Friends are the family we choose for ourselves – and we are so happy to be part of the Bondi-Miller-Marschner-Muldoon-Corder-Somit ETC family.
Curiosity and imagination in young children, especially in the young children we know personally in this big extended family.
Living in our new home with a view and that we had enough energy to actually make the move.
Taking tennis lessons with Al and our sessions with the ball machine for practice.
Celebrating Al’s 99th birthday with him.
All the people who stand up for others and protest the madness in the current political scene.
People who got out and voted in the mid-term elections.
Drivers who are polite in freeway traffic.
Firefighters who keep battling the fires all around California and in other places too.
Groups like Save the Children who combat starvation in the world’s poorest places.
Rotary, Service Above Self.
Rain, whenever it comes.
Better Balance and Mobility Classes for seniors!
Music Appreciation class through the local community college.
Non-profit groups that try as hard as they can to fill the gaps that our government has made way too large for too many people.
Books: The Giver, by Lois Lowry and the other 3 books in that quartet. There There by Tommy Orange, 2018. We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War, by Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, 2015. Craig Johnson’s Longmire series. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, by Margareta Magnusson, 2018. Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, by Valeria Luiselli, 2017
Movies: Ladies in Lavender – Judy Dench and Maggie Smith, 2004. Collateral Beauty, 2016. The Hunger Games movies, watched with Aidan during his visit. I also enjoyed watching Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Secretariat with Gabe.
Music: Joan Baez’s Whistle Down the Wind CD, 2017. Being introduced to so many composers and music from many countries and cultures through a tuition-free class!