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« post-turkey musings | Main | birthdays and puzzlenews »

thanksgiving, eh?

My editor at Writer's Digest Books says my book is going to the printer on Friday, and asked me for a brief bio to put on the back cover, max two paragraphs.

I stared at a blank computer screen, wondering what to write. How to summarize my life in two paragraphs? After typing and erasing and typing and erasing, I finally tapped out a rather dull but informative two paragraphs and e-mailed them to my editor. I hope people can read between the lines. :-)

Going back to Toronto tomorrow, for Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. People at work asked me what Canadian Thanksgiving was for. I confessed I had no idea...for all I knew, it was just an imitation of the American holiday, but scheduled earlier so we could be first. :-)

So I went online and found a Web site about Canadian Thanksgiving. According to this resource, the Canadian holiday is simply a thanks for a successful harvest. Hm.

I'm still suspicious. Would we still have a Thanksgiving holiday if the U.S. didn't have one? The Canadian Parliament didn't establish an official Canadian Thanksgiving holiday until 1957. I would love to have been a fly on the wall of the room where they decided to establish the holiday.

But heck, I'm not going to complain. I'll eat my turkey, play with my nieces and nephew, take a dip in the clear waters of Canoe Lake one last time before winter comes. And I'll be thankful for the opportunity. :-)

Today's blatherpic: Cory visits during Word on the Street.

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