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I am thinking had it not been for this pandemic and chaotic election season, we would be hearing and seeing much more about a major anniversary right now. We are marking the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock in 1620.

The history of the Pilgrims, their voyage and settlement in Plymouth is legendary. However, much of what we think we know is really not the whole story. The true story is pretty incredible and the best book on the topic I have found is Mayflower: Voyage, Community, War by the great Nathan Philbrick. This book has been around for a while but has been reissued with a new preface marking the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. Mr. Philbrick puts his considerable research and storytelling abilities to great use to bring the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower alive.

About Mayflower: Voyage, Community, War by Nathan Philbrick:

“How did America begin? That simple question launches the acclaimed author of In the Hurricane’s Eye and Valiant Ambition on an extraordinary journey to understand the truth behind our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. As Philbrick reveals in this electrifying history of the Pilgrims, the story of Plymouth Colony was a fifty-five year epic that began in peril and ended in war. New England erupted into a bloody conflict that nearly wiped out the English colonists and natives alike. These events shaped the existing communities and the country that would grow from them.”

I am hoping the world is in a better place a year from now when we will be marking the 400th anniversary of the legendary first Thanksgiving.

Mayflower: Voyage, Community, War by Nathan Philbrick is available from Amazon and other fine retailers everywhere.

Today’s find is quite literally a find. Several years ago I was going though a box of ephemera my mother had collected and came across a box of Thanksgiving “conundrum place cards” from the now defunct Norcross Card Company, probably from the 1950s.

The place cards delighted me with the vintage graphics and riddles ala what you might find in a Christmas popper. I placed them aside as I wanted to do something with them some day. But alas, I would come across them from time to time – usually not around Thanksgiving and I would put them away again Finally, this year I found them again and knew just what I should do with them – send them to my friend Sophie, who I knew would appreciate them.

Here is a sample of one of the cute place cards:

For many, Thanksgiving is all about the desserts. In my family there were always pies of course, but there was always a cheesecake too. And cheesecakes are relatively easy to make, especially if you have a recipe from the fine folks at Philadelphia Cream Cheese, like the one for their 1621 First Thanksgiving Cheesecake.

About the 1621 First Thanksgiving Cheesecake recipe from Philadelphia Cream Cheese:

“Did you know cheesecake was served at the first Thanksgiving?* That’s right, our research of real historical paintings of the First Thanksgiving prove that cheesecake (not pie!) is the original Thanksgiving dessert. So make your Thanksgiving dessert the original with our 1621 First Thanksgiving Cheesecake. It’s sure to disappear faster than pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or apple pie. Now figuring out a dessert to make this Thanksgiving is a piece of (cheese)cake! (*Well, maybe…)”

Find the 1621 First Thanksgiving Cheesecake recipe from Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

Visit the online home of Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

I have an adorable orange cat named 8-Track (don’t ask). He is the sweetest little guy but he is brimming with the confidence of a tiger.

Which is why when I saw this canvas print of a orange cat painting a self portrait I totally got it.

This type of cutesy image is not the thing I would normally go for, but it made me smile and I had to share.

If you love it too and want to order the stretched canvas print…

…it is available from Walmart.

Yes, Walmart.

Find the Cat Confidence Self Portrait from Walmart.

Joy oh joy, the fine people at PBS have partnered with Apple TV to make sure as many people as possible can take in the pleasure of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (and next month A Charlie Brown Christmas) over broadcast television from their local PBS station. Clear your calendar – it is on tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. EST – check your local PBS station for the time in your area.

About A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on PBS:

“In this holiday classic, Peppermint Patty invites everyone to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, even though he’s going to see his grandmother. Snoopy decides to cook his own version of a Thanksgiving meal with help from his friends. Watch this special one-night event on Sunday, November 22 7:30/6:30c.”

Learn more about Presents A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on PBS.

Visit PBS online and find your local PBS station.

The fine folks at Alexanto Aprons are best known for, well, aprons. But in this time of need they are putting their stitching skills to good use to offer a line of face masks. Not just any face masks, but fun, lighted and seasonally themed face masks, like their Thanksgiving Mask.

