Plenty to be Thankful For

Holiday_InnOne of my all-time favorite movies is Holiday Inn, featuring Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire. For the uninitiated, Bing Crosby, spurned in romance and fed up with his showbiz career, opens up an inn in Connecticut that is only open for holidays throughout the year.  The film is well known for first introducing the song White Christmas to the world. Though the plot line is barely plausible, the song and dance numbers that showcase an Irving Berlin songbook are delightful. Later in the movie after Bing has lost the girl once again, he sits down to Thanksgiving dinner and does what any normal man alone on Thanksgiving would do; he plays a record of himself singing “I’ve Plenty to be Thankful for.”  As he serves himself Thanksgiving dinner to the strains of the song, Bing argues with the recording’s claims that he does have plenty to be thankful for. Continue reading

Organ Donors–Simple Math

Currently, more than 120,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States. In 2012, 28,052 organ transplants were performed from 14,013 donors. Those numbers indicate that at least two lives are saved from every one donation. Unfortunately, the math also tells me that at least 90,000 people didn’t get an organ transplant last year.mark_0091bw

My son-in-law is one of those people. He is still waiting. Continue reading

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