat that came after the Mayflower. My joke was "I can trace my lineage back to a few almost nameless Irish alcoholics".

I always thought it was a good joke.

Mary Ann

Well said! A great post!

The early years of my Grandmother’s life were difficult. As a child, she lost her mother, so it became her responsibility to cook and take care of her siblings. My Grandfather, a scoundrel, emigrated to the US, found work in a coal mine, and later brough her over to run a boarding house in a Coal mining town. For her, the “Land of Opportunity” meant cooking and doing laundry for a group of Coal dusted men in a house with no running water, and coal oil lamps and coal stove as sources of light and heat.

She had four children before,during, and just after WW1, and lost a few more.
It was a life of poverty.

When they moved to a City around 1926, the Scoundrel couldn’t or wouldn’t find regular work, she lived in a community of bootleggers and low level Mafiosi, and then the Depression happened.

Through all of this, her dedication to family fueled a survival instinct that is difficult to imagine.

In her 90s, she owned a two flat building, and my Aunt lived upstairs. On mornings when she came down for Breakfast, she would ask my Grandmother how she slept, and the answer was, “I didn’t sleep very well, but thank God I woke up this morning”.

Some years ago, (10? 15?), from a Forward in a book the title of which I cannot remember, I gleaned this idea for a nightly exercise:

Think of three good things about today.

Sunny blue skies. Having a good meal. Whatever, big or small.

It helps me keep my head on straight.


Happy Thanksgiving.

Be a nice boss: let the whole team have the day off - even the bottle washer.

The odds of me ever being "in the neighbourhood" to pop in and see the new gallery / pool table are vanishingly slim, but I am enjoying the saga.

I assume / trust there's some photo / optical discussion to be had about whether the table will be blue or green and why. (I have excluded the option of red as I trust you will too).



Even though the year 2020 will go down near the top in the List of Suckage, I've been thinking recently of things that don't suck. Or rather things that really are pretty nice and for which we should be thankful this season. Some are personal, some are universal but the fact remains that there is always something good in the worst of times and circumstances. So thanks for reminding us, Mike. I'm thankful you're there to do so.

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, as a long time documentary photographer, I decided to transform it from being an existential threat into an adventure by initiating a pandemic-related photographic project.

I've titled it "Close To Home: Life in Lockdown 2020." It's about daily life with COVID-19 in my neighborhood in Belmont (and sometimes Cambridge and Watertown), Massachusetts. It's surprising how ordinary many of these images seem within this radically changing world I'm in the midst of photographing.

Last Spring my NY publisher, Jordan Scoggans at BD Studios, wrote about what was then my brand new project in his blog at:

See the project currently - still preliminary and unedited, but much farther along, at: https://rpkphoto.smugmug.com/Documentary/Close-To-Home/.

I'm pleased with what I've managed to photograph up to now: put together as the pandemic diminishes in the coming months, properly edited, and with a well thought-out introduction, I think it will make a compelling book. After all, how often does one have the opportunity to live through and document a life-shifting, world-changing event?

Hi young man,

Thanks for this. A beautifully presented solution to a common problem.

My one little wish on this American Thanksgiving (I am above your northern border...) is for my American friends to reach a point of strong disagreement being more acceptable, replacing what appears to be a rush to labelling those who disagree with a perspective as enemies.



“Recognize self pity.” I would like to add “never be a victim”. We all have challenges and struggles from mild to wild but a victim mindset won’t help a thing. Be safe all.

I don't think the turkey's are very thankful...

[Well, I had rice, beans, and peas. And a salad. --Mike]

Heather Cox Richardson has an interesting article on the history of the thanksgiving holiday. You can find her posts on Facebook ( wednesdays post). It does s keep back to current politics (she is a history professor)

Everyone in the family is healthy, we had plenty of food, the house is warm, the cat catches all our mice. Everything else is gravy. Have a good one, Mike.

I made eggplant Parmesan. Nothing died and if I might add it was an A.

I thank God for many things in my life every day - health, even if I have some days where I'm dealing with pain or illness, God's forgiveness and love, including his son Jesus Christ, the love of my wife, friends and family, having enough to eat every day, a roof over our heads, being born an American citizen, empathy. Every day there are things to be grateful or thankful for - when my job was stressful (I'm retired now) I was thankful that I did still have work I liked and not something that was physically difficult and didn't pay enough to make ends meet. There are always reasons to have gratitude. Good article, Mike.

Thanks Mike.

I have much to be thankful for. That list includes your blog. Thanks for that too.

A Calvin and Hobbes Thanksgiving.

Great post Mike. And as usual, great timing, and I don't mean posting this on Thanksgiving.

Good Advice, well said.

The very Idea of putting just a tiny bit of work into remembering to be Grateful is powerful, life changing, and Free to all.

Keep up the Good Work.........

There was a story once in Hitchcock magazine about a guy who figured out a way to hear plants responding to pain. He went crazy when he got too close to somebody mowing a lawn. Now, what will you eat?

I'm grateful that my wife baked a terrific apple pie for desert on Thanksgiving and that there was some left to have after dinner tonight. But there's still one piece left, and I'd like to finish it off, but I can't because she'll want it tomorrow. So no, I can't have it because I have to be unselfish and show my gratitude by leaving it for her.

If, as you say, every day can be Thanksgiving, why doesn't my wife bake a pie every day so I can have as much as I want? Why is life so unfair?

Thank you very much for this, Mike. I'm going to do my best to practice this.

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