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Today was the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, and accordingly, many of us spent time with family, friends and other loved ones sharing a meal and giving thanks for what has been afforded us.

I was listening to a simple, yet moving piece: Aaron Copland's suite from the film Our Town. The 1940 movie brought to life Thornton Wilder's classic play, which highlighted the importance of appreciating the little things in life and demonstrated that even a small town isn't completely immune from the influence of the rest of the world.

"It goes so fast. We don't have time to look at one another."

The quote is from "Our Town," but it can apply to our busy lives today just the same. With so much happening, we should remember to take stock of who we are, where we came from, and who helps us be the people we are in our respective communities. And to recognize that our communities are far-reaching - well beyond our geographic location.

So thank you to all of my faithful readers. The last year or so has seen me neglect this fine blog for a while. I'm hoping to return to my roots and spend more time here, as well as to make a return to the podcasting world.

In the meantime, to show my thanks, here's a link to some amazing deals being had on Amazon right now as part of the post-Thanksgiving shopping fest known as Black Friday. Please feel free to browse and enjoy as you prepare for the coming holiday season.

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