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The Lost Art Of Counting Blessings
Irish Examiner USA, by Alicia Colon

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Posted By:Drive, 11/22/2012 5:52:52 AM

Before Hurricane Sandy blasted the Northeast, I had long believed that America was "veddy, veddy good" to us. Even though our area was one of the hardest hit, my belief never changed but many here in Staten Island who´d lost everything would not share that viewpoint. America has enjoyed one of the highest standards of living and most have avoided serious deprivation nevertheless our government lists more and more as living below the poverty level. But the only Americans who have really suffered true physical hardship and deprivation as bad as those suffered in the Great Depression are our military.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Altoona, 11/22/2012 6:09:13 AM     (No. 9028868)

Alicia--keeping it real as always Thanks.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Opsimath, 11/22/2012 6:11:11 AM     (No. 9028871)

Alicia Colon--another national treasure.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JLoophole, 11/22/2012 6:51:17 AM     (No. 9028893)

Thank you, Alicia. I especially loved your personal stories. Thankfulness is a choice, and your article embodies that.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/22/2012 7:25:27 AM     (No. 9028930)

FTA: "The youth of the Western World has no concept of history or what their grandparents lived through. The greatest generation that overcame so much in the Great Depression yet succeeded in life gave birth to the worst one - mine. The worst of us then went on and spawned an even more spoiled and ignorant group that showed up on Wall Street full of contempt, whining about everything from racism to student loans they have no intention of paying back."

This is just one of the many truths contained in this wonderful article. It really is a must read.

An aside on this day of thanksgiving. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Ms. Lucianne and her wonderful staff for creating an oasis of education, warmth, humor, and an occasional rant or two in the dry desert that is the main stream media. Blessings to you all.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LZK, 11/22/2012 7:39:54 AM     (No. 9028949)

Each American comes to the Turkey Table today with different emotions....

I thank God for my conservative values and morals....learned at my Mother´s apron string....

Thanks Mom!!

LZK

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dman, 11/22/2012 8:12:59 AM     (No. 9028985)

Thanks Alicia, for a bit of perspective in these frustrating times.

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Madinmaryland, 11/22/2012 8:36:21 AM     (No. 9029012)

Went to her website from the link. Skull and crossbones and message saying the site had been hacked.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: tocsin, 11/22/2012 9:16:06 AM     (No. 9029067)

´´Republicans still have control of the House and in this case, gridlock is a good thing.´´
Absolutely, spot on Alicia. Too bad so many Americans don´t realize government is the problem. Not the solution.
´´Thirty-three states now have Republican governors who can wield the power of states´ rights to nullify bad laws.´´
(are you counting Khris Kringle Christie in the 33?) and my Gov. Corbett along with the RINOs who are implinenting Obamacare´s insurance ´´pools´´?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pros7767, 11/22/2012 9:20:22 AM     (No. 9029073)

"The youth of the Western World has no concept of history or what their grandparents lived through. The greatest generation that overcame so much in the Great Depression yet succeeded in life gave birth to the worst one - mine. The worst of us then went on and spawned an even more spoiled and ignorant group that showed up on Wall Street full of contempt, whining about everything from racism to student loans they have no intention of paying back."

I have often thought the same thing and wondered how such an amazing group of people could raise children who rejected all of their values. The reality is that it was not the parents but the media that began to influence and corrupt the youth of America, generation after generation.

We went from watching Father Knows Best and Leave It to Beaver, to RugRats and Nickelodeon where no show has any responsible adults. The media imparts its corrupted values onto our children.

Add in the disruption of the family influence because of the necessity of having 2 working parents, and all the values taught at home by stay at home moms when the greatest generation was raising kids became much more limited due to time constraints.

Our schools became bastions of the liberal/progressive ideology, teaching children America is bad and evil. Many minorities teach their children to hate those with success.

I count my blessings every day, but after counting my blessings, I pray for our country that we can somehow turn things around. After this election, I am truly concerned.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Ecclesiastes, 11/22/2012 9:35:46 AM     (No. 9029108)

i am so stunned. really i am.

Of all the things I have read from the NE about Sandy, Ms. Colon´s testimony is the most damning.

Is Alicia Colon the ONLY decent adult on Staten Island? Maybe so.

After every hurricane on the gulf coast, but especially after Katrina, I see what is greatest about America and what to be thankful for:

Americans.

People who reach out and help. People who strive with me.

Compare them to the Muslims ( who are citizens of a different nation where ever they are ) and you´ll see Iraq, Gaza and the stingy Tsunami aid. Compare them to Africans and see the starvation in Zimbabwe ( which used to export food )and the genocide in Rwanda. Hell, Compare them to France that had 15,000 ( that´s fifteen THOUSAND ) elderly die in a heat wave?

Now, Ms Colon informs me that Staten Island is a foreign country.

Come home, Alica Colon.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 11/22/2012 9:48:46 AM     (No. 9029132)

It´s sometimes easy to forget how much we have to be thankful for. Thanks for the reality check.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Freeloader, 11/22/2012 10:05:49 AM     (No. 9029160)

As it is written..."I cursed my fate because I had no shoes, and then I met a man who had no feet."

