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November 28, 2009


Quite lovely.

Not having been brought up with a Thanksgiving tradition, I was very pleased to have this holiday to celebrate, much for the same reasons you mentioned you like it. It is my favorite holiday also, and especially here in Northern California, where, most of the time, the weather around this time of the year is also beautiful, not hot, not cold, with the angle of light hitting the patch of leaves turned many colors just so.

Points well made, Beth. I wish that in the UK we had some direct equivalent as a counterbalance to the indulgent horrors of Christmas and, all too often nowadays, Easter.

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  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.