Dear America,

I’m really sorry.  That seems like such a useless and uninspired thing to say after the chain of events you’ve had to endure over the past few weeks. But at this point I have no idea what I could possibly say to make anyone feel better.  So all I can do is let you know that I’m thinking about you.  And that I’m sorry.

I’m writing to tell you that every day I think about your winds and your rain and your storms and your people.  I’m thinking about the families in Texas who were forgotten because of the tragedy in Florida.  I’m thinking about the families in Florida who were forgotten because of the tragedy in Puerto Rico.  I’m thinking about the families in Puerto Rico who were forgotten because of the tragedy in Las Vegas.

This little note is to let you know that none of you were actually forgotten.  You weren’t. Everyone is still thinking about all of you.

I know you’re America and you can get through anything.  But there are only so many punches even the toughest one in the room can take.  No matter how big you are, sometimes it’s nice to hear that someone is thinking about you.

When you’re the one that other people normally count on, it’s easy for us to think you never need support.  That you’ve got it together.  That you can handle anything.  But even the biggest and bravest need a shoulder.  You might not need it to cry on but it’s nice to know there’s someone with a shoulder you can rest your head on.  A shoulder to take some of the weight off for a little while.

Know that other countries are thinking about you.  Canada is thinking about you.  We go to bed touching and we wake up touching.  We share land and water.   You are family to us.  We might not agree with all of your policies. We might not agree with all of your laws.  We definitely don’t agree with your decision to not serve vinegar with french fries.  But no matter what the differences, you are family and family support each other through thick and thin.

As we Canadians head into this Thanksgiving long weekend I wanted to make sure you know you always have a place at our table.

Get well America, and again … I’m sorry.  We’re all really sorry.






  1. Edith says:

    Thank you Karen.

  2. Bethany Jones says:

    I needed that. I didn’t know it, but I did. Thank you, Karen.

    • Colleen says:

      I’m with Bethany. I didn’t know I needed it, but I did. Thank you, Karen

      • Megan says:

        Same here. Didn’t know I needed that. I’ve been to numb to cry, but this truly brought tears to my eyes. Thank you!!

    • Same here, Karen. I just posted this on my Facebook page:

      “In light of everything that’s happened here in our country this year, and especially in the last couple of months, I’ve felt frustrated, angry, disappointed, helpless, and sad. These feelings haven’t taken over my life (much), but to not acknowledge I’m feeling them wouldn’t be honest.

      I couldn’t sleep tonight, so I got up and did a few things around the house and had just sat down to take care of some business on the computer, when the most recent blog post from one of my favorite bloggers, Karen Bertelsen of The Art of Doing Stuff, arrived in my mailbox.

      I read it and it unleashed a torrent of tears, which took me completely by surprise. But you know what? I needed that cry. It was overdue. Karen and Canada, we feel the same about you and it truly does help to know you’re there for us, even if only in your hearts. Thanks, friends. ❤ “

      • Kitty McCarty says:

        I agree that I did not realize how comforting it is to cry. I also shared it on my FB page, but it was difficult to type a comment through the flow of my tears. The timing of this is perfect as so many of us down here in SE Texas are becoming frustrated with the “seeming” lack of help. Now when I drive down our streets and see so much of people’s possessions stacked out on the curb, I’ll remember that “Yes, there is care, there is hope”.

    • Katie Schneider says:

      Ditto. My throat is all lumpy right now. Thank you!!

    • Carlene says:

      Absolutely agree. The last 4 weeks have been one long sucker-punch, topping off a year that’s been…less than ideal, shall we say. This was nice to read.

  3. Cass Watson says:

    very well said Karen

  4. Erin P says:

    This confirms that Canadians really are the nicest people! 😉

  5. Marilyn says:

    Well said Karen. And happy thanksgiving. I always think of you when I make the only pie I bake all year at thanksgiving. Because it’s your fault. Pumpkin pie ..made with real pie pumpkin. Anything else just doesn’t cut it anymore. So now because of you I have to make one pie ..ok ..two ..per year. So. Good. Well I make the filling.tenderflake helps me out with the crust.

  6. Lonelle Minesinger says:

    Thank you so much. We have been getting hit coast to coast. Being in Southern California, Vegas hit very close to home. So scary and so senseless. I just continue to pray for everyone effected, and for my friends that were there that were injured and scared.

  7. Mike Flegle says:

    Thanks, Karen.

    You didn’t have to write the post you did, but you did. That alone speaks volumes.

    Please know that the vinegar-served-with-fries thing may be what America really needs at a time like this. It certainly couldn’t hurt. Food is medicinal like that, eh?

    I’m off to begin peeling potatoes, to keep my mind off other things.

    • TucsonPatty says:

      Karen, you always know how to say it best! Thank you. This also brought me to tears, as does any offering up of sympathy. You said it so well, Texas to Florida, to Puerto Rico and The Virgen Islands, to Las Vegas, which impacted people from so many different states, and also you, Canada. And now on to Louisiana, I’m afraid. My problems have always been first world problems, and this brings that realization home even more strongly. I will be sharing your post with my family and friends. Thank you again for your kindness in our hour(s) of need.

      • TucsonPatty says:

        Oh, the reason I replied to this comment – that is why we do have vinegar flavored potato chips! They just want to grow up and be your fries with vinegar…

  8. Jayne says:

    This Canadian gal is chiming in with Karen – stay strong America!

  9. Pam says:

    Gee, thank you. That really is nice to hear.

  10. Paula Beattie says:

    What a lovely sentiment and, oh so Canadian, you make us proud, Karen! You are correct, we do think about everything that has happened in the U.S. and it reminds us of how fortunate that we have been/are in Canada. Chin up U.S. (-_-)

  11. Brenda says:

    That was really kind & thoughtful Karen. Thank You for being one of the nicest Canadians. What she said!

  12. Jeanne says:

    Karen you bring a tear to my eye. You are so kind and good and thoughtful. I am far from the states where these tragedies happened. In fact closer to Canada but the pain is still with me. Thank you fine Karen for thinking of us. We need to heal the hurt.

  13. WoniyaWaken says:

    Thank you Karen…and happy thanksgiving.

