- Freddie’s Lawn Service. Yes, I am blessed to have a bunch of guys (actually, two guys) to clean up my lawn every fall and spring.
- Naomi and Marilyn (‘s Cleaning Service). Yes, I am blessed to have this team help me (that is, Sandra; I don’t clean much anyway) to help clean our home every 3 weeks.
- Liquid soap. (Yes, I suppose there is a theme to this list.) I don’t think the rest of my family shares my attachment to this modern (well, 50 years?) development; I perform a weekly maintenance check and refill regimen; one of my few successful house maintenance tasks. Cheers!
- Friends who love to laugh out loud and appreciate the magic and transcendence in baring our souls to each other
- Doing work that is challenging, fulfilling, stressful and fun, and getting paid for it!
- Only 3 more years to retirement
- Being the caretakers of cats who enjoy being cuddled and hugged.
- Having an acupuncturist who keeps me healthy and moving without pain.
- Snow and lots of it for cross country skiing. I never get enough of taking in the colors and shapes of the forest and the beauty of the snow on the trees.
- Overcoming the fear of riding my new road bike. She is a beautiful teal blue and fits me like a glove. I took her over hill and dale in the Tug Hill plateau this summer. We are so happy together!
- Finding a new restaurant in Syracuse, Fabio’s, that has decor reminiscent of Buffalo’s Salvatore’s Italian Garden ( more tasteful, I think). Their eggplant parmesan with a light smoky under layer of flavor melts in your mouth.
- The movie Hidden Figures. Should have gotten an Oscar and Academy Award.
- The book, The Mind That Changes Itself. It inspires me to avoid saying never.
- Fingers, eyes, white-collar brawn and stamina
- Problem figuring out where to put all the books
- The local library, worldcat, and inter-library loans
- The university library, worldcat, and inter-library loans
- Easy returns for ‘delivery clothes shopping’
- Soccer boots with removable insoles (actually not easy to find) and the Brazilians who sell them
- (yes Karima!) Street signs (accurate and readable) — since moving to Boston this has been much more appreciated
- Art with colors
- In-unit laundry (this may be a repeat)
- Car sharing services
- Autumn gales where the leaves fill the skies like so many murmurations
- Professional mentorship
- Teachers who teach by doing/showing
- Partner/kid/family who love to cook!
Fiction: Lettres de mon moulin by Alphonse Daudet
Non-fiction: The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
Best Meal: O’s first foray into pizza-making, with Zia C
For starters, I want to second Greg’s Sunday morning laziness. Especially lazy Sunday mornings with this guy. We’ve been calling the weekends ‘Family Days’ and I am so thankful for family days.
I am also thankful for:
- video calling
- a job that balances community impact and family time
- beimg part of a team with diverse talents
- the first Unitarian church of Chicago
- chocolate ice cream flavored with bourbon and lapsong suchang (sp?)
- solar eclipse
- Chance the Rapper (rapper) and Social Works (his NPO focused on improving life for Chicago youth)
TV: stranger things
Book: potty training in three days
Concert: the roots at lost lake festival
Basking in the comfort of finally being back home after a wonderful 2 week European vacation, I have so much to be thankful for.
Good linen, a comfortable mattress and Sunday morning laziness;
Bikes, trails, a fairly long biking season, biking buddies who don’t take this biking thing too seriously, sharing lunch and a cocktail with them at some point during a 25+ mile trip, and a solo ride once or twice a week in addition;
Retirement, the first year was pretty darn awesome and the start of this second year has not ebbed my enthusiasm for the concept;
The affordability of solar panels. Yes there will be a purchase in the coming year at the Willowlawn Estate;
Travel with a worthy adventurer, let’s see last year was San Diego, Orangeburg, Mexico, the St. Joseph’s Day New Orleans road trip with stops in N.C., NOLA, Orangebhurg, D.C., then Ballard, Portugal and Spain, which brings us to Thanksgiving in Chicago with the fam!!! Isn’t this retirement thing awesome;
Jazz and its ever increasing availability and a spouse that appreciates my appreciation of same;
Roaring fires in our fireplace;
Our new awning in the backyard;
A summer of grilling and now a fall and winter featuring comfort food.
There were so many good ones
Scott Tixier a french jazz violinist.
I Called Him Morgan (Documentary on the life of Jazz Muscian Lee Morgan);
Chasin’ Trane (John Coltrane Documentary)
Malala talk at U.B.
As usual it’s the most recent read, The Man From Mars by Robert Heinlien.
- Maps and their makers
- Street signs (accurate and readable)
- Navigation systems
- Stellar traveling companions
- Getting lost with stellar companions
- Foraging for wild fruit (w/Lucy & Bea)
- Church bells
- Willowlawn Street Block Club
- Short retirement speeches
- All the good people who give so tirelessly of themselves to try to keep our world viable
- Health Care and Public Health providers who work so diligently, and often at great odds, to help keep our bodies, minds and worlds whole and sustaining
- Urban farmers and gardeners
- Politicians who truly are public servants, not self-servers
- Our young people, do many of whom begin their adult lives under crushing debt, who continue to strike out and build lives for themselves in increasingly creative ways
- Those who use their power for good ( Shame on you all you sexual predators!!!)
- A mother who raised me to be fearless and grab life by the horns
- Spending so much time with Aunt Dominica during her closing days on this earth
- All of you, my Dear Ones
Fiction: Reunion: A Novella by Fred Uhlman
Non-fiction: Dogs of God: Christopher Columbus, the Inquisition and the Defeats if the Moors by James Reston Jr.
Poetry: Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
Lecture: Terry Tempest Williams (Babel)
Concert: “Poland’s Maestro” Krzysztof Penderecki conducts the Buffalo Philharmonic
Theater: Visiting Mr. Green @ Jewish Repetory Theater
Best Meal: Isia’s in Sesimbra, Portugal