It’s Thanksgiving – Let’s Have Some Fun

It’s Thanksgiving – Let’s Have Some Fun


24 November 2020


By David Allen, Development for Conservation


Magazine editor Larry Smith has been collecting people’s six-word stories about their lives since 2006. Reportedly, the idea was born at a Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family and was based on an anecdote attributed to Ernest Hemingway: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

More recently, in September, Mr. Smith published an Op-Ed in the NY Times asking readers to use the form to make sense of 2020: one person, one story, and six words at a time.

These made the cut.

The world has never felt smaller.”

Can’t smell the campfire on Zoom.”

I regret saying, ‘I hate school.’”


So this week, let’s take up the challenge for the land trust (conservation) community during COVID.

Here’s some from me to get us started:

Pandemic mental health booster: Everybody outside!

2021 can’t get here fast enough.

CoronaVirus shutdown – LA is smog free.

Thank God for donors who care.

We’ll all get through this together.

Home Work. Garden never looked better.

2,500 miles on car this year.

I hate ZOOM. I love ZOOM.

Grateful for meaningful work, health, sanity.

Pandemic wine choice? All of them.

Counting my blessings: Counting you twice.


Your turn. (You will be much better at this than I was.) Post your six-word story in the comments, below.


Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Stay safe and stay well,




Photo by Travel Photographer courtesy


PS: Know someone who needs a lift this Thanksgiving? A call? A friendly voice? Take some time this year to reach out. It will lift you also.


PPS: Just in case you need a reminder, here’s the link to Alice’s Restaurant.


PPPS: Your comments on these posts are welcomed and warmly requested. If you have not posted a comment before, or if you are using a new email address, please know that there may be a delay in seeing your posted comment. That’s my SPAM defense at work. I approve all comments as soon as I am able during the day.



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  • David Lillard
    Posted at 10:16h, 25 November

    Love your stories! Here’s a few.

    Her land protected, she felt fulfilled.
    His mountain view will never change.
    I’ll be buried in that meadow.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  • Rick Newton
    Posted at 13:56h, 24 November

    Conserving land helps with climate change.
    Dogs on a leash please – thanks.

  • peterpetermckeevernet
    Posted at 13:31h, 24 November

    Saving land makes it all worthwhile.

  • reneecarey
    Posted at 10:55h, 24 November

    Hold on tight! Don’t let go!
    I’m tired of people. Going outside.
    Where are my pants with zippers?
    There is good in the world.

  • Annie Maloney
    Posted at 10:55h, 24 November

    My toddler can say ‘conservation easement’.

    • reneecarey
      Posted at 15:04h, 24 November

      You are parent of the year.
      : – )

      (I can even reply in 6 words)

  • Kristin Thompson
    Posted at 09:22h, 24 November

    I miss working from home — alone.
    Even the dog’s a little depressed.
    Grateful for donors’ attention and support.
    Thanks for a fun game, David!

  • Megan Chapman
    Posted at 08:53h, 24 November

    Thursday is sourdough bread baking day.

    • Robin F Kilfeather-Mackey
      Posted at 14:15h, 24 November

      When are you delivering my loaf?

      • Megan Chapman
        Posted at 07:06h, 01 December

        Haha! I’ll have to scale up!

  • Brianna D.
    Posted at 08:39h, 24 November

    Black Friday. More people outside instead.