Gordon's 2013 List

Ahh, 2013, I am Thankful for:

  • near misses
  • healing quickly even when old
  • lots of fun trips with the family
  • awesome biking trip to Ecuador
  • hanging out in Ballard
  • safe airplane journeys

Movies: I watched a lot of movies, nothing is the best ever, but in decreasing order – Argo, Hobbit #1, Star Trek Into Darkness (most depressing movie – Chasing Ice)

Books: A light year, I would love to say The Quarry by Iain M. Banks but I need to say my love of fantasy brings me to The Way of Kings (Stormlight #1) by Brandon Sanderson.

Music: It seemed like a good year but I didn’t buy much, the year started with Tegan and Sara Heartthrob although my recent guilty pleasure is A Feast of Consequences by Fish (Imagine Dragon‘s Night Visions was almost exactly a year ago, so that counts too!).

Meal: I don’t remember food much but I’ll go with Julienne in Santa Barbara with my sweetie (http://www.restaurantjulienne.com) and BBQ on the deck (http://www.flickr.com/photos/machaggis/10049338816/)

Addendum: For that awesome biking trip, see these photos and photos of me on the trip!

Lucy's Thanksgiving List 2013

The things I am thankful for

  • My family
  • Food
  • Water
  • Air
  • Thankfulness
  • Christmas
  • Halloween
  • A home
  • Thanksgiving
  • To  be alive
  • Clothing
  • Airplanes
  • Trees
  • iPads
  • The world
  • Friends
  • Bikes
  • A mom
  • A dad
  • phones
  • Soccer
  • Arena sports
  • Soccer balls
  • Tv
  • A remote control
  • Sports
  • Weddings
  • Plants
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Animals
  • Grass
  • Glasses
My favorite food this year is daddy’s spaghetti and meatballs.
My favorite movie this year is narnia first one.
My favorite book this year is all of the narnia books.


[Gordon: BBC Narnia Vol 1 (The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe – http://www.amazon.com/The-Chronicles-Narnia-Wardrobe-Caspian/dp/B000069CFH)]

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Cudden Dudden's 2013 List

This year, as always, I am oh so very grateful for my beautiful MOM & DAD.  I am also beyond appreciative for:

My brother E. Dave’s Health & Happiness




Rainy days

Windy days

TV-One sessions

Working out in Rock Creek Park


My resilience in troubled times

Good friends

Good neighbors

Good wine



Camping trips


my raggedy ass treadmill (held together with crazy glue and duck tape)

4 distinct beautiful seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter ~ I love them all)

Shopping at Costco

A working furnace!!!

The lunch special at Moe’s


In the past year:

Best Trip:    My FABULOUS big brother took me to Roatan, an island off the coast of Honduras for a week of scuba diving with our NABS family!!!!!!  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Ridiculous!!!!!   Dubai and Somaliland North Africa where also pretty swinging adventures!!!!  For sure!!!

Outstanding books:   Prayers That Move Mountains by John Eckhardt        (a gift from Kay)

Movies:   Flight  =  Denzel & John Goodman = Fabulous!!       Everything on Netflix with Jason Statham in it (most of his movies suck but I still think I love him?!)

TV:    Via Netflix =  Downton Abbey  ~  Luther (I wanna have Idris Elba’s baby!)   ~  Sons of Anarchy  ~  Scandal  ~  Derek (Ricky Gervaise is a genius)  ~  The Killings (wow, phenomenal acting)   ~  Call the Midwife  ~  The Bletchley Circle  ~  Breaking Bad  ~  Mad Men  ~  House of Cards  ~  Orange is the new black.

Via Broadcast Nets =   Mike & Molly  ~  Chicago Fire.

Music:     Robin Thicke’s Blurred lines (don’t know what the rest of the CD sounds like but I love this song!!  Makes me wanna dance!!   Still listening to Nancy Wilson, Adele, Amy Winehouse and Ray Charles in the car.

Cory's List

Thanksgiving 2013

Cory Muldoon


  • Foley Food Mills and fine sweet potato pies that follow
  • Thrift stores
  • Natural food producers
  • The best world travel companion I could ever imagine
  • Pet store owners and mermaids
  • Rambunctious twins
  • Hangouts and facetime
  • Family coming together to celebrate and/or be adventurous
  • Outdoor bath tubs
  • Craft Brewing
  • The Rocky Mountains
  • The Chicago Teachers Union and their ability to negotiate a contract that includes sabbaticals
  • PUSH Buffalo and Carol Ronen
  • 83 Relational meetings that welcome me home to Chicago
  • Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline
  • Wild boars
  • Raw fish served with citrus


Best Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, by Mark Haddon

Best Movie: Exit through the gift shop

Best TV: Top of the Lake

Best Live Music: Cat Power

Best Airline: Air New Zealand

Best Hike: Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park

Best Meal: Traditional Turkish spread on Nar’s family farm near Black Sea


Lyn and Al's 2013 List

People who are kind to others.

Rotary and Rotarians – doing good in the world.

Freshly brewed coffee and various types of tea.

Opportunities to be on the road and exploring with my dear Al.

Wide open spaces, various types of terrain, trees.

Occasional family reunions with close and distant relatives.

People who give helpful signals in heavy traffic.


Flowers on the roadsides.

Being Oma.

Cooking healthy food.

Having healthy food to cook.


Being able to mend things.


Closed captions on tv and movies.

Micro-finance projects that help women in developing countries.

That health insurance may really and finally become affordable for most people in the country.

Public art. Murals on store walls,  sculpture, chalk drawings.

