I have so much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for my family, my friends and most importantly, the fact that I’m alive today to enjoy them. In 2008, at the age of 49, I collapsed on the side of the road suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. A high school sophomore saved my life by acting fast and starting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which he had learned in school just weeks prior.
Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a December 13 deadline to produce, well, something. For weeks, we’ve been told to keep expectations low. There’ll be no “grand bargain,” negotiators say. Commentators believe that even the narrowest agreement will be a signal achievement. So here’s my question: Doesn’t that seem like an awfully low bar to you?
The first Thanksgiving was surrounded by life’s hardships. The early settlers were bombarded with extreme weather, hunger, sickness and death. Those who had survived believed the best they could do was to stop and give thanks.
I will be the first to acknowledge that there is much to be thankful for about life in America, especially when compared to those beyond our borders whose daily lives are marked by war, hunger and disease. Despite our kvetching, grumbling and complaining, most Americans have it pretty good compared to less fortunates the world over.
In their recent article, “Gratitude as a Psychotherapeutic Intervention,” which appeared in the August 2013 edition of the Journal of Clinical Psychology, psychologists Robert Emmons and Robin Stern reviewed the research on the benefits of gratitude. They conclude that there are dramatic and lasting benefits in both the physical and psychological realms.
The Second Amendment explicitly bans the Federal government from restricting the people’s rights to keep and bear arms. The Framers of the Constitution believed that government was created to guarantee people’s rights, not to restrict them. The historical precedents show no restrictions until recent times.
In November of 2008, Operation College Promise (OCP) was founded by the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) to answer a call – the needs of returning servicemembers poised to transition from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The nine-member institutions vowed to prepare their campuses to support these students as they moved toward completion of their college degrees.