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Created by John Eipper on 11/28/19 3:53 AM

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A Joyful Thanksgiving...and WAIS Wednesday (John Eipper, USA, 11/28/19 3:53 am)

Thanksgiving embodies the very best aspects of US culture (humility, generosity, loyalty, gratitude), and it's one type of "soft power" we Gringos should unashamedly project upon the entire world:

So allow me to project:  Happy Thanksgiving!

Yes, turmoil afflicts our nation and world, but we have much to be thankful for--reasonable prosperity, no major wars, and the vibrancy of science, technology, and people of conscience, who just might inspire us to rescue this planet from ourselves.

Many choose to turn inward in these rocky times. At WAIS HQ, our nuclear family is together (stepson Martin is visiting from Boston), and we are healthy, active, and content. As for the feasting, we're bookending Thanksgiving this year: we had one traditional turkey dinner on Tuesday, and will be joining our neighbors Dawn and Rich for more gluttony on Saturday. Today we'll content ourselves with sandwiches and leftover pie.

Every year, gratitude for WAIS is at the top of my list. WAISworld literally gives me an excuse to get up each morning, but it's also the most worldly and enlightened on-line community anywhere. I have fascinating and accomplished colleagues the world 'round, even among some folks I've never physically met. WAISers: thank you for your trust and friendship.

Thanksgiving is also the day we begin the countdown to WAIS Wednesday, a tradition since 2012.  WW comes late this year: December 4th. Please show your gratitude! As you know, WAIS charges no dues or fees, but we do have expenses. And I've admittedly been slacking this year with passing the hat.  (I said the same thing last year...) Can you help me meet a goal of TEN new donors by next Wednesday?

Here is the info:

1) via snail-mail (check payable to WAIS) c/o John Eipper, Goldsmith Hall, Adrian College, Adrian Michigan 49221 USA, or

2) via PayPal to donate@waisworld.org

The WAIS Board humbly suggests a donation in the $100 range for those who can afford it, but no amount is too small--or too large!  And this year I'll try a different tactic:  gentle daily reminders with updates on the progress towards our goal.

Finally, let us give thanks to the following members of the 2019 Honor Roll.  Don't you want to join them?  Pax et lux...et gratias.

David W Pike
Brian Blodgett
Ric Mauricio
John Eipper
Roy Domenico
Eugenio Battaglia
Tor Guimaraes
Orlo K Steele
Patrick Mears
Edward Mears

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  • Thanksgiving Greetings from Pat Mears (Patrick Mears, Germany 11/28/19 6:50 AM)
    Dear John, family, and fellow WAISers,

    Just some minor Irish entertainment for your holiday:

    https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/a-magical-vision-is-hidden-in-the-irish-language-we-need-to-rediscover-it-1.3558112 (essay in Irish Times by Manchán Magan)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzP4FM3WqwY (Story told by Eamon Kelly of County Kerry--famous Irish storyteller, whom I had in 1981 the great pleasure to hear in a live performance in Grand Rapids, Michigan)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmZw_502ckM . ("The Irish R.M." Series trailer)

    Enjoy and blessings upon you all,

    Pat Mears and Cornelia Lohs

    JE comments:  Likewise, Pat and Connie!  Is there anything more WAISly than an Irish Thanksgiving greeting from...Germany?  And Pat, I'm very grateful that five years ago, you found our website and reached out to a fellow Michigander and Wolverine.  Since that time, you have contributed some of the very best content we've read on WAIS.  Thank you!


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  • Black Friday Special! 19% off WAIS Donations (John Eipper, USA 11/29/19 7:40 AM)

    The business of America is Business, and shopping is the foremost example American Exceptionalism.

    This morning we drove #1 son Martin to the airport for his 5:00 AM flight to Boston, and around 5:30 we passed a local Walmart. The parking lot was filled to capacity.

    Which got me thinking...why not run a Black Friday special for WAIS Wednesday?

    Until 23:59 today, November 29th, donations of $100 will cost just $81!  (I will make up the difference--is it legal to do this?  Let's hope so.)  That's a 19% discount!

    Here are the details:

    1.  Via PayPal to donate@waisworld.org

    2.  Via check (payable to WAIS) c/o John Eipper, Goldsmith Hall, Adrian College, Adrian MI 49221 USA (envelopes postmarked November 29th qualify for the 19% discount).

    A special thanks to our newest donors John Hesley, Martin Packard, and our stalwart sponsor Eugenio Battaglia, who has already sent his contribution for 2020.

    Seven more donors to go before WAIS Wednesday!  Or let's raise the bar to NINE new donors prior to that time.

    Pax et lux...and now I'm off to shop.

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    • Eight to Go! WAIS Wednesday Update (John Eipper, USA 11/30/19 4:07 AM)

      The latest name on the WAIS 2019 Honor Roll is no stranger to honor:  General Michael Sullivan.  Michael's illustrious career as a Marine Corps pilot is matched only by his loyalty, generosity, and captivating gift for storytelling.  Aldona and I fondly and often recall our visit to Michael and Nicole's North Carolina home at Christmas 2013--can it have been that long ago?  Well, the picture proves it:


      Much honored to have you with us, General!

      So we have eight new donors to go, and five days remaining until WAIS Wednesday.  Don't let that other WAISer steal all the honor and glory!  WAIS needs YOU!

      1.  Via snail-mail (checks to WAIS):  John Eipper, Goldsmith Hall, Adrian College, Adrian Michigan 49221 USA

      2.  Via electronic wizardry:  PayPal at donate@waisworld.org

      Pax, lux, et Semper fi.

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      • Seven to Go! Cyber Monday Approaches (John Eipper, USA 12/01/19 3:59 AM)
        "So where's the WAIS content?" you ask.

        WAISers have been strangely silent all Thanksgiving weekend. Nothing going on in the world?  Perhaps it's a protracted turkey hangover.  If so, as Bill Clinton reassured us, I feel your pain.  We enjoyed a third TG dinner last night at our neighbors' house, and will definitely be doing penance with extra time at the gym.  Starting today?  Well, first there are leftovers to work through.

        One WAISer not caught in a trytophan stupor is Brian Blodgett, who sent his second generous donation of 2019. Thank you and thank you, Brian!  Brian joined WAIS way back in 2008, and somehow I've still not met him in person.  But in reviewing Brian's bio (through '08; see below), I noticed something I overlooked before:  he was born in Fremont, Ohio, just an hour from Adrian and the hometown of President Rutherford B. Hayes.  The Hayes mansion, Spiegel Grove, is the most beautiful presidential home no one has heard of.  And how many knew that the adjacent presidential library (from 1916) is the first in the nation?  Or that Hayes was the first president elected (in 1876) after losing the popular vote?  In our 21st century, this has become the new normal.


        Hail to Rutherford B. Hayes!  And even more so, hail to Brian Blodgett!

        Here's the deal:  Please join Brian on the 2019 Honor Roll, or I'll subject WAISers to more presidential trivia!

        1.  Via old-school mail (checks payable to WAIS):  John Eipper, Goldsmith Hall, Adrian College, Adrian Michigan 49221 USA

        2.  Via PayPal:  donate@waisworld.org

        Next up:  a detailed monograph on why Hayes is venerated in Paraguay...and not loved so much in Argentina.  And then I'll turn our attention to Millard Fillmore (1800-1874) and the much-scrutinized Bathtub Hoax.

        Pax et lux.

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