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11.23.2006

Giving Thanks

I've never been a huge fan of Thanksgiving as a holiday (ever since I learned the real sort of relationship that the Pilgrims had with the Native Americans), but as an excuse to give thanks for the things we are blessed with in life, I wholeheartedly endorse it. Eating good food with friends ain't all bad either.

We've got a lot to be thankful for, you and I. Chances are that we both live in a safe place, where we have the means to enjoy wine, feed our families, stay healthy, and surround ourselves with the people and the activities we love. For these things I am particularly thankful.

I am also thankful for the opportunity to be able to enjoy and fully appreciate wine, and that means I am grateful to the person who first figured out how to make it (worthy of canonization in my book) through the hard working artists of today. I'm grateful for the magical human capacity to taste and smell and for the pleasure that I am able to derive from each. And perhaps most importantly, I must give thanks for the chance to learn and share and enjoy with the people I love, and with you, dear readers.

Wherever you are and however you are celebrating (even if you are one of those Europeans for whom this holiday is such a puzzlement) I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

Comments (2)

Bradley wrote:
11.24.06 at 11:28 AM

I'm thankful for the U.S. and Canada having Thanksgiving on different dates; ours in early October and yours just before the Christmas shopping season.
I have enough American friends and I live close enough to the border to take advantage of invitations for festive feasting twice each fall.
Regarding an earlier post about icewines: Looks like the Okanagan ice wine producers are going to get their chance to harvest this week. Local regulations require -8 C minimum and we're going to nail that. Check out the weather forecast for this area

http://www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-84_metric_e.html

Jonathan wrote:
11.28.06 at 6:39 AM

If you want a fresh view of the relationship between the indigenous Americans and their Puritan 'pals' check out a book I am currently reading called 1491.

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