  14. LaVon Parker says:

    Thank you, Karen… and bless you.

  15. Robyn says:

    I agree – except that Puerto Rico was forgotten long before the tragedy in Las Vegas. I understand the chain of events – but Las Vegas was after the neglect

    I’m thinking about the families in Puerto Rico who were forgotten because of the tragedy in Las Vegas.

  16. Jeri Mearns says:

    Such a lovely post. Thank you so much, and Happy Thanksgiving.

  17. Jennifer says:

    Thanks neighbor.

  18. Jani Wolfe says:

    Only you…..that is why we all love you so much! Thank you so much as it really means alot!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  19. Gretchen Sexton says:

    Thank you. Thank you.

  20. Meredith says:

    I didn’t know I needed to hear that, but thank you! That really comforted my heart.

  21. Diana says:

    Thank you.

  22. Angie says:

    Thank you for your sweet words. I didn’t think it would touch me, but it did. Also didn’t think it would make me cry! 🙂

  23. Tracey says:

    Thanks for such wonderful words of kindness! If only everyone was so kind what a wonderful world this would be. I think we all needed to hear that. 🇺🇸🇨🇦

  24. Suzanne LH says:

    Thank you. We definitely need a shoulder.

  25. Marlene says:

    Thank you! It’s scary to me the kind of world my children and grandchildren will grow in. My family is in Puerto Rico and for thirteen days I couldn’t get a hold of them, still haven’t heard from my twin sister and her husband! My heart grows weary and for the sake of them I need to be strong but it’s hard! Thanks for letting us know that you and Canada have our back! Praying for all the people on the path of natural disasters and man made disasters and particularly praying for strength in the middle of the storm. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

    • Tina says:

      I hope your sister and her family are fine and I hope your entire PR end gets rebuilt and stays safe and healthy.

      • Elaine says:

        Hello Marlene – Karen expressed exactly what I’d say if I had a blog! It actually brought a lump to my throat. I live in the same town as Karen and keep hoping I’ll bump into her.

        I pray that very soon, you will hear good news about your sister and husband! Our hearts go out to all of you! I love the US and up until my husband’s death, crossed the border to vacation for approximately 40 years. I miss the US a lot and miss its people. I have always found Americans to be friendly, caring and exceedingly generous! Take care!

      • Marlene says:

        Thank you for your kind words.

      • Marlene says:

        Found out all my family is safe even though they don’t have running water or electricity yet. Is the rainy season in P.R. so there has been more landslides and floods around the island . Supplies at supermarkets is very limited and the lines for gasoline are still long in certain hours. Most hospitals still need diesel for their generators. The death toll keeps rising. We need help and we need prayers. Thanks for caring!

        • Tina says:

          Marlene, I am glad to hear your family is safe! I hope our government can learn that Puerto Ricans are also Americans and help the way they would help any other state. Take care and I wish health and happiness to your family!

  26. Becky Couch says:

    It’s been extremely tough mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Your sentiments mean a lot!

  27. kddomingue says:

    I just found your blog through a link that my buddy “Canadianmango” over at Apartment Therapy sent me and had to reply back to her that she hooks me up with some of the nicest people…. also mentioning that you’re a hoot and a half! Thank you for your kind thoughts. We’re reeling from the gut punches life has been dishing out recently.

    May you have a joyful Thanksgiving.

    • Alena says:

      I knew I would find you here one day soon! 🙂

      And you Karen, should also know that KDDomingue said you were batshit crazy funny – in the best sense of the word, of course.

      • kddomingue says:

        THAT’S NOT FAIR! You don’t go by the same handle here! Lol!

        Well, I was trying to be polite with hoot and a half but, I guess after having read through some of her posts, I can hang that up! She IS batshit crazy fun! It appears that I’m going to be inadvertently snorting a lot of coffee up my nose reading her posts…..nasal coffee enemas are NOT fun when the coffee’s hot btw! Ask me how I know. (you’ve done it to me before!)

  28. Renda Bullock says:

    Thank you, Karen. That was one of the nicest letters I’ve read in a while. It made me cry. It’s very easy to feel alone and overwhelmed when bad things happen, but with the help and love of friends and family, we can get through it.
    Thank you again.
    (Here’s a Hug for You!)
    From Oregon, USA

  29. Thank you Karen! We really needed that, even though many of us, including myself didn’t even realize how badly we need your heartfelt support. Thank you!

  30. Kimberly Miner says:

    After alll the bullshit I keep seeing on social media, this is one of the best things I’ve read in awhile. I love my country and this made me a bit emotional. Thank you Karen, and thanks Canada.

    • Melissa says:

      What Kimberly said, almost exactly. I get scared that all this insanity is being normalized. Thank you for reaching out in the blogosphere and being kind.

      You are one heck of a human being!

      <3 <3 <3

  31. Bambi Mayer says:

    Thanks, Karen. Yep, we are going through some really sucky times and have been for several months now.

  32. Nan says:

    Thank you. If we are human we must be touched by these tragedies. Not just in the U.S. but all over the world. It is only when humanity joins together can we heal.

  33. Mia says:

    Thank you so much Karen<:} When I see inspiring Facebook posts about all of the great things your amazing and enlightened Prime Minister is doing in Canada, I am left bereft, puzzled, disturbed, traumatized at where the US has found itself today. There is a great malaise that has settled upon my community of friends, which has been compounded by the terrible losses both natural and unnatural that have swept over us recently. It's as if we're living in a bad movie that just won't end and keeps getting worse, week after week; but amidst all of that and in spite of it, the spark of optimism for a better future lives on for many of us Americans. We haven't given up. Hope still floats and humor still blooms from the cracks in a gray landscape. And many of us do indeed love vinegar with our French fries. And so I feel compelled, in the spirit of the moment, to ask this favor of our dear Canadian friends…could you please, please, PLEASE interfere in our next election? Apparently it's not that difficult to do (it just involves a whole lot of people twiddling with Facebook and Twitter), and we could really use Canada's help for the next round.<:}

    • Kelly says:

      The only enlightened thing about Justin is his head. He’s selling Canadians out. Be least Trump
      loves your country as much as you do!

