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Intent of the Day: Thanksgiving Feast Favorites

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This Thursday we feast, which means this Tuesday we go grocery shopping.
As we prepare for the biggest dinner of the year, we intend to pull out the Thanksgiving favorites! We’re talking potatoes, desserts and the quintessential turkey. Whether you’re a chef or lost in the kitchen, we wanted to share some of our favorite sources for recipes and menus for this week.

Hungry? Try any and all of these recipes for holiday favorites! Continue reading

7 Quotes to Remind You to Be Grateful

This week you are going to hear a lot about gratitude, not just because Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday but because it is our theme of the week! As it often happens with the holiday season we can get caught up in the commercialism of it all (Is it just us or does it feel like Thanksgiving as a whole has been eaten by Christmas and not just the turkey?) or as the case may be with this Thursday the stress of all that cooking, the family and getting everyone organized. Sometimes we miss the point. This was a holiday started by controversial means but the spirit of gratitude and taking a day to reflect on the blessings we have, and how thankful we are for the positive things in our life is one to be commended. That’s what we want to remind you of this week. Here are a few inspiring quotes to get you started:

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Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all copy

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What are your favorite gratitude quotes? Share in the comments below! 

Occupy Gezi: Turkish Police Turn Violent on Peaceful Interfaith Protest (Inspiring Photos!)

v0sKEzcLast week, an interfaith, multicultural group in Istanbul, Turkey convened to protest Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to demolish Gezi Park and convert it into a shopping mall. What began as a festive summer sit-in quickly turned violent when police forces arrived with guns, tear gas, and barricades. According to The New Yorker, at least twelve people have been hospitalized with head injuries, and according to one participant’s account, two people were killed in the scuffle.

The events in Gezi Park are startling and unnerving, especially given that this was a non-political, non-violent demonstration. Since when do police start handing out head injuries at picnics? Sure, this “picnic” had a specific purpose that went against what government authorities had in mind, but as one blogger wrote: “People went to the park with their blankets, books and children. They put their tents down and spent the night under the trees.” The #occupygezi and #occupyturkey hashtags that have sprung up on social media in last few days describe police setting fire to demonstrators’ tents and arresting hundreds of peaceful protesters. This conjures memories of violent confrontations during the US’s own Occupy demonstrations in 2011 and 2012, all of which speaks to the fundamental frailty of civil rights in these places.

Our spirits are with Occupy Gezi demonstrators around the world as they stand strong for civil and community rights:

 

Images sourced imgur.com and Occupy Gezi’s Facebook page.

Why Islam Needs an Apology

What’s your reaction to President Obama’s recent statements to the Muslim world that "the United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam" and that "we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation"?

Enough Americans feel bad about the Iraq war that they didn’t become upset over President Obama’s apology to the Islamic world. Call it a mea culpa or a sign of more openness, but clearly Obama wants to make amends for the Bush era. His base on the left is ashamed of the war, an incursion that had no justification in fighting against terrorism. Up to 300,000 innocent civilians may have died there. We will never know, given the chaos of the situation after March, 2003, and the absence of official death counts.  

Recently Obama has gone even further, telling the Turkish parliament that he considers Islam a great culture that has contributed much to the world. In a daring reference to his family background (daring for a politician who needs public approval, that is), he pointed out that Muslim-American families like his have contributed to our society and will continue to. For some observers — and the entire right wing — these remarks went too far. But when everything is considered, they were necessary.

This President owes his election to the power of words, and the words applied to Islam after 9/11 fill a toxic dump site. The war makers paid lip service to the notion that not all Muslims are terrorists, but they spent their whole energy painting the picture of an Islamic bogeyman, a frightening specter implacably opposed to the U.S., filled with fanatical hatred, and capable of springing appalling attacks anywhere, anytime.

His critics believe that Obama is giving aid and comfort to the enemy no doubt, by apologizing to the Islamic world, but from his perspective he’s beginning to treat Muslims like normal human beings. There was a long period known as the Red Scare in American politics, preceding WW II, when the same tactics were used against anarchists and Communists. Then as now, everyone remotely associated with the Soviet Union was demonized, and the Russians themselves were given all but supernatural powers to infiltrate American society and bring it down. That the McCarthy witch hunts of the Fifties brought to light not a single traitor hasn’t quenched the right wing’s xenophobia, which simply shifted to illegal immigrants and all Muslims.

So while we encourage moderate Muslims to stand up for themselves and speak out against the jihadis (a long-term project that, sadly, shows few signs of succeeding), here at home we have to revive the tradition of tolerance that the Bushies undermined. They seemed incapable of realizing that tolerance, and the civil rights that go with it, are more important by far than raw patriotism. (Notice that no one has ever said that toleration was the last refuge of scoundrels.) Obama walks a fine line, trying to preserve both patriotism and tolerance, a mission we should all support. Does the Islamic world, as the source of so much trouble and turmoil, not to mention so much backwardness in women’s rights and democratic freedom, deserve anyone’s apology? In their own eyes they do, and America should be strong enough to offer one. There’s error and wrongdoing on both sides. It’s no shame to be the first to admit it.

Published in the Washington Post

Turkey & Vegetable Soup: Use Up Those Thanksgiving Leftovers!

This soup is lightweight, veggie-packed and flavorful. It’ll ease you into a yearlong turkey hiatus.

The Day After Thanksgiving Soup

The Day after Thanksgiving Soup
12 cups homemade turkey stock
5 cups shredded turkey meat leftovers
6 carrots, chopped into quarter-inch rounds
1 medium potato, peeled & chopped
1 medium sweet potato, peeled & chopped
1 15 ounce can kidney beans (no salt added, ready to serve)
1 15 ounce can sweet peas
6 green onions, sliced into dainty rounds
1 bunch red kale, leaves plucked from stems into bite-sized pieces
2 pinches coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup white wine

Pour stock into deep stock pot. Set burner to a low heat. Add the turkey, carrots, potato, sweet potato, beans and peas (with "can juice"), and onions. Stir for a few minutes to mingle the goods. Next, pile in the kale, stirring every couple of minutes, until it’s self-absorbed and mingling with the rest of the veggies that rest easy in the broth’s bath. Sprinkle in salt. Perk up flavors by rolling Italian herbs and tarragon through your palms over the pot. Season further with the celery salt and garlic powder. Toast the soup one last turkeylicious hurrah with a pour of wine. Rev up the heat to a medium setting until a fast simmer brews, then return to low and cook for 30 minutes, or until the carrots are tender to a fork piercing—paying mind to a good stir a few times throughout.

 

 

 

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