Feeling the happiness of a full Thanksgiving Day tummy? I sure hope so. As you sit in the food coma haze, take a moment to reflect on the notion of gratitude. Don't think about what you don't have, what you feel a yearning for, just look at what is around you and most importantly, the people who surround you with support, love and that extra slice of pumpkin pie.

Here are some words of wisdom that I hope fill your whole holiday weekend with that wonderful realization of how truly lucky we all are, in our own unique ways:

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
- Jean Baptiste Massieu 

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
- John F. Kennedy

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
- G.K. Chesterton

The Magpie wishes you all a very happy, safe and delicious Thanksgiving holiday, with whipped cream on top!

Jaunty Fine Print:  photo by Denise Sakaki

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