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Volume 16, Issue 45 - November 6 - November 12, 2008
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The Thanksgiving Feast: Beyond the Basics, We Make America’s Holiday Our Own

Thanksgiving dinner is served out of the great American melting pot. While tracing hand turkeys on construction paper, we imbibed the traditions of the great Pilgrim feast. So committed are we to turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie that we must have sworn long-forgotten cross-my-heart oaths to make them the staples of Thanksgiving forever and ever. • But sometime between then and now, my heart swelled with thanks for my own identity. So there are icons at my Thanksgiving table beyond idealized pilgrims and ceramic turkey salt and pepper shakers. Nowadays, I prepare my feast to honor my culture, family and mother as well as the great American ethos we all share, whether our roots are in Italy, Ireland, Africa or Indonesia. • Is it not the same for you?
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As Easy As Pie?

Like my mother, I am not at my culinary best as a pie maker. Is crumbling dough and tough crust my fate? I know what a good pie should be. I just haven’t made one, yet. This Thanksgiving, I vowed to try again. And try early.
by Sandra Olivetti Martin
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Thanksgiving for Eating Well

For 26 weeks, we’ve feasted on fresh, local food.
by Margaret Tearman
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What's Inside

Letters to the Editor

Letter from the Editor
Are You What You Eat — at Thanksgiving?

Earth Talk
Living lighter on the road: A well-designed RV can get up to 30mpg.

News of the Weird
by Chuck Shepherd

Free Will Astrology
by Rob Brezsny

2008 Home & Garden Guide

2008 Bay Weekly Dining Guide

Bill Burton
Your boat is your yacht: As long as it gets you to the water, I don’t care what it looks like.

Sporting Life
by Dennis Doyle
If a window opens, jump through.

Sky Watch
by J. Alex Knoll
Night lights: Fleeting planets and winter’s coming constellations.


The Bay Gardener
by Dr. Frank Gouin
Cover up your bare spots: Reseeding from the ground up.

Where We Live
by Steve Carr
2010 or Sue! Can a lawsuit save the Chesapeake 2010 Agreement?

Movie Reviews

© The Weinstein Company

Mark Burns on Zack and Miri Make a Porno: An odd combo of vulgar shock and comic romance skews this comedy into an awkward tryst.

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