Black Friday is a Monster that Must Be Stopped!

When I was kid, I liked creepy old horror movies. I have fond memories of watching The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, and my all-time favorite, The Blob. The Blob was about this amorphous alien thing that crashed onto planet Earth via meteorite. It was a black, tar-looking thing that basically devoured everything it touched, and every time it devoured something, it grew larger. Friends, Black Friday is the Blob. It has burst its bounds and is threatening to devour the single greatest holiday that we … [Read more...]

The Ghosts of Thanksgiving

"To remember the things that death and sin have stolen from us, this is the only way, I think, to be grateful for that which remains." My name was almost Powhatan John.Powhatan Bolling was my great-grandfather's name, and it almost became mine. His son, my grandfather, was named John Nokomis. Paw hated that name because everyone thought it was a girl's name. It is the name of Hiawatha's grandmother in Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha," and Longfellow says it means "Daughter of the Moon." M … [Read more...]

Listening to Thanksgiving Din(ner)

For many of us, Thanksgivings grants valuable time with family and friends, full of feasting and conversation and togetherness. Each year that we have hosted the festivities, my husband and I remind each other what’s most important about the day. More than a spotless house and delectable casseroles and a golden turkey, we want to give our guests our presence.Sounds easy enough, but with a large crowd, concentration can be a challenge for me. Giving my presence to people isn’t easy when there … [Read more...]

The Burden of Thankfulness

One of the recurring tropes of the sanctimonious urban fable is the teenager who imagines he's doing good by his family when he starts making money hand over fist in illegal activities -- all to the end of securing enough to cover his mom's operation. But when his mother discovers the source of the funds, she waves the cash in his face saying that she will under no circumstances accept his Dirty Money. The details may differ but you've doubtlessly seen this before. It's a clichéd story. The … [Read more...]