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The Wednesday Five: Our Best Thanksgiving Stories

The New Thanksgiving: Memories of a Faithful Dog

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

dogphoto2Jim said that the story of Hachiko reminded him of his first dog, the one who returned day after day when Jim’s father had given him away and moved the family back to Staten Island. I asked Jim why he didn’t get another dog after the death of his last dog, and he replied that it wouldn’t be fair to the dog since he was old now and might die and leave the dog to grieve.

Jim didn’t want or appear to need any more connection than that which we had shared briefly. I offered to meet him in the park for a walk with Asta, our 15-year-old Airedale, offered my card and asked if I could call on his land line to check up on him, but he is isolated now and has impenetrable boundaries. He said that he had his routine and that wouldn’t work out. He understands that some well-meaning person might want to remove his organized boxes of possessions and memories that occupy most of his apartment and are the primary source of comfort for him now that he is truly alone.

The Husband and I agreed on our way to our Thanksgiving Day feast with family that serving food to those who are alone or homeless on this day where families gather to connect and remember their shared histories would become our new Thanksgiving Day tradition. Jim had given me the gift of his memories on this day celebrated by families. And I understood spiritually how Mary had benefited from just being present, from witnessing and remembering the stories, even though Martha had done all the work.  READ MORE

 

After Thanksgiving

There’s an abundance of  tips on how to prepare, host and then enjoy the holiday tomorrow. But what about after Thanksgiving? Here are our favorite innovative post-holiday advice on how to recover and unwind from the feasts and the family — none which include trips to the malls and outlets for Black Friday, but does include a nod to Green Friday. Our list includes:

  • What to Binge-Watch After Binge-Eating This Thanksgiving
  • Post-Feast Yoga Poses to Help Your Digestion
  • Ask Dr. Pat —Detoxing from the Holidays READ MORE

 

 

As We Celebrate Thanksgiving, Many Still Go Hungry

By Diane Vacca

Diane Vacca reminds us of the sobering problem of hunger that still plagues many of our nation’s families and an interfaith collaboration in her Manhattan neighborhood aiming to fight it.  More than 1 in 7 Americans only dream of a feast — anything, really, to quiet the hunger they live with every day. The rest of us go about our busy lives, aware of poverty, but only as an abstraction. We haven’t experienced food insecurity, the limited or uncertain and irregular access to nutritious meals. America’s amber waves of grain feed the world, while 16 million American children — more than 1 in 5 — go to bed hungry. It’s even worse for African-American children: One in every three does not eat healthy meals regularly. Houses of worship, interfaith coalitions and community associations labor to feed the hungry. On the Upper West Side of Manhattan, for example, an interfaith coalition and a community center collaborate with each other. The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew (SPSA) sponsors the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) together with the Goddard Riverside Community Center. Between them, they arrange for social services that provide legal, financial and job counseling, as well as exercise and medical services, like flu shots and HIV and blood pressure screening. READ MORE

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