Category Archives: Holidays

A Memorial Day created by former slaves

Though Memorial Day was first formally declared in 1868 by General Logan, in charge of the GAR—an organization of Civil War vets, in order to decorate the graves of those who died in the Civil War, there are many cities … Continue reading

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Winsor McCay’s Happy New Year

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Through Phyllis Diller glasses

I had lunch with Mom today at her retirement home. We sat with Yvonne and Inez and ate chicken tenders and french fries. Inez shared a couple stories about growing up on a farm and the pet crow she had … Continue reading

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It’s a Wonderful Life—finale

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Feasts, inside and out

Ah yes, Thanksgiving. Truly the best holiday. All about delicious foods and the rich relationships of family and friends. What could be more important? This year, the awesomeness of the holiday was even further extended by the surprise jacuzzi we … Continue reading

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The irony of Santa letters

Every year our middle school classes receive letters through the local paper that other students have written to Santa. These letters come from schools of need and in these letters the young students request specific presents. Their teachers usually attach … Continue reading

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William Burroughs with a Jack-O-Lantern he carved with a hatchet, October 31, 1996

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Cleaning my plate/ cleaning my soul

It’s the new year. A time to make account of all the deeds and misdeeds of the previous year, embrace failings, and move toward commitment to our better selves for the year to come. After services today we went out … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah Lights

L’shana tova.

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“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”–Frederick Douglass

Almost a decade before the Civil War, Frederick Douglass was asked to speak at Rochester, New York’s Fourth of July celebration (held on the fifth) in 1852. What the citizens, the white citizens, of Rochester heard was not what they … Continue reading

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