Pick up a copy of Frank Bruni's "Born Round," if only to read Bruni's description of his mother's holiday meal preparation. The description takes pages; the preparation took days. There are multiple potato dishes, an appetizer feast before the feast and a bacchanal dessert spread. Ah, Americans and our holidays.

Pick up a copy of Frank Bruni's "Born Round," if only to read Bruni's description of his mother's holiday meal preparation. The description takes pages; the preparation took days. There are multiple potato dishes, an appetizer feast before the feast and a bacchanal dessert spread. Ah, Americans and our holidays.

Here's a suggestion: Clear your mind of the impending holiday and get the heck out of town for a couple of hours. To Canal Winchester you'll go, to the perpetually interesting Slate Run Living Historical Farm. Visitors will learn about Thanksgiving customs on the farm, including turkey butchering and preparation of corn, squash and other foods. That's right: Someone else is doing the cooking.