October 6, 1998
If you won't be spending Thanksgiving with relatives, who will you be with and why? Send essays of no more than 200 words to Community Voices/Thanksgiving at the addresses listed in the Where to Write box above. The deadline is Oct. 23. Questions? Call Cynthia Henry, assistant editor, at 215-854-2959.
November 21, 1995 |
To commemorate the Thanksgiving holiday, many churches and synagogues will host Thanksgiving interfaith community services tomorrow. Among them are: West Chester community service, 7:30 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 1325 Boot Rd. Rabbi David Glanzberg-Krainin of Kesher Israel Congregation will be one of the speakers. Marple-Newtown Clergy Association service, 8 p.m. at St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church, 3302 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square. Rabbi Barry Blum will deliver the sermon.
November 29, 2004 |
My 4-year-old daughter recently learned to say grace at mealtimes. I taught her the same little prayer my mom taught me in childhood: God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. By His hands we all are fed. Give us Lord our daily bread. Amen. At first, my daughter questioned the need for reciting this strange passage. "Why do we have to thank God?" she wondered. "To show that we are grateful for our daily bread," I explained. " 'What is 'grateful?' " she asked.
November 24, 1996 |
Before the toasts, before the stuffing, sometimes even before the kickoffs, comes the grace. At Thanksgiving tables far and wide this week, parents and grandparents will rise and offer their blessings to the assembled. This can be an awkward moment in households unaccustomed to praying aloud. In many other homes, though, the blessings are joyous and freely offered. From the first, Thanksgiving has been set apart as a prayerful day, and it has brought a rich trove of blessings.
April 10, 2007 |
Villanova has learned the rest of its possible competitors for the Old Spice Classic basketball tournament over Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando, Fla. The field also will include Penn State, George Mason, Kansas State, Central Florida, North Carolina State, Rider, and South Carolina. The Old Spice Classic games will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPNU from Nov. 22 to 25. All eight teams will play three games in a bracketed-tournament format at the Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
November 20, 1989 |
Just as they share at the dinner table on Thanksgiving, many families share football - on TV or in a stadium of high school fans. Especially fathers and sons, some of whom have suited up in the uniform of the same school to play Thanksgiving games. At least six families share the distinction of having played, or participated, in the same Thanksgiving game. In one case, four generations have played for the same school. Interestingly, all these combinations of fathers and sons - the Pettines, the Millers, the Deckers, the Baurs, the Gilberts and the Morgantis - have passed the same first name down at least one generation.
November 21, 1989 |
The Jaindl farm in Orefield, Lehigh County, is a family affair in the fullest sense. On one side are Fred Jaindl, his four sons and three daughters. On the other are about 1.1 million turkeys who are bred, hatched, grown and processed at the farm each year - including 200,000 that get gobbled up for Thanksgiving. The Jaindls even grow their own crops for feed on the 10,000- acre operation, which has been a going concern for about 50 years.
December 1, 1991 |
The students - some outfitted in American Indian and Pilgrim attire, others dressed as turkeys or cranberry bushes - enthralled their standing-room-only audience. Flash bulbs popped and video cameras hummed, while parents offered last-minute stage direction - "Tilt your feathers," "Straighten your hat" and "Comb your hair down" - from the audience. It's not all turkey and stuffing at Thanksgiving. At least not for the 200 youngsters who attend Conshohocken Elementary School. As part of a special Thanksgiving celebration, the students spent last month focusing on the origin of the holiday and on being thankful.
November 26, 2009 |
There were still deposits of strange makeup in a few hard-to-reach places. Choice candy bars rested atop the trick-or-treat haul. And the jack-o'-lantern still had a good week or so to go before it would decay into a reeking pulp. And yet, there it was: a smarmy Christmas commercial for Kay Jewelers, where every kiss begins with K - and ends with a maxed-out credit card. Kay wasn't the only perpetrator. The Gap's annoying cheer factory was pumping out bilious chants about the pressing need to stuff stockings before Veterans Day. Kmart, Wal-Mart, and Hyundai were hot on their heels with must-shop-now Christmas advertisements.
November 22, 2005 |
THANKSGIVING is my favorite holiday. It is our most splendid American feast day, a celebration of abbondanza, our teeming abundance. Thanksgiving is also special for me because it is the day my partner Greg and I celebrated the anniversary of our first meeting, and even after we parted, we still observed this day of thanks for each other. And 20 years ago, I thought Thanksgiving 1985 would be my last. My friend, Dr. John Fryer, a psychiatrist at Temple University, suggested in July 1985 that I apply for an opening at the Philadelphia AIDS Task Force (PATF)