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A really quick Thanksgiving

A really quick Thanksgiving

We still have much to be thankful for

I wasn’t planning on a “Thanksgiving” post.

This is a late in the day inspiration, now that we have returned home from a relative’s house and I’m fighting my best to keep from falling asleep.

I’ll be brief, and repeat what I wrote in our collective author post on Thanksgiving 2016:

I’m particularly thankful this year for my wife. We met 34 years ago, and it was love at first sight. She went home that night, woke her parents, and told them she’d met the person she was going to marry. It took me a little longer to come around to that view, but not much. We haven’t been apart since that first night. For the past 15 months she has suffered from a painful neurological condition which would have broken most people, including me. Yet she has weathered the storm in heroic fashion, continuing to worry more about those around her than about herself. We continue to seek a remedy, and have traveled the country consulting experts. While no solution is on the immediate horizon, we remain hopeful. I’m thankful for her because I know that if the roles were reversed, and I was the one suffering, she’d be by my side.

With my website 10th Anniversary update last month:

As many of you are aware, the last three years have been incredibly difficult due to family illness, and never more so than this past year. My mental and physical energy have been non-existent at times. There are days and sometimes weeks when I just have to disappear. You may have noticed. Nonetheless, I remain hopeful that life can return to *normal* in this fourth year of our difficult journey.

Next year we will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary, and that means more to me than all the rest.

That’s us in the featured image, a selfie taken last summer in front of Phillips Brooks House at Harvard, where we met that night in 1982.

We went inside and told our Love Story to some students we met. They smiled politely.

It’s been a struggle, but despite ill health we still have much to be thankful for, including three great kids. We also still have each other.

And we recently had a new granddaughter, our first grandbaby. Finally, one of our kids did something FOR US.

Wishing our Legal Insurrection family — the editors, authors and readers — a Happy Thanksgiving from our family to you and yours.


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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

TY Professor for this surprise message, a message of thanksgiving. I see a quiet strength in both you and your wife, I see pain in her eyes, but hope too. Congratulations on your growing family, now that is something to be grateful for.

“Yeah, Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. I wish even the most petty, vile, and self-serving loons a happy Thanksgiving.” – Fuzzy Slippers

Happy Thanksgiving Professor. It does appear you and your wife were placed on this earth to give happiness to each other and everything else that has happened is but beautiful adornment to your time together.

Paul In Sweden | November 22, 2018 at 9:13 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Yes, Professor J, it has been a rough year. I lost my father and my wife too has been diagnosed with some type of auto immune disorder. Well, same with my oldest brother. Plus the GOP lost the House. Anyway, I am still thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving and may 2019 be a year of miracles and breakthroughs. Be strong.

This Thanksgiving, count your blessings.

And if you are in Florida,
Recount them.

Kemberlee Kaye | November 22, 2018 at 9:46 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Prof J. So thankful for you, Mrs. LI, the LI crew, and everyone who takes the time to read the blog.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and God Bless.

Thank you Professor!
It’s a pleasure and a treat to wake up every morning and find this blog still here, inspiring me to hopefully go out and inspire others. Your work, and the work of all of the people here, is greatly appreciated. Best wishes to all of you and your families!

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

— George Washington

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

God bless and thanks to you and HoneyLamb for weathering all that has come your way.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | November 22, 2018 at 10:44 pm


Great reading of another new conservative.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | November 22, 2018 at 10:44 pm


Great reading of another new conservative.

buckeyeminuteman | November 22, 2018 at 10:47 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Professor. I’ll be sure to add you and your wife to my prayers.

People go through life seeming to expect life to go smoothly in concert with their desires. However, this is not how life works. Life is really a series of trials and tribulations. We know disappointment, heartache and despair. We can see only those times of trouble and bemoan our fate and curse God for not preventing these troubles. Or, we can look around and see the positive things in life. We can see the family and friends and, often, strangers who support us, uplift us or extend a hand to help pull us out of the problem we find ourselves in. We can be the one supporting, uplifting or extending that helping hand. Be thankful that life provides you the opportunity to develop in a positive manner while making the road that you traveled a little smoother for those who follow. And, if you are reading this, be thankful that you are alive to read it. Tomorrow is another day. It might be a breeze or it might be a nightmare. But, whatever it is, it will be interesting.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Thank you for being there for us and the country.

