Thanksgiving is a good thing. I'm not talking about the more dubious aspects of the holiday, what with the industrial turkey farms, and the genetically engineered corn, and the stories of martyric pilgrims and murderous Indians (or, more likely, the other way around) coming together to share a feast before they slaughtered one another. That stuff is messed up.
At the core, it's the simple eponymous value of Thanksgiving that is important: the giving of thanks. Our world moves quickly these days, and the distance between our day-to-day existence and the processes that support our elevated lifestyles have never been greater. It's important to take some time now and again to reconnect and to identify the foundations and sacrifices involved in the simple things, like the food on our table, the air in our lungs, the snow on the mountaintops, and soft, warm breezes on our shoulders.
In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, I'd like to offer acknowledgement and gratitude for the essential role that the ocean has plays in the core components of our lives and our comfort.