I don’t care how much meat from a ridiculous bird gets thrown at you, sometimes it’s just not worth the physical and emotional trauma of hauling yourself around to visit extended family. Many of us have to suffer through grueling conversations, awkward reintroductions, and boredom so intense it could kill someone not accustomed to it. Is it really worth it for that bird? Is it?!

Nevermind, it totally is. I take it all back.

This Thursday is the culmination of what would be a minor extinction event for other, lesser species, but is simply another Thanksgiving for our noble friend, the turkey. People all around the US, both religious and secular, will meet around the dinner table with their close or extended families to share a meal and to give thanks to gods, the universe, the flying spaghetti monster, or whatever force they choose to affiliate themselves with. Some of us will just complain to the people around us, but then again some of us have probably earned that right. I would encourage everyone celebrating (and those not celebrating!) to just take a moment to think of the good things you have in your life and appreciate them as fully as you can.

Life is a challenging experience and sometimes it can become overwhelming, but it is not without its perks. Even when you feel like things are difficult, there are still things to be thankful for, to recognize and appreciate. The simple act of appreciation can often help ease the burdens we all live with.

One thing I hope you fin folks will appreciate is that I’ve been working diligently on the first Happle Tea book! I was hoping to have it ready for Christmas but I’ll have to do a Kickstarter campaign and that means a 30 day period of raising funds. I’m searching for a new place to live, thinking about purchasing myself a car, and generally working my buns off on freelance gigs, Happle Tea, Patreon rewards, and this book, so I will not have enough money to fund the printing myself. I’m hopeful that you guys, girls, and others will be ready to contribute to the campaign when it’s ready! I will be keeping everyone posted on its progress. As of right now, the comics are all laid out, the text is in place, a couple of bonus essays have been written, and I’ve started designing the cover. I’ve also got the pages for bonus material set aside, I’ll just have to finish that stuff up but that will be fun.

Anyway, I’m also writing a lot more so hopefully I’ll be able to get back to doing comics more regularly. This once a week thing just doesn’t feel right to me! There are also a bunch of mythology strips written so don’t worry, we’ll get back to that shortly.

I hope all those celebrating have a lovely Thanksgiving and I hope that those of you not celebrating simply have a lovely day!