Thanks: For such a beautiful home.
Idaho: Just a random lake heading toward Highway 2.
Thanks: For time with John and James at Bruneau Dunes State Park.
Montana can't be limited to one measly photo, not when it's dressed up like this (the last three are of Glacier National Park):
Thanks: for all that fracking oil, helping us travel, and keeping cruel nations in check.
Thanks: For a land of such beautiful trees and magnificent lakes. And for a football team that gave Washington a couple great Rose Bowl wins!
Ohio (downtown Columbus, seeing the sights with Carrot, another of my students):
Thanks: For Thomas Edison, and light. (I visited his house in an attractive small town in northern Ohio, last time through.)
So whatever you think about the political climate, the National Debt, your personal finances or health or even your favorite football team: we do have a lot to give thanks for this Thanksgiving. Whatever verb tense he intended, the song-writer was not being sentimentally pious, he was simply responding in a healthy way to the beauty that we sometimes foolishly ignore:
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!