If you pay much attention to the news, you might find it difficult to be properly thankful this year.
Our community is full of tweakers that are ripping off the rest of us while the Board of Supervisors worries about marijuana dispensaries. People who served at the community dinner last Thanksgiving may well be homeless this year, and far too many people are unemployed. On the national level ... we don't want to go there, do we?
Nevertheless, Thanksgiving is still my favorite holiday. That could have something to do with the news sources I subscribe to. The Del Norte Triplicate and one weekly news magazine are my only sources of what passes for news these days.
The Trip lets me know what's happening locally so that I'm aware of
strangers in the neighborhood, can congratulate the kids and notice
which elected officials deserve my precious vote.
The magazine "The Week," is a well-balanced synopsis of world news
from many sources, and permits me to vote responsibly on other than
It's embarrassing to admit, but I'm filled with gratitude and the
milk of human kindness largely because I have no clue what's going on. I
go about my peaceful life unaware of the crisis of the day until long
after it's passed, in much the way everyone did a few decades ago. If
you're in a position to do likewise, I highly recommend the tactic in
the interest of mental health.
I'm grateful for one other subscription, "Funny Times," a monthly
magazine on newsprint. It takes the news and, in cartoons and essays,
turns it inside out, upside down and finds the humor in it. It's a huge
factor in helping me maintain perspective.
Actually, gratitude isn't for a time of year, but for health all
year. You can't be grateful and impatient simultaneously, or grateful
and angry. Hold gratitude close in your heart and broadcast it widely in
your actions. Gratitude immunizes you against, anger, envy and road
rage. It opens your heart to the glory of life and defends against high
blood pressure and feelings of superiority. It's good stuff. You don't
need a prescription and you cant OD.
There is no right way to celebrate Thanksgiving, and celebrations
evolve and change with the changes in our lives. The family with several
generations nearby will celebrate differently than the single person
who works holidays so co-workers can be with those families. There are
turkey families and ham families, eat-in and eat-out families. There are
families who came about in the usual way and families who have chosen
each other. There are those who participate in the community
Thanksgiving dinner and those who invite friends in to celebrate.
Whatever form your holiday celebration takes, set aside a few minutes
for a private expression of gratitude. Walk alone at the beach or in
the forest or soak quietly in a tub of hot water and realize how
fortunate you truly are.
Reach Inez Castor, a longtime Triplicate columnist, at