The Season Of Gathering

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The holiday season has arrived. And I must say, Thanksgiving is my personal favorite. Why? That’s simple: it revolves around food, family, fun and great conversations!

I used to look forward to going home to Washington, DC to be with my parents. The football games, the walks in the park, the laughter and, yes, even some of our more high-pitched political discussions — I treasured it all.

For me, the holidays are about slowing down, being with my family and friends, and hearing what they are thinking about and reflecting on.

At the same time, I don’t have to remind anyone that the holidays can also be really stressful. We all have our own worries — about what to make, where to go, how to make it work for everyone.

As we approach this Thanksgiving week and the true beginning of the holiday season, let us gather together and empower each other with our stories.

Tell us: what is your favorite part of the holidays? Have any worries? What are you going to be talking about at your table this year? Do you have any family rules that keep conversations from getting out of control? Join the conversation.

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About the Author

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Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Since 2009, Shriver has produced a groundbreaking series of Shriver Reports that chronicle and explore seismic shifts in the American culture and society affecting women today. Shriver was California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010 and, during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation's premier forum for women, The Women's Conference. Shriver's work is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability to be what she calls Architects of Change -- people who see a problem in their own life or the community around them, then step out of their comfort zone and do what it takes to create the solution.

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