Gratitude is Just the Beginning

Gratitude is Just the Beginning

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, so how can I not be thinking about gratitude? Concurrently, how can I not be thinking about those whose suffering contributed to my very fortunate place in life, even if such musing is tinged with guilt? On the surface, it’s nice to...
How Flexible Are Your Family’s Rituals?

How Flexible Are Your Family’s Rituals?

I was reading an article about how turkeys became the traditional main dish for Thanksgiving. It turns out that food historians (it’s actually a thing) believe that some kind of waterfowl or pigeons was part of the original Thanksgiving meal. Turkeys were introduced...
US Thankful for Relationships, Experiences

US Thankful for Relationships, Experiences

“What I’m thankful for ain’t on no list; for it only in my heart exists. For time has helped me understand the things I can’t hold in my hand,” country music artist Garth Brooks sings in “What I’m Thankful For.” Most U.S. adults agree with this sentiment, according to...
Facing Some Early-Morning Choices

Facing Some Early-Morning Choices

Author’s note: During this week of Thanksgiving, it seemed judicious to write something a bit lighter than usual. These are serious times, however, and there are crucial issues impacting our nation, including the ongoing struggle for justice and equality, and the...
Sense of Smell Brings Memories of Joy, Grief

Sense of Smell Brings Memories of Joy, Grief

Shifting through boxes in my over-cluttered garage, I found a bag filled with old clothes. At a stranger’s glance, the bag would be ordinary and disposable, but I knew it as something else. As I peeked inside, I saw the contents of the bag my mom took with her to the...