Thanksgiving – a simple concept and a complex equation

On one hand, Thanksgiving is a simple concept. It is a day beautiful in its simplicity. Its centerpiece is simply a meal. It belongs not to one faith but to all Americans. No religious services are required. No complex liturgies are recited. On the other hand, Thanksgiving is a complex equation – of what I have lost versus what I have. It is an equation that is seemingly unsolvable, taking…

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