Bob C’s Thanksgiving thoughts

Always a lot to be thankful for, which I too often forget.  Here are a few random items:

Short stories and those who were talented and generous enough to create them.  A few I most highly recommend:

  • The Need for Something Sweet by Nadine Gordimer
  • Dear Life by Alice Munro
  • Cathedral by Raymond Carver
  • Breaker of Horses by William Kittredge

And Shakespeare:  Here’s a fragment, well-known but not his most famous, and most appropriate for this time of year.  Often called the Winter’s Song it’s from Love’s Labour Lost, Act V, Scene 2 and begins “When icicles hang by the wall”  An internet search will get you there.

And, the birds that visit our backyard:

  • The ever-angry hummingbirds, fastest-living of all warm-blooded creatures, fighting over the sugar water that will get them through 18-hour nights.
  • The flocks of bush-tits (AKA flying golf balls), tiny gray birds who materialize from nowhere, stop for a few seconds or maybe 15, then are off in a huge hurry to the next yard.
  • The crows who patiently and skillfully dig through the oak leaves for something that will sustain them.  They must be successful, because they come back every morning.
  • The flocks of goldfinches, some of them dull, some of them brilliant yellow, who are light enough to hang on this year’s stems and pick out tiny seeds, dropping most of them into the dirt to sprout next spring.

The beauty that is everywhere:

  • Leaves on the sidewalk
  • Fog on spectacular spiderwebs
  • Clouds. Sky.
  • Stars and the moon.
  • Beautiful bare trees in winter.

And, that feeling you get when you dive into deep, cold water on a hot day and you are surrounded by the water and you let yourself be taken where it will take you (not to worry, you always bob to the surface where there’s air).  The feeling of being surrounded by bubbles and of visiting the fish-world and being among little trout.  Swimming underwater toward a waterfall until the bubbles overwhelm you and the water proves once again it is stronger than you are and you let yourself get pushed back and you pop up, and breathe.

Happy Thanksgiving.




Aaron’s List (2018)

Finishing (the downstairs) of our lovely little cottage

Bountiful amounts of heat in the winter

Tessa’s new job and watching her continue to flourish in her legal career

Walks with Tess and Rem sauce

Traveling when I can – Tessa, you need to join me more often!

Sunday dinners with Greg and Karima and extended family – Laila and Ben

Drinking IPA’s and disc golf with Ben

One tooth Dan and all of his hard work on the back apartment

“Working” from home far too often

Sandra’s Post

Thanksgiving List

I am grateful for:


Politicians interested in facts

Debate driven by facts

Brilliant comedians who make us laugh when we want to cry

Ahnu hiking boots

Trips that exceed expectations

Traveling companions that exceed expectations ( you know who you are)

The Public Theater in NYC from which came Hamilton and Latin History for Morons

Retirement within view

Friends for the Long Run…my running group

Val who taught me to knit and fixes my mistakes

Sitting on my front porch in a thunderstorm

Tessa’s 2018 list

I missed last year’s list so I will have to make up for it now:

First and foremost I am thrilled to be living in my own home with my sweetie who rebuilt it for me with his own two hands- I am always amazed by your talent and work ethic.

To that end, Aaron and I have had a lot of help making our house a home– looking at you mamma, our garden is spectacular!

I am ever thankful that we found Remy who is my right hand pup- literally he wants to hold hands all the time…

Negotiating and navigating my way into a new job.

Any opportunity to travel with Aaron 🙂

Down comforters, tea, seltzer water, sunshine, artichokes, and daydreaming.

Animal videos, always

Having my sister (from another mister) living back in Buffalo, our dog walks are so wonderful, even when Rems tries to wrestle with Lil’ Baby Gizmo. Also, Yonce’ still breathless.

Patience… mostly other people’s with me.

Good food and leftovers from people who are far more skilled in the kitchen. (especially that salmon Greg)

Special food deliveries from Mamma when she knows its been a long week.

Staying in with my boys and made up songs about Rems.

Mary Beth’s list

My favorite tradition of the year! I love recapping the good, especially when good feels like it’s in limited supply.

This year, I’m grateful for all of this:

  • Sobriety
  • People’s faith in me to work towards their running goals
  • Patience to heal from injury
  • Tea
  • Writers of color, activists, and people who run for office with the goal of making the world a safer and more equitable place.
  • Spotify–seriously, how long was I going to keep buying CDs and downloading music?
  • Always, books
  • Coffee and breakfast dates with friends
  • Teachers, and an entire school, who care about my children’s safety and success
  • My kids’s ability and willingness to take long bike rides as a family


Book–So You Want To Talk About Race; Sing, Unburied, Sing; Peak Performance

Vacation–Key West, February 2018

Race–Seneca 7 relay, April 2018


Happy Thanksgiving, all! xo

Danika’s 2018 Thanksgiving List

It’s been a heck of a year. As always, thankful for this space and those who share their thoughts!

