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  • Writer's pictureJamie Burdorf

BURDORF: Let's connect!


I have a confession to make. I am one of those people who really, really like Thanksgiving.

I know, I’m in the minority. My fireplace mantle is full of leaves and scarecrows and harvest blessings, while so many of my acquaintances are already rocking around their Christmas tree and watching Hallmark movies.

There’s something about Thanksgiving that just gets me right in the heart. I think it’s the fact that it’s a holiday not about buying gifts. It’s simply about being thankful and recognizing those people and things that you’re thankful for.

One thing I’m definitely thankful for in this day and age we live in is that we have the ability to stay connected with each other. My thankfulness for being able to connect with my family from far away has been amplified since this pandemic. I love that I have social media to watch my nephews grow up and do funny things. I like that I can pick up my phone and call my parents or shoot a quick text to my brother to check in. I like that if we all want a good laugh we can set up a Zoom together. I don’t want to think what I would do without it.

In my position as executive director of the foundation, one of the tasks that I have helped with is building a new website, which I hope you are enjoying here. We couldn’t have done it without Beth Ann Tillman and her crew at BA Marketing and Publicity in Shenandoah. I am so thankful for them.

One of the features on the new site is a way for us as a foundation to stay connected to you. You can enter your email address, and we can use that as a tool to keep you up-to-date and connected on what the foundation is doing. I encourage you to go and do that!

For our family during Thanksgiving, we will be celebrating in Shenandoah, just us six. But, there will definitely be time during the day to connect to our family. What a world we live in that we can do it with such ease.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Let’s make plans to be more connected.

Check out our website at: I look forward to staying in touch! And email me at

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