Lilburn Living -November 2018

Lilburn Living Covering Lilburn, Mountain Park & Snellville Volume 28, No. 11 • NOVEMBER 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! Thanksgiving Always, And Always in November Historical painting The First Thanksgiving 1621 by Jean Leon Gerome presented as a half-tone in color in 1932. (Public Domain according to Library of Congress) I turn 68 this November 14 and have found, perhaps like many aging into the senior years, that I’m finally and consistently thankful to be alive. It’s become a kind of wisdom I didn’t used to have and started a few years ago when I attended a wedding of an old friend, Mark—his second, same for his new bride Lisa. Mark’s just a few years younger than me. When I congratulated him he smiled and replied spontaneously, “I thank God for every day.” It affected me greatly. And so I resolved soon after that to follow what Mark said, and now it’s something daily that I never forget to do. I thank the Almighty not only for this day but the day before. It’s profound, makes me feel better to realize my many blessings. Thanksgiving as a feeling didn’t begin in America and we know our forbearers felt that way, in a kind of spiritual context. Feelings of gratitude were usually tied into giving thanks for good harvests as part of a fall festivities that everyone enjoyed after much hard work. Because harvests occurred at the end of the annual time on the calendar, it was only natural to reflect on blessings of the entire year. Often church services reinforced feelings of Thanksgiving and it was natural to return thanks in family gatherings. Continued on page 5 Canstruction ATL 2Oth Annual Public Art in Midtown to Benefit Food Bank Nov. 4-16 Double-award winning public art in 2017: Best Original Design and Most Cans Used at last year’s exhibition. (Steven & Wilkinson + Whiting-Turner) Now here’s for many a “can’t miss” in the Metro no matter where one’s hometown, and definitely worth a trip to Atlantic Station, always a fun destination. It will host unique, original public exhibits, massive, intricately designed and constructed art structures, all made of cans of food. An example is shown in our headline photo and the artistic dimensions are extraordinary. And it all benefits a worthy cause: the Atlanta Community Food Bank at 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. Atlanta 30318. Continued on page 12 • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta