Wednesday, November 26, 2014


A Time to be Thankful for Family, Friends, Food and More.

The image is Norman Rockwell's painting "Freedom from Want" (1943), which is often referred to as 'The Thanksgiving Picture'. Rockwell inserted a partial self-portrait in the lower right corner.

The painting was inspired by the speech delivered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Congress in his State of the Union address (1941). Roosevelt spoke about Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom from fear, freedom of worship, and freedom from want.

Update November 27, 2014:
In the wake of a savage snowstorm, we still have reason to be thankful
Editorial: The Buffalo News

People sitting down with friends and family to enjoy a special meal on this day have much to be thankful for, none more than those who have weathered our lake-effect pasting.

However, as we give thanks for all that we have, we should also pause to remember our neighbors who lost their lives in the terrible storm.

And we should thank those who selflessly helped their friends, neighbors, relatives and utter strangers, just because that is what Western New Yorkers do.

This Thanksgiving Day will be remembered for the harsh storm that hit the week before, pummeling some areas while ignoring much of the region. Some families are not sitting down at their familiar dinner tables this year, after damage caused by the heavy snow forced them from their homes.

The brush with calamity, whether being trapped in a car for a day, running low on food and milk at home or preparing to evacuate because of flooding, also offers an unexpected kinship with those who struggle to get by on a daily basis.

In the spirit of the season, there are many ways to help those who are less fortunate.

Read more at The Buffalo News

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