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The calm before

The house is still, but the coffee is brewing.

The mashed potatoes were done yesterday, but there are still pies awaiting final assembly and baking. Everything is on track. Later today, when the crown roast of pork comes out of the oven and the prosecco is uncorked and poured, Kathleen and Alice and John Paul and I will sit at table and pause for a moment to reflect on how uncommonly fortunate we are.

I’m getting a head start.

The primary, principal, foremost cause for gratitude is the affection of my wife and children.

But there are others.

It was sheer luck that I drifted into the work that has given such satisfaction for 29 years, and it was by luck that I have been able to work for a distinguished newspaper for the past 22. At The Sun I have had the support of three editors, John Carroll, Bill Marimow and Tim Franklin, in efforts to build up and sustain the work of the copy desk, and the company of the colleagues who work on it.

And — this is the point of this post — I have come to know some of you, my readers. You comment, you correct me, you send me personal notes, and you keep coming back (no doubt desperate for amusement). There are scores of you, apparently thousands, if Google Analytics is accurate, whom I do not know at all but who have become regular readers. It’s amazing.

So, this afternoon, as I settle, nearly comatose with food and drink, with coffee and brandy by the fireside, It is unlikely that you will be much in my thoughts. But tomorrow I will have to come up with something for you to read.

Thank you for visiting.



Posted by John McIntyre at 8:04 AM | | Comments (6)


Thanks for this unique blog space, JMc; it is always a pleasure to sneak over from D@L and visit. We love your charm and wit and the gentleness with which you treat our Bucky (well, except for during that Abagail business, but they deserved it, absurd and hilarious as it sort of was). Happy Thanksgiving.

I check in here daily from my home in the north Georgia mountains (why, yes, as a matter of fact, I do find the Internet quite magical), and I always find something to delight my own moderately prescriptivist heart. Thank you for sharing with All Of Us, and I hope your Thanksgiving Day with your family will be a splendid one.

I second Hyacinth's thanks, Prof. McIntyre. This space has become a wonderful part of my daily routine.

In the week and some under one year that I’ve been reading this blog, it has been a delight to get to know you, Mr. McIntyre, as well as the various personalities that populate the comments section. Many thanks for the education, the entertainment, and the acquaintances made possible by this virtual space.


You devil. A wonderful t'giving beverage.

Our Thanksgiving was the four of us -- parents and children again. We stop and remember my husband's grandmother, because my husband makes her pumpkin pie every year. This year my daughter also brought a chocolate buttermilk pie, which she wanted to try after sampling one a friend made. Perhaps it will become a new tradition.

Thanksgiving isn't just about the food, it's about the family's stories, recalled through food. It may not be Proust, but we enjoy eating and remembering.

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About John McIntyre
John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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