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'Two Thanksgiving Gentlemen' by O. Henry

Two Thanksgiving Gentlemen by O. Henry, 1907

The magic trick:

Demonstrating human kindness behind the ironic ending

An O. Henry story with an irony-laden ending? I don’t believe it. 216 more words

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There is more than one story to Thanksgiving!

I would like to share some thoughts on some inherent differences between the Canadian and American Thanksgiving celebrations.  Put it down to my American roots, and my Canadian upbringing, but there is a big difference in the origin of the Canadian and American celebration of Thanksgiving.  747 more words


'We Were Liars' by E. Lockhart

Fiction – Kindle edition; Hot Key Books; 242 pages; 2014.

E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars received a lot of favourable publicity, especially on Twitter, over the summer. 706 more words

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"Thanks!" Let's Mean It When We Say It!


A wee bit of social criticism on our Thanksgiving customs from a renowned poet–


W. S. Merwin, 1927

with the night falling we are saying thank you 
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the 
we are running out of the glass rooms 
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky 
and say thank you 
we are standing by the water thanking it 
smiling by the windows looking out 
in our directions 

back from a series of hospitals back from a 
after funerals we are saying thank you 
after the news of the dead 
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank 

over telephones we are saying thank you 
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in 
remembering wars and the police at the door 
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you 
in the banks we are saying thank you 
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us 
our lost feelings we are saying thank you 
with the forests falling faster than the minutes 
of our lives we are saying thank you 
with the words going out like cells of a brain 
with the cities growing over us 
we are saying thank you faster and faster 
with nobody listening we are saying thank you 
we are saying thank you and waving 
dark though it is


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Ursula K. Le Guin's Acceptance Speech for the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards

This is going around in plenty of blogs and social media sites, but I find it important enough to put on my own blog. It does, after all, confront the most crucial dilemmas facing today’s writers. 229 more words


Black Hawk Questions

1. Summarize Black Hawk’s perspective on land ownership and explain how this belief system was in direct conflict with the Americans’ attitudes toward private property. 29 more words

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