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Thank You — Gratitude – 20 — Vets

It’s no secret that American Veterans saved the world in playing the most major part to end World War II.


But our gratitude toward them seems to hide in the closet for most of the year; then it’s brought forth profusely on military holidays, and at other celebrations with our own families.

Let’s go more public for our Vets — Yes, capital “V” !

Did you thank a Vet yet this year on any day other than today — Memorial Day, 2018?


Thank you, Veterans of America, for carrying our flag into battle and securing my life as it exists today! I was six months old when my own (late) father returned from a world of war to a life of peace.

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Thank You — Gratitude – 19 — July 4th American Style

Black and White Flags!

I’m grateful for July 4th in America! We are a free, united states of America!

I’m a Buckeye (Ohioan) born and raised, but I’m an American, first!

I’m white, but I’m a non-racist, first!

I’m a Lutheran, but I’m a religious free thinker, first!

I’m growing older, but I’m still the child who was loved by her parents and taught to respect others and do right, rather than wrong, because the difference impacts all those around me — first!

I’m a farmer’s daughter, a believer in conservation, because this Earth is all we have in the universe — first!

I’m grateful for my life in the United States of America, first and last!

What can you write about freedom in America and American traditions?

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Thank You — Gratitude-18 — Passionate Letter Writers


Letters to the Editor may seem of no real importance at first mention, but when one stops to consider the subject matter many times centered in these efforts is about patriotism, or citizenship, reevaluation may be necessary.

My gratitude today is for letter-writers like Willie P., of Paulding, Ohio, and Jackie S., of Archbold, Ohio.

This month, Willie P. wrote of the need to continue to protect our American Constitution. By helping draft and support documents like the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the American Constitution, our Founding Fathers also created risks to their own lives, as their efforts meant supporting a complete break from the British government, Willie P. pointed out. Without the continuation of knowledge on, and support for, these documents of freedom, American freedom cannot stand.


Jackie S. reminded us of her relationship with, and appreciation for, Bob Heft, former mayor of Napoleon, Ohio, who drafted the design for the 50-State American flag. Bob didn’t stop there, Jackie S. rightfully declared. He dedicated his life to serve and promote the flag and the American way of life it represents.

These are passionate reminders that freedom is not free. Freedom is a continuous work in progress. It must be nurtured throughout every generation of Americans to ensure its success.

Much can be written about these individuals, or ones you know who have made similar contributions. Why wait to do so?

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Thank You — Gratitude-17 — My Computer

Steady computer operator companions

I’m so grateful for my computer when I haven’t slept a wink, or three, and, of course, for my computer companions — coffee, tea, or an instruction book!

Thank you wee-hour companions, for being there steady as a rock! Without you, I couldn’t get through those last five hours of the morning! Oh, yes, and I’m thankful for eye drops!

Well, okay, I intensely dislike the computer era, being the type of soul (no pun intended) that still enjoys a pen/pencil and paper but who is forced to join the computer-type age for fear of being completely left behind in world events.

Give me a maple tree to sit under any time, but, of course, practically speaking, I will continue to embrace the possibilities of the computer-type age!

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Thank You — Gratitude-16 — Ned Garver and Others

Who needs help today? What can you contribute?

Ned Garver, a Major League Baseball pitcher from the tiny town of Ney, Ohio, which is nestled between the Northwest Ohio farm cities of Bryan and Defiance, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Ned gave back to his community. And that’s what I’m grateful for today. I’m grateful for the successful who rededicate their lives to their home towns. After his baseball retirement, Ned served his little berg as mayor, council member, and park board associate. For 14 years, he held a job at a local company.

One may jump on the Internet on any given day and read extraordinarily hateful remarks about athletes, celebrities, and others who are fodder for mainstream gossip. And that’s disgusting, coming from people who know nothing about which they speak, for the most part. This, while the facts are that many of these blessed individuals find numerous ways to return the wealth they’ve been given to steward.

Actor Matthew Broderick gave back during last Winter’s basketball season. He helped sponsor the “Never Forget Tribute Classic”, a roundball event that raised funds to benefit children victimized by the loss of their parents on 9/11, when terrorists struck New York City and killed thousands of innocent persons.

Former NFL great Fred Biletnikoff lost his daughter in a drug-related killing, after she had recovered herself and was trying to help another. What was Biletnikoff’s response? He helped found Tracey’s Place, dedicated to his daughter’s memory, and to offering a hands-on facility where persons with drug problems can recover.

These three examples speak of the specially blessed giving back monumentally to their communities, and to the people left behind by tragedy.

Acts of kindness and giving go on year round in our country, not loudly and with fanfare, but with sincerity for distributing helping hands and with dignity in serving humbly.

These are the attributes and the acts that make it worthwhile for humankind to know one another. And I’m grateful for that.

What are you grateful for today? Start a discussion here.

Don’t forget sports and sports figures are an integral part of the American landscape, begging your pen for action!

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Expressing Personal Gratitudes


What are your personal gratitudes?

Use the comments section here to start a discussion on gratitudes. For what are you grateful today? What gratitudes of life would you most like to share?

I love writing, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to do so. Others are better than I at speaking. But I love the feel of putting words on paper, of creating from lead and ink.

It’s healthy to express gratitude for who you are and what you contribute to society, to understand that everyone has something to give the world.

Feel free to express your gratitude here. Get your pen going!

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Thank You–Gratitude-15–When You’re Disappointed

Am I disappointed at the people’s choice to elect Donald J. Trump to the American Presidency? Very much so!

Trump to be in charge


Will I hit the streets in protest, tip over a police car, burn a shirt? Of course not!

And neither should you!

We had an election. Now we have transition of power in a way few countries enjoy. When President-elect Trump is inaugurated in January of 2017, he will become our main man.

What I’m grateful for today is that our main-man-to-be already has reached out to his detractors and his supporters for their help and understanding as he learns the ropes, so to speak, and our power people who lost in the election immediately congratulated him and offered him well wishes. President Obama met with President-elect Trump today and later referred to the meeting as “excellent.”

It’s what we do in America. We come together for the benefit of our Democracy and its survival. That’s a lot for which to be thankful! When you’re disappointed, thank your lucky stars for your benefits!

Have you written anything about the political history of America? It’s such fertile ground to explore!

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