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Ms. Anne Thrope’s Coffee Club will close on November 28 and 29 this year. We’ll observe the traditional Armenian-Virginian Thanksgiving* on Thursday and then take time to bathe Duke the wonder dog and clean the house a bit on Friday. Our staff will avoid shopping on Friday, and we do that even though we depend on retail transactions.

I dislike the term “Black Friday” for the day after Thanksgiving. In a post concerning marketing and media, Seth Godin noted that “Black Friday” was an invention of the National Association of Retailers. In other words, it is a marketing and promotional concept that we’ve swallowed. Godin also wrote that a friend helped concoct “Cyber Monday” as yet another way to talk about a day devoted to buying consumer goods.

Read Godin’s post: < http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2013/11/blackfriday-media-fail-.html>

I look forward to the day when we embrace ALS research and Alzheimer’s research and the effort to eliminate hunger and homelessness with the same enthusiasm as this shopping day. Those are some matters I discuss in A World Worth Saving: Lenten Spiritual Practices for Action.

I hope your Thanksgiving celebration is peaceful and joyful!

*Armenian-Virginia Thanksgiving: pilaf and paklava and yalanchi sarma (sometimes called “vegetarian stuffed grape leaves”) plus oyster stew, turkey and dressing, and usually one untested or untried recipe that intrigued someone. One year we replaced the turkey with pizza. Served with gratitude for the gifts of life, especially friendships.

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