      • Annette says:

        @Kelly You certainly have a few identities, Kekov.

      • Jeannie says:


      • Francie Thornton says:

        Agreed Kelly. Proud to have a President who loves our country and wants the best for all citizens.
        We appreciate our Canadian neighbors and wish the best for them as well, but don’t want anyone “interfering” in our elections.
        Thanks for your kind words Karen but no one has been forgotten, it is just a lot to take in, seemingly, at once.

    • Catherine says:

      I am profoundly grateful for our Prime Minister, whose policies, I agree, are enlightened. I have many good and long-term friends in the States who feel precisely as you do, and your comment was beautifully expressed. They would appreciate your words immensely. Karen’s post today came from a place of building-up…something which is what I sense you are seeking…and what Obama did so well. Let’s continue to build up.

    • Jenifer says:

      Yes. Yes. Yes. Everything from feeling inspired by Karen and her PM to the state of the US today to insisting on vinegar with fries to the desire of Canadian interference.

      After reading today’s post, I found tears in my eyes that I hadn’t even realized I was holding back. It’s tempting to put blinders on and just go to work and do the laundry. It can be overwhelming and difficult to process the events of the recent past and I, too, appreciate the kind and compassionate words offered here.

      Thank you.

  34. Sara says:

    Dear Karen,
    Thank you for your kindness and respect. My Canadian friends are a fine example of Canada and Her people: brave, caring, virtuous, and friendly. I have always felt proud of Canada.

    I am very grateful that our family did not have any damages or harm. live in Florida and have never seen a storm like Irma. My daughter moved from Orlando to Houston. Her family is safe and her home did not flood. Her husband was able to work from home.

    Thank you again for my kindness and your website.

  35. SERA says:

    Thanks, Karen. As a Washingtonian, I fully agree that we should be serving our french fries with vinegar. AND Dijon mustard because I voted for Obama .

  36. Karla says:

    Karen, thank you for your posts in general and this one in particular. It’s this sentiment that will help us to heal. And this sentiment which we should all share with those in need around the world. Thank you for caring.

  37. Kathleen says:

    You brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for so eloquently saying what the rest of the world is feeling. (Except the being neighbours part – we’re too far away)
    Stay strong America – the rest of the world is also very sorry and grieving with you too.

  38. Breanne says:

    There’s suddenly a lot of dust in my eyes. *thank you. It’s been a rough year down here.

  39. Vicki Husted says:

    Dearest Karen,
    You are so very, very kind. I didn’t realize I needed a shoulder–much less one to cry on–but I surely did, and your beautiful expression of caring showed me I did.

    Oh, now you’ve gone and done it–made my mascara run, or it would be running if I wore it. You’re an absolute jewel and we all love you for it. Hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving.

  40. Michele Morrison says:

    Thank you. That was beautiful.

  41. Marjorie Kramer says:

    Thank you and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Peace, and pass the balsamic with the fries.

  42. Kate says:

    Dear Karen,
    Thank you for your post. You are a godsend.
    We love you too.
    Kate in Boston

  43. That was beautiful Karen. Thank you.

  44. Jari J. says:

    Karen, thank you. We’ve never met, but simply knowing another person is reaching out helps make the world less scary. And Canada, remember we’re are here for you as well.

  45. Tina L says:

    Positively sublime. Thank you, Karen. And Happy Thanksgiving. 💙

  46. Tina L says:

    Positively sublime. Thank you, Karen. And happy Thanksgiving.

  47. Linda Huffman says:

    Thank you Karen, and I like malt vinegar on my fries.

  48. Jean Munroe says:

    Thank you, Karen.

  49. Judy says:

    You are a unique person with an exceptional voice and an endless list of consummate skills,beauty, intellect and a wonderful naughty sense of humour. But now you have reached Sainthood. I can not tear myself away from MSNBC and the rolling wreck that is my Country and the progress we had made away from bigotry,divisiveness and seemingly endless War signed away by a guy with a weird signature and a pathetic giant ego that may wreak more harm in his short 4 years than thousands of years of tyrants and despots. They lacked nukes and biological weapons.

    How gut wrenching to see the wonderful progress humanity had achieved from brutality and cruelty to one another to a burgeoning sense of what I want and need every soul wants and needs and it is not so difficult to make that become reality if only the few do not feel their need of possessing.. everything…. .supersedes the need of all of us to have something.
    A life of comfort and free from want,not flashy,not a competition just a contented warm happy existence. And the one and only reason they won’t impeach him is greed. He will remove all regulation and taxation from the super rich and that’s what they must have. Come Hell or High water and with climate change unchecked you can bet on that- Hellish heat and rising oceans guarantees it. Too soon old and way too late smart. Sob……..

    • Jenifer says:

      I have to believe that love and kindness will win in the end. It’s not flashy or loud so sometimes it gets lost in the noise but it’s still there. I’m sending you some from NY now. <3

    • charlotte tataryn says:

      Hi Judy, I had to wiz through the comments, as I’m up 2 hours late, and of course, doing what I shouldn’t and that is reading our lovely Karen’s blog. Your ‘letter’ is a lovely, and obviously heartbreaking one, and I have to say that Karen is speaking for us, the Canadians, beyond that border, currently invisible. What is happening in your country is hard to fathom, understand, but despite our ‘opinions’ (quite varied) on your laws, and your ruler, you, individually, are people just like us, and are trying to make the best of what has become a very harsh, real, and unkind world. Here, we are thankful that, to date, we have been relatively untouched by all of it, but every day, we can see it coming closer. Hope is what you, and we, as individuals, have to hang on to, and try and do some little ‘thing’ everyday, just to make our friends, some we haven’t met yet, and our neighbors, ditto, feel safer and welcomed.
      Your very celebrated Thanksgiving is coming up, and I wish you a day of family, love, peace and much thanks for all the good things in your lives, much as we did yesterday. One person can make a difference, even if NO one ever knows about it.
      And Karen, this was a really, really nice thing to say, and do, and I think so much more of you now, than I had. You’re a very cool chick!!!
      Charlotte T

  50. Engineer Guy says:

    So well said…. and of course we Americans think of you Canadians as our “best friends!” Also appreciate your accuracy in the depiction of events as you described. I must remain anonymous, but because I was an Engineer called on to consult on the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort. I can tell you that this was a political football that escalated from the lowest to the highest branches of gvmt., and that the horrors of what these people went through is is not not even accurately conveyed from the press…. and the several additional weeks duration for the victims – for various reasons, can only be described as grotesque and I believe many, many lives could have been saved if decisions were made prior to so much political vollying.

