2017 is done, users disabled, thanks for playing.
I am thankful to have lived in the path of a total eclipse of the sun, and to have taken the time to share that beautiful earth and space moment with family and friends.
I am thankful for the crispy frost that subdues the wildness of the garden and lightens our work load.
And I am grateful to have some tough dry wood to chop and burn on those frosty mornings.
I am grateful for the greens tucked away, protected from the frost, to feed us through the winter.
I am grateful for fluffy goats, fat on hay, and the puffs of their breath as they call to us for a morning treat.
I am grateful to have learned how to make a good chevre from our goat’s milk.
I am grateful for the long slow process of building a house, a home, by hand – for the handiness of my Fellow Man – for the patience that we are gaining in the process. And I am thankful in advance for the spacious beautiful home it will be.
I am grateful for the wisdom that bubbles up new from the most unexpected places, and from the wisdom of old that continues to flow down the years to reach us.
All that, and so much more.
As for reads:
non-fiction – The Body Keeps Score, by Bessel van der Kolk, Girls and Sex, by Peggy Orenstein (my eyes have been opened), David Asher’s The Art of Natural Cheesemaking.
fiction – re-discovering with my children – Madeline L’Engle’s Time Quintet, Tolkien’s Hobbit, Ende’s Never Ending Story.
And Stephen Mitchell’s Baghavad Gita.
As for audio:
Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway, oh yeah.
Brandi Carlile, and First Aid Kit.
The Hollow Crown – BBC renditions of Shakespeare’s historical plays – bloody violent well done.
The Hunt for the Wilder People – New Zealand coming of age flick.
Last, but definitely not least, I am thankful to still be included in this beautiful exercise.
Peace in each of your hearts. Peace on Earth.
The State of Illinois Child Development Center.
Taking a small group of students to Ghana and being able to reflect on that experience together with them.
4 wheels, 2 kilns and 60 some donated glazes.
Camping in volcanic craters and exploring the most northern capital in the world.
The big lake outside our door and the little lake up in Minnesota.
A toddler that can run all day, but is learning how to sleep in on the weekends.
Finding a community to spend Sunday mornings with that values love, service and justice.
Getting to see my grandma read stories to Bayard.
Favorite book: Homegoing
Concert: The Roots
Album: The Drive By Truckers, American Band
I am thankful for a year of live music:
Randy Newman and The Preservation Jazz Band at Prairie Home Companion, live, with the excitable Chris Thiele, for less than $40 bucks, with free parking in front of the theater. You gotta love Saint Paul!
John Prine at the U of MN, still rocking after all these years
Jazz at The Dakota, just about any headliner
Local bands…at craft beer breweries, at Dusty’s Bar and grill, at the park….especially Six Still Standing and DaVina and the Vagabonds…. all free, all with free parking out front or easy train access
Being able to fall asleep reading every night
My days off
Looking at art on my walls and personally knowing every artist
Riding my robin blue scooter
Children moving back to Saint Paul (what are you waiting for, Elliott?)
A nudge from Karima to list my gratitudes
Fiction: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Misty, Reunion by Fred Uhlman and Hinterland by Caroline Brother
Nonfiction: Dark Money by Jane Mayer
Series: 1st season of Stranger Things and 1st season of Atypical
Music: I am going to listen to what everyone else listed
The patience, love and support of my husband as it isn’t always living with me( I’m not emotional, I’m Sicilian!)
my network of tennis and like-minded creative crafter women
my brother John and his wife Louise for opening their home, hearts and ovens every Thanksgiving
summer time visits with my grandkids and our device-free nightly dinners with cloth napkins and hysterical conversations
the opportunity and ability to ride my bike to the beach throughout the year
Danika’s Thanksgiving list
This year has been stressful and demoralizing, let’s face it! But today, I choose to focus on the positive.
I am, as always, thankful for a steady paycheck, a roof over my head, the good health of my nearest and dearest, and my ever-loving community of family and friends. In addition…
-getting my running mojo back
-Lucy’s insatiable curiosity and sharp intellect
-Beatrix’s passion and zeal for almost everything she does
-Gordon’s willingness to tackle insane physical endeavors with me (specifically an 18-20 mile day hike through the Enchantments)
-planes, trains and automobiles, especially ones that are clean and on time
-picking up with old friends as if you saw them the day before no matter how much time has passed
-being part of the women’s march, January 2017
Book- “The hidden life of trees”
Movies- Lion, Moonlight
Podcast- Strangers, 99% Invisible
Lucy’s Thankful List
I am thankful for…
Good Living Conditions
Healthy Food Options
People Who Care
People/Things That I Care About
The Ocean Cleanup (an organization that is working on cleaning up The Great Pacific Garbage Patch)
regularly scheduled raises
people who vote and protest
new moons, full moons and in-between moons, in that order
porch swings that are wide enough for naps
impromptu trips, group trips, family trips
daybreak in the mountains
sturdy feet and sense of adventure
getting better at laughing at myself
Best meal: Belcanto in Lisbon with Ben
Best fiction book: The Sport of Kings
Best non-fiction book: Trading Twelves
Best movie: Band-Aid
Best live show: Girlfriend at Gasa Gasa, Corey Henry at Blue Nile
Best new music: Princess Nokia
Best podcast: Another Round
What a year, non? This year, among other things, I am profoundly grateful for:
* friendships that still hold up after many years of living and growing
* flavored seltzer combined with nuun hydration tablets
* my running coach, who has been patient and wise and has shepherded my running back to a healthy place
* our new sheepadoodle puppy, Archie, who helped heal our hearts after the loss of our beloved Cosmo last winter
* the ability to travel and for excellent traveling companions
* wise yoga instructors, acupuncturists and massage therapists
* the kernel of excitement that I hope to grow into something fulfilling and sustainable
* my kids’ love of sports and being able to watch them learn new skills
Best of 2017
- “Dear White People”
- “Stranger Things”
- “Game of Thrones”
- Breakfast overlooking the Pacific at Arenas Del Mar resort (the mango pancakes and gallo pinto especially)
- Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
- I’m Judging You, Luvvie Ajayi
- Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman, Lindy West
- Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Costa Rica, Arenas Del Mar resort in Manuel Antonio, February
- Portland/Bend/Seattle for solar eclipse, August
- Denver, friend trip, October
I am thankful for…
Seattle gymnastics academy
American girl dolls
American girl doll things