November 28, 2002
Are we a thankful nation? The holiday celebrated today with parades, pigskins and pumpkin pies poses that question, and provides evidence pro and con. Pro: One of the first instincts of the first white settlers of this nation was to enact a post-harvest ritual of giving thanks. The tradition endured in New England for centuries and was enshrined as a national rite by Abraham Lincoln - in the midst of a national schism that gave more reasons for tears than thanks. Few American civic rituals generate more effort, more energy, more fellow feeling and charitable activity than this observance on the last Thursday of November.
November 24, 1999 |
With all the anticipation surrounding Christmas, Thanksgiving somehow gets overlooked as a time devoted to giving your home the spirit of the harvest. When it comes to decorating for the holidays, Thanksgiving is the stepchild of the winter holiday line-up. Squeezed between Halloween's gaudy dress-up and the glitz of Christmas, Thanksgiving's bountiful offerings often get neglected. We tend to focus on food rather than decor. Thanksgiving, when family comes together, is an ideal time to devote attention to your home.
November 17, 1999 |
A Common Pleas Court judge yesterday directed the School District to see that employees who have been victimized by its troubled new computer system are paid by Thanksgiving. Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe gave the district 24 hours to come up with a plan to insure correct payments to its workers by next Wednesday. The judge acted on a complaint filed yesterday by three of the unions representing district employees, whose leaders became exasperated when the same payroll troubles that have afflicted their members since last summer continued with last week's paychecks.
November 21, 2007 |
I am not one to celebrate most holidays. Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day - all of them hold significance for lots of folks, I'm sure. But some holidays aren't worth it. For example, we long ago gave up on the commercialism of Christmas. Halloween? Not even a real holiday. July Fourth? Every day should be July Fourth. Labor Day? Don't remind me I work. But Thanksgiving has always struck me as a day unlike the rest. Thanksgiving is different. It is the most significant holiday because it calls on us to do two things: (a)
November 26, 1994 |
Earlier this month in New York City, I listened and watched as some foreign journalists received awards for heroism. They came from places where people are killed for writing the truth, where the switch is thrown on television stations to take them off the air or where newspaper buildings are simply blown up. I was in my tux, sipping wine and eating a fine dinner as the program progressed and thinking - over and over again - how lucky I am to be...
December 25, 2002 |
An inspirational American life in three acts, Antwone Fisher is the true story of a heartbreaking childhood, the courage needed to suture the pieces together, and the confidence required to move ahead. Like those great two-for-the-seesaw weepers Prince of Tides and Good Will Hunting, it is also an exceptional story of a patient who heals his therapist as he himself is healed. Unlike most inspirationals and weepers, this one is set squarely within the African American community.
November 22, 1987 |
For those of us who love to cook, Thanksgiving is the prince of holidays. After all, it's the one when the big meal is the whole deal - not just the central event but the event, period - a ritual feast in which the food is symbolic of nothing more (or less) than food itself. On the other hand, Thanksgiving has its frustratingly straitjacketish side, innovation and invention being frowned upon. It might be nice, for instance, after the 20th or 30th big bird, to have something besides turkey.
November 24, 1995 |
On the gridiron, it was the Orange and Black versus the Purple and Gold. In the stands and around the perimeter, it was black leather jackets, some fur coats, and lots of rib-squeezing, old-friend-greeting hugs. In other words, it was the annual Woodrow Wilson-Camden High Thanksgiving Day football game, when the crosstown high school rivals battle it out for bragging rights on the field, and the fans gather to see and be seen. This year, the Turkey Bowl game carried a special weight: If Wilson won (as it had since 1988)
November 20, 2008 |
Last Thanksgiving I became a believer - convinced nothing beats the flavor of a fresh, organic heritage breed turkey. I still believe, but my bank account doesn't. Major economic indicators suggest I'll forgo the $165 Bourbon Red this year and do my best with the free frozen bird I get for spending $300 at my local grocery store. And that should be a cinch, with the Consumer Price Index for home food costs up 7.6 percent from a year ago. So my goal this Thanksgiving is to serve not the best that money can buy, but the best my budget will allow.
November 21, 1990 |
Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. It is because it is generally celebrated with love instead of boxes containing uninspired gifts like those many hand out at Christmas. If anybody strains a budget connected with this holiday, it was done not by purchasing expensive gifts, but by piling the table high with rich food and drink, centered around a handsome turkey that symbolizes the charity that dwells in Americans, if only for a day. I gained the full appreciation of Thanksgiving many years ago when on an extended trip to Israel.