    Thanks again for your kind thoughts and also for sharing your heart with this forum

    • Pam'a says:

      Your comments confirm what Beloved and I were just lamenting the other day. Why does it seem like we have to completely reinvent the wheel every time a disaster hits, no matter how many times it’s happened before? Surely there’s a danged manual laying around someplace… But thank you for what I’m sure was hard work!

      And Karen, thank you for the spiritual cookies. 🙂

  51. Melanie says:

    Thank you for your kind and supportive words.

  52. Peg says:

    Thank you <3

  53. Ca says:

    Well said Karen, from a fellow Canadian.

  54. Mama Toto says:

    Well said Karen, from a fellow Canadian.

  55. Marilyn VanOs says:

    Like Bethany, I didnʻt realize I needed that. Thank you for your kind thoughts. You all brought a tear that Iʻve been holding on to for too long to my eye. Canada is our coolest neighbor! Hugging us when we need a really good one!

  56. Babara H. says:

    Thank you.

  57. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Thanks really does mean alot…and just so you know…I love vinegar on my fries…

  58. Kate says:

    That was totally unexpected, and so very kind. I didn’t know it, but I needed that. And I feel better. Thank you, Karen. I’m really glad we’re neighbors. Happy Thanksgiving.

  59. Heather says:

    I’ll add my thanks, Karen. We all needed to read that. The USA gets such a bad rap. There are so many people there, 10 times as many as there are in Canada, so it’s no wonder there are some bad apples, so to speak. But there are more, so many more, good people who are loving and caring and compassionate and creative. Let’s remind them we love them and respect them and wish them well everyday. xo

  60. Mary C. says:

    Thanks Karen. I have a friend/former coworker who was a victim in the Begas shootings. Here is the link to his youcare site. He left behind three children.

  61. Jacquie says:

    Beautifully said Karen. And I’d like to tell your American readers that the tiny island of Malta, which is the size of your average Starbucks, is thinking of you too. Stay safe friends.

  62. Julie Scott says:

    Thank you, Karen.

  63. Debbie D says:

    I reiterate what is said by the others as a tear rolls down my cheek. Thank you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Canada, our dear neighbor to the north. It has been a rough couple of months.

  64. Sue in PA says:

    Thank you, Karen. ❤ Happy Thanksgiving!

    Do salt and vinegar potato chips count?

  65. Paula Elliott says:

    Love. No other words can convey what I feel after reading your blog. Just plain ol’ simple Love.

  66. Carrie says:

    Thank you for your kind words Karen!
    Its hard to make any sense of all that’s been going on lately but a nice reminder that were all in this together and we need to lift each other up in times of tragedy.
    God bless all those impacted by senseless violence and mother nature. I pray for quick healing/recovery. Words easily said but meant with hope for a better tomorrow!

    On a happier note, this American loves French fries with malt vinegar Karen!!

  67. Anne Phillips says:

    Thank you for the kind words. You’re a special person and I always look forward to your posts.

  68. Carolyn says:

    So appreciated.

  69. Lisa says:

    Thank you.
    I lost my mom three and a half months ago. It was sudden and unexpected and threw my world into a pain I didn’t know exhisted.
    She was my best friend and soulmate.
    Then all of these terrible events just kept happening.
    I have been angry for the last few weeks. It all piles up.
    I’m not one to believe God causes these things. It’s life. Shot happens and we were given what we need to get through it.
    It’s nice to know people in other places are thinking about us.
    Thank you for the kind words.
    Oh, by the way. In my neck of the woods, we do have vinegar for frenchfries. 🙃

  70. Joy Buchanan says:

    Thank you so much, Karen. It’s nice to know there are people in other parts of the world who don’t hate us. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  71. Allison says:

    Thank you, Karen.

    ❤️, Texas

  72. kris fletcher says:

    That is the most helpful anything I’ve read all week. Thank you. We love Canada and often consider moving there because you have a wonderful place. Plus Justin Trudeau! That’s enough right there. We aren’t brave anymore, with the exception of our military and people who take positive, intelligent action to cure the injustices in our society. We have a lot of self absorbed whiners on both ends of the political spectrum who refuse to listen to any ideology that doesn’t exactly match theirs exactly. It’s made me sad this week, that the focus goes not only to the latest tragedy like you mentioned but more to throwing barbs at which political party is at fault. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart for thinking with us with esteem and sending out love.

  73. Susan says:

    Thank you

  74. Marie Anne Delia says:

    Thanks Karen. I’m Canadian and you made me proud. We are on the same roller coaster of emotions, America. Sadness, fear, worry, anger and hope. I hope you get well soon.

  75. Lynda Dunham-Watkins says:

    Thank you, Karen. Same as many others….I needed that and didn’t know it. Hugs from Texas.

  76. Catherine Vosper says:


  77. Diana Donaldson says:

    Thank you for the kind words.

  78. MaryJo says:

    Karen, that’s so beautiful it made me cry!
    Thank you for always being you and for caring.

  79. danni says:

    Thanks Karen, it has been a bad stretch but nice to know our neighbors care. Happy Thanksgiving to you. Be thankful that you found the words to help, they do more than you can imagine.

  80. Sandy says:

    Thank you, Karen.

  81. Beth says:

    Thank you.

  82. Diane says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Karen and thank you for this post.
    You are Simply The Best!

  83. Shannon says:

    Thank you, Karen. Living in Florida and getting hit by a diminished Irma was fine. Living without power for a week, and trying to find ice and food, and moving around to friends and family who had gotten power back, was hard. But nothing compared to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas. Thank you for your sentiments, they are much appreciated!

  84. Leisa Daly says:

    Very well said. Thanks Karen and Happy Thanksgiving.

