Be thankful for good health on Thanksgiving 2017


It’s Thanksgiving 2017. This year it’s time to reflect a little about the importance of good health. Recently I’ve been in bed coughing and coughing with bronchitis.  After days of that suffering, boredom, and having to relearn patience, I am again so very thankful for good health in my female human body.  Just being healthy today, to be able to eat a delicious Thanksgiving dinner is joyful. For 2 days last week food tasted badly with a bitter, metallic tinge in my mouth. It was unnerving to say a least, but normal for some colds apparently.

I would like to ask for prayers today for two friends — one who is undergoing cancer treatment for his colon, and another whose attorney wife just died from lung complications.  Health is/was the key for both.

So please enjoy today with family and/or friends wherever you are, and just sit back and think with gratitude about how important and necessary wellness and vibrant health are.  Celebrate life.

Happy Thanksgiving 2017.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. I should have posted this yesterday except I didn’t think of it until today:

    Le Grande Thanksgiving

    By Art Buchwald

    Thursday, November 24, 2005

    This confidential column was leaked to me by a high government official in the Plymouth colony on the condition that I not reveal his name.

    One of our most important holidays is Thanksgiving Day, known in France as le Jour de Merci Donnant .

    Le Jour de Merci Donnant was first started by a group of Pilgrims ( Pelerins ) who fled from l’Angleterre before the McCarran Act to found a colony in the New World ( le Nouveau Monde ) where they could shoot Indians ( les Peaux-Rouges ) and eat turkey ( dinde ) to their hearts’ content.

    They landed at a place called Plymouth (now a famous voiture Americaine ) in a wooden sailing ship called the Mayflower (or Fleur de Mai ) in 1620. But while the Pelerins were killing the dindes, the Peaux-Rouges were killing the Pelerins, and there were several hard winters ahead for both of them. The only way the Peaux-Rouges helped the Pelerins was when they taught them to grow corn ( mais ). The reason they did this was because they liked corn with their Pelerins.

    In 1623, after another harsh year, the Pelerins’ crops were so good that they decided to have a celebration and give thanks because more mais was raised by the Pelerins than Pelerins were killed by Peaux-Rouges.

    Every year on the Jour de Merci Donnant, parents tell their children an amusing story about the first celebration.

    It concerns a brave capitaine named Miles Standish (known in France as Kilometres Deboutish) and a young, shy lieutenant named Jean Alden. Both of them were in love with a flower of Plymouth called Priscilla Mullens (no translation). The vieux capitaine said to the jeune lieutenant :

    For the rest:

    It’s dated 2005 but it’s been around for decades.

  2. This year I’m most thankful for Robert Mueller. May his investigations bear fruit and let the chips fall where they may.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Carolyn, and to all BfAZ bloggers and readers.

    I definitely agree with you, good health is pretty much everything. Get sick and you understand that. Get really sick and you understand even better. That is why we have to keep up the fight for healthcare justice.

    What I am mostly thankful for this Thanksgiving are all the Americans who are standing up in protest against the worst presidential administration and the worst GOP “leadership” in the history of this country. Maybe after this dark period there will be an age of enlightenment. Maybe more people will come to understand that in this country there is more than enough to go around, that a decent life for all of us is within our grasp. Perhaps more of those who can afford to be generous actually will be at some future time.

    In the interim, I suppose, the fight is on. So I’m thankful for those who are standing up against those who intend to destroy the last 80+ years of democratic achievement as well as democracy itself. I’m thankful for those who are saying, “Hell no”.

    Also, thanks to the Blog for Arizona for providing this great space for information and discussion.

    • Well said Liza. I see a growing Resistance against the current Administration and Congress. Healthcare justice is indeed necessary. I am also very grateful for the health insurance I have, having just been to the clinics 3x in the last 11 days. (On top of the bronchitis I had an allergic reaction to the antihistamine drug).

      And thank you for your kind words about our progressive blogsite Blog for Arizona. We try.

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