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Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to stop for a day (or two) and reflect on what’s important, and how fortunate we are. AHA is certainly grateful for you — our members, partners and volunteers.

It’s a great time to enjoy time with family and friends who may be neglected due to our often over-scheduled, hectic lives. Take the time to foster those relationships with the people who mean the most to you, even if you can’t sit at the same table with them tomorrow. 

It’s also time to think about the food you eat — where it comes from, how much time, effort and energy it takes to get it to our tables.  If you want to learn more about this, there are marvelous books out there on the subject. One of my favorites is The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is another favorite, written by my favorite author, Barbara Kingsolver.

If you haven’t sent up a quiet ‘thank you’ to the farmers who toil day in and day out to bring the bounty to our tables, be sure and do so tomorrow before you sit down to eat.

If you’ve grown your own food, hats off to you!

If you’ve shopped locally, supporting local farmers, pat yourself on the back.

But no matter where your feast comes from, gratitude is in order.

And don’t forget to thank the people who prepare it — meals like this take time, thought and energy to plan and make.

Most of all, enjoy.

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