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Thanksgiving 2012

I have the job of saying grace before my big family meals. Thanks Mom! Here is my offering for Thanksgiving 2012:

[don't read this if you're part of my family and we're having dinner together 22 November 2012!!!! I'm going to read this aloud to you instead :-) ]

in this clarity of autumn
when the leaves ride high on the compost pile

looking through bare branches
we might see the capacity in our world for new beginnings

since we are all alive around this table right now
that means we have survived at least this long

and we can awaken our minds
to make something new

each day
we are grateful

This sits atop a pile of past Thanksgivings. Perhaps my favorite short Thanksgiving grace was part of 2010:

thanks for the crazy set of circumstances
that has us upright mammals
Sitting politely around the riches of a living planet
Ready to eat as a family
And give thanks


And I'm glad I made this family Thanksgiving video in 2004:

Thanksgiving 2K4 vid
Thanksgiving 2K4 - ten minutes - 77 megabyte Quicktime


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:

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