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The use of Thanksgiving, are inspired by Native American Indians. As much as Dylan says the "Times, they are a-changin," perhaps the hopes and dreams for all have not changed that much...

Thanksgiving. Givingthanks. Feast on this: This undeniably simple compound word, means the same thing both forward and backwards.

A time of reflection and a time of sharing, the tradition of Thanksgiving in America asks us to reflect back to our then, newly spun relationship with the Native, American Indians marking the end of a harvest season and a new beginning.  Simpler times? Maybe, but a shared abundance gained through our connection to the earth certainly offered then and now plenty of reason for thankfulness.

These days, however, it can be tough to keep the meaning of Thanksgiving intact.  And so why not turn to another Native American Indian custom to help keep our hopes and aspirations in front; the use of a “dreamcatcher.” 

Originating in the Ojibwa tribe, a dream catcher is a handcrafted object that resembles a decorated spider web.  Believed to possess protective charms, some are adorned with colored thread, beads and wispy feathers.  Intended to catch both good dreams and nightmares, a dreamcatcher is positioned over a baby’s crib where it can then do its work of dissolving the nightmares in the light of day while allowing the happy dreams to slip through and pass into the mind of the child during the night.

What were the Pilgrims and the Native American Indians dreaming about?  Peaceful co-existence? A more colorful crop for the next year’s harvest?  A gentler winter?  Forward and backward, the idea of catching ones dreams probably has not changed too much over time.  Let the good ones stay and let the nightmares pass.

And this Thanksgiving, the dream of a better harvest throughout the world seems as fitting as ever.  Let us all dream on.

Happy Thanksgiving.