Most of you get a day off today, so I'll mostly take one, too.
But not without thanking you for being a reader -- of my blog, my books and the columns I write for The National Catholic Reporter, The Presbyterian Outlook and Flatland. (Look on the right side of this page below my photo under the "Check this out" headline and you'll find links to those columns.)
And not without giving you a little help saying thank you in more than one language. A few samples:
-- Swedish (my mother was full Swedish): Tack
-- German (my father was full German): Vielen Dank
-- Yiddish: אדאנק
-- Afrikaans: Dankie
-- Hindi: धन्यवाद
-- Latin: Gratias tibi
-- Japanese: ありがとうございました
-- Filipino: Salamat
-- Russian: спасибо
(I add the latter for use by any politicians who feel grateful to the Russians. And if I got any of these wrong, blame Translate.Google.com.)
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THANKFUL FOR SCIENTISTS AND TECHNOLOGISTS, TOO
A relatively new nonprofit, Purpose Nation, seeks to encourage Christians to become more engaged with science and technology. For Thanksgiving, Purpose Nation has collected these messages of thanks from scientists and science teachers. Without science-tech folks, I wouldn't be writing this blog and you wouldn't be reading it.