Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for our good fortune at living in America, sharing in our nation’s bounty, and surviving and thriving for another year. Since helpful Native Americans (the first Americans, lest we forget), a ragtag group of recent upstart arrivals to the continent’s shore (the Pilgrims), and a terrain that was chilly and inhospitable all comprise our Thanksgiving story, it can be considered a “creation myth” of sorts. It’s grown to be a parable of clashing cultures that explains how these newly landed Americans learned to flourish, to expand, and ultimately to gain in strength, power, and drive. Through an exchange of trust and recipes, the First Thanksgiving dinner was held, and it is commemorated nearly 400 years later.
I love finding surprising teddy bear images in my in-box. As we get closer to the holiday season, all of us will be checking our physical mailboxes for Christmas cards and family holiday portraits. I’m always excited when I receive postcards from teddy bear artists I’ve met over the years and get a chance to marvel at their talent and their kindness. Yep, finding a photo that can make you smile is a treat, no matter the time of year. Discovering one during the hectic run-up to Noel is a mood elevator; it is the “paws that refreshes,” to paraphrase an old beverage advertising slogan!
When anyone is asked to name their favorite Catwoman, the feline-loving “villain” who is actually a masked crusader for her four-legged friends, the choices are impressive. There are the three original ladies who stepped into the black unitard to stare down Batman in the 1960s: Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt (ironic, right, that her last name is Kitt), and Lee Meriwether. Then there’s the Michelle Pfeiffer iconic interpretation — her performance is like a pissed-off PETA member crossed with a purring dominatrix. Halle Berry’s is the most sexual and erotic — encased in black leather, exposed abdomen, ripped leggings and taut whips. Yep, your choice of preferred catwoman says a lot about you. That’s why I’m nominating Candi Taylor.