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  • Thanksgiving Memories

  • If there is a better place to ask women questions about Thanksgiving past, Have You Heard could not think of it. The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market is the center of the Thanksgiving Universe. Even on a cold and rainy day women were happy to share their memories. Market vendors will be setting up their stalls at the ...
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  • If there is a better place to ask women questions about Thanksgiving past, Have You Heard could not think of it. The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market is the center of the Thanksgiving Universe. Even on a cold and rainy day women were happy to share their memories. Market vendors will be setting up their stalls at the National Guard armories until Nov. 24 on Tuesdays in Ashland and through Nov. 19 in Medford. Be there and ask yourself: What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving Day?
    Marnia Robinson
    Ashland
    We share the holiday with friends who cook the turkey and stuffing. I cook everything else. We get an organic turkey and use wheat-free stuffing.
    Karin Onkka
    Ashland
    Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday. It's a little challenging to celebrate it as a vegetarian, but even as a child I have memories of being overstuffed, hot and cranky in some itchy wool sweater. Now I usually do my own thing, and take a walk in nature. You have the world to yourself.
    Pauline Black
    Ashland
    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is about my childhood cat. He really loved turkey — a lot. He watched my mom put the turkey in the oven one year, and then he went out for a few hours. When he came back, the turkey still wasn't done. He was so mad he started attacking my mom's feet. She finally picked him up and opened the oven door to show him the turkey. He finally stopped attacking her.
    Anne Stine
    Ashland
    Whenever I celebrate Thanksgiving, the center of attention is gratitude. It's useful to look beyond what is immediate to the things we take for granted, like the natural world and our precious human life. In the Rogue Valley we are blessed with community, people, culture and so much food. I don't have any plans for this year yet, and if nothing arises I will probably take a walk in nature and be grateful.
    Anita Tamboli
    Talent
    The best Thanksgivings are when I sit around with friends and talk. It's a really good way to get in touch with the last year and focus on the blessings instead of the things that aren't going right. It's the gratitude. It amplifies and brings more blessings. It's being grateful in a public way, and most of the time it's about your friendships.
    Erin Wonder
    Ashland
    Once I spent my Thanksgiving with friends in Lansing, Mich., with refugees from Iran, Afghanistan, Cuba and Puerto Rico. There were a lot of different ethnic dishes along with the traditional turkey. A lot of languages were spoken: Portuguese, Spanish, Farsi and Arabic, I think. It was a very multi-ethnic Thanksgiving. All the Afghanis were women, and it made me appreciate being here in the States, since I don't have to face those difficulties women had in Afghanistan. They were happy to be in the States.
    Jessica Quilter
    Ashland
    I'm excited about this Thanksgiving because we're having our first child. My mom's coming from Alaska, and she makes the most amazing pumpkin pie and cheesecake. Over the last few years I've made them too, but in a layered way, with a graham cracker crust. You should try it!
    Kristen Olson
    Ashland
    I remember my grandparent's house in Salt Lake. My whole family, both sides, would gather there. My grandparents had a big house and Grandma would cook a huge meal for 40 people. It was a lot of fun.
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