Telling National Review What I’m Thankful For


Over at National Review, they asked a few folks to share what they are truly thankful for, in the Year of Our Lord, 2014. Given my grouses about the holiday, my answer might surprise some:This Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks to God for the lives of my in-laws, one a daughter of Sicily and the other the son of immigrants. They are either approaching age 80, or on the other side of it, and 2014 has been the first year either of them have had to deal with a serious health issue. As ever, they … [Read more...]

Saving Thanksgiving: Chili and Brandy Alexander Pie! UPDATE

Brandy Alexander Pie

As everyone should know by now, I have "issues" with Thanksgiving that are in great measure about my family's utter inflexibility on the menu:The year I declared “NO PASTA” and served them a spinach/eggdrop soup, they sat around the table like it was a funeral. They kept asking me if this was how Germans eat Thanksgiving, and wondering why the soup couldn’t have little macaronis and meatballs in it.When I asked my mother-in-law if, these year, she was still including pasta in the gut-b … [Read more...]

Expressions of Thanks in Very Anxious Times

Thanksgiving Ramirez

Cartoon sourceDuring the summer, I had an idea that was meant to be relevant to this week. I wanted to ask all sort of writers to express in a couple of hundred words just who they were thankful for the formation of their faith -- not so much the famous people but the obscure ones, the people no one had ever heard of, perhaps long dead, whose names may not have been spoken in decades. It was an idea meant to demonstrate the power of one life influencing another and how all of that creates … [Read more...]

Food-No-Touchees; Defeated Again!

Thanksgiving Dinner in a Cake

Thanksgiving a Cake!Is there a formal name for this phobia some people have about the foods on their plate...touching?It is common to see children squirm and pout when a piece of meat overlaps on to their green beans. Kids seem to instinctively understand that beans go here and potatoes go there and never the twain shall meet.Some adults lose that wisdom, as they grow older and less attentive. I do not count myself among their number.I may not eat at their table, … [Read more...]