  85. Carol Hogan says:

    Dear Karen – Thank you from this American in Florida. And, by the way, many places serve what I call Boardwalk Fries with vinegar so you can take that one off the list of disagreements.

  86. jaine kunst says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Karen. Thank you for your warm and kind thoughts and big hugs to you for reminding us we are all one big family in this world.

  87. Christie Cokely says:

    This post gave me chills. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! <3

  88. Jacqueline Taylor says:

    Thank you for the very kind words, Karen!

    As an ex-pat Canadian in the great USA, I am often amazed and appalled in equal measure at what goes on down here. It is a wonderful country with BIG issues…..
    Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!


  89. Marcia says:

    Thank you, Karen,

    Once again you’ve shown us with that Canadians are much classier then we Americans are. So may I take this opportunity to tell you how sorry I am that we put the orange baboon in the oval office. It’s like having a terrible noisy neighbor move in right next-door to you.

  90. Jody Boswell says:

    Amen. Thank you for putting into words what all Canadians are thinking and feeling. Enjoy Thanksgiving with loved ones.❤️

  91. Amy Watson says:

    Thank you Karen………your beautiful words were much needed and at a time when our country feels like we have been attacked from all sides. We love you Canada because we know you love us.

  92. Maggie Van Sickle says:

    Well said Karen sprinkled with a tiny bit of humour

  93. SALLY BERBERT says:

    Thank you. That was one of the nicest things that I’ve ever read. Thank you.

  94. Angela says:

    Just..thank you. Thank you so much. Your words always give me what I need, when I need it. Most of the time it’s super helpful information and a really good laugh, but this is what I needed today. I didn’t know it until I read it, and yours were the first words I took in today. I think my day will be much better for it. xo

  95. Lori says:

    That made me tear up and smile at the same time. Thank you, Karen…for being you.

  96. Eileen says:

    I am new to your blog as of this week, but your post brought tears to my eyes. Such lovely thoughts so well expressed! Thank you, and may you have many reasons to be thankful this year.

  97. Sandy says:

    Thanks so much, Karen. . Your heartfelt word are so welcome in the challenging times your US friends are facing..

  98. Hillary says:

    Didn’t expect to get choked up reading your post this morning. I feel racked by guilt that I’ve “forgotten” someone who is suffering but I don’t know how to bear this much pain in two weeks. My family got hit badly in Texas and in Florida. I have friends in Puerto Rico. My brother was on the Vegas strip the night of the shooting. I feel like everything has touched us personally.
    The human psyche is not built to tolerate this much bad news. At some point we have to turn away, turn off the news, log off of twitter, and focus on the mundane daily tasks that keep us going. But I want to say thank you for writing this because it connected us and it reminded me that other people feel it, too.
    So, thank you for that.

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      Hillary, after reading your post my heart goes out to you. I’m watching “Remembering the Victims” on CNN and it is gut wrenching. Please know that I care, even though we don’t know each other, your pain is so real. I hope it will eventually be healed.

  99. TexasMom says:

    When I got out of bed this morning, I promised myself I would not cry again today. Your post brought another tear, but the good kind this time. Thank you so much. We did need it. I needed it.

  100. Debra Byrd Milam says:

    THANK YOU!!!

  101. Amy says:

    That was beautiful. Very well said! It felt like u were talking about me too. And America. Thank you. 😘

  102. Twyla Hobbs says:

    Thank you Karen. Very well said.

  103. Beth says:

    Thank you so much! It’s dusty here in Illinois too! Happy Thanksgiving Karen!

  104. Dorothy B. says:

    Thank you so much for your thoughts, I can’t tell you how good it made me feel to hear them. You’re great Karen!!

  105. Katie C. says:

    Thank you, Karen. Thank you so much.

  106. Marge says:

    What a beautiful surprise to see your post, like an unexpected wonderful gift. Your sensitivity and kindness is inspiring.

  107. Lisa says:

    Thank you.

    It’s very hard to be an American right now………. Our hearts & country are broken. But we will fight thru it and come out on top because that is what we do.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  108. Andrea says:

    Thank you

  109. Lynn says:

    Excellent timing–we all thank you for your care & concern! Keep up the funny stuff–I have found that laughing is the best thing to lighten a heavy heart!

  110. susang says:

    thank you for your kind thoughts. as usual, you worded it just right. I wish you and all of Canada a happy thanksgiving and thank you for being such a wonderful neighbor.

  111. Barb says:

    Thank you, Karen. You forgot the part about electing a bafoon for president, but no one has forgotten about that.

    • Kim from Milwaukee says:

      He’s no president of mine. I haven’t let go of Obama yet.

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      Dear Barb, there’s no way she forgot about him. We can’t “up here”, even though we desperately want to. I believe Karen wanted to make this all about how we care for our American cousins in their pain and sorrow and will remember y’all especially on Thanksgiving.

      • Barbara Qualteria says:

        Thanks, Jan. It was my snide, and sometimes inappropriate humor talking. I certainly appreciate your kind thoughts and words.

  112. Ev Wilcox says:

    When we read the post of Cuddles’ passing I imagine several of us shed a few tears, but this post really opened our floodgates. My eyes are still leaking. Thanks so much for your words of consolation. We really do need them. (and vinegar on FF’s is wonderful!) Thanks Karen.

  113. JodyG says:

    You made me cry. Thank you. I certainly have not forgotten the “Canadian Caper.” Thank you, also and once again, for 1/28/80.
    And Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  114. Flossie says:

    Thank you Karen- and agree with you Jenifer, “Love and kindness will win in the end.” After ALL, what else is there to give?

  115. Bryonna says:

    Thank you, Karen, for writing this. Eloquent, touching, inspiring. May this posting spread and be a groundswell of peace in these troubled times. Happy Thanksgiving, eh!

  116. Karen says:

    Thanks for this post Karen. And as a fellow Canadian I echo the sentiments.

  117. JVF says:

    Thank you Karen.

    P.S. I’ve never made it out of my country (the USA) but I insist on vinegar with my french fries.

  118. Stefanie says:

    Thank you for your kindness and humor. It has been such a grim time here in Las Vegas. When I gave blood this week, I thought of you and your funny donation experience and it made me smile. Thanks again.

