Will Taylor Swift and the Rock save Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving fares poorly as a holiday in the 21st century. Some people argue the holiday represents the oppression of Native Americans and the violent seizure of their land and resources by white, European colonists. These people probably have a point. Certainly, our history is more complicated than the cartoonish myth of Native Americans and EuropeanContinue reading “Will Taylor Swift and the Rock save Thanksgiving?”

The Thanksgiving Madagascar hissing cockroach conversation that ruined my Amazon recommendations

Parents 2.0 hosted early Thanksgiving on Sunday. The menu included Mom 2.0’s famous brisket, which she spices up with powdered Lipton Onion Soup, mashed potatoes, gravy, scalloped corn, salad with Italian dressing, and carnival squash with butter and brown sugar. I passed on the squash. I don’t like it. I never have. Mom 2.0 suggestedContinue reading “The Thanksgiving Madagascar hissing cockroach conversation that ruined my Amazon recommendations”

HOT SHEET: The joy of mother’s cooking when we can’t be together

From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, 24th Street bureau, Des Moines, Iowa. ITEM ONLY: I ate my mother’s food on Thanksgiving Day. This simple declarative sentence would be unimpressive in any other year. But we know damn well this is not any other year. This is the year of COVID, social distancing and lockdowns.Continue reading “HOT SHEET: The joy of mother’s cooking when we can’t be together”