Friday Things Considered: The Thanksgiving Edition

This is the time of year when we often get the chance to talk about things we’re grateful for. Do you have a regular gratitude practice otherwise? Or is counting your blessings a seasonal novelty like cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie?

Years ago I started a practice of writing down good things that had happened in my day–in effect a gratitude journal a la Simple Abundance and Oprah. For several years I used the Niggli Colour Calendar. But when that became harder and more expensive to track down I moved to this 18 month turntable planner by Moleskin. Some weeks I fill in the pages religiously, other weeks I’m less devout.  No surprise, the weeks I record consistently are the weeks I’m more aware of the abundance in my life.  If you keep some kind of gratitude journal, has it been a blessing to you?  What type of planner/calendar/diary/journal do you use?

On this Thanksgiving week, I’m grateful these things crossed my path:

Simple leaf place cards could be done in advance or put together by guests who like to arrive early (imagine that.)

In the rush of getting Thanksgiving dinner to the table, it’s easy to forgo niceties like garnishing the turkey platter.  This year I’m planning ahead.

I’m also hoping to try this surprisingly simple morning-after turkey hash by molecular gastronomist Wylie Dufresne.

Speaking of turkeys—do you think it’s a good idea for women to rate men they date?

These otherworldly headdresses made we want to get to know some Finns (thanks Karen).

Zadie Smith’s take on mortality is both witty and wise.  In other words, wonderful.

I hope this week finds you gathered close with new friends and old pals.  Much like the childhood buddies and their grandkids in this Google India ad.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.