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It’s Good To Give Thanks

After a seemingly endless year of waiting, American Thanksgiving is back and is poised to be bigger and — if we all do our part — better than ever. The President has chimed in as he’s wont to do, pardoning a set of Turkeys today at 1600 Pennsylvania. But outside of the love of fowl, food, family, friends, and good fortune that comes with Thanksgiving and Christmas (post pending), it’s been a week of good news that we can all give a big gracias to: The Pope endorsed condoms, the University of California came a lot closer to completing an artificial kidney that looks a whole lot like a car battery, AIDS was quasi-cured for people with names other than Magic, flamenco dancing and lunch in France were deemed cultural treasures, superheroes were deemed worthy of the right to free speech, and a car was driven from Alaska to Argentina without any emissions.

Sure, it would be easy to point to equally bad developments, but that’s not really our gig. Good things happen, goes the mantra. That’s why we’re here.

Have a stellar Thanksgiving. You may not love the TSA, but thank them for their exploratory gestures — you never know when you’ll make a friend traveling home for the holiday weekend. Whatever you do and whomever you’re with, try and remember what matters most.

Happy Thanksgiving from Goodosphere. Thanks for keeping us company.

And thanks to Katie O and the good pilgrims at Greenbrier Learning Center for the photos.

Salim Baba: A Short Film (Or: Songs, Dialogue & Fighting)

In our lifelong obsession with ourselves, we all think we’re too busy. Too busy to do what we want to do, what we’ve been meaning to do, or what we know we should do for someone else. I heard about the following short film, Salim Baba, over a month ago and from the description alone knew it would be worth watching, but put it off because I was too busy. We must think that phrase a dozen times within the space of a day. The joke of it is, we know it isn’t true, and that if we’re lucky we just get rare, shining moments in that day that actually mean something while the rest is instantly forgettable. But we keep saying it to ourselves (and anyone else that will listen), and we always will.

My point? I watched Salim Baba today, and it’s a wonderful short film. It won’t change your perspective, it won’t challenge you, it won’t impress you with its blazing originality. It’s just… worth the time.

Watch.