‘Tis the season for roasting turkey. . . carving the bird. . . and expressing gratitude


You can find dozens of tips on how to carve a turkey online. I found this one, on a website dubbed Webstaurant, demonstrating in 59 seconds flat a surefire way to handle the bird.


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This summer, our grandson Curtis, now a business/finance major at the University of Florida, served an internship with Cutco, a premier purveyor of cutlery and cookware, American-made and with a “forever” guarantee. Because as a dedicated Nana I had contacts he could use, I helped him set up appointments.

Here is my sales spiel: 

My grandson is doing an internship with Cutco, a producer of high-quality knife sets. He is in the process of setting up appointments to demonstrate his knowledge of Cutco’s products. And I’m helping him do that.

The cutlery is of the highest quality and carries a “forever” guarantee. However, you should know that there is no obligation to make a purchase. Curtis gets paid for making the presentation regardless. However, by listening to his sales pitch, you will be helping a young man hone his skills in salesmanship. May he contact you about this?


As it happens, our own knives were miserably dull. The blades squished the veggies, making a dent in the tomato skin but not slicing through. And as you can see, our old knife block featured quite an assortment, with the white-handled knife near the bottom the only one to do the trick, a purchase from a college student in our neighborhood long ago. It was a Cutco brand, I noticed! And the blade was still sharp. We were a shoo-in as customers.


The new knives are pricey, but with the “forever” guarantee, we don’t expect replace them “as long as we both shall live.” The scissors itself is worth the investment: It cuts through wire and rope. I use it almost daily for simpler chores.

The new knives performed admirably!


Ben Franklin and others had thoughts about using knives too. Here are a few:

  • Remember, it is never the knife’s fault.   ~ Daniel Boulud, chef
  • There was never a good knife made of bad steel.   ~ Benjamin Franklin
  • A knife is only as good as the one who wields it.   ~ Patrick Ness


References to sharpness appears in scripture metaphorically:

Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.    (King James Version)


Proverbs 27:17 in another version expresses the idea differently:

You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.     (The Message)

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Psalm 100:4

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.



How sharp are your knives?

Do you have a turkey-carving story?

Another remembrance about Thanksgiving?  Something you are especially thankful for this season?