Thankiness–kinda like Stephen Colbert’s made-up Truthiness.

Thanksgiving is such an odd holiday in the US. Considering the genocide of the native people who were here when the European arrived and the atrocities done in the name of God and national building, it sours for me the images of pilgrims and Indians.

I do think having a day to give thanks for the people and special moments and accomplishments of the previous year is a great thing to do. I typically write up a thankiness (or thankfulness list). After mentally scanning over the year, I consider all the many things that I feel thankful for happening and especially for the special people in my life during the year.

Some of you who read this blog are on that list. I sat for an interview last night for a transgender podcast (I’ll give details when it is up), and reflected on how rich my life has become with transgender friends, some who I only meet in the past year.

I will not post my Thankiness list, but it has been an amazing year and I feel very very thankful.

The next few days I will be off-line (AH! I can’t breathe!) so if you celebrate or not, I hope your next few days contain moments of thankful reflection (but no turkey–enough with the animal products!)

I leave you with a vegan fact:

I heard that a vegan who owns and operates a Hummer (those big ass vehicles that get like 13 miles to a gallon), leaves a smaller ecological footprint than a meat and dairy consumer….

who owns and operates….

a bicycle. 😉

This post has 6 Comments

  1. alex resare on November 21, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    If I go vegan, do you get me a hummer then?

    Have a good weekend!

  2. Ally on November 21, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Do enjoy your holiday, Peterson. And do link to the podcast when it’s up!

  3. Liz Opp on November 21, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    Sorry, but I’m not trading in my dairy products (mmmm, chocolate milk…) and meat-eating habits for a Hummer!

    Thanks for the Thankiness musing.

    Liz Opp, The Good Raised Up

  4. Anonymous on November 22, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    Dear friend, Peterson,

    After I read your post today, I envisioned the circle of family that is gathering at my house today. Although there are so many things that are conflicted in my life and heart, I’d like to say “Thanki” for being such a good influence in my life. Without your input, I really don’t know who or what I’d read every day. I don’t know what new ideas I’d have come across, or how those ideas would have progressed, if it was not for YOU.

    There are many ways that even years ago I was “different” than some of my fundamentalist friends, so it helped when all this craziness came along that, like my daughter, Liz, said, “God started working on us … a long time ago.” Sure, I can see that I’d have changed when ***** came out to us, and I’d have somehow loved him no matter what. But today I look forward with hope, and MUCH of that has come either directly or indirectly (links, videos, etc. that come via a_musing.blogspot) from you.

    Like I’ve said before, but want to acknowledge today how much I appreciate and I want to say to you, “THANK’EE.”

    Many, many thanks,

  5. alex resare on November 23, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    So since mr Important Toscano has abandoned us for some small little local holiday I guess I’ll have to share this link to the Trans-Ponder podcast episode where he talks about Transfigurations

  6. CrackerLilo on November 24, 2007 at 4:27 am

    I’d just kinda like to meet a vegan with a Hummer. That would be interesting.

    Or see a “go vegan, get a hummer from Peterson!” promotion. Oops. 😉

    Well, I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. I try to focus on being thankful and gathering people around me in the here and now, and not on the Pilgrims and Indians thing. There are other claims to that “first Thanksgiving” title, anyway. Besides, it was actually the Natives’ idea over at Plymouth!

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