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Happy Thanksgiving

  Thanksgiving has a godmother–Sarah Josepha Hale, an influential 19th century magazine editor who warranted her own chapter in my book, “Thanksgiving: The True Story”. Her 40-year campaign culminated in President Lincoln resuming the practice of declaring a national day … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: The True Story

 I had a stimulating time yesterday with the engaged & engaging readers in the SESCIL Book Group who had read my book, “Thanksgiving: The True Story.” Here is what Thanksgiving meant to Sarah Josepha Hale, the 19th century godmother of … Continue reading

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Talking about Thanksgiving: The True Story

In my book Thanksgiving: The True Story I concluded that the antecedents for the Thanksgiving we celebrate today are two very old traditions: celebrating harvest festivals and proclaiming days of thanksgiving for special events and the activism of a determined … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving and long weekends

Last week, Monica Hesse, a reporter for “The Washington Post,” interviewed me about the origins of Thanksgiving, in particular–why Thursday.  She was great fun to talk with and her article, “Thanksgiving and the history of America’s long weekend”  is a … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

To counter the traditional blessing that thanked the “Lord for the meals that the dear women had prepared, as if the whole came down like manna from Heaven,”  Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote one that she gave whenever asked, which was … Continue reading

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Celebrating with Wild Turkeys

We’re just back from a Thanksgiving Day hike in a nature sanctuary at the top of the majestic Palisades on the bank of the Hudson River. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Sophie’s school is located close to where the balloons are blown up for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, & Linda and I are about to head into the city to pick her up!  What fun!!!  She & her parents are … Continue reading

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Give Thanks and Please Pass the Potato Fudge

Check out “Today’s Feature” on http://www.womensenews.org/ , an excerpt about the ethnic food additions to the typical turkey dinner from Thanksgiving: The True Story. If you have other additions, I’d love to hear about them.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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Thanks and Please Pass the Potato Fudge

A heads-up to let you know that Women’s eNews  is publishing an excerpt from Thanksgiving: The True Story on Sunday on Nov. 21.  Their headline reads: “Thanks and Please Pass the Potato Fudge.” Here’s the blurb:  “On Thanksgiving, the typical … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!!! This year we gathered in New York City at Jonathan’s, Katrin’s, & Sophie’s apartment. Katrin cooked a fabulous meal, e.g., check out the roasted vegetables on the plate in the foreground–beets, parsnips, turnips, fingerling potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes … Continue reading

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