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1) Wearing a MAGA hat sideways or backward. Penalty: No apple pie. 2) When Indians are mentioned, performing the tomahawk chop for more than 3 Mississippi’s. Penalty: Deduct corn from your plate. Read More View Post

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Holidays were always a fun time as a kid. The ones that we marked, at least. On Thanksgiving, we went around and said what we were grateful for. On Succos (Feast of Tabernacles), my father and brother built our own little temporary hut and I helped string the cranberries to hang from the branches above […]

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“[F]or he makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” — Matthew 5:45b

Somehow we survive on this small blue planet, we fragile bipeds vulnerable to the elements, to disease, to time, and to each other. Logically, our lot is sustained misery, ended only by a merciful death. Yet mankind has done far more than survive. Our life experiences are a rich intermingling of joy and angst, satisfaction and boredom, love and suffering. We look back on our early years and we remember carefree, secure innocence. Centuries’ worth accumulated knowledge was ours to study. Next we loved, and married, and cherished children. We are paid well for skills that we are pleased to perform. And all this while we are nourished with good food, warmed with comfortable clothing, and aided when we are ill.

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The Buffalo Bills made a rare Thanksgiving appearance today, playing the Cowboys in Dallas. Before the game CBS aired a segment with former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, I guess to show all the things he’s thankful for despite some setbacks in life. So in the course of this we got to see: Read More View […]

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A poignant moment in our Thanksgiving preparations is when we prepare the turkey stuffing. We use matzah and prepare it just the way my mother did. In fact, Mom and I enjoyed preparing the stuffing together; I think it brought us closer as we stirred the vegetables, breathed in the luscious scents and softened the […]

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“It being the indispensable duty of all nations, not only to offer up their supplications to Almighty God, the giver of all good, for His gracious assistance in a time of distress, but also in a solemn and public manner, to give Him praise for His goodness in general, and especially for great and signal […]

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I bet you’re tired of various posts on social media and elsewhere on how to respond to your MAGA or Progressive family members at Thanksgiving. Trite and insulting, frankly. These small-minded tribal busybodies need other hobbies. I have a better idea, and it’s neither new or rocket science. If hosting politically diverse family members at […]

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Political commentators spend most of their days following the awful things happening in the world. Bad news, after all, is what dominates the news cycle.

War, death, poverty, and injustice (and the occasional cat video) fill our laptop screens from the moment we wake until we go to bed. By the fourth day of the workweek, it’s easy to cycle between outrage and despair.

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Yes, the White House has put the fates of Bread and Butter, two turkeys, in your hands. Vote early and often to ensure the Russians, Ukrainians, ChiComs, and dead Democrats don’t cancel out the will of the American people! The official pardoning ceremony happens on November 26, 2019. https://www.whitehouse.gov/gobble/ Read More View Post

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Every year in the fall when the Tonlé Sap (the Sap River) reverses its flow, Cambodia erupts into the biggest celebration. For three days in November, the country descends on Phnom Penh for the annual Cambodia’s “thanksgiving festival.” The Tonlé Sap is part of Boeung Tonlé Sap, the lake and river system that stretches across the heart of the country. The French refer to Boeung Tonlé Sap as the Great Lake. The Tonlé Sap links the Mekong to the Great Lake in Phnom Penh, a drain between the two. From May to October when the southwest monsoon brings the rainy season to Cambodia, the Mekong swells. The Mekong rises so fast that not all its water can flow south into the sea. Instead, some of the water forces the Tonlé Sap to reverse its direction, flow north into the Great Lake, and flood its surrounding forest and land. But when the dry season arrives and the Mekong’s level drops, the lake empties its water via the Tonlé Sap back into the Mekong and flows south to the sea. As a result, the Tonlé Sap flows half the time from southeast to northeast and the other half in the opposite direction.

As the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, the Great Lake is a fishery hotspot and one of the largest catches in the world. Its biodiversity is second only to the Amazon. The lake has been sustaining the Khmer race since the beginning. More than 70% of the country’s protein intake comes from the lake. It also feeds our neighbors, who import thousands of tons each year as well. And it’s not just fish, the flooded land surrounding the lake becomes a fertile ground for the country’s rice production. The Great Lake is the rice bowl of the country. The Great Lake plays a vital role in Khmer culture, which is reflected in our belief, cuisine (we eat 140 pounds of fish per capita annually), livelihood and tradition. Its importance can be found on the bas-reliefs of our medieval temples. It is believed that the Khmer Empire would not have grown as prosperous as it did if not for the Great Lake. Angkor, the old capital, sits on the lake’s northwestern shore.

