Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States.  It is a time to reflect on things we are thankful for: health, family, and friends are at the top of the list.  I am also thankful for those who serve in our armed forces and all the first responders, some of which can’t be home with their families today. I’m especially thankful for those in the medical field who have been working tirelessly on the frontlines of the current pandemic since March. 

Thanksgiving is also a time when I’d like to thank YOU, the readers, for coming here day after day, week after week, and year after year in some cases. I’ve been doing this going on nineteen years (next March) and I’ve enjoyed almost every minute of it.  

I know there are many who come here and never leave a comment, nor do they read any of the comments.  I think they’re missing out on a lot by not doing so.  But I thank them for coming by on a regular basis.  I especially thank the regulars who contribute to B&P by sending me things or just by commenting.  Without you, I wouldn’t still be here.  

I still find it fun to scour the web for things to post.  Thanks to my fellow bloggers who are the source of most of the rest of the things I post here. 

I still like the analogy of Bits and Pieces being a little world-wide neighborhood. We’ve shared blessings and heartbreaks, highs and lows, good and bad.  We’ve discussed, argued, listened, and learned other points of view on many topics.  We’ve agreed, disagreed, and agreed to disagree on many subjects.  But we still respected one another for the most part. There may be a couple of people who have a hard time grasping that concept.

Most importantly, thanks to those who have donated to B&P.  Your donations keep Bits & Pieces afloat and show me that you appreciate our little world-wide neighborhood. 

The idea behind Thanksgiving is to give thanks. Giving thanks doesn’t just mean the utterance of words, but means true feelings of grattitude and thanks from the heart.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!


B&P Turns 17

Today, March 31, marks the 17th anniversary of the start of Bits & Pieces.  It was on this date in 2002 that I started B&P over on Blogger.  After a short while, we moved to a self-hosted WordPress blog.

It has been a major part of my life these last 17 years.  And I’m sure I wouldn’t still be doing it if it weren’t for the wonderful people that have come together as contributors, readers and especially commenters to make Bits & Pieces what I like to call our little worldwide neighborhood.  

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Meeting me – Meeting you

I had the pleasure of meeting Paul in Fort Lauderdale for lunch today.  

Fort to Fort – Paul made the two-hour drive from Fort Lauderdale to Fort Myers where we had lunch.  Paul is a very personable and down to earth guy and it was an interesting conversation about several topics including Uber, that Paul drives for. A very nice lunch conversation not to mention some nice scenery at Twin Peaks.



Meeting me – Meeting you

We met with two of my Port Charlotte friends, Fungus and Lunchbox at the Broad Streed Bar & Grill.  Two quick witted fun guys entertained us and bought our drinks. A finer pair of guys would be hard to find.  From left to right: Fungus (Dave), Jonco (me), Lunchbox (Mike) and my brother Paul.  We had a great time.  Thanks, gentlemen.  Photo by the ever resourceful Google expert, Haley.