Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

November 14, 2013

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:22 am


November brings beautiful fall weather to East Texas.  Trees begin to turn hues of red and orange.  Thoughts turn to giving thanks to God for His blessings.


November has many other important events.  We have our Veterans Day on November 11 which is also known as Armistice Day. 


November 2013 will also mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Those of us who are old enough to remember November 22, 1963 will never forget the tragic death of our President.  I was a high school student at the time and I happened to be in Superintendent R. L.Chapman’s study hall. We already knew that a teacher had heard on the radio that something had happened in Dallas.  Mr. Chapman allowed me to turn on my transistor radio so that when they announced that President Kennedy had died, we were all shocked.  It was a day like President Roosevelt said about Pearl Harbor Day.  “It was a day that will live in infamy.”


Three U S presidents had November birthdays James Garfield, Warren Harding and Zachary Taylor.  Famous authors, Louisa Mae Alcott, Margaret Mitchell and Mark Twain were all born in November.


November was originally the ninth month of the Gregorian calendar but when January and February were added, it became the 11th month of the year.





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The flower for the month is the chrysanthemum.  The symbols of the chrysanthemum are optimism and joy.  November seems to be a perfect time for some flowers to bloom.  I have a Confederate rose-bush that blooms every November.  One year I took the time to count the more than 300 beautiful white blossoms on that bush.


Another favorite holiday for food lovers is Thanksgiving.  It is traditionally time for turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie.  Sports lovers are glued to the television to watch their favorite teams play football.


This Thanksgiving, let us make it a priority to give thanks to God for His many blessing and for giving us a life on the Bright Side.


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