Gordon's 2017 List

This year, family restrictions as always:

  • solar eclipse
  • house insurance, seriously
  • getting away
  • the enchantments with sweetie
  • crazy big get togethers with food, family, friends and wine
  • my nerdy/geeky background coming through ftw
  • knowing finally what ftw means


  • the great Iain M Banks re-read
  • also re-reading LOTR with Lucy, the words just roll
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik


  • Rogue One
  • The Expanse Series One (thanks Martin!)


  • too many podcasts and not many new things
  • Beside Myself by Sheryl Crow (return to form, best thing this year)

Karima's List – 2017

  • 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)
  • Water
  • 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


  • Clemency
  • Forgiveness
  • Welcome

Gordon's List 2016

Even my cynical self is shaken this year, so let’s focus on:

  • potato chips
  • french fries
  • wonderful Vietnamese cuisine
  • lack of miles in the sky
  • recapturing memories of > decade ago
  • finding that those earth shattering moments you had always wondered about (ears, tantrums, dresses, peer pressure) might not be unsurmountable
  • always, bikes, outside, mountains, sea, beaches, trees et al
  • traditions, and this is updated to 10 years of my posts (because Danika thought it would be a good idea):
  • supportive family structures


  • Dang you Martin, it’s got to be Delilah Dirk and the sequel and I’m pretty sure they are Lucy’s too.  So although I read almost all of the James SA Corey, a graphic novel captures the win.


I sort of finally started the streaming thing this year (Amazon Prime) so that might have contributed to a lack of excitement, focus and stand out albums, but three solid, solid, well played (according to my iTunes) albums of the year are:


Not been keeping track.  Enjoyed Star Wars but am going to go with the Netflix streaming TV thing and certainly the start of the season, and the finale, of:


Lyn and Al's 2016 List

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.

Polite drivers.

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.

Favorite Movies:

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.

Favorite Meal:

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



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


Coree's List for 2015

This year, what a year, I am particularly thankful for…

eleven years of marriage.

ten years of motherhood.

after much death and grieving, the ability to love and celebrate LIFE.

vegan gluten free friends and family, whose dietary restrictions force me to expand my horizons to include such Thanksgiving dishes as Purple Sweet Potato Cheesecake made with maple syrup, costa rican biodynamic vanilla, and many cashews.

goats – beautiful, friendly, poison ivy eating, stubborn goats, and their wonderful milk.

new possibilities that include woods, creeks, and high fields.

blue herons.

children’s theatre.

backyard telescopes.

reading J.R.R. Tolkien again with a new audience.

rediscovering Margaret Atwood.  The Chalice and The Blade.  Wendell Berry.  Terry Pratchett, may he rest in peace.

ALL OF YOU!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING and many more!!!!!!

Leon's list 2015

I just want to say happy holidays to everyone first and foremost.

I am thankful for all the blessing bestowed upon myself and Kim this entire year.

Specifically the new job opportunity I was blessed with which had put me in a better situation and I’m happier than before.

I’m thankful for my brothers back home and the fact that they are getting themselves on the right track to be great men for their respective families, children, and themselves.

I’m thankful for my early mother Kay being declared cancer free.

I’m thankful for my other mom Karima who will gracefully retire and becoming the traveling mima*.

Movie…Fast 7 was solid, but Narcos on Netflix is addictive!

Book….The Makings of A Man, by Tim Brown, forwarded by Lou Holtz.

Lastly I’m thankful to God for continuing to keep Kim healthy as she has our beautiful baby girl Vivian Shanelle growing inside of her.

I love you all and Kim does too, enjoy some turkey today!

BTW, New Orleans wedding,  bomb.com, and of course Ixtapa, Mexico was great too, we are official timeshare owners and will be there for years to come.


Ben's list 2015

  1. A new house and to be a first time home owner.
  2. Having a wonderful partner to go through the experience of buying a new house with. She made it possible.
  3. The headaches that can come with a new house, I have learned how to fix more things (don’t tell Laila).
  4. The wonderful website Bandhub.com. I would not be playing the guitar as much nor have picked up the mandolin again.
  5. Mad Max Fury Road for hours and hours of intertainment, and more to come.
  6. The Walking Dead for the same reasons as before.
  7. Good food, especially the meal we had for our anniversary. Root Squared, Wow.
  8. Tobacco free living. 5-6 months and it keeps getting better.

Donna's 2015 Thanksgiving list

I am thankful for…..

Karima’s gentle reminders

camping and hiking in Utah

the wonders of sandstone cliffs and slot canyons

pictographs and petroglyphs

seeing the Great Basin desert

cool evening breezes after a hot September sun

the return of rain and foggy mornings

puddles again

friends on our Meals on Wheels route and the wisdom they share

my walking friend

sweet memories of childhood and family

adult sons


family and friends who make life full with happiness and excitement

Happy Thanksgiving!


P.S.  Like Danika’s post I seem to have read a lot of duds but, oh, how I loved Boys in the Boat and the Invention of Wings!