Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Today is Turkey Day and Bayard is napping. I am thankful for naps. A long time ago I reached peace with this holiday and it became my favorite holiday. I disconnected the history of violence against the indigenous people of America – and the all too happy stories we learned in school about Pilgrims and Indians – from my personal experience of Thanksgiving being about love of family and friends, often expressed through cooking for and with each other. I love the coming together, the lack of consumerism, the full bellies, the pies… I am thankful for all of that, but this year I am having trouble keeping this disconnect going because of what is happening in North Dakota. So first and foremost I am thankful for the water protectors and am praying for their safety and success.
(gets off soap box)
Here is my list for 2016 – Lots of love to you all!
- Bayard’s smile and laugh
- Laura’s strength and persistence
- Young people who challenge me to grow
- The committed people that I work with
- A simple kitchen
- Coffee (especially cold brew nitro on tap in the summertime)
- Trains and blocks
- Bike sharing programs
- Bosses who push you
- Chicago White Sox
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- 1-1 time with Bayard
- Butterfly keyboards
- Chance the Rapper
- Knees and Elbows
Musical Artist: Jamila Woods
Authors: Haruki Murakami and Margaret Atwood
Radio Station/Show: Vocalo.org / Reclaimed Soul
TV: Game of Thrones, John Oliver, the Get Down
Movie: Haven’t really seen that many this year… Star Trek Beyond?