Monthly Archives: November 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The biggest reason is because the concept is so simple: gratitude. Thanksgiving is a holiday that has become about feeling grateful for the abundance we have in our lives. And many people agree that the more grateful you feel, the happier you are.

Another reason I love Thanksgiving is because it’s not about stuff, but rather stuffing. In my view, there’s no better way to spend your time than eating a million delicious foods, and my family is southern, so that means cornbread stuffing and sweet potato casserole, not to mention that marvelous jelly cranberry sauce from a can. And then of course, leftovers. Nom.

Some would say Thanksgiving is about gluttony, but I think it’s just about sitting down and breaking bread with those you love. It’s about passing a plate of good will and sharing in the abundance that touches our lives.

It’s also nice that the rampant consumerism that seems necessary for every holiday happens the day after, which is actually just in preparation for that ultimate, get-lots-of-shit holiday that follows in December. I’m not ashamed to admit that I went shopping today, on the evil Black Friday (the luggage I used to travel to Atlanta had broken, and my mom decided she wanted an iPod), and it wasn’t bad at all. So thank you to all who decided to observe “Buy Nothing Day” – you made finding a parking space soooo much easier.

Finally though, I love Thanksgiving is because it is a time to spend with family and friends without some kind of religious affiliation, without a gift-giving requirement, just eating (and did I mention how much I love food?) It’s not a big to do. It’s just about love. (And food. And gratitude. And gratitude for love and food…)¬†We all bow our heads together and just say, “Thank you” to whomever we want, or just to the universe.

All in all, it’s kind of a cool quirky holiday built around what’s basically become more like a folk tale than a historical event. But fortunately no genocide was involved as far as I know (that came before and after). Just people in funny hats.

I am thankful for so much in my life. I have been blessed with a family that loves me, and I am surrounded by amazing friends. I have been touched by many amazing experiences in my life and have been given many wonderful opportunities. I have lived largely free of want. In my daily life I often find my heart filled with gratitude, but certainly I feel it on Thanksgiving, as I bask in the warmth of those whom I care for the most, my belly filled with way too much food.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Free to be you and me!

After seeing a friend post this on Facebook, posting it here was pretty irresistible.

Enjoy.

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All the news that’s fit to delay.

So apparently I haven’t updated this page in two months. Not for want of things going on, though!

My big news is that I recently started a new job. I am now the new webmaster for the Communications Workers of America. After being there only three weeks, I feel very strongly that this was definitely the right move for me, for a lot of reasons.

First, I really love that I am working for a union and in the labor movement. While I’ve come to care deeply about all the causes I have worked for, organized labor has always had a special place in my heart. Now I am working with folks who are passionate about protecting workers, who really believe in organized labor and a fair deal for workers. I am very excited to be putting my web skills to work for all the people I’ve met so far at CWA, and for all the present and future CWA workers.

It’s also really great to get to specialize more. I have long been captivated by web design, development, online organizing and social networking, though my previous work was much more varying between lots of different things, and thus less focused. Now I really get the chance to sink my teeth into the web more. I also really like the people I’m working with so far, and I think I will have the chance to learn a lot from them.

Having my own office isn’t too shabby either. I can’t lie.

Now I just have to make sure I’m able to make CWA glad they hired me. I look forward to doing just that by being the best webmaster I can be.

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