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Our Thanksgiving Tree

Our Thanksgiving Tree A friend’s 9-year-old came home from school some years back, wearing a paper “Indian hat.” He excitedly told his historian father, “We learned all about the Thanksgiving party the pioneers threw for their Indian friends!” “Well, actually,” … Continue reading

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Harvest of Hope

“Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all… As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude. It is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a … Continue reading

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Who Do You Thank?

When I first heard the song “All Good Gifts” in the adorably ragamuffin movie version of Godspell way back in 1973, I got choked up. I didn’t understand why. And then, even though I considered God (“if there even is … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Comfort Food

Full Stomach, Fuller Heart (an occasional series) I really should write about “turkey with all the trimmings. After all, it’s the American Thanksgiving meal. And I do love it. But Thanksgiving means tons of preparation. And most of my food-associated … Continue reading

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Without Wonder…

Thought for the Week To say it’s been a hard year would be a gross understatement. And yet this week Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving. In theory. In truth, many will wonder what there is to be thankful for. But they’ll … Continue reading

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From Crappy to Happy

It’s funny how Thanksgiving, America’s official day of gratitude, is followed by Black Friday, our unofficial day of grumbling. Of course, you can always avoid shopping and sit at home complaining about the “&%@#*ing commercialization of the holidays!” But that … Continue reading

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My Thanksgiving Prayer

My Thanksgiving prayer is for perfect peace, for atheists, Christians, Muslims, Jews, for all to sit down at the glorious feast, attained by the most incomparable news of a King who called us sisters and brothers, forgiving our foolish, desperate … Continue reading

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Thank You!

“Please” and “thank you.” Those were the magic words, Mom and Dad said. Corny? Yep. But you know what? When I taught my kids to say them, they were kind of magical. “Happiness isn’t necessary for gratitude, gratitude is necessary … Continue reading

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How to be Happy

My Thanksgiving holiday sketch GrrAttitude is about a married couple having one of those nothing-to-be-thankful-for days. Ever have one of those? (The incident below really happened to my wife and me.) The setting is a laundromat: “So,” he observes, “our … Continue reading

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Rough Grace

It was 30 years ago, just before Thanksgiving weekend, on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Los Angeles International Airport was crawling with pre-holiday misery. Planes were late and tempers were flaring. The holidays might be impending, … Continue reading

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