From the Editor

My dear readers, one of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. It is so uniquely American, and it touches on all the values I cherish – being with family, realizing our blessings and expressing our gratitude for the bounty that has been bestowed upon us. What’s more, it takes place at a beautiful time of year. The air is crisp, the autumn leaves are brilliantly touched by Mother Nature’s brush and a festive holiday air prevails.

I know people who begin planning for Thanksgiving on the day after Labor Day, perhaps because it’s the next big holiday, but I think it’s because they just love the event so much. Menu planning, the guest list, who will bring what – these are all such light and happy decisions to make, and it seems that every year everything falls magically into place.

But beyond the family gatherings and the bountiful table, there’s a note to Thanksgiving that resonates in me every year and I always make a point of disappearing from the maddening crowd to find a quiet little haven for thought. Just the walls and me.

I don’t have to think long and hard about what I am thankful for. I have 10 fingers and toes, I have a wonderful family, I have friends who I am eternally indebted to and I have a job that I absolutely love because it constantly changes and brings me in contact with delightful people. My life centers around so many caring people. I am most thankful.

To be a friend, to be a helper, to listen, to lend a hand, to create laughter, to shine a light. To make things better. And to be thankful that we can do it. This is what Thanksgiving is to me. What about you?


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From the Editor

Sylvia Weinstein

My dear readers, one of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. It is so uniquely American, and it touches on all the values I cherish – being with family, realizing our blessings and expressing our gratitude for the bounty that has been bestowed upon us. What’s more, it takes place at a beautiful time of year. The air is crisp, the autumn leaves are brilliantly touched by Mother Nature’s brush and a festive holiday air prevails.

I know people who begin planning for Thanksgiving on the day after Labor Day, perhaps because it’s the next big holiday, but I think it’s because they just love the event so much. Menu planning, the guest list, who will bring what – these are all such light and happy decisions to make, and it seems that every year everything falls magically into place.

But beyond the family gatherings and the bountiful table, there’s a note to Thanksgiving that resonates in me every year and I always make a point of disappearing from the maddening crowd to find a quiet little haven for thought. Just the walls and me.

I don’t have to think long and hard about what I am thankful for. I have 10 fingers and toes, I have a wonderful family, I have friends who I am eternally indebted to and I have a job that I absolutely love because it constantly changes and brings me in contact with delightful people. My life centers around so many caring people. I am most thankful.

To be a friend, to be a helper, to listen, to lend a hand, to create laughter, to shine a light. To make things better. And to be thankful that we can do it. This is what Thanksgiving is to me. What about you?

Sylvia Weinstein

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