American culture

I wouldn’t go quite that far…

by Anna Blanch on February 23, 2011

 

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Why I celebrate Thanksgiving!

by Anna Blanch on November 25, 2010

For Americans, Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates survival of the pilgrims in the harsh climes of the New England. But it’s a holiday that, as an Australian expat, I have also come to appreciate and to celebrate. While the stories of pilgrims and Indians have little relevance to me, there is something about this [...]

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Thanksgiving Poems: Iroquois Song

by Anna Blanch on November 24, 2010

This is the eighth in a series of Thanksgiving Poems in preparation for next week. Do you have a favourite thanksgiving poem? The Thanksgivings From a traditional Iroquois Song trans. Harriet Maxwell Converse  1908 We who are here present thank the Great Spirit that we are here to praise Him.We thank Him that He has [...]

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Thanksgiving Poems: Paul Laurence Dunbar

by Anna Blanch on November 23, 2010

This is the seventh in a series of Thanksgiving Poems in preparation for next week. Do you have a favourite thanksgiving poem? A Thanksgiving Poem Lyrics of Sunshine and ShadowPaul Laurence Dunbar 1905 The sun hath shed its kindly light,Our harvesting is gladly o’er,Our fields have felt no killing blight,Our bins are filled with goodly [...]

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Thanksgiving Poems: Walt Whitman

by Anna Blanch on November 22, 2010

This is the fifth in a series of Thanksgiving Poems in preparation for next week. Do you have a favourite thanksgiving poem? The pure contralto sings in the organ loft From Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman  1900 The pure contralto sings in the organ loft;The carpenter dresses his plank—the tongue of his foreplane whistles its [...]

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Thanksgiving Poems: Emily Dickinson

by Anna Blanch on November 21, 2010

This is the fifth in a series of Thanksgiving Poems in preparation for next week. Do you have a favourite thanksgiving poem? 814: One day is there of the Series Emily Dickinson One Day is there of the SeriesTermed Thanksgiving Day.Celebrated part at TablePart in Memory. Neither Patriarch nor PussyI dissect the PlaySeems it to [...]

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Thanksgiving Poems: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

by Anna Blanch on November 20, 2010

This is the fourth in a series of Thanksgiving Poems in preparation for next week. Do you have a favourite thanksgiving poem? Thanksgiving  Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1896 We walk on starry fields of whiteAnd do not see the daisies;For blessings common in our sightWe rarely offer praises.We sigh for some supreme delightTo crown our lives [...]

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Thanksgiving Poems: Kate Seymour Maclean

by Anna Blanch on November 19, 2010

This is the third in a series of Thanksgiving Poems in preparation for next week. Do you have a favourite thanksgiving poem?   Thanksgiving Kate Seymour Maclean 1880 The Autumn hills are golden at the top,And rounded as a poet’s silver rhyme;The mellow days are ruby ripe, that dropOne after one into the lap of [...]

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Thanksgiving Poems: John Whittier

November 18, 2010

The second in a series of Thanksgiving poems in preparation for next week. Do you have a favourite thanksgiving poem? The Pumpkin John Greenleaf Whittier 1850 Oh, greenly and fair in the lands of the sun,The vines of the gourd and the rich melon run,And the rock and the tree and the cottage enfold,With broad [...]

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Grover takes on the old spice guy; or the sesame street meaning of ‘on’

October 19, 2010

Do you remember the old spice commercials and their parodies (including that great library one by the Old Spice Guy himself) I posted a while back? well, whether you do or you don’t, this is Grover (and Sesame  Street) parodying the old spice guy. It is hilarious….and shows, yet again, that the true wonder of [...]

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