Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day November 22, 2012

I’m grateful for all of you who read this blog. Thank you. Here’s a bit more of Thanksgiving Day throughout the blogosphere.

Libby Anne quotes from Mark Twain on Thanksgiving:

No one ever seems to think of the Deity’s side of it; apparently no one concerns himself to inquire how much or how little He has had to be thankful for …

… Doubtless, the most that He can be thankful for is that the carnage and suffering are not as bad as they might have been.

He will have noticed that life insurance in New York has gone tolerably rotten, and that the widow and the orphan have had a sorrowful time of it at the hands of their chosen protectors. Doubtless, the most that He is thankful for it that the rottenness and the robberies have not been absolutely complete.

Brian McLaren quotes from himself, but it’s a good quote — kind of Saganesque — so he earned it:

Every time you eat, drink, or draw a breath, you are demonstrating that you are not a self-contained unit. Your skin might give you a sense of boundaries, but in reality you are interconnected not only with others, but with all creation. You are an organism in an environment, vitally connected and utterly dependent on resources outside yourself – elements and minerals; chemical, biological, geological, and even astrophysical processes; friends, family, mentors, public servants; ecological, social, political, and economic systems. Your story flows from and into a million other stories; it’s hard to know where your story ends and others begin. … Ingratitude makes us foolishly forget the fragility of our skin and proudly deny our interdependency and interconnectedness. … You can see how essential the practice of gratitude must be.

Jean Ann Esselink shares a poem in praise of what we can all be thankful for this November.

• And Susie Madrak explains why that’s not just a joke.

Amanda Marcotte says feminists have much to be thankful for this year.

Stephen Prothero gives thanks for (and with) religious pluralism.

Phil Plait shows us what he’s grateful for.

• At Her.meneutics, Anna Broadway writes about enjoying the feast.

It’s a nice piece, but what I want to highlight here is the accompanying photo showing a delicious holiday spread — complete with several bottles of wine. Yes, evangelicals can evolve. Just 20 years ago, Christianity Today wouldn’t have dared to run such a photo, but today no one bats an eye. Baby steps.

Atrios shares a Thanksgiving tradition.

Gryphen shares another.

• “Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth,” says Barth. “Grace evokes gratitude like the voice of an echo. Gratitude follows grace as thunder follows lightning.”

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  • glendanowakowsk

    I’m thankful for Arlo Guthrie:

  • Carolyn

     Seeing this reminded me of this song and I put it on. My family then had a group singalong.

  • Here’s a link to a thoughtful post, it didn’t sink in right away, but makes a good point:

  • dr ngo

    Is this progress,  or a trade-off?  Evangelicals can drink wine now, but they have to be against abortion and gay marriage?    

  • AnonaMiss

    Gryphen’s blog always makes me uncomfortable. Surely there are enough things wrong with Sarah Palin’s views and actions that we don’t need to gloat about her going bald.

  • glendanowakowsk

    My kids loved Alice’s Restaurant when they were younger, until they came to realize that Arlo Guthrie was a *gasp* hippie!

  • christopher_young

    Tell them it’s OK, he’s a libertarian now.

  • aunursa

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Slacktivist friends.

  • These days, calling someone a hippie is also on the same level as calling them a flapper, or at least a beatnik. Peace signs, fringed vests, love beads? Nice duds, Grandma! so soon we grow old…
    Plus, Arlo was judged a Menace to Society for *gasp!* — LITTERING! 

  • hagsrus

    Heartening post from Sully:

  • Lliira

     Doesn’t look like progress to me. Whoopee, evangelicals are allowed to drink wine. But they’re completely and utterly obsessed with other people’s romantic and sex lives, and doing their level best to control my body. That’s not progress. That’s “I can do what I want, but don’t you dare think you are human.” They’re not progressing, they’re just more spoiled.

    Also, whoopee, you’re allowed to be an Evangelical alcoholic now. No, I don’t think everyone who drinks is an alcoholic, and I don’t think it’s wrong to have a glass of wine at Thanksgiving. Yes, I said ONE glass of wine — there are likely kids there, and don’t think they can’t tell when you’re tipsy, and don’t think you can have more than one glass without being tipsy, and don’t think being tipsy doesn’t humiliate the kids. I’ve had too many alcoholics in my life to look at wine on a family table and think, “oh good”. Instead, I think, “what poor kid is gonna have to be the only adult in the room this time?”

  • I’m thankful that the worst thing I have to complain about is that I had to work on Thanksgiving.  But my housemate brought me a turkey dinner in a box from a church dinner he attended, so I had something for lunch.  Later that day, one of the customers said she felt sorry for me having to work all day, and she brought me another turkey dinner!  I ate most of it for lunch today.  I even had some left over for tomorrow.   Cool, huh?