To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
On Thanksgiving Day most Americans spend at least
a little time doing just that giving thanks. But followers
of a Japanese discipline called Naikan practice what you could call
"extreme gratitude." They make a point of thanking everyone
and everything in their lives every day. In this hour of
To the Best of Our Knowledge, gratitude as a spiritual practice.
Also food memories and recipes from Chez Panisse.
Gregg Krech is the Director of the ToDo Institute
in Middlebury, Vermont. He tells Anne Strainchamps about the Japanese
tradition of Naikan - a spiritual discipline that involves conscious
thankfulness for everything that positively impacts your life.
He says we should be thankful for more than the turkey this Thanksgiving
- thank your roof, your furnace, the lane lines in the street.
Krech is the author of "Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the
Japanese Art of Self-Reflection." Also, M.J. Ryan
wants to revive the custom of saying grace before meals. Her book
is "A Grateful Heart: Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal
from Buddha to the Beatles." She tells Jim Fleming how she
became a collector of mealtime blessings.
Storyteller Donald Davis spends Thanksgiving
on Oracoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina. He tells one
of his family's favorite Thanksgiving tales. Also, Patricia
Volk recalls growing up in a New York restaurant family. She
describes the cuisine at the family's eateries, and what they
ate at home. Volk's memoir is called "Stuffed."
Alice Waters and her restaurant, Chez Panisse,
have revolutionized American cooking and eating by using fresh,
locally produced materials. Her new book is "Chez Panisse
Fruit." Waters tells Anne Strainchamps about heirloom apples,
persimmons and pomegranates and talks about the many ways she
uses fruit at the restaurant.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 02-11-24-B.
- Gregg Krech, Naikan:
Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self- Reflection (Stone
- M.J. Ryan, ed, A Grateful Heart: Daily Blessings
for the Meal from Buddha to the Beatles (Conari Press)
- Patricia Volk, Stuffed: Adventures of a
Restaurant Family (Vintage)
- Alice Waters, Chez Panisse Fruit (Harper
- 1. After Gregg Krech: "Now
Be Thankful," Lisa Moscatiello on the CD "Innocent When
You Dream." (Folk Era Records).
- 2. After M.J. Ryan: "Enough," Anne Hills
on the CD "Angle of Light." (Flying Fish Records).
- 3. First promo break: Haugaard and Hoirup, "Duo
for Violin and Guitar," Track 13. (Danish Folk Music Production.)
- 4. After Donald Davis (storyteller): Guy Davis
(no relation), "Thanksgiving Day," on his CD "Call
Down the Thunder." (Red House Records.)
- 5. After Patricia Volk -- music from The Klezmer
Conservatory Band, "The Thirteenth Anniversary Album, Live!"
- 6. After Alice Waters: Haugaard and Hoirup, Track
13 ("We plow the fields and scatter" -- traditional).
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