The Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
(Edgar Albert Guest, 1881-1959)
It may be I am getting old and like too much to dwell
Upon the days of bygone years, the days I loved so well;
But thinking of them now I wish somehow that I could know
A simple old Thanksgiving Day, like those of long ago,
When all the family gathered round a table richly spread,
With little Jamie at the foot and grandpa at the head,
The youngest of us all to greet the oldest with a smile,
With mother running in and out and laughing all the while.
It may be I'm old-fashioned, but it seems to me to-day
We're too much bent on having fun to take the time to pray;
Each little family grows up with fashions of its own;
It lives within a world itself and wants to be alone.
It has its special pleasures, its circle, too, of friends;
There are no get-together days; each one his journey wends,
Pursuing what he likes the best in his particular way,
Letting the others do the same upon Thanksgiving Day.
I like the olden way the best, when relatives were glad
To meet the way they used to do when I was but a lad;
The old home was a rendezvous for all our kith and kin,
And whether living far or near they all came trooping in
With shouts of "Hello, daddy!" as they fairly stormed the place
And made a rush for mother, who would stop to wipe her face
Upon her gingham apron before she kissed them all,
Hugging them proudly to her breast, the grownups and the small.
Then laughter rang throughout the home, and, Oh, the jokes they told;
From Boston, Frank brought new ones, but father sprang the old;
All afternoon we chatted, telling what we hoped to do,
The struggles we were making and the hardships we'd gone through;
We gathered round the fireside. How fast the hours would fly--
It seemed before we'd settled down 'twas time to say good-bye.
Those were the glad Thanksgivings, the old-time families knew
When relatives could still be friends and every heart was true.
OUR STAFF WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME ALL THE NEW MEMBERS TO FOXYSDEN! SO GLAD YOU CHOSE OUR LEAGUE FOR YOUR FUN AND ENJOYMENT!
PLEASE RELAX, JUMP THE TOURS, WIN GAMES AND ENJOY THE WONDERFUL FAMILY SPIRIT OF THE DEN!
CRIS AND I WISH TO CONGRATULATE A LOT OF WINNERS FOR OCTOBER!
THE DEN MEMBERS VOTED THE FOLLOWING:
STAFF OF THE MONTH IS NONE OTHER THAN OUR HA, CRIS (WOLFSCUB)
I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE A BIT ABOUT OUR HA OF FOXYSDEN, WOLFSCUB (CRIS)...
CRIS HAS CREATED THE TRULY BEST LEAGUE IN THE LAND!
BECAUSE OF HIS SKILL, KNOWLEDGE, AND CREATIVE MIND, HIS HEART AND HIS SELFLESSNESS, HE HAS GIVEN US A LEAGUE WE CAN BE VERY PROUD OF.
CRIS'S STAFF HAS DONE MUCH TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS DREAM OF SUCCESS - A SUCCESS OF 5 YEARS!!!
CRIS, KEY AND STAFF WANT TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT, WITHOUT YOU, THE MEMBERS, AND YOUR SUPPORT OF THE TOURS AND FUN THINGS THAT ARE OFFERED, THIS LEAGUE IS ONLY A CREATION...
THE SUCCESS COMES FROM YOUR PARTICIPATION, JUMPING TOURS, SHOWING YOUR LOVE TO ONE ANOTHER, GIVING OF YOURSELVES FOR THE FAMILY,
PRAYING FOR EACH OTHER, CONGRATULATING EACH OTHER IN WINS AND SUCCESS, SUPPORTING EACH OTHER....THIS IS WHAT OUR LEAGUE IS ALL ABOUT...FAMILY!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE AN AVATAR FOR OUR 5TH ANNIVERSARY AND HAVE NOT AS YET RECEIVED ONE, PLEASE SEE CRIS OR KEY AND WE WILL MAKE SURE YOU GET ONE.
CONGRATS GOES TO CONNIE IN BEING VOTED MEMBER OF THE MONTH!
MUCH DESERVED SWEETIE!
SUE WAS VOTED FOR THE WOLFLADY'S SPORTSMAN AWARD!
OUR GOLF SOLITAIRE STREAKER FOR OCTOBER WAS CRIS WITH A SCORE OF 20!
HE TOOK OFF HIS KILT TO WIN THIS ONE!! hehehe
KEY CAME IN 2ND WITH 17 AND CLARA CAME IN 3RD WITH 15!
