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Thanksgiving Therapy


Despite the natural impulse to do the opposite — faced with reflexive mall shopping and after-meal doldrums — I think it is especially important during this time of year to keep both the mind and body active. Furthermore, after we have overindulged in turkey and pie, our swollen bellies and lethargic mood create an optimum environment for self-loathing to fester. It is therefore advisable to include a type of therapy — reconciling our gluttonous revelry with the travesty that some people proclaim it to celebrate — in our thinking. Toward this end, and with full knowledge of the busy lives of modern Americans, consider this essay to be a springboard for mental exercise, to be performed during an evening walk, aerobics, weight lifting, or any other bodily workout.

This essay has been published in Just Thinking: Volume I, 10/29/01 –10/21/02 and is available in Confidence Place: The Timshel Arts Store.




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