A Surprising Thanksgiving Blessing

Earlier this week I was standing on Liberty Street outside of our office buildings holding my coworker’s baby. There was a lot of action on the street, as the Freestore Foodbank nearby was giving away boxes of food to those in need in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday. Naturally, the streets were...

Please Don’t Pass the Turkey

On behalf of vegetarians, pescetarians, vegans, and those who just don’t like fowl: Phew! We made it through another Thanksgiving. The annual celebration of all things turkey is done for another year, and for that I am grateful. I stopped eating meat five years ago, but even a few years before that I...

Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day some churches have a formal reading of a presidential decree. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln made such proclamations. But Lincoln’s is always the most impressive, for it was proclaimed during the Civil War, on October 3, 1863. Lincoln set the precedent and chose the date for an...

Assessing the Holiday Frenzy

As the year-end holidays approach—beginning with Thanksgiving, which is immediately followed by a swirl of Christmas activities—a pall descends on many women, one that is hard to put into words. Despite the sparkle of festive tables, the kindness of total strangers, and the crisp air laden with palpable...

Giving Thanks

Did you join in the 30 days of thanks on Facebook? Or maybe you’ve noticed some of your Facebook friends doing it? While not participating myself, I have enjoyed reading the posts of my friends. Blessings range from the “usual”—family, friends, health—to the more specific, “got a goodnight’s...

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