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Nov 26, 2008
Giving Thanks


Dear Y'all,

I KNOW that some of y'all—a very few, as it turns out, actually—have already received this newsletter and I apologize for that. Some of y’all got the last email twice but almost all of our subscribers haven’t received ANY of my letters for months!!! It seems that our FORMER vendor for mailouts wasn’t able to solve all kinds of problems; so, we are trying someone else. PLEASE forgive me if you have now received this letter several million times!!! We’re working like dogs to correct all these issues and to make sure that these letters are in fact received by everyone who has signed up for 'em and that you only get 'em once. If you no longer wish to receive them, please click HERE to be automatically removed from our mailing list and PLEASE DON'T report us as SPAM. I PROMISE that we're fixin' things. Thanks and Happy Thanksgrabbing!

The Puritan prayer below was shared with me by my dear old friend (he’s fairly old and we have been friends a long, long time—so he’s Double Old), Paul Canzoneri.  I wanted to share it with you as well—it pretty much covers it all!

Praise and Thanksgiving

O my God,

Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,
my heart admires, adores, loves Thee,
for my little vessel is as full as it can be,
and I would pour out all that fullness before Thee in ceaseless flow.

When I think upon and converse with Thee
ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,
ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
crowding into every moment of happiness.

I bless Thee for the soul Thou hast created, for adorning it, sanctifying it,
though it is fixed in barren soil;
for the body Thou hast given me,
for preserving its strength and vigour,
for providing senses to enjoy delights,
for the ease and freedom of my limbs,
for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;
for Thy royal bounty providing my daily support,
for a full table and overflowing cup,
for appetite, taste, sweetness,
for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others,
for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for my fellow-men,
for opportunities of spreading happiness around,
for loved ones in the joys of heaven,
for my own expectation of seeing Thee clearly.

I love Thee above the powers of language to express,
for what Thou art to thy creatures.

Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.


(Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, edited by Arthur G. Bennett)

It just doesn’t specifically address my own personal gratitude for the privilege of knowing all of you fabulous Queens and so just in case I haven’t said it enough this year—THANK Y’ALL for Being the True Queens That You Are!

You’ve probably gotten a mass e-mail from somebody encouraging you to add our precious MILITARY folks to your card list. This is a wonderful idea and I hope we all do it—the only problem is, almost every copy of that e-mail that I’ve received has had the wrong address in it! Our beloved Queen Scarlet has researched this and informed us that the CORRECT ADDRESS to use is:

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456


As quite a lot of you seem to know—I did have a birthday this week (#56, if you’re a Counter) and I have loved all the cards, e-mails and FACEBOOK Postings—major hugs and kisses back at you!

We’ve been having some Computer Issues (groan!) and in some cases, folks are not getting these newsletters and if you’re one of those, you’re not getting this one either—sorry!—But other folks have apparently been getting WAY more than their share of them—like dozens of the same thing at the same time. SOOOO SORRY—and PLEASE LET US KNOW IF THIS HAS HAPPENED TO YOU! We are flogging the Computer Geeks on a daily basis in an effort to encourage them to fix this pronto—so let us know how it’s working for y’all. We need to know whether the beatings should be stepped up or stopped!

My newest book, American Thighs: The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Preserving Your Assets, which received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly, thankyouverymuch, will be available VERY SOON, first, from your Local Independent Bookseller, like before Christmas—but you didn’t hear that from me! You can also place advance orders on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for the audio version. You can order signed, but not personalized copies, from us—they’ll ship after the release date. (Personalized copies available after book tour.)

Also, the paperback version of The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit is due out any second—excellent timing!

Book tour will commence in January—Check HERE (you have to change the date to January 2009) to see if I’m coming to your favorite store.  If so, it would be time for you to start stocking up on chocolate and bacon products for your Homage Offerings!

We still have LIMITED QUANTITIES of the SANTA SALE “kits” in The SPQ™ STORE—grab ‘em up while they last for the Important Queens on your List—not forgetting YOUROWNSELF, while you’re at it!

Signed copies of The Dummy Line by Bobby Cole are available in The SPQ™ Store for your favorite Spud Studs of all ages, or you can get copies at your Local Independent Bookseller (the FOUNDATION of the Book Business), in BOOKS-A-MILLION stores/on-line, at Amazon, or personalized from Bobby at Readbobbycole.com.

Confused about all the miraculous claims of the never-ending supply of creams, ointments, salves and unguents on the market today? Me too. Of course, if any of it actually WORKS, we will pay just about whatever ridiculous sum they’re asking for it—but a little TRUTHFUL guidance would be so nice; yes? Well—there are a couple of Queens willing to help out with our collective quandary! Just go to this site: mymedicalesthetician.com, they know EVERYTHING!

I hope you are all making your plans to be HERE in Jackson, Mississippi the third weekend in March for the MILLION QUEEN MARCH™ and Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade. We all need this time of love and laughter in our lives—more than ever before—so if you’ve never been but keep intending to—DON’T PUT IT OFF! If you’re a Regular, you are part of my very favorite choir to preach to! The only way to get your accomodiations at our O-FFICIAL HOTEL, is by going to the Hilton link on our Friends' Page or just CLICK HERE FOR ROOMS AT THE HILTON JACKSON. See y’all SOON!

Write to me anytime at hrhjill@sweetpotatoqueens.com —with funny stories, GOOD OBITUARIES, and/or Questions about Life Itsownself—I'm often wrong, but NEVER IN DOUBT!

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