56 percent!

Let’s talk about Thanksgiving — while there’s still time to do something about it (and, just in time for a Friday comment thread).

In September, I linked to a CBS News/YouGov survey that suggested that 56 percent of Americans have been estranged from at least one close family member for an extended period of time.

Also, 39 percent of them (which works out to one-fifth of all Americans) say they’ve never really reconciled.

Here’s what I’m thinking. We have just under three weeks until Turkey Day.

For some of us, it might be the first time in a year or more that we’ve gotten together with family—including, perhaps, some of the family members we’ve lost touch with, intentionally or not.

So, this is where I want to ask for your thoughts, opinions and comments.

My question, basically is: Have you been part of the 56 percent? Have you had an estranged relationship like this?

If so, were you able to work things out eventually?

And, perhaps most poignantly, what advice you share for anyone who might want to take the chance this Thanksgiving to take the first step toward fixing a broken family relationship?

Let us know in the comments. If for some reason you’d like to comment without using your name, reply to this email and let me know what you have to say; I’ll add your comment anonymously.

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