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Blogging on Thanksgiving

blogging on ThanksgivingAlmost every Friday afternoon, our Blog Managing Editor on PsychCentral, Jessica DiGiacinto, sends fellow bloggers a bit of wisdom—sometimes compliments, sometimes tips, sometimes grammar advice, and sometimes a bit about her life in Colorado. Last Friday she told us that she’d be out of town on Thanksgiving visiting relatives and that she might not answer our questions as quickly as usual. She also suggested that we might want to post blogs either before or after Thanksgiving because not that many people would be surfing the Internet on that day.

I don’t know if she is right or wrong. Someone out there probably has the real statistics. Now that I think about it, isn’t that something that my son, Trevor does? I’m still not sure what he really does all day at that big office building across the country—but I think it has to do with tracking Internet use. So, Trev, how about answering your mother?!!

Anyway, that leads me to my point. I think our family is similar to other families across the country. This Thanksgiving, like many before, we’ll be celebrating here with just a part of our family. Two kids are far away and don’t have the time off work to travel. In our family we have nurses and a firefighter—whose schedules are often in conflict with holiday traditions. We have other family members scattered across the world and we’ve lost some of our regular Thanksgiving attendees to divorce, distance, or death.

Yes, I think our family is like many families. In some ways we struggle, but in many ways we are blessed. So, happy Thanksgiving to all the people who might (hey Jessica is it might or may?) be reading this on Thursday. You’re probably in good company.

Thanksgiving dinner photo available from Shutterstock.

Blogging on Thanksgiving

Laura L. Smith, Ph.D.

Laura L. Smith, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of adults and children with obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and learning disorders. Dr. Smith is a widely published author of articles and books to the profession and the public, including: Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies (2E), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies, Seasonal Affective Disorder For Dummies, Anxiety and Depression Workbook For Dummies, Depression For Dummies, Hollow Kids: Recapturing the Soul of a Generation Lost to the Self-Esteem Myth, and Why Can’t I Be the Parent I Want to Be? Her website is:

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Smith, L. (2011). Blogging on Thanksgiving. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from


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