HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL
I say to all, whatever your faith or absence of one, whatever your country, since the holiday does not commemorate an American political event. It probably originated as thankstiving for the harvest, but is today noteworthy as a holiday at which families get together, boosting all branches of the transportation industry, just as the day after, Black Friday, is a shot in the arm of department stores and any other outlet that sells consumer goods. Thanksgiving is also the cause of the sale of zillions of turkeys, since that bird has long since become the traditional center of the day’s festive dinner. Through the years, my family has occasionally deviated by serving a goose instead, fatter, of course, but perhaps even tastier.
SO AGAIN, A VERY PLEASANT THANKSGIVING 2015
Regular posts will resume next week, today I merely append the blurb for my Navy Letters.
Not very long ago I looked into a box that had been in my mother’s apartment when she passed away and found there a considerable batch of letters I had written to my parents during the year I spent in the Navy almost three quarters of a century ago. They have now been transcribed and put together as an ebook entitled, A Sailor Writes Home from His Time in the U.S. Navy: Letters of 1945-1946, Aftermath of World War II—from training at Great Lakes, to the wheelhouse of “my” LST in the China Sea, to the decommissioning in the Puget Sound—including of some photos of those days. The letters are not great letters nor are they profound, but they cover a lot of subjects, are surprisingly literate and often quite amusing. Because then my parents’ English was not at all fluent—we had emigrated from Germany only six years earlier—some chunks of those letters are in German, in the book of course immediately followed by translations into English.
To get this ebook, go to the Kindle Store or to Amazon books and type in the title:
A Sailor Writes Home from His Time in the U.S. Navy.
The price is $2.50. If, after you have looked at the letters and you feel benign, consider sending a Customer Review to Amazon.