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Thank You–Gratitude-9–Human Resiliency


I’m thankful that Americans know how to bounce back as well as any people in the world.

While terrorists continue their senseless attacks worldwide, attempting to undermine the public’s will and resolve, bouncing back to welcome a new sunrise every day remains a prayerful gift of the sane portion of the human race everywhere on the globe.

The United States as a nation just observed the fifteenth anniversary of the tragedy of the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City that occurred on September 11, 2001. Thousands of lives were lost and demolished, as well.

I am grateful, as an American, for the togetherness of our nation. Sane citizens recognize we must keep alive the importance of the remembrance of events like the Towers attack. Remembrance is paramount to the survival of our freedom.

Like the horrific Holocaust of World War II, events as tragic as the Towers attack must historically and forever be kept alive, lest they happen again. Always remember; never forget — for the sake of all sane generations to come.

Every story of every human in the world speaks of perseverance, a search for dignity, and the human condition.

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Thank You–Gratitude-8–A 9/11 Prayer


Forgiveness is difficult to extend; in some cases, it’s nearly impossible. Aircraft attacks on American society in New York City (and elsewhere) on September 11, 2001, destroyed the lives of thousands. It killed, maimed, and sickened Americans of all creeds and genders.

Even today, doctors from Ohio, and/or California, estimate that of 90,000 people who helped sort things out that day in the affected area in New York City alone, only 65,000 are registered in a program responding to reports of their illnesses. Many are going untreated for respiratory, and other possible aftermath sickness.

As many as 9,500 medical responders came from areas outside New York City to give aid and offer help on September 11. These people also are suffering from lung failures after being overly exposed to the toxic fumes created when huge clouds of concrete dust fell like fog over the city streets as the Trade Center Towers pancaked onto sidewalks and other buildings.

My gratitude today is for the power of prayer: for the survival of our country following those unwarranted attacks, for remembrance, and for those who continue to suffer to find peace.

God Bless America. What can you do to help? What can you write to help spread the word about freedom and the power of prayer?

Photo from the personal and  copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Light-hearted Thank You–Gratitude-7-Smores

I am relieved and ecstatic and grateful to know…


that those delightful campfire treats called S’mores can be made up of more ingredients than we can imagine!

S’mores’ creations don’t have to be confined to graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow concoctions. Graham crackers can be those thin pretzel crackers, instead. The graham crackers can be chocolate ones, instead of plain; or cinnamon graham crackers, I assume! If you don’t like the crackers, or pretzel, choices, you can use some of those instantly toastable waffle squares. How about — yum! — rice cakes as top and bottom holders?

Additionally, I’m thankful to know this: S’mores don’t have to be limited to campfire goodies. You can sear marshmallows and other ingredients in your oven, or a non-stick pan. (Beware, though, that the non-stick variety of pan is important!)

There’s a S’more called “The Grasshopper” that involves mint leaves and mint chocolate as ingredients. How about that “La Mexicana”? It’s got red chili peppers in the center.

You could make “The Elvis”: use a large Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, or two small ones, even, for your chocolate ingredient, and top it with a sliced banana and more peanut butter in the middle.

Hey, throw in some bacon on one of your S’more experiments! Maybe, sweeten things with a melon slice!

I never made S’mores indoors, to tell you the truth, so my imagination always has been stuck on a traditional campfire S’more of graham crackers, burnt marshmallow — yeah, always burnt! — and slabs of Hersey chocolate bars.

I’m so grateful today to know I can create my own kind of S’more, as long as I don’t completely stray away from the base ingredients — top/bottom choice, marshmallow, and chocolate.

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