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THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACRUSETTS m ---~.-I (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 46 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 $.30 A COPY ):iii:ii:iii::i::i i:i:il;ii:iii~ i:i:i:i:i:i:iil:i iiiii~iiiiiiiiili 'il:;i:::~;:~::: ii:iiiiNi:: iii:i:iiil)iri{i ::~!!!!!: ::!:: -iiirii!!}i!~ :iiiiiiii!iiiii i~i2:ii:iii:::} ii~iiiiii~ii The Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Edgar Albert Guest, 1881-1959 It may be I am getting old and llke 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 Jomie 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 today 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 sto~:med the place And made a rush for mother, who would stop to wipe her face Upon her gingham ~pron 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. OCCUPY (Your Town Here) is not Robin Hood and His Band of Merry Men Lately, this ragtag movement itself has been attaching Robin Hood to its mantra. Ho~i~ver, Occupy Boston reportedly is now holding~n to more than $300,000 in the bank. Aren't you sur- prised they've found a bank for themselves at all? Dare I ask where the money is flowing in from? Perhaps, it stems from the SEIU, AFL-CIO and other like-minded liberal unions as well as bil- lionaire George Soros maybe? What is wrong with these liberal big city mayors like Michael Bloomberg from New York, Antonio Villaraigosa from Los Angeles and our own Tommy Menino? Feeding into this well-financed mob rule? Menino lets them destroy part of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Bloomberg lets them con- tinue on as a big nuisance to the surrounding working-class neighborhood that they pretend to represent and Villaraigosa hands out free ponchos for the incoming rainy season (Continued on Page 15) N @ So Much to be Thankful For by Bryan Golden Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It's a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have. Even with all of the uncertainty and turmoil in the world, you have so much to be thank- ful for. It's important to be grateful, not just on Thanks- giving, but each and every day. Rather than lamenting what you feel is lacking in your life, begin each new day by developing an attitude of gratitude. Take inventory of your blessings and you will be surprised at just how much you have to be thank- ful for. If you have enough to eat, a place to live, a way to get around, people who care about you, or people you care about, then you are wealthy. If you lack any of these ele- ments, you must still be grateful for what you do have, while striving to obtain whatever is absent. Focus on all positive as- pects of your life. Take noth- ing for granted. Every morn- ing, recharge your apprecia- tion. Be happy for everything there is, not upset over what you feel is missing. Dreams of the future shouldn't diminish apprecia- tion for the present. If all you do is concentrate on what you want, you won't enjoy today. Don't be jealous of oth- ers; what they do or have has no bearing on you. You can feel bitter or resentful for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you feel something is missing from your life, things aren't go- ing your way, or you have been treated unfairly. You may wonder, "Why do these things always happen to me?" Life's problems tend to dominate your thoughts, turning your focus to what you feel is wrong. You may start to resent those' who appear to be better off. You're apt to dwell on things you think would make your life better if you had them. If only you had more money, more time, a bigger house, a dif- ferent car, a different job, a different boss, had picked a different career, etc. Once your attitude be- comes one of deficiency instead of abundance and appreciation, you can be- come overwhelmed by feel- ings of frustration and feel like a victim As this hap- pens, a consuming vicious cycle starts. Being bitter or resentful blows situations out of pro- portion. People who are bit- ter frequently find that their situations deteriorate and their mental and physical health decays. It's difficult, if not impos- sible, to achieve your goals while you are bitter or resentful. Regardless of what challenges might befall you, bitterness makes find- ing solutions much more elusive (Continued on Page 10) by Thomas M. Menino, Thanksgiving arrives next week and "Black Friday" marks the official start of the holiday shopping season. As you make your holiday shopping lists, I urge you to skip the midnight lines and mall traffic and explore. Boston's neighborhood retailers. Our Main Streets districts of- fer a variety of shops and restaurants where you can md unique gifts close to home. The Mayor's Holiday Special is a great resource for finding deals on holi- day events and shopping in Boston. We are also continuing the annual Holidays on Main Streets campaign, a small business initiative designed to highlight the many festive events tak- ing place in and around the 20 Main Streets districts through the end of December. B~usinesses are getting into the holiday Spirit by participating in our district-wide contest for the best dressed storefront window, offering shopping deals, and hosting fun family events in- cluding holiday strolls and tree lightings. Visit www.biayorsholidayspecial.com to find events, deals, and discounts in your neighborhood. We're even offering free holiday park- ing hours in commercial shopping districts; making it even easier for shoppers to access their neighborhood retailers on weekends. As is tradition in Boston, weekend shoppers will enjoy Mayor, City of Boston two free hours of metered parking throughout the city's commercial dis- tricts, including downtown, starting on "Black Friday," November 25 and con- tinuing on five consecutive Saturdays through December 24. While meters will be free on these days, a two-hour time limit will be enforced by the Boston Transportation Department to accom- modate as many visitors as possible in shopping districts. If you do get a ticket, remember that you can redeem it with a toy donation through the city's "Toys for Tickets" pro- gram. The program will allow any driver that is issued a non-public safety park- ing ticket on Boston's streets between December 5 and December 9 to resolve their ticket by providing a non-violent, wrapped toy of equal or greater value than the fine on the ticket. Toys will be accepted from December 8 through December 16 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM on the second floor of Boston City Hall. To participate in the "Toys for Tickets" program, drivers must bring the parking ticket and a receipt for the toy. Last year the "Toys for Ticlcets" campaign contributed over $3,000 in toys to brighten Christmas morning for many children. (Continued on Page 14) > l i i: Call 617-227-8929 for more information