THE MOST GAMES WON IN OCT GOES TO CLARA WITH 35 TOURS WON!! CONGRATS CLARA!
OUR TOC WINNER FOR OCTOBER WAS JUDY!
OUR MEMBERS V STAFF WINNER WAS REBA! CONGRATS!
OUR BARREL IS WORN BY THE LOSER FOR A MONTH TILL THE NEXT MEMBERS V STAFF...GILLIAN WAS GLAD, AFTER 2 MONTHS IN A ROW, TO HAPPILY GIVE IT TO MRS B!
MRS B'S BARREL PICTURE IS ON THE NEWS FLASH PAGE ON THE WEBSITE! DONT MISS IT!! (funny!!)
OUR QUEEN FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER'S CROWN WAS PASSED TO MS LULU!
LULU FOLLOWED ALL THE RULES AND PRESENTED MANY THEME MINIS TO BE CROWNED MISS MINI OF OCTOBER!
HER PICTURE IS ON THE FRONT PAGE UNDER THE STAFF PICTURES AND IN THE WEBSITE LABELD "QUEENS".
CONGRATULATIONS YOUR HIGHNESS!
OUR TEAM BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIP WENT TO THE FOXY ROLLERS!! CONGRATS CLARA AND CONNIE!!!
ALL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE BOWLING TEAM IS FOUND ON THE FOXYSDEN WEBSITE.
FOXYSDEN HALLOWEEN THEME CONTEST WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!! THERE WERE 7 PAGES OF 160 MINIS!!
OUR MEMBERS VOTED FOR THE 20 BEST MINIS OUT OF THE 160! THANKS FOR VOTING!
OUR TOP 20 MINIS WERE AS FOLLOWS:
1ST PLACE CRIS - CONGRATS!!
2ND PLACE KEY
3RD - CLARA
4TH - SUE
5TH - MRS B
6TH - JOE
7TH - CONNIE
8TH - FAYE
9TH - GILL
10TH - LULU
11TH - REBA
12TH - CLARA
13TH - CONNIE
14TH - KEY
15TH - CRIS
16TH - SUE
17TH - CLARA
18TH - JOE
19TH - SANDY
20TH - REBA
CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS! ALL GIFTS HAVE BEEN SENT.
THANK YOU CRIS FOR THE GIFTS!
Heroes of Faith
by Edgar De Witt Jones
By faith the voyaging Mayflower embarked
from Old England and found harbor off the
bleak New England shores.
By faith the Pilgrim Fathers set up a government
on a new continent dedicated to God and
inspired by a desire to do his will on earth as it is
done in heaven.
By faith Thomas Jefferson was stirred to strike a
blow for political independence and wrote the
thrilling document that declared that all men are
created equal and endowed with certain
By faith he said, "Love your neighbor as
yourself and your country more than yourself."
By faith George Washington left his spacious
mansion at Mount Vernon and espoused the
cause of the tax-burdened colonists.
By faith he forsook ease and comfort, choosing
rather to suffer hardship with his men at Valley
Forge than to enjoy the favor of a king.
By faith he became the President of the newly
born republic and endured as seeing Him who is
By faith Alexander Hamilton established the
financial credit of the nation. In the eloquent
words of Daniel Webster: "He touched the
corpse of public credit and it sprang into life.
He smote the rock of national resources and
abundant streams of revenue flowed."
By faith James Madison gave richly of his
scholarly mind to form the Federal Constitution.
By faith Andrew Jackson fought the battle of the
impoverished and underprivileged many against
the privileged few.
By faith Abraham Lincoln bore the awful burden
of four purgatorial years seeking to preserve the
By faith he carried a dreadful war to its
conclusion without hate in his heart, saying, "I
have not only suffered for the South, I have
suffered with the South."
By faith Woodrow Wilson in the dreadful
heartbreak of a world war dreamed a dream of a
war less world in which the nations should be
leagued together to keep the peace.
By faith he glimpsed that promised land which,
like Moses, he might not enter. And what shall I more say?
For time would fail me if I should tell of that unnumbered host,
the unnamed and obscure citizens who bore
unimagined burdens, sacrificed in silence and
endured nobly, that a government of the people,
for the people, and by the people might not
perish from the earth.
CRIS, KEY AND THE STAFF WISH YOU A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE NOVEMBER
LETS NOT FORGET THE VETS THIS MONTH - VETERENS DAY, A DAY OF REMEMBERING.