Each day, I receive many messages from our readers. Today, I answer three, plus post a few photos from our trip.
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I am so tired of the NFL, my entire family watched the games yesterday and all I could do was sit in the other room. My liberal brother-in-law kept talking about how terrible Trump is for the country. She says this while the NFL takes a knee on the flag. I hate the holidays.
DML: I can’t say I feel your pain this year. I escaped the political, dinner table discussions days ago when I decided to escape N.Y. on Thanksgiving. We traveled to Florida. Yesterday, Mary and I took the kids to breakfast at Perkins. I saw a man with a US MARINES hat eating breakfast with his wife a few tables away. I said, “Thank you for your service, sir.” He responded, “Happy Thanksgiving.” I then paid for his and his wife’s breakfast. The wife cried.
We repeated this sort of thing throughout the day — giving thanks to strangers we met in Florida. When we returned to our hotel last night, my son said, “You’re really teaching us the meaning of Thanksgiving.” Mission accomplished. Much better than hearing family rave about the Steelers and smash down on Trump’s tweets.
Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving & spending time with your family. Ours was wonderful from start to finish! One of the best Thanksgivings ever! Everything went smoothly and everything on time. In a house with 2 Clinton voters (my husband and his mom) and 3 Trumps voters (myself and both my parents); there was NO talk of politics during dinner or during dessert, not even during cleanup. Just when I thought we were home free, the topic of illegal aliens came up as I was reading your article about the 4 who interrupted the Thanksgiving parade. That topic introduced us into our next topic, “people who are homeless”. My mother and I was taking the stance against undocumented immigrants and believe there should be a freeze on immigration for 10 years to allow us to recover from mass immigration. One of the benefits of this would have a positive effect reducing homelessness. I mentioned there was a homeless man, about 50 years old, at a gas station about a month ago, going through the garbage collecting pop cans. I got out of my car and gave him the last $12.00 in my wallet. He was ever so humble and ever so greatful and he emphasized how much he really needed it and thanked me again. I gave him a hug and wished the best for him. Though the man wasn’t one, my mother in law mentioned how she can not tolerate pan handlers and will not, under any circumstances, give money to them. My mother in law is a devowed catholic; attends mass every Sunday morning and bingo every other night. She has a heart of gold and would do anything to help any of us and any of her friends. I was surprised when she proceeded to say that pan handlers dont have to pan handle and they need to do more to help themselves and further stated she doesnt trust that any of the money they collect goes towards necessities; rather it goes towards booze. Now, while Im sure there are “some” who do just that, I dont believe this is the real reason why she refuses to contribute. What she said next is the reason why I believe she refuses. With confidence in her posture and tone, she said that the majority of homeless people are homeless by choice. I asked her several times how she knew this; where did she learn this from and finally she answered that she saw a documentary of some sort but couldnt remember on what channel (guessing a 20/20 type show). This intreged me to secretly search this on the internet. I could not believe how many articles there are out there that support this but make no mistake there are articles that prove those claims not to be a reality. This is the very example of how easily people can be easily manipulated into believing something just because they saw it televised on a so-called reputable program. The end results are people being influenced into someone who they are not. The good news is, between myself & my mother we were able to give some other insight including providing her a few articles I found that contradicted what she saw on that program. Maybe one day she will find herself offering her last $12 in her wallet to a man collecting pop bottles at a gas station. Unfortunately manipulation media far outweighs the honest and truthful ones. I am thankful for your will, dedication, determination & sacrifices you make to give us all the gifts you give us. Please do not ever stop what you do or ever change who you are or what you stand for.
The truth shall set us free. Happy Thanksgiving!!!
DML: I spent Thanksgiving eating dinner at Shula’s restaurant. This was after a fun visit to the Magic Kingdom and trying to stay dry (as shown in the picture at top from my daughter’s Instagram). Not one mention of politics or news during our 2-hour dinner. We just laughed and had fun. But that was yesterday… Thanks for sharing your story.
You said you were offering blankets this week for sale. When are they being sold and where?
DML: Yes, we did. I wanted to put them up Wednesday but I was too busy traveling around Florida. I will be putting them up later this morning. They are available at DMLNews.com/blanket.
I’m on the road — I can’t post your photos today, sorry. But here are three from my daughter — she took these during our trip this week.
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