Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Be Thankful

A gift from me to blog readers: a rest for the holiday weekend, a.k.a., something to be thankful for.

Be Thankful

Okay, kids, here it is: a gift from me to you.

For the duration of the Thanksgiving weekend -- which, if you're a deer hunter (which in Pennsylvania can mean if you live west of City Line Avenue) extends through Monday, the opening day of hunting season -- I will not remind you of all the growl-worthy things wrong with our government and politics.

Just as presidents pardon turkeys, I ask you to pardon me.

(And save the cracks about the similarites.)

Instead of growling, I propose a break from anger, angst and frustration over how things work or don't, replaced by a short period of just being thankful for something: family, friends, health, having a job (if you do) or even the ever-present hope that things will soon get better.

Surely everyone can find something to be thankful for, or, as Merriam-Webster puts it, some reason to be "conscious of benefit received."

If not, I at least offer the benefit of no blog ramblings to annoy, upset or otherwise bother your chances for a few restful days, or a few days to focus on reasons to be thankful.

Enjoy.

 

 

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
About this blog
John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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