Sunday, November 30, 2008
Good friend and long-time atheist NZ told me of her Thanksgiving visit to her out-laws house. They began prattling on about how atheists are no good, hateful, evil, people who don't have any morals what-s0-ever. But they didn't realize they had one in the room there with them. NZ spoke up and helped change their opinion. And I guess that's what we have to do, engage in useful conversation on dinner at a time.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Somnolent Aphid will spend this day sucking the nectar of life and then falling asleep in front of a warm and cozy fireplace, remembering all the friends and family members, both fallen and and still among us, who are all well loved. The "traditional" thanksgiving of youth with large family and 20 types of stuffing and meats and farces and the bird itself, wild celebrations taking the entire day and troupes of relatives coming and going, drunken and sober, a mere remembrance. This having been transformed each year now into something different, into, starting with our first lentil loaf vegan feast some 30 years ago, thanksgiven, thankstaken, from turkey day into tofurkey day, transformed so many times so that the transformation itself is something to be celebrated. Thanks from the atheist heart without reservation for all the richness we share and all the people who help and who have helped make it so.