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Charles Davidson: Foster’s Pie Pan

He was a kind and gentle old fellow with a smudged face and scruffy beard. On his best days he appeared as tarnished and weather-beaten as his tin pie pan still does even now.

November 24, 2022 · 8 Comments

Gabes Torres: Reclaiming Abundance Under Capitalism

Is there a way we can be critical of our cultures of consumption, while also preserving the spirit of abundance? Perhaps beyond preservation, we can reinvent the meaning of abundance altogether.

November 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Linda Parsons: Visitations

Everything seems to glow richer before first frost, a last hurrah before the ghostly breath passes over.

December 22, 2020 · 11 Comments

BJ Ward: First Thanksgiving

A chair was never emptier
than on the first Thanksgiving
after my father died.

November 26, 2020 · 5 Comments

Valerie Segrest: Cranberries are Good Medicine

Both Western and traditional medicine agree, cranberries are more than just tart and tasty.

November 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

Christine Skarbek: A Personal Pantheon of Phenomenal Fellows

On this Thanksgiving, I survey all the deliciously delightful people who have touched my life and kudize them all. However, there are four in my personal pantheon that are absolute standouts. Oddly, they are all men.

November 28, 2019 · 2 Comments

Zenobia Jefferies: Don’t Trash Thanksgiving. Decolonize It

Despite the holiday’s false origin tale, we can celebrate with our families in ways that honor those whom the day originally dishonored. Ultimately, within our families and communities and schools, … Continue reading

November 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving today.  Soaked with sleet. No sun for six days — six is the Devil’s number. I have looked through this window, at these American skies for 5 times 6 … Continue reading

November 22, 2018 · 5 Comments

Wyatt Massey: Your Uncle Said What? How to Talk About Social Justice With Your Family During the Holidays

Finding connection and engaging face to face is important social change work—especially during holiday gatherings. The dread of politically combative conversations during the holidays—or awkward ones at best—is as akin … Continue reading

November 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: The Natives and the Spaniards

A history lesson: John Green talks about relations between the early European colonists and the native people they encountered in the New World. In short, these relations were poor. As … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Arlene Weiner: An Oven Bird (with apologies to Robert Frost)

We’d eaten quite as much as we were able of the brown bird that stood mid-meal, mid-table. We’d carved and passed it. Some had taken seconds, and when we pushed … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cherokee Prayer of Thanksgiving

Ga lu lo hi gi ni du da
Sky our grandfather

November 27, 2014 · 4 Comments

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