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Thanksgiving 2016

Here's my Thanksgiving grace for 2016; an attempt to reconcile a recent dramatic showdown of two political cultures in the United States:

We are here now together
sitting at a flat surface
perched atop a round earth

it sounds precarious
in the abstract
but these hands feel solid

sometimes its nice to gather someplace flat
since it's not easy to see
and hear each other
on a far distant face of a sphere

for thousands of years
the grinding clash of human civilizations has spelled
a bounty for some, diminishment for others

somehow we here have emerged with autonomy

we join
people all over our northern hemisphere
around this time
celebrating harvest
in our own ways

let's each bring something
to this table
a vision for what we can honor and celebrate
in this changing world

today we practice gratitude.
gratitude for
this precious water drop hanging in space
the dead trees holding up our butts and our plates
the fowl beasts and flora that feed us today
and the people who enacted this whole situation

We don't always see who made
any of this possible;
most of them are dead before us

Our choices for our land and society
leave open fields or dark alleys for future folks
like blessed little Delia and beyond

how can we honor the passed away
and the unborn?
how can we give thanks in a complex world?

today we shall hold hands for a moment
take a breath
and practice a balancing of the flat on the round


Thanks Steve Rhodes - from @tigerbeat on Instagram
June 2012 dancing in the streets of San Francisco with Ilyse Magy, photo thanks Steve Rhodes on instagram!

Hi, I'm Justin Hall and this here is a personal web site I've used to chronicle my time on earth since 1994. The content on the front page is relatively recent; if you search through the archives, you'll find old pieces of Justin. Some folks have indexed my doings on Wikipedia.

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eBooks by Justin Hall

I've published books for sale, somewhere else online! Behold:

Now available for the Kindle: A Story of GameLayers. My experience being CEO of a tech company, 2007-2009:

"A tell-all story of a startup from the very beginning, with lots of info about real-world fundraising. A more intimate look than you'll find in other business reads." says Irene Polnyi in a 5-star review on

A Story of GameLayers, for the Amazon Kindle.