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In 2015, a song you may remember was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Record registry for its ”cultural artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy.” The recording in the registry is the one on which the man who wrote those lyrics, Johnny Mercer, sings with The Pied Pipers and Paul Whiteman’s orchestra plays Harold Arlen’s tune. Mercer exhorts us to “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive!” (That’s the real title!)

Can we all sing that together now?

The song was published in 1944, which tells us that Arlen and Mercer wrote it during WWII. Somehow, the idea of accentuating the positive caught on like wildfire. The story is that Mercer heard Father Divine (you can Google him) preach a sermon using the phrase right here in Philadelphia and found the admonition to “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative” very appealing.

With the approach of Thanksgiving, let’s think about some positive things we can personally “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate.” And share them here. That way, we multiply the positives!

I’ll start with my gratitude for so many newly engaged voters, for family, friends, and for every one of you in my life.

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