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happy thanksgiving for the new world a'borning...

Yesterday I returned from a three day retreat with the members of L'Arche Ottawa. What a grand way to prepare for the American feast of Thanksgiving. I have long cherished this holy day as a time to think and feel deeply about the blessings and curses we share in our complex history.  Not only is this our national harvest festival - a celebration that links us to the intuitive  wisdom of Mother Earth - it is often a family reunion. At the same time, as columnist Robert Jakubowicz notes in today's local paper, Thanksgiving has gradually become a ritual reinforcing a "pleasant fantasy" of inter-racial cooperation and compassion that is fundamentally untrue. (check it out @:http://www. berkshire eagle.com/stories/robert-f-jakubowicz-fact-and-fiction-on-thanksgiving -day,525303?)  This feast has been dumbed-down into the lowest common denominator of abstract sentimental cultural gratitude. For many among us, it is just another excuse for self-satisfied over-eating. 



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