About Alexanto Aprons’ Thanksgiving Mask:

“Looking for the ultimate Thanksgiving mask? Our best selling design is both comfortable and the best deal! Be the center of attention and rock this Thanksgiving season! Better yet, our best selling face mask now comes with led lights. The led lights are lightweight, removable and do not get warm at all!”

Find Alexanto Aprons’ Thanksgiving Mask.

See Alexanto Aprons’ full line of holiday themed masks.

Visit Alexanto Aprons online.

Thanksgiving celebrations may need to be scaled back this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the glam. In fact, I think it is an excuse to ratchet up the style of your table settings. That’s why I love the Gobble Napkin Rings I found from the fine folks at Gracious Style.

About the Gobble Napkin Rings from Gracious Style:

“Set a stunning Thanksgiving table with The Gobble Napkin Ring, which features natural feathers in the shape of a turkey. Part of the autumnal Harvest Collection, these fall themed napkin rings will add a festive touch to your autumn table settings. This Thanksgiving Napkin Ring features fall shades of brown, reds and oranges.”

Heck, if it is going to be just me with my sad little game hen then I insist on have an elegant napkin ring.

Find the Gobble Napkin Rings from Gracious Style.

Visit Gracious Style online.

I love a good old fashioned rock and roll memoir. I’ve read a few over the years and one thing I have found is when it is well written, you do not even need to be a fan of the artist to enjoy reading their story. Such is the case with Kathy Valentine, famously of the Go-Go’s, and her All I Ever Wanted – A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir. I knew of her and of the Go-Go’s of course, but I had no idea of her (or the band’s) back story. After seeing a great documentary on the band I discovered Ms. Valentine had written a memoir about her days before, during, and after the 80’s whirlwind that was the Go-Go’s. Her book is honest, vulnerable and totally compelling.

About All I Ever Wanted – A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir by Kathy Valentine

“A Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine’s story is a roller coaster of sex, drugs, and of course, music; it’s also a story of what it takes to find success and find yourself, even when it all comes crashing down. At twenty-one, Kathy Valentine was at the Whisky in Los Angeles when she met a guitarist from a fledgling band called the Go-Go’s—and the band needed a bassist. The Go-Go’s became the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band to play instruments themselves, write their own songs, and have a number one album. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 and featured the hit songs We Got the Beat and Our Lips Are Sealed.  The record’s success brought the pressures of a relentless workload and schedule culminating in a wild, hazy, substance-fueled tour that took the band from the club circuit to arenas, where fans, promoters, and crew were more than ready to keep the party going.”

About All I Ever Wanted – A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir by Kathy Valentine is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

Before this stupid virus ruined everything, I was planning a trip this past April. I was going to fly into Amsterdam, stay a few days before taking the train to Bruges, and finally ending up in London. I was very much looking forward to going back to Amsterdam, where I was fortunate to visit many times on the job earlier in my career. In addition to visiting old favorites, I was planning to stay at the INK Hotel Amsterdam which just looks cool. It’s an old newspaper office converted into a hotel with a modern interior design playing homage to its former glory.

About INK Hotel Amsterdam:

“INK Hotel Amsterdam is a bohemian lifestyle hotel where the traditional rules of hospitality are freely translated to the modern day, writing a contemporary story in INK. At INK Hotel Amsterdam, your time truly is your own. INK delivers a luxury lifestyle experience with a personal touch for your own story to be written. It all began in 1904 when the building which now houses the hotel became the base of the Dutch newspaper ‘Tijd’. It was a place where stories were born, written and ultimately printed. This former use of the premises also explains the name of the hotel.”

Visit INK Hotel Amsterdam online.

Yes, face coverings and masks are definitely having their moment. Everybody is suddenly producing masks these days, but for my mask needs I have turned to folks who have been making masks before the onset of the pandemic. The fine folks at Ellessco have had a great line of masks they have been making for years – their MyAir Masks – and they are great and fashionable.

About the MyAir Masks from Ellessco:

“MyAir was designed to take the stigma out of wearing a mask so you can look good and feel good – whether you’re traveling, gardening, visiting a hospital or just slogging through cold & flu season. Advanced filtration adapted from medical respiratory technology provides comfort & protection – maintaining humidity for the health of your lungs, and reducing exposure to airborne pathogens.”

Find the MyAir Masks from Ellessco.

Visit Ellessco online.

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