  119. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    Karen, you made me bawl with that one….it’s been a hard week and I don’t even have loved ones who were directly touched by any of the events of the past couple months.

    Thank you for your kind words and warm heart. We need all the prayers we can get. There are times I really want to move to Canada to get away from all the craziness down here, but that means leaving my sisters, and I can’t do that. We’re all connected, aren’t we?

  120. Linda says:

    Thanks Karen. Add our little Virgin Islands to the list of devastation. Everyone forgets about them.
    The cynic in me wants to think this is all bad karma coming back on us for our choice of president last year. So maybe now we’re due for a break, if we can just get it right next time.

    • Mary W says:

      Your island and people have been and will continue to be in many thoughts and prayers. We wish your recovery is as soon as possible although it will surely be a difficult and long time.

  121. Trish says:

    Thank you. Much like everyone above, I didn’t know I needed that. Happy Thanksgiving.

  122. Kathline says:

    Thank you. What we’re witnessing in all of this is that, despite what some media outlets would have us believe, there is still so much good out there. Humans are still basically, at the core, good and want to look out for each other and this planet we share. It gives me hope on my grouchiest days.

  123. Carolyn says:

    Beautifully written and much appreciated!

  124. Ev wilcox says:

    Hugs back at you, and to all!

  125. Barb says:

    Simply, thank you.

  126. NinaMargo says:

    Karen, as Emily Dickinson wrote: “The thank you in my heart obstructs the thank you on my lips”. So much pain here in the US is lessened your heartfelt and kind words.

    Your southern neighbor is grateful to have such a truly fine northern neighbor even if we don’t always show it!

  127. Kris Wilson says:

    Perfectly said Karen. Thank you for expressing those feeling so eloquently on behalf of so many of us.

  128. Jeannie says:

    Thank you, Karen! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  129. Flash says:

    thank you

  130. Edith says:

    Thank you from South Florida <3

  131. Mary W says:

    Karen, thank you. I’ve read the other comments and realize that what I felt while reading your post was so similar to other Americans. I’m surprised with my tears and flood of caring for you and your words. I’ve been too depressed to do much art which I’ve always done my whole life. I’ve been consumed by TRMS and MCNBC, taping Rachel so I can fall asleep listening and hopefully learning how in the world we ended up in this place. I’ve gotten so angry that I’m sure my blood pressure meds should be higher. I’m totally bewildered at friends and family who voted the other way. I hug my grandkids too hard and pray for a better future. I read your blogs to laugh and escape. BUT I didn’t know how much I needed to hear your words. They are a ‘true’ blessing to me. I’ve felt that other countries didn’t like us, didn’t respect us, were laughing at us, and was so embarrassed by some of the leaders and His extreme ignorance – I was ashamed for our country. That has never happened before to me – so I felt extremely guilty. Knowing there are others out there that have your same understanding and feelings has been like a drink of water after days spent in the desert. I didn’t know I needed to hear your words, until I heard them. Yes, I’m still depressed and scared but thank you from the bottom of my butt. (It’s bigger than my heart.) Had to end on a lighter note. Love you!

  132. Connie says:

    Thank you Karen. You touched my heart. You are right, we will make it through, even with the orange psycho in charge. I keep thinking we will anyway, because there are more good people than bad, and more sane people than crazy. (With the exception of the White House of course) Anyway, you made me feel better girl, so thanks.

  133. Judi Wigren-Slack says:

    Thank you Karen for your very sweet and thoughtful comments. We Americans love Canada for so very many reasons. In fact, while in Europe last month we often pretended to BE Canadian when people started talking about our current idiot in chief. I’m afraid that we never heard one decent comment about the orange POTUS but we heard lots of great things about Canada.
    Somehow America will get through all of this. I think. Otherwise, how much is a couple of acres in Ontario?

  134. Peggy says:

    Amen, Karen. I feel as though a good friend is being bullied and traumatized and there’s little I can do to stop it. Please know, America, that our big Canadian hearts go out to you all. We’re mourning too. Please continue to fight for social justice, equality and peace. Shalom.

  135. Julie says:

    From a Florida/Texas girl, with a son living in Florida…thank you so much! It’s been a rough go since January, in all honesty.

    Your post made a difference in my day and leading into my weekend!

  136. Darlene Meyers says:

    Karen I really hope you read this…
    My husband and I were in Toronto on vacation from Maryland. It just so happens we were in Canada on 9/11.
    The outpouring of love and thoughts that we heard on tv and the radio about that very dark time in the US history was more than I could bear. It brought me to my knees and unchecked tears from my eyes. That day is Canada National Day of Service says a whole lot about our friends to the north. So I will take this opportunity to say, we will always appreciate Canada and think of you with love.

    • Karen says:

      I just happened to be working in one of those new stations in Toronto on that day. It was surreal to say the least. I’ll never forget it. ~ karen!

  137. Alena says:

    How nice, Karen!

    I would also like to say that I would gladly take half of the rain because it’s really badly needed in my end of the ‘hood. If only I could.

  138. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Amen Karen! On the eve of our Thanksgiving weekend, I am so pleased and proud that you wrote those lovely words which so eloquently express what I’ve been thinking and feeling. When American Thanksgiving rolls around next month, I sincerely hope that there will be something for which all of you can be thankful. ❤️’s across the border!

  139. Arli says:

    Thank you. It’s times like this that you really appreciate such extremely kind words and friends. A little bit of light in a dark, bleak world. Very, very touching post.

  140. Donna says:

    Thank you Karen. after putting my beloved lilypug to sleep I thought you’d reached sainthood with your pet memorial post. Now I’m wondering if there’s a higher level for you. Your post was perfect, touching, kind, with just a hint of humor with ht evinegar on French fries. Tried that back in the seventies at Virginia Beach. I especially appreciate the lack of politics. In the wake of such disasters, there are no politics, only suffering and support. Thanks so much

  141. Laurinda says:

    Oh Karen, *sniffle*, thank you

  142. Tammy says:


    Thank you….You have proven to be an artist of doing stuff, saying stuff, feeling stuff and now supporting your American neighbors with genuine empathy. Much appreciated.