Kindle and laptop.

Having enough and not being wealthy; realizing that friendships and other close relationships are more important than money.

I am also thankful that I do have some savings, Social Security and a modest retirement plan so I can be independent and not burden my kids.

Opportunities to help others. People who start and work in non-profit organizations.

Denali (Alaska) and surrounding region — and the other few remaining intact eco-systems.

Stars in the sky and the rare times they can be seen.

Audio books, print books, books in various forms and, of course, public libraries.

Having a good memory; remembering good advice from earlier in my life. (Example: from my dad when I was in the 6th grade and trying to decide whether or not to go to a magnet school where I had been accepted – “Make the best decision you can, with the information you have and never look back and second-guess yourself.”)

In the past year:

Best Trip – cruise and land trip in Alaska.

Outstanding books: The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, by Paul Bogard; The Y’s Way to a Healthy Back, by Alexander Melleby; King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels & Eleanor Herman; Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.

Movies: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011); Everything is Illumnated (2005); Paperclips (2004); The Object of My Affection (1998) – one of my all time favorites.

TV: Downton Abbey and NCIS.

Album: Frog Trouble – songs by Sandra Boynton (for ages 1 to “older than dirt”). This album has all new songs,  written in various country styles and each sung by a different person or group – very much fun to sing along – comes with a book, music, pictures.


Danika's 2013 list

This year, as always, I am grateful for many things. Chief among those is always having “enough” (food, air, water, clothes, etc.)

And also:

-2 incomes

-a growing savings account

-Snuggles in bed with Beatrix (I think I say this almost every year but am fully aware that these days are fleeting)

-Playing soccer again after almost 20 years!

-Forest walks/runs

-Weekend days with nothing scheduled

-A husband who is an equal partner in parenting

-Free parking

-House guests who cook you dinner

-Connections made

-Crunching leaves

-after 13 years of living in Seattle, FINALLY owning both rain boats and a good rain coat

-waking up to find a fresh pot of coffee already made (note- this happens almost every day)

-Cold, sunny days

-An office with a view of Lake Union and the mountains

-A flexible, supportive boss and an easy commute

-A car that always starts

-A daughter (Lucy) that has an insatiable love of books and reading. Also the joy of being able to share some of my own favorites from childhood with her.

-Teachers who work hard to educate the next generation

-Seeing the other perspective

-Generosity in all forms

-Being part of a community

-Having an amazing group of practitioners- (Physical therapist, acupuncturist, massage therapist, etc) who keep me healthy and active



Book: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward and The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

Movie: Sideways (still good after many years), Clear History

TV show: Call the Midwide, Downton Abbey

Trip: Anniversary trip to Santa Barbara with Gordon

Album: Um, I don’t think I listen to music anymore?



Karima 2013

Ringraziamento 2013

  • All my Dear Ones who participate in this (and those that do not. I know you’re out there!)
  • Unexpected connections
  • being a Mima
  • big houses full of loved ones and scrumptious food
  • coming home to good smells
  • the night sky
  • all the people who have preceded us that have worked so hard to open doors for us all(civil/women’s/children’s rights/, etc.)
  • all those people that are working so hard NOW to ensure freedom, fresh air, health. (marriage equality/hydorfracking/human trafficking, etc.)
  • my green bicycle
  • mailboxes on street corners/The Post Office
  • music; it calms this savage beast
  • Road trips with my Sweetheart, him driving, me knitting, and listening to stories together
  • salt (esp. black)
  • driving east in the mornings on way to work; see the sunrise every day
  • carpooling
  • that my hometown, Buffalo, NY, is still my home
  • Friday Friends
  • Dream Group
  • telling stories/reading, to a captive group of open-hearted five-year-olds, every day,  M-F
  • Inventors of simple, commonplace items.  Some examples:
  1.    ~The Kickstand: 1926, Eldon Henderson
  2.    ~The Clothespin: 1853, David M. Smith
  3.    ~ The Canning Jar: 1858, John Landis Mason
  • People who take notice like Korean photographer Ahae, who takes up to 3,000 photos a day from a single window of his home.
  • Always, ALWAYS, the Public Library

Notables 0f 2013:

Favorite Meal:

Place: New Orleans/Laila and Ben’s Driveway Dinner *****!
Chef: Ben Fox

Some Favorite books

Fiction: HEFT by Liz Moore

Non-fiction: THE  FARAWAY  NEARBY  by Rebecca Solnit

Short Stories: BLASPHEMY  by Sherman Alexi

Cookbook:  PLENTY & JERUSALEM by Ottolenghi

Children’s:  THE  DAY  THE  CRAYONS  QUIT  by Oliver Jeffers

Favored Saying: 

Expect nothing. Welcome everything. (from a homeless man with AIDS on the streets of Vancouver.)

Favorite Exhibit:

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) with Laila in October

Movie that CRACKED ME UP

This is 40

(esp. the roles played by Charlyn Yi and Melissa McCarthy)




Knock, Knock

Who’s There?


Thanksgiving Who?

Well, really Thanksgiving What?  What are you thankful for?  2013 is come and going, it’s time to tell the world.  Yup, Ringraziamento is back once more.

As per previous years we are using a temporary username for all posts for 2013:

  • Username: tg2013
  • Password: tg2013

Remember to put your name in the title e.g. Gordon’s List for 2013.

I know it’s been a long time but keep the list true and simple:

* things to be thankful for

* memories of 2013 (aka favourite books, movies, smells, music etc)

Happy Thanksgiving!