http://www.animalleague.org/events-...rs/beth/beths-blog/posts/giving-thanks-1.html Something about this season always draws me closer to my own thoughts.... So it’s not surprising that, despite the busy-ness of the holidays— the festivities, the shopping, the cooking — this time of year focuses our attention on the things that make life most meaningful — an “emotional harvest,” you might say — of the passing year’s gifts.... I think Abraham Lincoln understood this feeling when, in 1863, he proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November as a national holiday, Thanksgiving Day. Based on what I’ve read about him, I’ve decided that President Lincoln was one of “us” — an animal lover with a soft spot for strays. In fact, his wife, Mary, often complained about her husband’s habit of bringing stray cats home to the White House. She called it his “hobby.” (No wonder I admire this man so much!)... Well, I wish Mr. Lincoln could have met the 80 felines Howard and I have fostered during the past two years. He would definitely have encountered many who, unlike Dixie, were both sassy and smart. Howard and I have loved them all, and we thank our lucky stars that we’ve had the tremendous opportunity — and the trust and support of our dear friends at North Shore Animal League America — to care for each and every whiskered little darling.