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Perspectives

Imperfect Thanksgiving

When I was younger, I resented Thanksgiving. I hated that we hosted it at our house, and I hated the people we invited; sometimes, I even hated the food.

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Non-Canon Thanksgiving Foods

Friends, I want to know what you make for Thanksgiving that isn’t considered Thanksgiving “canon,” so to speak. And for our non-American/non-Canadian readers, what would you make for Thanksgiving, if you decided to participate?

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Pets

Thanksgiving Safety for Pets

Thanksgiving is almost here for Americans, and it can be an adorable but dangerous time for your pets. Here are some reminders of things to consider before considering your dog one of the guests. If you’re traveling somewhere else with your dog, these precautions should be made an even bigger priority because your dog is […]

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Food

We Try It! Homemade, Lactose-Free Pumpkin Pie

During the Thanksgiving through Christmas onslaught of eating, I sometimes become more motivated to cook foods that I normally would not be able to eat. I’ve been lactose intolerant since age 15, and though lactase supplements help with some foods, other rich treats overpower the capabilities of those little white pills. Pumpkin pie is usually […]

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Perspectives

Longing for the Home Where You’ve Never Lived

This year, I spent Thanksgiving with my family in California. I decided to stay for a week in order to spend time with my family and friends, and especially to catch up with my uncle, who would be spending his first Thanksgiving here in the U.S. after officially gaining his permanent residency. My mom had […]

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

This week I’m mixing things up, pointing you not just to great ladyblog reads but also discoveries from the interwebz that may be of interest to you, dear ladyblog enthusiasts.

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Food

A Short History of the Cranberry

I am making cranberry sauce for the first time ever. Because I am a historian, I decided to read up on cranberries. Did they appear at the first Thanksgiving? Is there a reason we eat them as a sauce or (shudder) jelly from a can? Let’s find out!

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Perspectives

Oh, So Very Thankful

“What do you say?” It’s a question every child hears frequently while learning to navigate the social niceties. Parents always hope their children will quickly learn to respond with a “please” or a “thank you.”

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Thanksgiving Travel Disasters!

As someone who never has had to travel very far for Thanksgiving, I am pretty obsessed with travel stories. Since I can’t really imagine the holiday travel horror, in my mind it’s like the greatest, most terrible obstacle course ever designed by man, and always looks and feels exactly like the plot of Planes, Trains […]

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Open Thread

This Open Thread Doesn’t Do Holidays

I mean, how awkward do those dinner times get?

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Perspectives

My Life in Burlesque: A Very Glittery Thanksgiving

I’m not one for the daily Facebook posts of gratitude. Nothing wrong with it, they’re just not my deal. But as I reflect on my holiday solo debut last Friday, prepare for an audition tomorrow (suddenly, I’m someone who goes to auditions again!) and get ready to put on my civilian clothes and head to […]

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Perspectives

When My Grandma Called Me A Monster On Thanksgiving

I haven’t had the greatest experiences at family holiday get-togethers. I actually dread them. And not because I don’t like seeing my family but rather, I don’t like being in the same room with all of my immediate and extended family members at the same time.

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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread is Ready for a Break

God, is the semester over yet?

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Open Thread

This Open Thread is Prepping for Turkey Day

Yeah, Thanksgiving is still a week away, but I’m already planning. When to drive down to Trader Joe’s to get my brined turkey? When to start prepping? Do I try to make challah stuffing for Thanksgivukkah or stick with the same one I make every year? Should I make apple pie again, or go easy […]

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Life

Hell is for Retail Employees: Open on Thanksgiving Edition

So, you think that retailers being open on Thanksgiving is a good idea. Oh, and that retail workers should be grateful for the chance to earn extra money, because hey, aren’t they making time and a half, and shouldn’t they actually be thanking their employers and the customers for giving them such a great opportunity? […]