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Wine, popcorn and a movie cozy up to Thanksgiving Eve

(written for the Los Altos Town Crier) Autumn light shone on the smooth leaves of the magnolia trees that grow throughout my neighborhood and stopped me in my tracks the other morning. I had been walking with a long list on my mind when I slowed down in appreciation of the stained-glass effect the light created. I found myself considering how simple gratitude can be.

Autumn is a dazzling season for sunlight, a kaleidoscope of shadows visible more than any other time of year. Gratitude can be this way, too – shining through and changing the shape of even the densest troubles in life.

For Thanksgiving this year, I look forward to the elaborate meal my family and I will prepare. Thanks to my morning walk, I also will focus on just how simple the pleasures of the holiday can be – and the wines to pair with such moments of the season.


My Thanksgiving would not be complete without a couch-camping session on the eve of the big Thursday. We watch “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” …

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