Turkey and Cranberries and Giving Thanks

The Star of the Show

The Star of the Show © 2011 Bo Mackison

The turkey is suitably browned and ready for the master carver to do his job.

Three Watched Pots

Three Watched Pots © 2011 Bo Mackison

The assistant to the chef is watching over the stove top. Whoever said three watched pots never boil wasn’t watching these pots.

Simmering Cranberries for Thanksgiving

Simmering Cranberries for Thanksgiving © 2011 Bo Mackison

The cranberries are simmering, soon to be a cranberry dish for the Thanksgiving table. We have stopped out travels long enough for a Thanksgiving Day visit with some special people we know.

Thanksgiving Day — perhaps the best holiday of the year. A holiday that is filled with meaning. Yes, there is the wonderful food as each cook puts his or her love into the offering of food. There are family celebrations for some, celebrations with friends for others, but the most important celebration is the one you can do alone, by yourself, no one else required.

I take time out of this holiday — filled with parades, football, a Thanksgiving feast, friends and family — take time and list that for which I am grateful. There is so much goodness in my life, and I am grateful. My life, my health. My spouse, my children, my family. My home and garden. I can go on and on. And I will — in silent thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio. She knows that the cranberries in the photo strongly resemble baked beans, but she is thankful for any kind of photography.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. This has been a good day. I’m glad that is was for you to!

  2. Joanne Keevers says:

    Thanksgiving should be a day celebrated world wide, Bo, but as you say, we can all give our own private thanks for those people and things that we treasure the most, and we can do that every day.

    Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

  3. Truly a day to reflect and rejoice. As Joanne observes, it would be fitting for a worldwide celebration, but many nations call it by other names and at different times. I raised a glass (of beer) in your honor. Long live Turkey and Football.

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