  143. Benjamin says:

    Thank you Karen. Las Vegas loves you back sister. You’re family and you’re fierce and you’re a wonderful friend. I need that shoulder more than I thought I did. (got a few tears coming) Happy Thanksgiving. xoxo

  144. Kyle says:

    Thank you Karen, you can’t even say some kind words without it devolving into something ridiculous. You’re my inspiration for my project today, guest room bathroom vanity revamp. It might lift my spirits. Thanks again.

  145. Teddee Grace says:

    Thanks, Karen. This year has been so stressful for anyone with a brain, starting with the inauguration, and it just keeps getting worse. You try to shake it off, knowing you really can’t do much but sign petitions to let your legislators know where you stand on the issues and hope global warming doesn’t dish up anything worse since it can’t be reversed quickly or easily and the crazies and copycats don’t now start coming out of the woodwork with their modified weapons thinking shooting fish in a barrel seemed like a real good idea, but it all takes a toll. Have a wonderful thanksgiving, send up more good thoughts and next month we’ll do the same and just hope that with the passage of time things may get back to something akin to normal. In the meantime, let’s keep making things pretty and keeping things funny where we can!

  146. Sabina says:

    Thank you Karen, Happy Thanksgiving <3

  147. Chartrice Morris says:

    Have been a fan of you for a long time, always get excited to read your post to see what I could do if I put my mind to it…you always make me laugh or smile…this time you brought tears to my eyes.
    Thank you for your kind words, may your Thanksgiving be special…
    Love from Texas

  148. Grammy says:

    Add me to the list of people who didn’t know I had tears waiting to fall until I read this. Every single day we deal with a “leader” who seems to think play-acting like a child who declares he’s a superhero is an appropriate way to deal with the many problems we have been facing.

    It’s been overwhelming lately, and the time spent calling to find out if relatives in this place and then the ones in that place are okay or if they need anything is exhausting, and most of us just don’t have enough money to send enough to every single part of the country who needs it when the things come so close upon each other.

    Thank you, our Canadian friend, for thinking of us when you are preparing for your own holiday. And thank you even more for expressing it so beautifully. It really does help. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  149. Barbara N Kahl says:

    Thank you for this. I cried. We are really up against it right now here in the USA, and it is good to know the world doesn’t hate us. Thanks for the shoulder.

  150. Stefanie Barrett says:

    Just yesterday I was think that there isn’t enough kindness in the world and suddenly there is this post which lightens my spirit and feels like a warm hug from a dear cousin wearing a wooly moose embellished sweater.

    Thank you for creating a space where I can escape from the cruelties of the world and enjoy the simpler things in life – food, crafts and food. Most of all, thank you for your kindness.

  151. Bonnie says:

    Thank you, Karen. We are all sorry, too.

  152. Natalie says:

    Thank you for that!

  153. Wendy says:

    Thank you Karen.

  154. Jody Cottrell says:

    Thank you – and Happy Thanksgiving…you are eloquent with your words and they are more touching than you know.

  155. Eileen says:

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and so well-written comments.

  156. Allison says:

    Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving! If you want vinegar with your fries, check out Thrashers on the Boardwalk in Ocean City Maryland. They don’t have a single drop of ketchup!

  157. Karin in NC says:

    Thank you Karen. You Canadians really are the nicest people. Xoxo

  158. Liz Douglas says:

    Thank You so much Karen

  159. Patricia says:

    Thank you Karen. I didn’t even know how much it had affected me until I read your post. Canada has always been a good neighbor.

  160. Sandy says:

    Thank you. In spite of the challenges, we Americans have a lot to be thankful for too. Your kind words are much appreciated.

  161. Tarra says:

    Spot on Karen with thanks from this North American

  162. Sherri says:

    Thank you. Beautifully expressed. It filled up my heart and poured out my eyes…..thank you for your much needed shoulder.

  163. Apryl says:

    Thank you, Karen. I follow your blog because of it’s creativity and because you always make me laugh, but today it gave me something I needed. Thank you.

  164. Holly says:

    Thank you, Karen. Your kind words are so helpful. I as well didn’t realize I needed to hear them. I’ve noticed when I go out that people are subdued and look worried. I also noticed people are more sensitive to others and kinder. I still have hope for our country. As always, plain everyday citizens risked their lives to help complete strangers in need of help.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thank you, Karen, and your fellow Canadians, for having our back.

    I’m turning off the news for awhile and working on Christmas gifts : )

  165. Teri Di Vincenzo says:

    Thank you, Karen. I think we need more kindness in this world, kinder people, kinder actions and kinder words being spoken or in this case written. Enjoy your holiday with family.

  166. Edward Cummings says:

    Tank you, and happy Thanksgiving

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  168. Ardith says:

    These are the most lovely, kindest of thoughts, Karen. Thank you with all my heart, America’s collective heart.

    Meanwhile, I had a dream the other night that Canada was discussing and preparing for the potential massive influx of U.S. immigrants/refugees. Who wouldn’t want to move where people are so awesome and friendly, and stylishly so? Are you guys ready?

    Thank you again, Karen. We south of you salute you.

  169. Judith says:

    Gee whiz Karen, you made me cry. Thank you for this. ❤️

  170. Kristina says:

    Thanks Karen. This was balm for a weary soul, and mine is feeling pretty pooped right now.

  171. Melissa in NC says:

    Thanks for thinking of us Karen.

  172. Wow, needed that. We all needed that.
    Thank you,

  173. Nancy Sage says:

    ” We go to bed touching and we wake up touching. ”
    Wow. What an intimate way to express how truly close we are.
    Thank you, Karen, for a wonderful blog.
    In my crazy hectic world you are always my guilty pleasure.
    Now I know you are also my soul sister!
    Thak you for the love.

  174. Elaine Connolly says:

    Every single one of your posts has made me laugh out loud until now. I’m with the rest, tears this time. You are a truly gifted person Karen to be able to touch people so deeply with your words. We are all blessed that you have chosen to use your gift to make our lives better. Thank you Karen!

  175. Glenda says:

    Kindness. Free. Easy. Comforting.

