There’s been a lot of victory going around in the last few days, not the least of which was a few minutes ago when Geoff and I finally conquered the Massachusetts version of the ACA website. In the spirit of the season, it’s time to share some good news.
In the United States Thanksgiving is a holiday that is supposed to be about celebrating bounty. The bounty of friends, family, togetherness, and food. It’s about the end of summer and fall, the harvest, and making one last big get together before the coming winter. (There are others who celebrate/mourn it differently, that’s not what this post is about.) It is about giving thanks for what we have before we might lose it to the cold, the dark, and the winter.
While Thanksgiving might be about conspicuous consumption of the food variety, some people choose to celebrate it in other ways. Some give back at churches, food pantries, and soup kitchens to those without a bounty to celebrate. Some get together and play football, roast marshmallows around a bonfire, or prepare for Christmas. Lots of people watch the parade or the dog show after eating too much. While there may be a lot of conspicuous consumption going on, Thanksgiving is patently not about the shopping variety. If you’re shopping on Thanksgiving, you’re doing it wrong.
Anyone who’s a regular reader around here knows that Geoff and I are not on Facebook. Today I ran across something on the Huffington Post that made me wish that I could actually like or upvote it or whatever it is you do on Facebook. Get out the tissues, folks, this one is horrible and amazing all at the same time.
If only we could figure out how to harness him up, we’d have a new power source.
One of the pleasures of working for a church that is also a historic site is that I get to talk with a lot of very interesting people from all over the world. Although we do get some rude people, for the most part it is a really positive experience, and today was no different.
Today, I got to have an extended conversation with a total stranger about faith, and about the commonalities of our two faiths, Christianity and Islam.
Generally speaking, I am not a fan of popular culture, but on occasion I am pleasantly surprised by it. And on even more rare occasions, it shocks me. Not in a bad way, but in the way that you are shocked when you experience a true windfall.
I am currently at work and Teri and I are doing the happy dance. The Supremes have struck down DOMA. I haven’t read the decision yet, but the fact that it is now DOA is awesome. Will June 26th be remembered as the day that all Americans received equal treatment under Federal law no matter who they marry? We’ll see.
I’m letting the live blogging from here scroll through in the background while that venomous little hatemonger Scalia reads the dissent. There is something nice in knowing that history will judge him and that he’ll end up on the wrong side. Of everything.