JoMarie's List

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


Greg's List

Having been flummoxed by all that has happened and continues to occur since Nov. 8th, my list of things to be thankful for has been reduced, but like a good sauce it has become more intense and sharpened during reduction.

With that in mind my list of things to be thankful for:

Living in a country whose foundation is built upon the right to protest;

Those cities that are at the forefront challenging the new administration even before they take control;

People who care  about and are willing to raise their voices against the threat of racism, misogyny, islamophobia, xenophobia and the new conservative term of art for white supremacy, the alt-right;

Friends who find ways to help those who are freezing and suffering in the Dakota’s while protesting the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline;





A good money man and a great woman who opened my eyes to the need for same;

The anticipation of seeing the tiny feet of loved ones kicking sand on a beach in San Diego on New Year’s Day; and

A warm fire on a cold night.

Laila's 2016 List

I am thankful for so many things this year, but with the current state of affairs, all I can say is:

  1. Freedom
  2. A nimble mind for critical thought
  3. My circle of smart, fierce people who are brave every day
  4. Love, love, love

Joe's 2016 Thanksgiving list

I am Thankful for:

The use of honey

An old Farm house

Flawless real estate closings

Preparing for 18 guests

Bills Home Openers with my high school buddies

Soul Food-Who would have thought…?

Smoked Turkey

To laugh at my own jokes

and to laugh harder when no one else gets it

The quote: “The truth will set you free.” but only when it’s in my favor.

Making a baby laugh, and an old person smile

Cutting 3 acres of grass

Brain storming business opportunities

Bonfires in the yard

For family who open a door and say “Stay”

Relationships which expand my thought process

The ability to do what I want, how I want to do it.

Weekend getaways to the ocean


Danika's 2016 Thanksgiving List

Short and sweet is the name of the game!

This year I am thankful for:

-age and some small amount of wisdom that comes with it.

-having AMAZINGLY generous and willing parents who will come stay with your children for TWO WHOLE WEEKS while you go away for a proper vacation with your partner.

-a husband who is a great travel companion, even after all these years.

-newly pierced ears and lost teeth.

-shaved/dyed hair and a growing consciousness of the world.

-the perspective that comes from getting away from your daily routine and seeing how other parts of the world live.

-knitting!!!! and all that comes with it- a shared hobby with my mother, a new circle of dear knitting friends and patience cultivated from undoing countless mistakes.

-our shiny new bathroom.

-first class, international flights. Oh man.

-coffee, salt, kombucha, caramel sauce, handmade socks, warm things, hugs.


Love to all!


Sandra's list

 I am thankful for

the most beautiful fall I remember in years

the sight of kids kicking fallen leaves

the crunch of those leaves underfoot

all things autumn

silver linings

Crickett to remind us of love sweet love!!

Cricket's list 2016

my sweet, growing family

my true-blue friends

Westminster Church

the sacred space created between people who listen to each other

stories that heal

our blueprint of wholeness

remembered wellness

kindness, silence, hope

and always, ALWAYS, love, sweet love

Mary's list 2016

I love reading these lists but think I’ve only participated once! This year has been extremely busy and full of discovery so I felt compelled to add my thoughts. I am so very thankful for…

The loving community I am part of (it takes a village) Especially my “mom” friends who always relate to my struggles. I don’t feel so alone when I can talk to these women and hear they have similar struggles. We are all doing our best!

Amazing caring teachers and schools willing to go the extra step to help my boy who was struggling!

The Kennedy Elementary PTA! I have learned so much being on the board this year. Our school would have so little if it weren’t for this incredible group of women giving their time freely!

Therapy! 3 out of 4 in our little unit are now working with wonderful therapist! Always striving to be my best self and sometimes that means outside perspective and intervention, HA!

Men that break the mold! That are not the stereotypes of macho sexist male ego that society tries to push down our throats. REAL men that are reliable, trustworthy, respectful, sensitive, caring, yet strong… yes men like my Jonathan 🙂

Gymnastics!! It is amazing what my 7 year old little girl is capable of! The strength, flexibility, discipline and confidence are so incredible. I am so proud of her and so thankful to be able to financially support her passion!

Sport groups that are NOT competitive driven for kids that are NOT competitive driven, but love the game and want to play and have fun. I9 Sports!! Thank you!

The family business that I’m so fortunate to be a part of. The flexibility of working with family, to be able to stay home with sick kids, participate in the PTA, go to endless appointments… it’s priceless!


Amazon Prime… need I say more?

The surge of small plate style restaurants. Love trying many dishes at one meal!

The revival of Detroit! Love being a part of this city making it’s comeback! Feeling proud to work for a business that’s been established in Detroit since 1952!!

Access to my parent’s up north lake house! An escape and place to breath and reconnect.

Living in Michigan with our up north and great lakes!

The 30ft camper my parents bought for my sister and I to benefit from! We were able to travel all the way to the NH White Mountains hauling that thing and camping all along the way.

Which brings me to my husband’s driving skills and expertise in all things with wheels.

And of course camping!! I am a happy camper 🙂








Karima 2016

As this tumultuous year comes to a close I am most thankful for:

  • RETIREMENT- it is a glorious thing
  • that I live in a city and state that welcomes immigrants and refugees
  • all those who worked and continue to work for liberty and justice FOR ALL
  • Healers
  • Pollinators
  • still hanging clothes on an outdoor line
  • the public library
  • that I come from a heritage of knitters that is being continued by my daughter(s) and granddaughters
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Story Corps
  • all those that work in the transportation industry that enable us to travel to spend time with our loved ones and also to explore distant lands
  • living at a moment in history when we, once again, come together and gain strength from one another to carry on our eternal message of equality, inclusion, courage, hope and LOVE.
  • all of you that carry on this tradition of gratitude and LOVE.


Best Books:

FICTION   The trilogy by Kent Haruf: Plainsong, Eventide and Benediction

NON-FICTION   Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

POETRY   Come With Me by Naomi Shahib Nye

Best Movie (that I saw in 2016):

Shelter (2014 film) – Wikipedia

Best Saying:

“It is as true today as it ever was. He who seeks beauty shall find it.”

~ Bill Cunningham

Best Song: 

“Hallelujah”  (Check out K.D. Lang and Pentatonix’s versions)

~ R.I.P  Leonard Cohen

Best Smell:


Best Magazine:

The Sun  “What is to give light must endure burning”

(Thank you Sandra)

Favorite post-election article:

Garrison Keillor: Life after the election – SFGate…/GarrisonKeillor-Life-after-the-election-10616258.php