Happy Thanksgiving to writers and readers alike. I’m thankful for little pockets of civility on the Internet, and I count this as one of them, most days anyway. I’ve seen plenty of reasons to be very thankful. But anyway, best wishes to all.

Happy Thanksgiving to Professor Jacobson and his wife, and to everyone here (except some…you know who you are).

I still wish I could attempt to meet and pray for his wife’s (has he mentioned her name?) healing. I have never done anything like that, but I have faith, and I did “prophesy” one time to a former employer’s wife who was bedridden with a progressive paralysis that God would heal her “if she wanted”.
For some reason, I felt sure that she enjoyed the attention she received due to her illness, particularly from her husband, who was rather a cold-hearted, though well-meaning, person. When I said that to her while visiting her, and without my ever mentioning her husband or my theory, her reaction was quick, and forceful: “Steve and I are happy in our relationship!!” About three years later, when she thought she was on her deathbed, and she cried out to God to heal her or take her, God healed her of her paralysis. (I am not suggesting Professor Jacobson and his wife have the same sort of relationship or dynamic, by the way.)

Here’s a link to a Facebook “Note” I created about her and her healing (her name is “Laura Nauman” — she passed away a few years ago, but she remained healed for perhaps 10 years or so [similar to King Hezekiah in the Old Testament, who cried out to God and was given an extra 15 years]): .

That “Note” consists primarily of four articles about Laura that appeared in the Sunday, October1, 1995 edition of The Elkhart Truth (the local paper for my hometown of Elkhart, Indiana). The “introductory” article (the first one in the Note) appeared on the front page of that Sunday’s paper.

In any case, I am thankful for our (still remaining) freedoms. But I am especially thankful for God’s gift of eternal life through sending His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, and raising Him from the dead. I am grateful for Jesus sending the Holy Spirit to live within, to empower, and to guide those who repent of their sins and trust Jesus as their Saviour. Death is the ultimate enemy (even more so than George Soros or Russia or Iran). Death comes to all…but Jesus overcame sin and death for those who turn to Him. He is worthy of our thanks.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | November 22, 2018 at 11:38 pm


notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | November 22, 2018 at 11:38 pm


Prof. and Mrs J:
God bless both of you this day. It’s truly a day of Thanksgiving in reflection for all you have achieved and then shared here at L.I.. It has been a blessing for all us, your readers, to be on the receiving side of your work. Thank you. Shalom!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and may the year until the next Thanksgiving be a blessed one for all.

Colonel Travis | November 23, 2018 at 1:05 am

Thank you for this site, prof. Prayers for your wife and you. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

God bless us, each and every one.

Heaven, help us, all.

This is a year to thank God that He has kept the mighty from the small. He has not kept hatred from the mighty.

Happy Thanksgiving, Professor! Thank you for a place of reason and sanity. Thanks to all the contributors who make this site fun and educational. I appreciate you all.

Unconditional love conquers all.

Happy Thanksgiving, Professor.

And thank you for keeping this wonderful blog alive.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Professor J.

It’s during the times that we think, “life’s not fair” that we learn the most about ourselves and how to really appreciate our loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving Professor. Having had the privilege of meeting both you and your wife, I send heartfelt wishes for a complete recovery for your wife and look forward to meeting her again, full of health and vitality. And meeting you of course as well!

Mazal tov on your new granddaughter! It’s the greatest club to belong to! May the little one bring you lots of nachas.

I admire your fortitude in the face of such difficulties, that takes enormous strength. I hope and pray that the coming year brings you both strength and relief from all the difficulties you have faced.

Hope to God; be strong and let your heart be brave, and hope to God.

Happy Thanksgiving. Prayers for your wife.

Thank you, Professor. Blessings to you and your family.

All the best to you and yours, Professor. Many thanks for maintaining this valuable site.