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Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Boreal Community Media.

Nov 26, 2020 03:47AM ● By Editor
A Thanksgiving Message from the team at Boreal Community Media - November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Boreal Community Media!  Whether you are celebrating with your immediate household or connecting with friends and family with an on-line conference call, we hope your Thanksgiving celebration during this year of pandemic restores your hope, faith and belief in the future.

At Boreal Community Media, we have much to be thankful for.  We thank our friends at the many other fellow non-profit organizations and their volunteers that serve the needs of people in our Cook County communities - in the arts and culture, education, health care, hunger relief, violence prevention and many other important community needs.  

We are thankful to our law enforcement, search and rescue, volunteer fire departments, EMTs and others in the emergency management community and the healthcare givers who put their lives on the front line in times of incredible challenge and stress – all to help others. 

We are thankful for our business sponsors because without their support we could not continue to serve the community.  We are thankful to those who lend their financial support - private individuals and foundations - who keep our Cook County high school technology interns available to support the needs of members of the community and jump start their careers in technology.  We are thankful to our many Boreal members who prefer to use our local email and other tech services and who in turn get free tech support from our team and interns.

We are thankful for our staff, interns and Board of Directors for their ongoing effort and belief in our mission to keep our North Shore communities connected.  And most of all – we are thankful to our loyal audience who turn to us every day for the news, information, and community updates that help bring and keep us together.

To each and everyone of you, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and a peaceful and prosperous holiday season.  And importantly: remember to SHOP, EAT, SUPPORT, VOLUNTEER, GIVE, AND ENJOY LOCAL!  


- From the staff, volunteers, interns and Board of Directors of Boreal Community Media.

We are inspired today to share this traditional Thanksgiving poem to celebrate this special holiday and our our lives together in community.


By Ella Wheeler Wilcox - 1850-1919

We walk on starry fields of white
   And do not see the daisies;
For blessings common in our sight
   We rarely offer praises.
We sigh for some supreme delight
   To crown our lives with splendor,
And quite ignore our daily store
   Of pleasures sweet and tender.

Our cares are bold and push their way
   Upon our thought and feeling.
They hand about us all the day,
   Our time from pleasure stealing.
So unobtrusive many a joy
   We pass by and forget it,
But worry strives to own our lives,
   And conquers if we let it.

There’s not a day in all the year
   But holds some hidden pleasure,
And looking back, joys oft appear
   To brim the past’s wide measure.
But blessings are like friends, I hold,
   Who love and labor near us.
We ought to raise our notes of praise
   While living hearts can hear us.

Full many a blessing wears the guise
   Of worry or of trouble;
Far-seeing is the soul, and wise,
   Who knows the mask is double.
But he who has the faith and strength
   To thank his God for sorrow
Has found a joy without alloy
   To gladden every morrow.

We ought to make the moments notes
   Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;
The hours and days a silent phrase
   Of music we are living.
And so the theme should swell and grow
   As weeks and months pass o’er us,
And rise sublime at this good time,
   A grand Thanksgiving chorus.


Ella Wheeler Wilcox was born on November 5, 1850 on a farm in Johnstown Center, Wisconsin. She was a popular writer characterized mainly by her upbeat and optimistic poetry, though she was also an activist. Her poetry collections include Poems of Passion (W. B. Conkey Company, 1883) and Poems of Peace (Gay & Bird, 1906). She died in Connecticut on October 30, 1919.

While we can't be with everyone we want this year, watch this heartwarming video of Thanksgivings past set to Mary Chapin Carpenters lovely 'A Thanksgiving Song' here