Solitude ,  Jean-Jacques Henner   Been there. done that.

Solitude, Jean-Jacques Henner

Been there. done that.

Been there. Done that.

Been there. Done that.

Kat last summer, nineteen, ready for waitress job. My holiday partner.

Kat last summer, nineteen, ready for waitress job.
My holiday partner.

Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is rooted in gratefulness, camaraderie, and plenty.
That combination what we celebrate every year on this day.

And it doesn’t even matter whether we are connected with others.
On their behalf, we will celebrate the joy of belonging.

Personally, for twenty-five years my wife and I hosted every holiday, family guests averaging two dozen people per event, events that lasted twenty-four hours.
They were Norman Rockwell moments.
They were essential to the fabric of our family.

Then came what may be called a Van Gogh period when circumstances and personality forced me within myself to celebrate.

Then came my daughter.
In my single-father days, making the day festive for myself and my three-year-old presented challenges.

Most importantly it required a change of scenery.
For many years Kat and I drove up to Ogunquit, Me. and had our holiday meal in a superior restaurant called Arrows.
Very expensive for us but well worth the diversion and entertainment.
Kat loved the sparkling water, the mocktails, the butter tasting, and the bread.
At three, the dinner was an afterthought.

What a difference seventeen years makes.
Arrows has closed.
Today Kat and I celebrate Thanksgiving at L’Espalier in Boston and, although she is still fond of the bread basket and the butters and the mocktails, she also anticipates and enjoys sharing the food courses with me.
And the conversation flows and flows.
She away at school gives the two of us much to catch up on.
It’s great.

Wherever this day and our personalities line us up on the aloneliness-group continuum, we’ll wish everyone well.
We’ll make the most of our conditions remembering that we are not unique.
Many of us have been there, done that.

Love you.








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Tagging Today
Thursday, November 22, 2018
My 224th consecutive posting.
Time is 12.01am.
Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 20* with a decent wind to bring the real temperature to 0* or below.
Are you kidding me?

Dinner is at L’Espalier. Kat and I would normally embrace the 45 minute walk.
Today, warm car, please.

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Question of the Day:
What is Thanksgiving?

 

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Timely, from Tommie Toner:

A warm kitchen, tantalizing aromas, and great meal cooking in the oven, and a great glass of wine or cup of coffee : a happy home.

Web Meister Responds: Right on, Tommie.

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Short Takes:
A gift to you — a heads up.

My Brilliant Friend is an Italian-American drama television eight-episode miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante.

The series follows the lives of two perceptive and intelligent girls, Elena (sometimes called “Lenù”) Greco and Raffaella (“Lila”) Cerullo, from childhood to adulthood and old age, as they try to create lives for themselves amidst the violent and stultifying culture of their home – a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Italy.
The novels are narrated by the author, Elena Greco.

Anyone who wants to better understand the Italian North End of the 1950s should watch this series, the predecessor of that North End.

Additionally, the first two episodes, all that have screened to date, are perfect examples of the heights that TV drama series may ascend.

The Embarkation of the Pilgrims (1857) by American painter Robert Walter Weir at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC Robert Walter Weir - PwHe6-AEvwmbIw at Google Cultural Institute maximum zoom level.  The Pilgrims or Pilgrim Fathers were the first English settlers of the Plymouth Colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Their leadership came from the religious congregations of Brownist Puritans who had fled the volatile political environment in England for the relative calm and tolerance of 17th-century Holland in the Netherlands.  They held Puritan Calvinist religious beliefs but, unlike other Puritans, they maintained that their congregations needed to be separated from the English state church.  They were also concerned that they might lose their cultural identity if they remained in the Netherlands, so they arranged with investors to establish a new colony in America.  The colony was established in 1620 and became the second successful English settlement in America, following the founding of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.  The Pilgrims' story became a central theme in the history and culture of the United States.

The Embarkation of the Pilgrims (1857) by American painter Robert Walter Weir at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC
Robert Walter Weir - PwHe6-AEvwmbIw at Google Cultural Institute maximum zoom level.

The Pilgrims or Pilgrim Fathers were the first English settlers of the Plymouth Colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Their leadership came from the religious congregations of Brownist Puritans who had fled the volatile political environment in England for the relative calm and tolerance of 17th-century Holland in the Netherlands.
They held Puritan Calvinist religious beliefs but, unlike other Puritans, they maintained that their congregations needed to be separated from the English state church.
They were also concerned that they might lose their cultural identity if they remained in the Netherlands, so they arranged with investors to establish a new colony in America.
The colony was established in 1620 and became the second successful English settlement in America, following the founding of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.
The Pilgrims' story became a central theme in the history and culture of the United States.

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Answer to Question of Day:
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia.

It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.
Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan.
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and around the same part of the year in other places.

Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.

Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times.
The Thanksgiving holiday's history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation.
It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date on which the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated.

File:The First Thanksgiving cph.3g04961.jpg  This neighborliness is how we envisioned the First Thanksgiving as grammar school students. It’s probably not so far from the reality. At least, that first celebration. Relations became dicey.

File:The First Thanksgiving cph.3g04961.jpg

This neighborliness is how we envisioned the First Thanksgiving as grammar school students.
It’s probably not so far from the reality.
At least, that first celebration.
Relations became dicey.

No holiday for old faithful.

No holiday for old faithful.

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Good morning on this Thursday, November 22, Happy Thanksgiving!
We talked about Thanksgiving and looked at some images.
It’s a holiday.

Che vuoi? Le pocketbook?

See you soon.

Love

Dom