There's no mystery in understanding why Jews, and perhaps most peoples, celebrate a holiday of light at the time of the winter solstice.
While it is a cliché to state what you're thankful for, I am thankful for what I have today and for the way things turned out.
There is much our progressive movement can learn from the Jewish New Year.
Overwhelmed this time of year, Santa Claus has delegated the answering of his letters to committees, and your mailman has been certified as the chair of the Royal Oak Elves Committee.
Solstice? revolution? religious miracle? military might? Like most things, this holiday can be viewed from multiple perspectives.
While I don't care much about Columbus Day (except that there's no school, which when my kids were younger was a pain), I do like Thanksgiving.
Nine years ago we published a still-relevant editorial about the Fourth of July, titled "Toward a third revolution." What we said then bears repeating.
A government "of the people, by the people, and for the people"? Hardly. Try a government "of the one percent, by the one percent, and for the one percent."
Nearly smothered beneath piles of gift catalogs, nearly drowned in a sea of elevator-music Christmas carols, there burns a persistent secret flame.
Jim Lane reviews Black Swan, Tangled, The Tourist and True Grit.