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“I just don’t know what to do to get them to cooperate with each other,” Marissa sighed.

The other support group members nodded their heads sympathetically.

“We’ve all been there honey,” said Natalie, leaning over to pat Marissa on the knee. “We’ve all been there.”

“It just so hard to…

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When you’ve been cooking Thanksgiving dinners for three decades you can do most of the work on autopilot. Pie crusts get made on Tuesday. On Wednesday every dish that can be made ahead is. Thursday morning is a rush followed by a delicious dinner, a sleepy afternoon, and painful cleanup.

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Want to show your support for Black Lives Matter with your choice of Thanksgiving dessert? Consider the humble custard-like orange vegetable pie.

In the 1800s pumpkin was the clear choice of those against slavery. Pumpkins were the humble vegetable grown on small farms by the salt of the earth family…

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Do you want to be the hero of the family and stave off a Thanksgiving disaster? You need some countermeasures to lob onto the table when Uncle Ralph sends out his heat-seeking missiles of conversational dining doom. I am here to help.

Below are some anecdotes to toss out as…

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Imagine you are an intelligent woman born in the late 1700s. Luckily your parents value education for all genders so you have a strong home education. When your brother heads off to Dartmoor, he doesn’t forget you. Instead, he comes home every summer and teaches you everything he has learned.

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Step aside, you William-Shakespeare-didn’t-write-Shakespeare’s-plays conspiracy theorists. There is a more important controversy in town. This one involves little old ladies, a very rich bigot, and a story repeated so often everyone now assumes it is true.

Who wrote the classic nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb?”

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Writing, wondering, and wandering across three continents. Finding the funny everywhere I go.

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