Category Archives: Thanksgiving

Cold Days, Free Days, Thankful Days

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Many of us in Chicago have been given two free days. Schools are not in session, so I’m not working, and my husband is, at this moment, in a Zoom meeting in the dining room since no one has left … Continue reading

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Books and Movies to Consider on Memorial Day

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On Memorial Day we remember those who have died while serving our country in the armed forces. (Read here for the history of Memorial Day.)  If I’m honest, I spend a couple minutes remembering those who have died for my … Continue reading

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Cure for a Cruddy Day

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I woke up the other day feeling cruddy. It was a rainy, dreary day, my husband had a test at the hospital (which turned out to be fine), and I was awake during the night; yuk. Depression is not something … Continue reading

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Thankful For Everything

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Many a Thanksgiving meal at our house has featured a trip around the table asking everyone to express that for which they are thankful. It is a common and meaningful practice. Jesus, family and friends, health, opportunity and dinner are … Continue reading

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August Days

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It was a beautiful August day. There was a bright blue sky with interesting feathery clouds, warm temperatures, but not too humid, and the constant chorus of cicadas. It’s the sound of cicadas that stirs my memory. Days like this … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why I am Thankful for the USA

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Nasty politics, partisan bickering, and the profits they generate are grist for journalism. Appalling violence in Chicago makes its unwelcome daily appearance on the evening news. We disagree about who we will admit into this country, who should pay for … Continue reading

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Lessons From Little-Known Women of the Bible: Anna

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It’s almost Thanksgiving, a day when we will simply give thanks around a table overflowing with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and other goodies.  No gifts.  No hype.  No countdown, unless you’re the one hosting a large crowd for the day, and even that is a joy. … Continue reading

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A Year of Thanksgiving

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While we’re devouring turkey, stuffing, cranberry salad and pumpkin pie, among other goodies, I hope we won’t forget what we’re celebrating.  This year I am especially grateful. I thank God for life, for another day, another year, of living.  After having a stroke in … Continue reading

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Stand in Awe of God’s Yes

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In the three weeks between Memorial Day and June 8th we celebrated a college graduation, an important medical school milestone, the birth of a baby, and a wedding. The busy days surrounding this convergence of major life events featured a vehicle clogged driveway, re-inhabited bedrooms, and a large and lively crowd … Continue reading

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Give the Gift of Relationship this Christmas

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Are you wondering what to give your loved ones (who don’t need anything) for Christmas?  I have an idea for you! Invest in your relationships this Christmas. Christmas gift giving in my extended family has morphed from all of us exchanging gifts with each other (very fun … Continue reading

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