The trees are leafless at last and the woods on Chewonki Neck are suddenly full of November light. Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki students are preparing to welcome their families to campus for the weekend and then will go home for Thanksgiving break. The witch hazel tree is blooming yellow and cardinals flash red against the monochrome landscape. Our farmers have put the gardens to bed. The root cellar is packed with potatoes, onions, squashes, and other vegetables from the fall harvest; the freezer is full of farm-raised beef, turkey, lamb, chicken, and pork. We are grateful to be here in Maine, in this good community, with plenty to eat and a safe place to celebrate Thanksgiving. This year, in the shadow of tragedies in Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere, Thanksgiving will be particularly poignant. Last Friday, some of our Maine Coast Semester students and staff participated in a voluntary Day of Hunger to remember the many people, in America and around the globe, who do not have enough to eat. Please don’t forget them as you give thanks with families and friends next week. If you know of someone who might not have the Norman Rockwell feast, perhaps you can do something to make their holiday a little happier. “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you,’ that would suffice,” wrote 14th-century mystic Meister Eckhart. Everyone here at Chewonki thanks you for your loyal friendship. We wish you a happy Thanksgiving!