globeinteractive.com: Making the Business of Life Easier

   Finance globeinvestor   Careers globecareers.workopolis Subscribe to The Globe
The Globe and Mail/globeandmail.com
Home | Business | National | Int'l | Sports | Columnists | The Arts | Tech | Travel | TV | Wheels


[an error occurred while processing this directive]

  This site      Tips

  

  The Web Google

  





  Where to Find It


Breaking News
  Home Page

  Report on Business

  Sports

  Technology


Read and Win Contest


Print Edition
  Front Page

  Report on Business

  National

  International

  Sports

  Arts & Entertainment

  Editorials

  Columnists

  Headline Index

 Other Sections
  Appointments

  Births & Deaths

  Books

  Classifieds

  Comment

  Education

  Environment

  Facts & Arguments

  Focus

  Health

  Obituaries

  Real Estate

  Review

  Science

  Style

  Technology

  Travel

  Wheels

 Leisure
  Cartoon

  Crosswords

  Food & Dining

  Golf

  Horoscopes

  Movies

  Online Personals

  TV Listings/News

 Specials & Series
  All Reports...



Services
  Where to Find It
 A quick guide to what's available on the site

 Newspaper
  Advertise

  Corrections

  Customer Service

  Help & Contact Us

  Reprints

  Subscriptions

 Web Site
  Advertise

  E-Mail Newsletters

  Free Headlines

  Help & Contact Us

  Make Us Home

  Mobile New

  Press Room

  Privacy Policy

  Terms & Conditions


GiveLife.ca

    

Giving Thanks

Why they'll give thanks
Well-known authors tell The Globe and Mail what they'll be thankful for this year

Saturday, October 6, 2001
Page 2

Catherine Bush

I have a knack for living in the United States at moments of national convulsion. I watched the Challenger disaster on the crappy television in my New York apartment, the Persian Gulf war from a house on Cape Cod.

The events of Sept. 11 found me in an old bungalow in Gainesville, Fla., a football-crazy university town where the the single tall building is 10 storeys high - mall land, land of flags, up the interstate from Walt Disney World, not all that far from the Kennedy Space Center (and a number of Florida flying schools), but far from Washington or New York, and even farther from Toronto, my home.

At the best of times, being Canadian in the United States can make you feel like the practitioner of a quaint religion. Mention that Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving and people ask, "Why?" Meaning, you have no pilgrims. Or, what do Canadians have to be thankful for anyway?

This year, a celebrant in absentia, I'm thankful, as always, for food. In the face of disaster, the possibility of eating and being able to treat the act as ordinary appears to be a kind of grace. I'm grateful for the overhead sound of airplanes, wishing only that this sound be returned to us as benign, the breath of journeys.

And I'm thankful for words, having spent the better part of the last weeks devouring accounts of the terrorist attacks, gripped by the terrible narrative of disaster and by gossip, the way we're suddenly exposed to the insides of others' lives. I've avidly sought out the words of other writers, all of us trying to make sense of these times. I'm thankful, above all, for words that render experience with complexity and depth, words that acknowledge complication, that don't simplify or polarize. We always need such words. We need them now more than ever.

Catherine Bush, the author of The Rules of Engagement, is currently teaching at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Page 3


7-Day Site Search
    

Breaking News



Today's Weather


Inside

Michael Posner
Ethnic laugh lines
Jeffrey Simpson
Health care: Do we know better than everyone else?

Paul Knox
The rise of anti-anti-Americanism




space

Editorial Cartoon




Click here for the Editorial Cartoon






Home | Business | National | Int'l | Sports | Columnists | The Arts | Tech | Travel | TV | Wheels
space

© 2003 Bell Globemedia Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Help & Contact Us | Back to the top of this page
[an error occurred while processing this directive]