Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Obverse and Reverse of the Seal of the Virgini...Image via Wikipedia
How will you celebrate Thanksgiving? I will read a passage of David Price's book, Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation and send a mental thank-you note to the "gold diggers" of Virginia Company and founders of Jamestown.

In order to get in the right holiday spirit, please read the following excerpt from Debi Ghate's article, An American Holiday: The Moral Meaning Behind Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to recognize what we are truly grateful for, to appreciate and celebrate the fruits of our labor: our wealth, health, relationships and material things--all the values we most selfishly cherish. We should thank researchers who have made certain cancers beatable, gourmet chefs at our favorite restaurants, authors whose books made us rethink our lives, financiers who developed revolutionary investment strategies and entrepreneurs who created fabulous online stores. We should thank ourselves and those individuals who make our lives more comfortable and enjoyable--those who help us live the much-coveted American dream. (Capitalism Magazine, November 22, 2010.)

I want to start out and thank my fellow bloggers, readers and listeners, by quoting my post, THANKS FOR GIVING EGO SUPPORT:

On this Thanksgiving day I want to thank my fellow bloggers and readers who have giving me support regarding my post, COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK. I appreciate your comments very much and I value our exchange of ideas and thoughts.  (EGO, November 25, 2004.)

I want to continue to thank the following individuals:

Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends (including Small Business Trends Radio and BizSugar) for her kind words and support during these years.

@Lyceum @BizSugar Thank YOU, Martin! You're one of the first bloggers I ever "met," and now 7 years later we still converse. (Twitter, 9:07 PM Nov 11th via web in reply to Lyceum)

Palle Frid Svensson & C.S. for inviting me to their business venture, TeaParty.nu.

Kalle Blomqvist for inviting me to his NetZpider Network as a social media enthusiast.

Martin Dagger for inviting me to his Fitness Date Club as a guest blogger and his offer to give me personal training tips.

Robert Palotas for introducing me to BNI (Business Network International).

David Stiernholm for giving me inspiration to create my F.I.X IT! productivity method.

Happy Thanksgiving! Cox & Forkum, November 22, 2006.
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  1. Hi Martin, I'm touched by your words. You've been a good friend over the years. It just goes to show that relationships matter just as much in the online world, as offline.

    Do you eat turkey in Sweden? Of course, you know it is the law here in the USA to have turkey on Thanksgiving (ha ha ha!). And marshmallows on sweet potatoes!

    Wishing you the best, and thanks back at you,

    - Anita

  2. Anita,

    Thank you very much for your comment. I look forward to the day when we will meet in the "offline" world.

    We eat turkey meat in Sweden, but not so much a whole turkey bird with stuffing. Do you put marshmallow candy on sweet potatoes? I haven't had that yet.

    Talking about Thanksgiving, today I got the following email from the Ayn Rand Center:

    "Yaron Brook, president of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, is scheduled to appear on Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano on the Fox Business Network tonight, Wednesday, November 24, 2010. The program airs at 8 p.m. Eastern time. The topic of the show is charity and Thanksgiving."

    All the Best,


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  4. Hi Martin,

    I like sweet potatoes and I like marshmallows -- I just don't like them together. My favorite way to eat a sweet potato is to bake it for an hour until it's really soft, peel it, mash it (mashes easily with a fork if it's been cooked enough), add a few pats of butter, a few tablespoons of orange juice, and a tablespoon or two of brown sugar. The orange juice brings out the sweet potato flavor. One large sweet potato is enough for two people.

    Unfortunately, my cable TV company does not offer the Fox Business Network. But I tune into the regular Fox News from time to time. I like the Judge, too, although occasionally he goes off the deep end and gets a little wacky. But mostly he is for preserving our freedoms - can't argue with that.

    (Sorry for posting twice -- had to rewrite this to fix a typo.)

  5. Anita,

    Thank you very much for the recipe. Do you use any special sweet potato variety?

    I think you could watch the episode with Yaron Brook on FreedomWatchOnFox.com later on. [Editor's note: Please note that linking to the site is not an endorsement of all the links on that site.]