Thanksgiving miscellany

All my shirts and most of my outerwear are from Eddie Bauer and I have to say I was disgusted to find out from a marketing email today that there are Eddie Bauer stores that will be open this evening. I’m grateful for the so‐called blue law in Massachusetts that prohibits some kinds of business on Thanksgiving Day. Kudos to Apple Inc., BJ’s Wholesale Club, TJ Maxx, Costco, Nordstrom, and other retailers who have chosen as companies to be closed today.

I reflected this morning before I got out of bed how very fortunate I am to have a safe, warm place to live; plenty (arguably too much!) food; employment that, while sometimes frustrating, is never boring and makes good use of my abilities; good health insurance and medical ailments that can be cured or for which there are effective maintenance drugs; happy memories of a loving mother and a good relationship with an elderly father.