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Gordon’s List 2016

November 24th, 2016

Even my cynical self is shaken this year, so let’s focus on:

  • potato chips
  • french fries
  • wonderful Vietnamese cuisine
  • lack of miles in the sky
  • recapturing memories of > decade ago
  • finding that those earth shattering moments you had always wondered about (ears, tantrums, dresses, peer pressure) might not be unsurmountable
  • always, bikes, outside, mountains, sea, beaches, trees et al
  • traditions, and this is updated to 10 years of my posts (because Danika thought it would be a good idea):
  • supportive family structures


  • Dang you Martin, it’s got to be Delilah Dirk and the sequel and I’m pretty sure they are Lucy’s too.  So although I read almost all of the James SA Corey, a graphic novel captures the win.


I sort of finally started the streaming thing this year (Amazon Prime) so that might have contributed to a lack of excitement, focus and stand out albums, but three solid, solid, well played (according to my iTunes) albums of the year are:


Not been keeping track.  Enjoyed Star Wars but am going to go with the Netflix streaming TV thing and certainly the start of the season, and the finale, of:


Lyn and Al’s 2016 List

November 23rd, 2016

We are thankful for:

Tennis lessons – and improving our footwork and technique.

Balance and Mobility Class at the Senior Center. No falls in over a year.

The Rotary Foundation – doing good in the world. Other non-profits that are also doing good in the world.

Being certified to teach Guided Autobiography and developing a Level III course with another instructor (and friend), based on the principles and structure of the two original levels developed by James E. Birren.

Living in California.

Polite drivers.

Libraries. Book Mobiles. Little Free Libraries.

Cruises – you only have to unpack once, while visiting many different ports of call.

Finally getting money back from Social Security and not just paying it in.


Nationwide legal recognition of marriage between any two people who love each other and make the commitment.

The infinite variety in human beings – and knowing we are all more alike than we are different.

Farmers’ Markets. Healthy recipes that taste delicious.

Recycling. Ban on one-use plastic bags.


The ability to laugh. People with a sense of humor.

Likely setting a record in San Diego County, for “Oldest Combined Ages of the Bride and Groom,” and for Al, realizing that “happy marriage” is not necessarily an oxymoron.

Favorite books, Fiction:

Playing with Fire, by Tess Gerritsen, 2016.

The Coral Thief, by Rebecca Stott, 2009.

A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny, 2016.

Favorite books, Memoirs:

The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2008.

Wobbling Home: A Spiritual Walk with Parkinson’s, by Jim Atwell, 2010.

The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe, 2012.

We Call Our Daddy “Mister:” In Defiance of Convention Life and Times at the Rose Hill Plantation, by James E. Schell, 2005.

Boot Strapper: A Memoir, by Mardi Jo Link, 2013.

Two Rings, by Millie Werber and Eve Keller, 2012.

The Color of Water, by James McBride, 1996.

The Distance Between Us, by Reyna Grande, 2012.

Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade, by Thomas Norman De Wolf and Sharon Leslie Morgan, 2012.

Favorite books, Non-Fiction:

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker, 2015.

The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight Decade Study, by Howard S. Friedman, PhD, and Leslie R. Martin, PhD, 2011.

Favorite Movies:

The Lady in the Van (based on Alan Bennett’s memoir of the same name), 2015.

84 Charing Cross Road, 1986.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, 2013.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler, 2013.

In Darkness, 2011. (Based on the book – Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust’s Shadow, by Krystyna Chiger, with Daniel Paisner, 2008.)

The Roosevelts – 7 episode documentary, covering the Roosevelt Family for over 100 years, 2014.

Favorite Meal:

Our marriage dinner, with both witnesses and a friend, at Ciciotti’s Trattoria Italiana, in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA. May 25, 2016.



JoMarie’s List

November 23rd, 2016

JoMarie’s List

Rick’s computer ( & life) patience with me

Weekend bike rides with Rick to white sugar beaches on the Gulf of Mexico

Never having to wear socks( except during my daily tennis matches)

Movie nights and popcorn with our grandkids

nighttime singing and snuggling with my granddaughter

siesta sunsets at turtle beach

my good health..never take it for granted

my loving sisters and amazing Sistahs


Gordon’s Test List for 2016

November 17th, 2016

I am thankful WordPress works every year.

