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Picturing a World

Thanksgiving potluck, 2020

Instrucitonal page, Norman Rockwell Museum collection

A friend on a lovely New England back road told me about the barn-door, grab-and-go, potluck dinner she and her neighbors have organized for this COVID-19 Thanksgiving. Six of them (two couples and two singletons) have been assigned a dish. Each will make six servings and place them in six paper bags. This morning, they will gather at a table in the wide door of one participant's barn for each person to pick up a complete dinner. Then off they go home. It sounds so cute, so perfect for describing a picturesque New England town in these strange days, so—what could go wrong? Well, what could? Ladies and gentlemen, fire up your story engines!

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