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Reply 13 - Posted by: aliciacolon, 11/22/2012 10:12:38 AM     (No. 9029173)

Whoa. Did not write this to disparage Staten Islanders, many of who are going through very rough times and are grateful for the thousands of volunteers who have rushed to their aid. This Island bears little resemblance to a foreign country because it is predominantly conservative and ignored by the mayor and state.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: 4LadyK, 11/22/2012 10:13:23 AM     (No. 9029174)

Her site was hacked and she was given a death threat. she is asking for help. (Via facebook) If anyone can help or point her in that direction, please go to FB & send her a message. You can do that without being her FB friend.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: 4LadyK, 11/22/2012 10:17:00 AM     (No. 9029182)

Or it looks like you can do it here :-)

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Reply 16 - Posted by: RancherJack, 11/22/2012 11:07:06 AM     (No. 9029298)

#1 #2 #3

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Reply 17 - Posted by: safesword, 11/22/2012 11:14:37 AM     (No. 9029320)

whats up with her site?? hacked...and now i read she received death threats?? alicia,i see you read our site as well..(how cool is that?)..if there is anything we can do to help,let us know...P.S...thanks for responding to my email...it was a small gesture but speaks volumes of your manners and etiquette..God bless..

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Reply 18 - Posted by: SezzieBear, 11/22/2012 11:31:04 AM     (No. 9029353)

I posted this on my FB page - hopefully it will sink in to some of those skulls full of mush!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 11/22/2012 11:46:21 AM     (No. 9029378)

As we count our blessings here at LDot this morning, gratitude to our Lucianne Team for posting beautifully thoughtful and truthful messages like this from Alicia Colon ... And continued prayers of for her and Staten Island residents, fellow LDotters, and America...

Thank You, Lord, for America...



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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/22/2012 12:17:39 PM     (No. 9029435)

Oftentimes, the greatest blessings we have are memories of Thanksgivings past. However, today we live in a dangerous time and a Constitutionally damaged country. God is singularly testing the citizenry of this nation to determine which it holds more dear, the strength of men and human solutions, or the power of God and His grace blessings.
The sacrifice of our Founding Fathers in establishing this nation was great, but even they recognized the greatest sacrifice of all was the saving work of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Do you know Him? He was nailed to a despicable instrument of Roman execution on the hill of Golgotha, a punishment reserved for the most vile of criminals, a wooden cross. The perfect, sinless, God-Man, the Lamb of God, willingly went to the cross, despising the shame, rejected by His own people, and given a common criminal´s death accomplished His Father´s Plan to become the perfect and absolute sin sacrifice for us all.
(end pt 1)


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Reply 21 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/22/2012 12:18:19 PM     (No. 9029437)

As we enjoy this Thanksgiving, more than any other, turn your face to God and give Him thanks for our redeemer from the slave market of sin and physical death, His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We can only know our Savior, Jesus Christ, and accept His saving work on our behalf by believing in Him. He already bore your sins, past, present, and future. He already knows every sin you have ever committed, or will commit. He knows you better than you know yourself. Not only that, but he has already forgiven you for everything that´s incompatible with His perfect essence, and yet He still wants an eternal relationship with you. The proof of that desire was His bearing your sins in His body on the cross. This will be the greatest of all Thanksgivings, if you make the decision to believe in Him.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." John 14:6

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." Acts 16:31

May God Bless America

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Reply 22 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/22/2012 12:19:06 PM     (No. 9029439)

Every now and then, amid the chaos and the engulfing darkness, a moment of clarity, of lifting light. Such moments are indeed blessings.

Let us not simply absorb them. Let us reflect and magnify them.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Ecclesiastes, 11/22/2012 12:24:56 PM     (No. 9029446)

#14

I understand what you´re saying. No, you didn´t write to disparage anyone. You wouldn´t do that. That´s why I invited you to come home.

Just to the south of me, my great grandfather´s house went down in Katrina. My parents, in their 70´s, left it as it was flooded and made their way to my house on higher ground. A million dollar home with irreplaceable antiques, under insured of course.

But I met a man who had returned from Houston for his family. He had spoken to his wife as the storm came ashore and she refused to leave the home without him there. She and 3 of his 5 children were lost.

My family hadn´t lost anything, and neither have most of the people on Staten Island.



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Reply 24 - Posted by: Japanorama, 11/22/2012 4:32:10 PM     (No. 9029721)

Sorry, folks.
Teachers unions no longer teach counting.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 11/22/2012 5:32:27 PM     (No. 9029765)

Excellent piece. Saving it to share.

I´m one of those "hayseed hicks from the South". I grew up hearing stories, from my grandparents and parents, of the hard times suffered and the blessings received during the Great Depression. Alicia is right, that history is an education sorely needed by today´s youth.

I can still see and hear, in my memories, my grandfather,"Papa", standing in front of our little country church congregation, and leading his favorite song:

Count Your Blessings.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

Refrain

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

Refrain

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

I´m thankful for every blessing, especially for knowledge of the saving good news of Christ´s Gospel, and the family who lived it from the time of my great-grandfather. I´m thankful for being American, and having a knowledge of what that means. I´m thankful for fellow Americans who love our country, and have shown, and show it by word and deed. May God bless, guide, and strengthen us to be the people he wants for us to be.

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