Thanksgiving

As one of the few American holidays that hasn’t been completely usurped by religious or commercial interests (the traditional Day-After-Thanksgiving-Shopping-Mêlée notwithstanding), Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and contemplation.  The feast I will enjoy, surrounded by those whose love and friendship I treasure most, is but a proxy for reminding myself not only how much I enjoy life and all it has to offer, but also how extraordinarily fortunate I find my circumstances and the opportunities presented to me.  As we go through our daily hustles, it is easy to lose sight of the basic tenants of a good life—loving family, close friends, employment that not only provides for the body but also nutures the mind, and the overwhelming beauty of nature and its intricacies.  Thanksgiving means something unique for each of us, but I hope you’ll join me in giving thanks for the things we have and rededicating ourselves to helping, without judgment, the many people in our country and across the world who find themselves in less fortunate positions.  In the meantime, please enjoy this beautifully glowing rendition of George Winston’s “Thanksgiving” as it evokes the essence of the season and its sumptuous landscapes.

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2009

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About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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7 Responses to Thanksgiving

  1. Good thoughts. Enjoy the day:)

  2. Beau says:

    Wonderful thoughts Ted- we do have much to appreciate in our lives, and I am reminded of the same. Best regards and Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Thank you all – I’ve enjoyed my Thanksgiving, and I hope you have as well.

  4. MObugs41 says:

    I couldn’t have said it better Ted, and the music was beautiful, Thank you for sharing it. When you take time to contemplate all the World has to offer, it really makes you feel grateful to be a part of it!

  5. jason says:

    Happy (belated) Thanksgiving, Ted! I hope you and your family enjoyed the holiday.

    This certainly is a great way to celebrate it. Very thoughtful and wise. (And that happens to be one of my favorite songs, so I’ve sat here playing the video over and over again losing myself in both the music and images. Thank you!)

  6. Thank you, Shelly and Jason. George Winston is right up there with David Lanz as my favorite “New Age” pianists!

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