A beautiful story (with gorgeous pictures) from a NY Times column by Maira Kalman called "The Pursuit of Happiness." It was a wonderful thing to stumble upon - I'm so glad to have found it!
"Thanksgiving. Since the beginning, Americans have connected the bounty of the land and the goodness of life to democracy. Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison - farmers all - envisioned an agrarian society. We have since evolved into a very different kind of society..."