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