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Peek at the Week: November 21


In Good Will Hunting, Sean Macguire, played by the late Robin Williams, said, “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”

I may sound like a broken record, but as I’m sure you already understand, the college semester is a ride of awesome highs and stressful, exhausting lows. As the semester progresses, these lows often get more frequent and intense. While these times aren’t all bad, it can feel easy to dwell on the second-half-of-the-semester stress.

But, in a day’s time (or perhaps now, if you’ve used some of your extra unexcused absences), Thanksgiving Break will be upon us, like the light at the end of a tunnel. You certainly do not have to enjoy or even celebrate Thanksgiving, but if there’s one thing most of us can rally around, it’s a break.

Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving and no matter whom you surround yourself with, I hope the rest of your week wakes you up to some of the good stuff you may not have been paying attention to.


Monday, November 21

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Check back next week for more awesome Falvey Library events and exhibits!


As you likely know, arguably, the two biggest holidays of November, Thanksgiving and Black Friday, are coming up this week. Here are some other fun holidays you may not have heard of.

Photo by Rūta Celma on Unsplash

Today, Nov. 21, is National Gingerbread Cookie Day. In my humble opinion, gingerbread cookies are the perfect (dessert) bridge between fall and winter. Celebrate the holiday by picking up or, for all the culinary-oriented, baking some gingerbread cookies. (Or, I’m sure watching Shrek, available in Falvey’s DVD Collection, could count as a celebration). My personal favorite ginger cookies are my great grandmother’s ginger cremes, a ginger cookie with (optional) buttercream frosting.

Tomorrow, Nov. 22, is Go for a Ride Day. If you’re feeling the effects of end-of-semester burnout, going for a drive, perhaps taking a scenic route and listening to your favorite music or podcast, can be a great stress reliever. Coincidentally, this holidays falls on the last day of classes before Thanksgiving Break. So, those traveling (by car) for the holiday can end their celebration by reuniting with their loved ones.

For all my fellow coffee-loving (and mildly caffeine-dependent) readers, National Espresso Day is celebrated this Wednesday, Nov. 23. Whether you opt for traditional espresso or an espresso shot in your favorite specialty drink (including all Starbucks and Dunkin’ lattes), celebrate the day, and the start of Thanksgiving Break with some espresso.

This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, Nov. 24. But did you know that it is also D. B. Cooper Day? In a famous plane-hijacking and robbery, D. B. Cooper was the name mistakenly given to the mysterious man (who actually called himself Dan Cooper). After jumping out of the plane with a parachute, Cooper was never seen again and only small amounts of the ransom was ever recovered. The D. B. Cooper mystery is a fan-favorite, having received coverage in a Netflix docuseries (D. B. Cooper: Where Are You?!), an episode of Buzzfeed Unsolved, and even a small (and hilarious) wink in the MCU series Loki.

Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library.



Last Modified: November 21, 2022

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