Spent part of "black Friday" in the wild with friends and family. The prairie dogs were quite conversational, and I had an eye-to-eye moment with a bison. Seeing the great dark shapes of these hooved creatures against the prairie grasses and old, old mountains produces a soothing sensation within me. The pairing / visual juxtaposition seems at once incongruous and ideal.
There were many other people out exploring the wildlife refuge last Friday. Proof that our society has not gone completely to the bags yet, and we can still decide to define shopping and not let shopping define us.