    Thanks Karen for reminding us that (sorry) can never be said enough. Not ours, and mostly no ones fault for all the suffering; and looking for fault is only looking backwards, which never moves anyone forward anyway. Except dyslexics. Cause that’s how they roll.

  176. Linda Bohling says:

    Bless you for that Karen. Happy Thanksgiving.

  177. markus says:

    That was beautiful Karen! Extremely beautiful.
    I’m honored to be Your neighbor.

  178. Bonnie says:

    Thank you, Karen. Thank you, Canada. So much.

    Bonnie – Idaho

  179. Marna says:

    Wow, thanks! That’s so touching! People tend to forget too soon. Parts of Texas are still dealing with the aftermath as our other areas of the US. We still see stories on the news here in Texas, of people trying to cope and get on with rebuilding. It’s nice to know that there are still people that care! 🙂

  180. Sara says:

    Thank you, Karen. Such a sweet post. We are all feeling a bit roughed up. Now Jim Cantore has set up camp in the town neighboring mine—bracing for Nate. Ayy Yai yai enough already!!!

  181. Tiffany says:

    Karen – as usual you rock! You made me cry & then you made me laugh – my Canadian cousin taught me all about malt vinegar – it’s the only way to eat fish & chips! Happy Thanksgiving to you from Florida! We got hit hard but we’re coming back around 💚🇨🇦🇺🇸💚

  182. Julie says:

    Thank you so very much. A lot of us are talking about moving to Canada. Maybe set up some cots.

  183. Ann says:

    Bless your big Canadian heart! Your words are so appreciated.

  184. Cynthia says:

    Thank you Karen. It means a lot.

  185. Patti says:

    Nicely said, Karen. It is apparent your words are heartfelt. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. 💛

  186. Leeuna says:

    Thank you so much, Karen. This means a lot to me and to all of us here in the US. You are loved here, and so is Canada.

  187. Deb W. says:

    How eloquently written. Thank you, Karen. We all need a shoulder from time to time and are so thankful to have our neighbors there for just that.

  188. Holly says:

    Thank you Karen. I’m in Houston. It is hard to believe how many disasters have happened since Harvey hit Texas. You are so kind to think of us in Texas and across the US.

  189. Meg says:

    Bless you, sweet Karen.

  190. Lea says:

    Absolutely lovely, Karen. You make us proud.

  191. Dottie says:

    This American thanks you. From the bottom of my heart.

  192. Sonia says:

    As someone who visited Canada this summer and just finished binge watching The Handmaid’s Tale, I now understand why everyone wants to escape to Canada. Thanks from down here in Texas.

  193. Phyllis Boyd says:

    Thank You, Karen!!!

  194. an American says:

    thank you.

  195. Ritz says:

    Ms Karen,
    You’re a gem!

  196. Joy says:

    Like so many others, I thank you, Karen. I have tears in my eyes after reading your post. I feel like we’re going down for a third time and I don’t know what will emerge. But thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind, caring words.

  197. Cary says:

    thank you Karen. and I love Canada ❤️

  198. Renee Ryz says:

    Many horrible things have happened lately, that just grab you by the gut. It feels good to know that other people send their thoughts. In the face of all these tragedies, you do hear of the kindness from complete strangers. There is so much good in the world, it just gets overshadowed by the crap. The past few days, as details have been emerging, it was reported that the horrible person in Vegas (I will not give him name credit) had booked 2 rooms in downtown Chicago during Lalapalooza. None of my family attends, but it was scary to think it could have just as easily been here, and for some reason he changed his mind. While we cannot fix all of the sadness recently, I am going to try & be a little kinder, smile a little more, say a friendly word to strangers. I can think of nothing better right now than to be sweet, and pay it forward. Love conquers all, across all borders. Thank you Karen.

  199. Gaeyl says:

    Thanks for your response . Sometimes Life sucks big time. We will get over it along with 9/11 . Sorry we are spending so much money from tornados & floods and other junk there doesn’t seem to be sufficient money to put out fires . That don’t worry about boundaries and affect our Northern friends , wildlife & breathing in general. Have an excellent Thanksgiving Day and enjoy heartily. My state Minnesota has renamed to aboriginal day however the merchants have not come up with a clever way of marketing so they are using the same old ads . I adore both fried fish and chips with malt vinegar and Djion mustard . My great great aunt Georgie preferred them with mayonnaise.

  200. E.D. says:

    Good on you Karen! Makes me proud(er) to be Canadian.

  201. Beckie says:

    Thank you.

  202. Jim C. says:

    Thank you Karen. The empathy of Canada as a whole and of you personally is much appreciated.

    And now, in my state of California, we again battling massive fires. It does seem as if not only the USA but the world as a whole is struggling.

    All the best to you.

  203. D Hoffman says:

    Thank you Karen

  204. Joanie Brown says:

    How sweet, kind, and beautiful. Made me cry. I treasure my Canadian friends, this fabulous blog, and you Karen.

  205. Susie says:

    Thank you!

  206. Phyllis says:

    Very well said, very kind and very compassionate. I feel so bad about – and for – my country right now.

  207. Phylicia M says:

    Thanks. That was a nice read.

  208. Lisa KT says:

    Thank you.

  209. M'Liss says:

    Thank you, Karen. And lets not forget the man-made disaster trying to destroy our country. We need all of the comfort & help we can get.
    And by the way, our “on the boardwalk” Ocean City, MD fries are always served with malt vinegar & oceans of salt. Best, ever.

  210. don hoffman says:

    Dear Karen;
    So refreshing to have discovered your website via Pinterest. Your responses are analogous to a sun-lit day break in Victoria BC, as is today. This part of the world where I live in is a unique microcosm for pursuing tropical species. The area from Victoria up along the eastern side of Vancouver Island to Nanaimo allow many sub-mediteranean species to thrive. In my neighborhood there are hibiscus, fig, walnut, hazel-nut, english chestnut etc. My backyard has a 12 foot windmill palm, walnut tree and very ancient yucca (6foot) . All are thriving and provide a nice spot for afternoon get togethers with friends and family. As a pet sitter there are usually 4 legged attendees present. Hope to meet you some day. Do you do shows, seminars, or ?
    How do I send a photo?

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