On this day we celebrate our blessings and we do so, of course, because we are truly blessed and because of President Lincoln's proclamation back in the Civil War that made Thanksgiving an official holiday in the US. However, we really have this holiday because Sarah Josepha Hale, an author and editor in the 19th century, nagged Lincoln and presidents before him, that such a day was warranted and he should make the day aformal US holiday. I'm thankful for her persistence. Of course, I'm thankful for family and friends and for so much more. Last week when walking about DC on sort of a dismally gray day, I was in Lafayette Square across from the Whitehouse. The park is named in honor of French General Marquis de Lafayette who was instrumental in helping America succeed in our Revolutionary War. There weren't many people about, probably a combination of the weather and a reaction to the tragic horror in Paris. I came upon the statue of General Lafayette and was puzzled by the Christmas evergreen wreath. And then I thought of Paris. And then I thought, "Thanks."