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5 Ways to be the Perfect Thanksgiving Host in Difficult Circumstances

This is a busy and important week for most American families as we prepare for Thanksgiving on Thursday.

a hug of support between men, Brad W. Smith photographer Alt: White man, black man, in a hug of friendship in a private home.

We come together to celebrate our relationships with each other, to rejoice in our blessings and support each other in our sorrows.

There’s a lot to be done, especially if you’re the host or hostess. You want everything to be perfect, including the conversation.

With the unemployment rate nationally still at more than 7%, chances are pretty good that one or more of your guests will be unemployed or significantly underemployed. Continue reading

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HallowThanksMas

I am not a fan of HallowThanksMas – retailer obsession with rushing us from one holiday to the next and the buy, Buy BUY! messages that rival the shouting of Wall Street stock traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

glass and plastic bottles and boxes, cardboard boxes, other refuse

We choose whether our holidays are about consumption and a hollow ‘thanks much,’ or use the time to renew relationships.

With all of this focus on consumption, it’s easy to turn this time of year into hollow thanks much. Continue reading

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We’re All Stronger Than the Storm

Earlier this week here in New Jersey and in the region we marked the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The news was filled with stories about how

two-story brown clapboard sided house still standing but broken in two pieces when the ground underneath was washed away.

When our lives seem broken in two, we can live in our memories of what was, or we can work out a plan to move forward to what will be.

while much of the shoreline and the communities along the shore have been restored, much work remains. An ad campaign earlier this year proclaimed that New Jersey and its citizens are “stronger than the storm” and featured the rebuilding efforts and the determination of those most affected to not let Sandy be the defining moment in their lives, the moment marking their turn from happy and successful to downtrodden and defeated.

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