Posts Tagged ‘thanksgiving’

Thankful? Nuzzle.

Once a year Americans gather around a seasonal feast to pause, reflect and give thanks. Appreciation for good fortune is expressed through sharing homes, food, or even by articulating personal successes or it could be worses to friends and family. But whales? Well, they cuddle.

We know you already have a lot to be thankful for this year, but here’s another, Free Willy-esque reason: An appreciative whale reminding us that nature offers something Good around every corner.

California — December, 2005: A 50-ton humpback whale was found caught in nylon ropes in Farallon Islands, 18 miles outside of San Francisco. A braaaave team decided to execute a daring rescue operation: The only way to save the tangled whale was to dive into the water and cut the ropes, a delicate mission because one swoop of the whale’s fin was enough to knock out and even kill a dude. But this whale was a boss, and acted calm and patient.

James Moskito, one of the rescue divers explained, “When I was cutting the line going through the mouth, its eye was there winking at me, watching me. It was an epic moment of my life.”

According to Moskito and his fellow rescuers, when the whale realized it was free it began swimming around in circles. Moskito said it swam to each diver, nuzzled him, and then nuzzled the next. Because thankful whales cuddle.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all. Nuzzle some fools.

Thanks, Jimmy.

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.

No Need To Toy With The Title: Coolio Samples Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish

National Public Radio has been catching a lot of flack in the past weeks for firing Juan Williams, over-representing the left, and for an undying allegiance to the National Socialist Party. Just yesterday, the GOP unsuccessfully tried to pull its federal funding. With the incoming Republican majority, future attempts are all but guaranteed.

Everyone has the right to make an argument for or against public radio, but we can all surely agree that any news outlet that pairs Pepto-Bismoly Thanksgiving relishes with Coolio commentary has good things going.

You take some cranberry
A little bit of horseradish
And some onions.
Now I got a relish fetish.
Mama Stamberg
That’s what you heard.

It’s Coolio, not Stamberg
With some cranberries
And a little bit of onion, y’all.
And some horseradish.
Now I got a fetish
For that relish.
And it’s Pinkout.
Better pull your drink out.

It turns out that when not walking through the valley of the shadow of death, Coolio’s cooking. Veteran NPR announcer Susan Stamberg had the foresight to pitch the chef her “Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish.” After some initial color-induced hesitation, Coolio endorsed the recipe and even added some Thai hot sauce for a Blasian (Black-Asian) kick. And people say public radio’s bland…

The luscious recipe and equally delicious audio are up at NPR’s progressive page on the World Wide Web.

A Happy Thanksgiving from all at Goodosphere.
A Happy belated Canadian Thanksgiving to friends north of the 49th.