Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Next Thursday, I'll gather with family and friends and share both in the preparation and the eating of a wonderful meal. The foods are special and symbolic. The turkey and cranberries and corn pudding put us in mind of the English pilgrims whose first winter in Massachusetts was so hard; and how the Wampanoag people, native to that part of the country, who had already established a civilization there, found it in their hearts to share their wisdom and the bounty of the field, stream and forest with the strange, pale newcomers from the East. As children, we learned that the first Thanksgiving meal honored the Wampanoag people and that the pilgrims gave thanks to God for having enabled them to survive. Thanksgiving Day reminds us that it is good for us, in North Dakota in 2013, to sit around the table and express thanks to God for our many blessings.