How to Say Thanksgiving Grace

Editor's note: Mata, BlogHer's longtime and much-loved contributing editor on religion and spirituality, passed away in May of 2013. I can think of no better tribute than re-running this post she wrote in 2009, on giving thanks. -- Julie ...more
On Thanksgiving and before every meal.more

Los Americanos Stole The Day of the Dead

Los Americans stole my holiday... but I'm not angry, I'm thrilled. I'm talking about "Day of the Dead," of course....more
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Brittany Maynard's Right to Die: Is It a Sin?

[Editor's Note: As of 10/302014, Brittany Maynard has delayed her plans to end her life.]I can never forget that time in college I had to write about euthanasia. What is euthanasia? The act or practice of killing someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering (http://www.merriam-webster.com). As I was doing my research, something about euthanasia didn't feel right....more
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A Prayer of Thanks

What is your family’s Thanksgiving tradition for giving thanks at the table?  Do the assembled family and friends bow their heads while one person says a prayer?  Do you have everyone hold hands in an unbroken chain while grace is said?  Do you go around the table and have everyone describe what he or she is thankful for this year?  Or do you dispense with the formalities and just dig in as soon as the turkey is carved?...more

Divided Thanks

Thanksgiving…A time when we traditionally pause and reflect on life. Looking back over the previous year and giving thanks for our blessings…those we recognize and those known to only God. Today, my heart is divided. ...more

Giving Thanks :-)

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Give Thanks & Take Thanksgiving Off

Happy Thanksgiving.I am going to take Thanksgiving Off....more

Seeing the Good, Even Through Loss

When I was young, I was told and I believed that "everything happens for a reason."That is bullshit. Things do not happen for a reason. We assign meaning to things to help make sense of them. And the truth is, there can be good that comes after pretty much everything. If you're a silver linings kind of person.I am. I am the ultimate optimist, guilty of always looking for and seeing the good in people....more

Sayings

She saysI don't feel like a person anymoreyet her broken heartproves she isHe saysI am worrying about tomorrowyet tomorrow will comeregardlessThey sayJustice wasn't servedYet justice comesin ways we can't imagineYou sayI can't sleep yet dreams still cometo inspire your daysI saythis anxiety overwhelmsyet it does not last foreverIt saysmy depths are all there isyet sometimesmountains beckon us to climb...more

When Grief and Absence Decorate Your Holiday Table

 My mother made a Thanksgiving feast each year, with enough food to last us through FDR’s entire administration.  Despite the fact that it was always, always just the four of us, we dressed up and sat in the dining room.   We used antique napkin rings, fine china, and crystal glasses.   My parents and brother came to America from Switzerland, and then I was born.  We had no family nearby.  Despite the fact that I was the only American, my mom did Thanksgiving better than Martha Stewart on speed....more

Thirty-Eight Candles... (A Reason to Be Thankful)

(Back in July I wrote...)I could get used to this......more

The Rebuilding of a House... (A Reason to be Thankful)

(Back in September I wrote...)Although it has been almost three weeks...more