Coree’s List for 2015

November 26th, 2015

This year, what a year, I am particularly thankful for…

eleven years of marriage.

ten years of motherhood.

after much death and grieving, the ability to love and celebrate LIFE.

vegan gluten free friends and family, whose dietary restrictions force me to expand my horizons to include such Thanksgiving dishes as Purple Sweet Potato Cheesecake made with maple syrup, costa rican biodynamic vanilla, and many cashews.

goats – beautiful, friendly, poison ivy eating, stubborn goats, and their wonderful milk.

new possibilities that include woods, creeks, and high fields.

blue herons.

children’s theatre.

backyard telescopes.

reading J.R.R. Tolkien again with a new audience.

rediscovering Margaret Atwood.  The Chalice and The Blade.  Wendell Berry.  Terry Pratchett, may he rest in peace.

ALL OF YOU!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING and many more!!!!!!

Leon’s list 2015

November 26th, 2015

I just want to say happy holidays to everyone first and foremost.

I am thankful for all the blessing bestowed upon myself and Kim this entire year.

Specifically the new job opportunity I was blessed with which had put me in a better situation and I’m happier than before.

I’m thankful for my brothers back home and the fact that they are getting themselves on the right track to be great men for their respective families, children, and themselves.

I’m thankful for my early mother Kay being declared cancer free.

I’m thankful for my other mom Karima who will gracefully retire and becoming the traveling mima*.

Movie…Fast 7 was solid, but Narcos on Netflix is addictive!

Book….The Makings of A Man, by Tim Brown, forwarded by Lou Holtz.

Lastly I’m thankful to God for continuing to keep Kim healthy as she has our beautiful baby girl Vivian Shanelle growing inside of her.

I love you all and Kim does too, enjoy some turkey today!

BTW, New Orleans wedding,, and of course Ixtapa, Mexico was great too, we are official timeshare owners and will be there for years to come.


Ben’s list 2015

November 25th, 2015

  1. A new house and to be a first time home owner.
  2. Having a wonderful partner to go through the experience of buying a new house with. She made it possible.
  3. The headaches that can come with a new house, I have learned how to fix more things (don’t tell Laila).
  4. The wonderful website I would not be playing the guitar as much nor have picked up the mandolin again.
  5. Mad Max Fury Road for hours and hours of intertainment, and more to come.
  6. The Walking Dead for the same reasons as before.
  7. Good food, especially the meal we had for our anniversary. Root Squared, Wow.
  8. Tobacco free living. 5-6 months and it keeps getting better.

Donna’s 2015 Thanksgiving list

November 25th, 2015

I am thankful for…..

Karima’s gentle reminders

camping and hiking in Utah

the wonders of sandstone cliffs and slot canyons

pictographs and petroglyphs

seeing the Great Basin desert

cool evening breezes after a hot September sun

the return of rain and foggy mornings

puddles again

friends on our Meals on Wheels route and the wisdom they share

my walking friend

sweet memories of childhood and family

adult sons


family and friends who make life full with happiness and excitement

Happy Thanksgiving!


P.S.  Like Danika’s post I seem to have read a lot of duds but, oh, how I loved Boys in the Boat and the Invention of Wings! 



Gordon’s List 2015

November 23rd, 2015

Thankful thoughts for 2015, avoiding all the cliches we’re not meant to use:

  • Bacon
  • TV and Netflix when you are laid up
  • Interesting conversations about topics you never dreamed you would have to deal with (aka the teenage years are going to be ….)
  • Travel when we can get it
  • Fun games
  • A long excellent summer
  • A re-found appreciation for ice cream

Movie: Lost track a little, guess I’ll give The Martian the best movie award this year, if only because science.

Music: I discovered some streaming, and Lucy started with Pop (Katy Perry, Taylor Swift et al) but the biggest surprise was a group from the more recent past with a solid, solid catchy album – The Fratellis with Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied

Book: It seems to be an ever reducing list of books in a year, and this year is no exception.  But I feel that final credit has to be to the conclusion of The Wheel of Time with A Memory of Light.  Brandon Sanderson brought it home.  Although I like his stuff better.

Cricket’s list 2015

November 21st, 2015

my family and friends’ love, support, and kindness throughout the past year

healing and forgiveness

Patience and Fortitude ( names of the lions in front of the NYC Central Library)

my father’s love, wisdom, curiousity, and humor

caretakers who make Daddy’s life calm, peaceful, and safe

Westminster Church

Spiritual Life group

dream group

painting class: new gamboge, permanent rose and cobalt blue

BPO and chamber music concerts with my father

Roswell Park Pastoral Care training Program

yoga and pilates



a hot bath with spring green VITABATH

a good night’s sleep


Thomas Katz’s deep purr

Paradise Porch

flowers: daffodils, tulips, pansies, roses, morning glories, mandevilla, dahlias, marigolds, trumpet vine, sunflowers…and on and on……

high winds


unscented candles


and always, ALWAYS …….love, sweet love





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