I am not a fan of Black Friday shopping! The last thing I want to do the day after Thanksgiving is shop! As far as I’m concerned Friday is the best day of the entire Thanksgiving weekend, especially if I can spend it at home. I love Thanksgiving; it has always been my favorite holiday. […]

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  • November 20, 2014 - 8:39 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Happy Thanksgiving Nancy! Wishing you a wonderful holiday, and a Friday following. I’m in your camp- no shopping on Black Friday, and this used to be a day I traditionally began to put up the Christmas decorations and played Christmas music all day. Now it varies and we often attend some event either in town or around the region. Enjoy your turkey, oh, and, hope your true love is out there just waiting to meet you!
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    • November 21, 2014 - 10:27 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Peggy, thanks for another warm and wonderful comment! Though I don’t celebrate Christmas (officially) I love the music, and listen to it all month, singing very loud!ReplyCancel

  • November 20, 2014 - 9:16 am

    Karen - Oh, such wonderful, idyllic memories you conjure here! And yes, I’m completely with you re the whole Black Friday thing.
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  • November 20, 2014 - 3:52 pm

    Carolann Iadarola - I agree..no shopping for me either. I feel so badly for the folks who have to work that day. It’s just not right!ReplyCancel

    • November 20, 2014 - 2:31 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Carolann, working that Friday isn’t nearly as bad as working on TG day, which I did for years… All I can say is as long as people keep shopping on those days it’s worth is for businesses to open. The public decides.ReplyCancel

  • November 20, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    Kelly - For years, our post-Thanksviging Friday ritual was making a gingerbread house. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun.
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    • November 21, 2014 - 10:25 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Kelly, I have made gingerbread houses, and you’re right, a lot of work! Often resulting in some bickering… Thanks for stopping by!!ReplyCancel

  • November 20, 2014 - 9:47 pm

    Rachel - This is so sweet, I love reading stories of people’s happy memories! I do not like shopping on black Friday either! It’s just too stressful and busy, I like to take my time shopping and I have found there are just as many good deals after anyways!
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    • November 21, 2014 - 10:24 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Rachel, I hate shopping in crowds! And I agree the deals aren’t worth the stress! Have a great TG!!ReplyCancel

I have not come close to living the life I pictured. As kids all of us play at creating a vision of the life we’ll live as adults. Mine was fairly specific and elaborate.  My perfect husband, tall, tanned, muscular (my mom said I spent too much time thinking about the life guards teaching me […]

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  • November 18, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    Liz - I have also found myself far from the life I imagined and planned for myself. Like you, I am happy with myself & love the people in my life, but still feel the absence of what I want as an ache. But I do not think you have wasted the years because as you say, you like who you have become. You could not have become the you that you are today, without taking the path you took.

    When it comes to your happiness, be greedy! the way I see it, life will pile sadness, heartache, and suffering on our plates whether we like it or not. May you have the opportunity to take as many helpings of happiness as you can grab. I’ll be right there with you yelling, “Damn right we deserve this – all this and more!”
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    • November 18, 2014 - 2:39 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Liz, Wow! Thanks for such a kind and thoughtful comment! I wish you the same :)ReplyCancel

    • November 18, 2014 - 4:21 pm

      Suheiry Feliciano - Well, Liz put it way better than I ever could have. It’s wonderful that you are happy with who you’ve become. I think knowing who we are and what our priorities are makes it easier for us to identify the things we truly want out of life. It may also give us the clarity to know what is worth pursuing and how to go about it. I say, be patient but diligent and you’ll finally get the life you deserve. Best wishes!
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  • November 19, 2014 - 10:28 pm

    Shailaja/ The Moving Quill - This is so beautifully said. I understand what you mean by saying you want more. More happiness, more love, more joy. Isn’t that what it means to be human? More power to you and I hope you find what you’re looking for.
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  • November 20, 2014 - 12:44 am

    soapie - i like how you write it, ‘someone to cook for.’ it’s creative, and carries so much depth. well written.

    i hope that you find the love that you are looking for…!
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    • November 21, 2014 - 10:28 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Soapie!ReplyCancel

  • November 20, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    Laura Ashley Koeneman - I think we all feel this way from time to time – looking back at what we expected versus where we are.ReplyCancel

  • November 20, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Laura Ashley Koeneman - I think we all feel this way from time to time – looking back at what we expected versus where we are.ReplyCancel

Thanksgiving is the biggest holiday in the United States. Everyone celebrates in some fashion, and people gather in all sorts of permutations. For fifteen years Thanksgiving started for me sometime in late August, and barreled down on me like a freight train until the day arrived, leaving me drained and physically wrung out. Working for […]

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Several years ago I got a teabag with a message on the tag; Even monkeys fall out of trees, and I laughed out loud! I think I kept that little tag for years, I may still have it somewhere. It’s a phrase I repeat to myself often and in all kinds of circumstances. Yes, we’re […]

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  • November 13, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    Little Miss Wordy - This is great! If amazing chefs like you make these mistakes, I shouldn’t be too hard on my rookie self. ;-)ReplyCancel

    • November 13, 2014 - 11:05 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Well… Please don’t be hard on yourself! And I’m not amazing, just well trained, oh, and I love to cook!!ReplyCancel

  • November 14, 2014 - 4:15 pm

    Roshni - Love this!!! I’m not a good cook at all, so you can well imagine how many disasters I’ve caused!!
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When we’re kids we eat the food our family eats. All families have particular eating styles, and foods they’re accustomed to. It’s the sort of thing we’re unaware of  until we start to venture out, and notice things like Patty’s mom cuts the crusts off her sandwiches, or Beth’s mom gives us French fries with […]

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  • November 11, 2014 - 8:42 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Nice article Nancy.
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    • November 11, 2014 - 8:52 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Peggy!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    Nathan James - Hi Nancy! Please fill out the entry form for this submission. Thanks! http://yeahwrite.me/yeah-write-november-writing-contest-entry-form/ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2014 - 10:30 am

    Jasbir @jasbeeray - She surely was ahead of her time.ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2014 - 11:43 am

    Linda Roy - This is so beautifully written, I could picture it all vividly. You certainly went through a lot as a child, so much change and upheaval. How wonderful that you found common ground and inspiration in through your experiences with food.
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    • November 14, 2014 - 10:20 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Linda!ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    Megan Ferrell - Thanks for the note at the end about E-coli. Phew! I was worried!ReplyCancel

    • November 13, 2014 - 2:48 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Megan, Those were the good old days!ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2014 - 9:14 pm

    Nate - so much can be learned about a family from what and how they eat. You soon-to-be sisters eating foods that were foreign to you and how that grew into a love of food. Nicely done.ReplyCancel

    • November 14, 2014 - 10:19 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Nate, thanks so much!ReplyCancel

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