Giving Thanks for Crud

November 24, 2014 7:11 PM

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It's easy to spend Thanksgiving week being grateful for food, shelter, family and health. I am grateful for those things, after all. There were plenty of reasons to rejoice in the past year: relatives sitting in various boughs of the family tree who had been laid off found work again; our children are healthy and happy; we have enough money for groceries; and an X-ray revealed that our dog's frequent bladder infections are not the result of anything congenital.

It's just that it sometimes seems too easy, that last Thursday in November, to take a moment and appreciate the things that cast life in the rosy orange glow of a Norman Rockwell painting. I'm going to suggest that if there's a Hallmark greeting card saying what you're thinking, you may be taking th...

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