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A year ago yesterday, my youngest son lay on a bed in the emergency department of Texas Children’s Hospital. He suffered with an unexplained high fever and a wave of hives. The staff was anxious. There were no beds in…

What to make of Thanksgiving? It isn’t what it used to be but, then, what is? It is not, plainly, PC. And certainly not cool. The story of the Pilgrims and Indians and Norman Rockwell’s depiction of serving the turkey…

Maybe you do not need another reason to be thankful, but here’s one that you may not have considered — you’re a conservative. (If you’re not, my condolences.) There are numerous blessings that result from conservatism. For example, being a…

Holiday wreaths being hung in October? Santa Claus making appearances in November? Christmas music before Thanksgiving? Enough! I think we need a new federal law to rein in the expanding duration and outlandish excesses of the Christmas holiday season. Now, critics…

It’s Thanksgiving. Alex and I spent it down at our fun club in Rancho Mirage with our fellow senior citizens. The food was breathtakingly good. It was a hot and clear day. We old people ate our roast beef and…

Americans readily accept two opposing ideas about the first Thanksgiving — one bright and highly idealized, the other gray and somber, but closer to the truth. Jean Leon Gerome Ferris captured the first idea in a painting completed in 1915,…

The Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth, Massachusetts, keeps pretty close watch over folks who can trace their lineage back to the Pilgrims. Among the descendants are the predictable (the Adams clan), the shocking (Lizzie Borden and John Hinckley), and…

Each year prior to Thanksgiving I try to express the reasons for my gratitude in print. This year is difficult. The republic I love is facing new and formidable challenges. A hostile minority is so embittered it has adopted the…

Democrats, Libertarians and Republicans, oh my! ’Tis the season for giving thanks and gathering around large, make-shift banquet tables with family and friends typically avoiding a cousin or in-law you deem as politically undesirable. Of course, you do look forward…

What? Your Christmas tree hasn’t been up for a week yet? Surely your home is ablaze with red and green and yellow lights? Like the neighbors’ houses? No? Sad (as our president might declare if he gave the matter any…

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