Tag: Thanksgiving

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Once again we are having a full table, 14 people, for the Thanksgiving holiday. I keep it simple: turkey, stuffing (made from matzah), mashed potatoes with gravy, baked sweet potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, and green beans (without that yucky cream of mushroom soup). Any other dishes just take up valuable space. Some people insist on […]

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We’re coming to the end of my favorite week of the year. The week before Thanksgiving is full of promise. The crust on the pumpkin pie is not yet burnt; the silver platter might still get a polish; and the weather may actually cooperate with everyone’s Christmas plans. No one is yelling: “What happened to […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 28, 2017 it is the “Trump First Things” edition of the podcast with your hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa.

This week we are very lucky to have the senior editor of First Things magazine and Emory University English Professor Mark Bauerlein as our guest for an extended discussion on dumbing down of English departments and conversations at Thanksgiving when you are the only Trumpkin and what’s wrong with Western civilization anyway and a wide array of other topics.

We Just Create Our Own Family

 

At Thanksgiving time, we experience a hint of sadness in our home. Our parents have passed away; we have no relationship with my sister or brother or my husband’s daughter and grandchildren. We do have his brother in our lives and he was with us this Thanksgiving. Other family is scattered around the country in a way that discourages a shared holiday celebration.

But years ago, Jerry and I created our own family. We have an “open table” at Thanksgiving where people who don’t have someone to celebrate with are invited and they can bring friends. This year was extremely special. Except for Jerry’s brother (who helped us cook and clean up!) we had seven neighbors. At dinner this year, we declared ourselves “family.”

Gratitude

 

“‘This time I will thank God’ and she called him Judah.” Leah references her unhappiness with how her husband feels about her when naming her first three sons. But for her fourth son, she becomes the first Biblical character to express gratitude.

Jews (the name derives from Judah) are the people who thank. Or at least we should be. The first words we say each morning are “thank you.” On festivals the verse we recite most often is “Thank you God for it is good, for His kindness is forever.”

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Oh sure, you may have been anticipating those fabled sandwiches, casseroles, and soups for weeks. Perhaps you even sheepishly admit you enjoy the day after the big meal more than the feast itself. But even good things can become repetitive and predictable. Therefore, I humbly offer you some rather unexpected NOVEL dishes made from your […]

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Quotes of the Day: Ben Franklin on the Turkey

 

For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.

(from a letter to his daughter)

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Thank You, Lord God, for all that we have and all that we do. In particular, thank You for all the things we never thank you for: video games and movies, Internet and smartphones, rockets and satellites, microscopes and petri dishes, pills, cars, plastics, that little rubber bit that must go to something around here, […]

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My Lens Has Been Upgraded

 

Ah, Thanksgiving, that time of year we slow down to reflect on the multitude of blessings that are bestowed upon us each and every day. I practice gratitude a fair amount — acknowledging often a God and family who love me (a miracle in and of itself). Food, water, shelter, check — life gets pretty crappy, pretty fast if those are in the negative column. The blessing of this country, our freedoms however infringed, and our politics, however seemingly upside down; I firmly believe we are still better off than most.

And then all the little things like hot water delivered at the turn of a handle, illumination at the flip of a switch, easy travel, information at our fingertips, disposable diapers and wipes (yep, I’m an “all in” grandfather, ya know), hot espresso, good rye whiskey, I could go on and on. But this year’s Thanksgiving will be just a little more meaningful, taking less for granted and cherishing my people just a little more.

‘Twas October 4th of this year, I had just gotten home from my daughter’s house conducting Poppa shenanigans with the grandkids. I was surfing through Ricochet in amazement, yet again, of the vast amount of knowledge and thought-out opinions on virtually any subject, when the phone rang. It was a long-time family friend who lives in the area that we don’t see enough.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America look through a rough and often disturbing 2017 to find three things they’re each thankful for in politics and beyond this year.  From some important accomplishments to the arrival of an important new figure in Washington to the bravery of people in different walks of life, Jim and Greg find some silver linings in our toxic political culture.  Happy Thanksgiving!  There will be no podcast on Thursday.  Please join us again on Friday.

Unisex Maternity Pants and Twerky Turkeys – Perverting Thanksgiving in Style

 

R> members have observed that large corporations have no compunctions about selling out to the gender-fluid crowd. Well, it’s happened again. The commercialization of wholesome Thanksgiving stuffing is now an excuse to market maternity wear for men – yes, unisex maternity wear. Moreover, the company responsible for this has the temerity to make their sales pitch adorably corny, selling the feminizing clothing as “Thanksgiving dinner pants”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypa6rP5T9qU

The Last Friday ere Thanksgiving

 

‘Twas the week ere Thanksgiving, and all through the shop,
Assemblers are frenzied, the rush jobs don’t stop.
But the phones are all silent, there’s not even a whop,
Of a desk phone a’ringing or email incoming,
So I’m cleaning my desk of the year’s paperwork gloaming.

And it’s Friday, at the end of a busy week’s labors,
With sun shining brightly on the roofs of the neighbors,
And we all wait impatiently for five o’clock’s savior,
That homeward we may wend us to home fires burning
And pre-holliday’s prep work, with kitchens a stirring.

So come thou now quickly, the closing bell’s ringing,
and I’ll flee this paper pile, and clutter thats brimming,
There’s naught that’s as empty as the week ere Thanksgiving.
For next week’s a short one, with truncated days,
Then we’re off for a break, or to hit the roadways.

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It is a bit backwards to designate one day a year as a day of thanksgiving. After all, gratitude is the state of being we should strive for as much as we possibly can. I jokingly mused that we should instead designate an annual day of discontentment. This would be our yearly reminder of how […]

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Southern Soul Food

 

“All soul food is southern food, but not all southern food is soul food.” ― Cassandra HarrellSoul Food Lovers’ Cookbook

As I’ve mentioned on here before, my family loves to cook. I’m about to head back down to Arkansas for Thanksgiving with husband and cat in tow. Already my mother has a group message on Facebook, planning out the menu and it’s getting pretty elaborate. I’m going to contribute bacon and Brussels sprouts, a big chocolate cake, a couple jars of pickles that I made this summer, and a 1-lb. bag of the best caramels Montana has to offer for our glorious feast.

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From the parking garage at the Tampa airport, I could see palm trees silhouetted against a sky streaked with orange and pink. I thought about outings to the Gulf, sandy soil, green lawns, and my grandparents’ quiet, air-conditioned house. I was far away from the Montana winter that was beginning in earnest. We found our […]

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On Thursday families all across the country came together for the first time since the election. Grown, educated and often times socio-economically advantaged liberal adults sat with their conservative leaning family to break bread and eat turkey. Everyone started out playing nice. Superficial tip of the iceberg conversations painfully ensued. “How ‘bout them Cowboys!” Preview […]

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I woke up feeling a bit depressed this morning. I felt slammed by the news of wildfires in Israel possibly set by arsonists; an American soldier killed in Syria; the endless attacks on Donald Trump; and the suffering of beings everywhere. It was a heavy burden, indeed. But then I walked into the kitchen and […]

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