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My fingers are popping on the flat key board of a red laptop that my mom gave me as backup for when my work computer failed. I’m holding my wrists up to avoid the sensitive mouse pad. One brush on that surface could be fatal to my post.

The round pine table serving as my desk I purchased from our local online garage sale for $60. It is sturdy, with two little chairs whose microfiber padding needed a good scrubbing to get rid of the smoke smell. The address for the item turned out to be a trailer park, in a part of town with a dicey reputation, but I didn’t even inquire about smoke exposure when I pulled up. I needed a table right away, since my parents were going to be visiting. I put cushions on the chairs after they dried out, and I do not regret the purchase.

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Well, given the circumstances in play at the moment at Chez She and environs, it looks as if it’s going to be a quiet Thanksgiving, with just Mr. She and me in attendance–accompanied, of course, by the two (very large) dogs, the six cats, the two rabbits, the fifteen sheep, and the one remaining goat. […]

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Over the years, Ricochet has inspired lasting friendships, not least of which is many members’ friendship with @tommeyer, who’s not only a great guy, but someone who rendered Ricochet great service before he moved on to other things. When Herb Meyer, Tom’s father, died, the outpouring of thanksgiving for Herb’s life was tremendous. At the time, I dedicated a motet I was working on to Herb’s memory, but life having gotten in the way, I haven’t had a chance to share it with the Ricoverse until now:

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What do you do with your Thanksgiving leftovers? I imagine some of you get quite creative.

It’s possible desperation, not creativity, inspired the day’s menu presented below, but for your delectation, I thought I’d share it:

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – APRIL: A portrait of Nikita Khrushchev, then the Prime Secretary of the CPUS (the Communist Party of the Soviet Union) in April, 1964 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Sometimes you look at a newborn’s face and just know — ours is a Nikita. As in Khrushchev. Born just in time for Thanksgiving, she’s no picture-perfect Butterball, like her older brother Zeke was, but blotchy, wrinkled and shrunken, with chapped, old-man skin, sharp-heeled simian feet, and a flaming red, bony baboon butt. Her face, at least, is baby-pudgy, but still wizened-looking. Bald-headed, broad-nosed, with that pudgy-yet-wizened face, the resemblance between her and Khrushchev is a little less than fanciful. She is also, of course, very beautiful.

Babies are by definition beautiful, even when they’re a little funny-looking. Was your bundle of joy born looking like Uncle Fester? Beautiful. Like a garden gnome (as one of @qoumidan‘s was)? Beautiful!

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I’d hoped to have this post up by Thanksgiving, but, as they say, and as it often does, life happened while I was doing other things. Regardless, or irregardless as the case may be, and although a bit late, I’d like to tell you about a Thanksgiving ten years ago that was unlike any other in my life.

I refer, of course, to the strange case of the Macedonia Baptist Bunnies. (If I were Arthur Conan Doyle, and this were a Sherlock Holmes short story, I’d never refer to the MB Bunnies again, and you’d always wonder about the loose end. But, unusually for me, and just this once, I’m not going to digress, so here it comes):

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Charlie sat on his deck under the leaden November sky, smoking his pipe and smoking his bird. He watched the volume of smoke from the grill chimney as the light breeze carried it away into woods and down the hill, towards the encroaching clusters of new houses beyond the brake. As the pipe drew less and less smoke and grew cold in his hands, he stood, grabbed his coffee mug (now also cold, and empty too), fumbled with the latch and let himself back into the house. The draft on the grill would do all the work for the next two hours while he moved on to making the gravy and potatoes. The kids would be bringing the rest of the dishes, including the pies (though Charlie had a couple on stand-by in the freezer, just in case). He checked the clock: no one should arrive for at least another four hours.  

Martha tutted as Charlie dropped his hat and coat on a kitchen chair. “You’ll just forget you put them there when you’re ready to go out again to check the bird.” Charlie just winked at her in reply. “Well, fine, don’t listen to me, but your coat doesn’t belong there. Do you have the potatoes peeled yet?”

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About nine this morning, we got a phone call from a person saying our middle daughter was just in an automobile accident (daughter was on her way home from work). Long story short, daughter totaled my truck and took an ambulance to the ER. She’s okay, in some pain, but her happy pills will do […]

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Edward Winslow, Mourt’s Relation [in modern spelling]: Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America prepare for Thanksgiving by each discussing three things for which they’re politically thankful. They discuss the positive aspects of the midterm elections, the big confirmation fight, and important news this year from the courts and the Congress. Happy Thanksgiving and join us again on Friday for another special edition of the Three Martini Lunch.