My Thanksgiving


By Anna Von Reitz

Our family will be apart—again—this Thanksgiving.  It has been more than a decade since we’ve seen our oldest son. It isn’t a matter of estrangement, it’s a matter of Duty Stations. 

Our eldest daughter is clinging to life, beset by many health problems. One is reminded of a magnificent bear beset by wolves. No one malady can take her, but they hunt in packs. 
Thyroid imbalance cooperates with adult onset diabetes and they collude with chronic back pain caused by a freak accident, and bit by bit, she slips away. 

She won’t have the health to spare to come to our Thanksgiving table this year. 

Our middle son is the typical rising star can-do-it-all guy, with all the problems that go with that.  Has to work all the time, be on call, run, run, run…. lucky that he and his wife can slip away to a restaurant somewhere at the end of the day and pay someone for a shadow of a Thanksgiving Dinner. 

So we will have what we have, with those similarly afflicted, and we will cobble together a time to cheer each other up, make the best of it, and be thankful for those blessings that remain. 

My dog is still alive.  An ancient Labrador Retriever that the vets gave up on more than a year ago, is still frisking in the snow and laughing at me with his eyes every morning. 

My husband, who according to the experts, should have died a long time ago, is similarly ill-disposed to comply with the opinions of the doctors.  His cheeks are pink, his eyes are bright, at pushing eighty, he is shoveling snow and clicking right along. 

It appears that life and love do count for something, after all. 

And we are blessed by friends both near and far.  Those who love this country and who love the Earth and who love freedom, have come from all the corners of the Earth, and both in fact and in spirit, they will be here with us on Thanksgiving Day. 

It’s not likely to be any big, fancy deal. Just a basic Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, green beans, cranberries. 

And we will share that simple menu and be very grateful for it. 

We will remember the Wild Turkeys that fed our forefathers and the domestic turkeys we raised ourselves in years gone by.   We will remember the smell of the earth as we harvested potatoes and the blossoms of the beans nodding on the summer wind. We will remember picking wild rice and wild cranberries and the full moons of September and October rising above the lakes we have traveled in canoes from shore to shore. 

We will remember every place we have ever called home, and all our friends and family, our co-workers, our mentors, and all those who made a difference in our lives for the better—those that are here with us and those who are gone.  We will stop and savor “the All of it”. 

The ebb and flow of seasons. The smell of pine and wood fires and snow. The snug feeling of being where we belong, and being who we are, and being at peace with the mystery that surrounds us. 

And most of all, the mystery of being together in spite of everything that tries to keep us apart. 

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Anna’s take on the previous announcement about a "national" call

Please cancel and make sure everyone knows that this “announcement” Dennis sent out was premature and not coordinated nor even discussed with me or anyone else.  At this point Dennis isn’t even strictly speaking a member of his own State Assembly because for reasons unknown he still has not completed his own paperwork. I think he means well, but this is a loose cannon move on his part and I want it shut down. 

I have asked him to get in direct contact with me to discuss what it is that he wants to accomplish and get help with his paperwork if he needs that.

But as things stand, he is not eligible to be Arizona State Coordinator and he has no business and no authority to set up any “National” calls related to our organizations. 

And then a later email after Dennis and Anna talked on the phone.

Well, Dennis, since we just talked, and came to an amiable understanding of what you were trying to do and why it is important to be precise about what the purpose and the name of the activity is— in order to avoid international misunderstandings, I trust that all that is now settled. I will let Paul know and ask you to send out a second “corrected” announcement that makes it clear that this is being offered as a “State Assemblies Forum” for Coordinators and Members from the Several States to help disseminate information and provide a channel for people who have questions, to get questions answered.   That’s all well and good.  Just don’t want to cause any more confusion than exists already with the nomenclature!

And this is the “corrected” announcement for the call on Wednesday.

Hi Folks ;

The First National Assembly Call, now called, State Assemblies Forum, will be on Wednesday November 6th, 2019. at ( 7:00 pm. Az. time, 6:00 pm. Pacific and 9:00 pm . Eastern. )
They will continue on the first and 3rd Wednesday of every month.
The call in number is 712-775-7465  the pin code is 706517
The playback number is  712-775-7470

Spread the word !!!
We need everybody in the Country on the same page !

Thank You !

Dennis Knill

Yavapai County Coordinator
Arizona State Coordinator
And this was Anna’s note to me after she had spoken with Dennis yesterday:

I spoke with Dennis yesterday. As suspected, his intentions were good.  He just didn’t quite understand the verbiage involved and the need to coordinate.  

Having gone over that with him, this effort is being dubbed the “State Assemblies Forum” to avoid any confusions.  The intention is to provide support to people who are isolated in places that are just now organizing their State Assemblies and need help, and to provide additional Question and Answer support. 

It is a daunting task to learn the history we were never taught in school and also quite a process to correct our political status records and then beyond that get our State Assemblies organized and functioning correctly.  I have written down guidebook-like material for the Jural Assemblies and also information about the peacekeeping functions that are traditional and common to our States, but there are additional situations and functions that arise and so—this provides another means for State Coordinators and State Citizens to connect and  support each other going forward. 

Dennis will be sending out a corrected invitation (see above) and the State Assemblies Forum will be meeting on the air twice a month for now but I suspect that it will become popular and become a weekly event over time.

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From Paul
After this debacle I will no longer be making any announcements on this blog about any meetings, seminars, webinars or assemblies that do not have previous approval in writing from Anna.
The only exception might be an announcement of a business meeting from me once in a while.