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Things I’m NOT particularly thankful for…

What Pandemic? Cover, Saturday Evening Post, Nov. 30, 1918 (Image credit: classicmoviechat.com. Note for trivia fans: the soldier pictured is Neil Hamilton, who went on to long Hollywood career  including Police Commissioner Gordon in the 1966 Batman TV series with Adam West.)

Dolphins swimming in the canals of Venice! Blue skies over Delhi! People suddenly noticing the stunning beauty of the world around them under lockdown! Or [insert here] any one of a metric ton of other breathless Hallmark moments brought to you courtesy of a global pandemic responsible for unimaginable economic devastation, hardship, and death.

Now, normally at Thanksgiving, I’d be sharing the things I’m grateful for. And don’t get me wrong, I’m PLENTY grateful for the US election results that we… kinda… almost… have.

But when it comes to being grateful for the hidden benefits of the coronavirus pandemic?

Frankly, mermaids could be doing synchronized swim up the Potomac and it wouldn’t make me grateful for the past year.

So instead, I’d like to invite readers to share things they are thankful for IN SPITE OF the past year.

In my home on the Isle of Arran, I’m so thankful for my island neighbors who pulled together in an incredible volunteer effort to donate materials, create, and distribute gorgeous facemasks when none were otherwise available.

I wish everyone could be with family during the approaching holidays. We’re staying in Italy this winter, so I’m doubly missing all of you. Wherever you’re locked down, distancing, and sheltering, I hope you’ll be able to get together with family and friends, at least virtually. 

In support of that, I’d like to invite all of you to join me for a Zoom session where we’ll be making traditional Hanukkah foods such as latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jam donuts). You can register (it’s FREE!) and get a shopping list to cook along with me, or you can just drop in to say hi and see what we’re up to. Either way, I hope I see you there.

I’d be so thankful!

Wednesday 9th December 7:00pm

Latke and Sufganiyot Baking with Barb Taub

hosted by SCoJeC (Scottish Council of Jewish Communities)

Learn how to cook latkes and sufganiyot (doughnuts) just in time for Chanukah! Get the cooking items in advance to make sure you can cook along, or simply take notes and cook these delicious dishes in your own time. Click here to register.