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Thanksgiving Reflections

Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays.  I love the traditional Thanksgiving meal. I love that gifts are not exchanged.  I love that the holiday has not been hijacked by marketers and retailers -- possibly because gratitude is in many ways the antithesis of consumerism. I love that it is a non-denominational holiday that unites all Americans.  In honor of Thanksgiving, here are a few things I am thankful for.

Freedom
There is plenty to be depressed about in the world of politics and policy.  Still, while certainly imperfect, the American experiment has endured pretty well.  I am grateful to be able to write and say what I think, to vote, to support non-profit organizations that promote my values. I am also particularly grateful for the opportunity to practice my faith without persecution.

Choices
I love shopping for freshly picked fruits and veggies free of pesticides at my farmer's market, buying grass-fed beef from a ranch I have personally visited, drinking organic milk from a local dairy. I am grateful that when I go to Home Depot, I can find a safe alternative to conventional pesticides to deal with my pest problems.  I can find household cleaners free of harmful chemicals at Target. I can find handmade toys made of all-natural materials on Etsy.  I am grateful to the farmers, producers, artisans, and businesses making these greener products available to my family.

Natural World
The Earth is an amazing place. I am enjoying rediscovering its beauties and wonders with my children. I am grateful for those who strive to be good stewards of our planet.

Internet
When used in moderation, I find the Internet is an invaluable source of information, inspiration, and community.  It allows a SAHM like me easy access to political participation through electronic petitions and emails to my representatives.  And, of course, it enables me to blog and connect with all of you.  Thanks to all of you who read this blog and sometimes even leave a comment.  I appreciate your support and your input.

Family
Nothing means more to me than my family. Like many of you, I was inspired to take steps towards a greener lifestyle by my desire to protect and create a healthy environment for my own children.  They continue to motivate much of the research I do and changes I make.


Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!




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