This year I am most thankful for:

-Kisses, snuggles, hands held and all the affection I still receive from a 9-yr old and nearly 12-yr old.

-Wool and the ability to create increasingly complex garments with my hands.

-Work that I find utterly satisfying and that I excel at. It may have taken me 42 years, but I finally feel I have found my calling!

-A hair stylist, physical therapist, massage therapist, chiropractor, OB/GYN etc that I trust 100% (and many of whom I have been seeing for 18 years).

-Warm house, kind neighbors, easy commute, and various other comforts that make my daily life easier.

-A nice bottle of wine and (sometimes) crappy Netflix shows with my sweetie.

-Black Lives Matter, Me too, and all social justice movements that bring about change and awareness. Keep showing up, people!

-A blue wave!!!!!!!

-Best show- HAMILTON. Duh.  Beyonce was pretty good too.

-Best podcasts- 99% Invisible, The Sporkful, Pod save America/the people

-Best book- Educated by Tara Westover.


JoMarie”s 2018 list

*So very thankful for the opportunity to have finally traveled to my Sicilian father’s village of Valledolmo in September and meet my Sicilian cousins in Palermo.  The simpatico , food and time together was heartwarming and embracing and life-changing.

  • For another wonderful bike trip in Italy with my husband, Rick and best travel buddies, my brother John and his fluent in Italian wife, Louise.
  • For Healthy, Happy HENRY, our 3 month old grandson who entered this world very traumatically in Burlington, VT and spent the first week of his life in NICU! he is thriving beautifully and pure joy.
  • For my new book club I have joined this year and the book smart , liberated women in the group.( so grateful there are liberated women living in the red state of Florida)


Gene’s list 2018

I am thankful for —

a warm bed

hot dogs strung up like Christmas lights

“tickly water”  (genre:  small kids’ talk)

a chance to make this list once again


Karima’s 2018 List

In these divisive times, when worldly happenings can be so discouraging, I am unspeakably grateful for:

  • domestic rituals (Sunday morning Spelling Bee with My Honey)
  • simpatico traveling companions ( you know who you are!)
  • clear directions/readable maps
  • gel bandages
  • bridges
  • bees
  • bothies (unlocked shelters for travelers, throughout UK)
  • my body. it has and continues to serve me so well
  • restaurants that have gone strawless
  • availability of EVERYTHING we need and so much more
  • being a Senior Citizen (it has so many advantages, like being able to audit college classes for free!)
  • having my family close-at-hand, and/or heart
  • my perennials: the public library, clotheslines, foraging for wild fruit (esp. with my granddaughters)
  • all the hard-working people (there are SO MANY) with sincere hearts and able hands who work tirelessly for GOODNESS.


Words: sanctuary, forgiveness, welcome, participation, diligence


  • Fiction: Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • Nonfiction:  The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
  • Poetry: Stones by Irene Sipos
  • Children’s: A Different Pond by Bao Phi

Theater: The Ice Man Cometh with Denzel Washington (on Broadway)

Movie:  Coming Home (2014, Chinese)

Podcast:  99% Invisible

Meal: ANY meal sitting around a table with my family and/or dear friends

Concert: Seeing the Austin Piazzolla Quintet at Pausa

CD: Devils & Demons  AP Quintet

Travel: (in order of occurrence)

  • Whidbey Island with Lucy
  • NYC with Greg
  • Via Francigena with Sandra



coree's thankfuls

I am thankful to have lived in the path of a total eclipse of the sun, and to have taken the time to share that beautiful earth and space moment with family and friends.

I am thankful for the crispy frost that subdues the wildness of the garden and lightens our work load.

And I am grateful to have some tough dry wood to chop and burn on those frosty mornings.

I am grateful for the greens tucked away, protected from the frost, to feed us through the winter.

I am grateful for fluffy goats, fat on hay, and the puffs of their breath as they call to us for a morning treat.

I am grateful to have learned how to make a good chevre from our goat’s milk.

I am grateful for the long slow process of building a house, a home, by hand – for the handiness of my Fellow Man – for the patience that we are gaining in the process.  And I am thankful in advance for the spacious beautiful home it will be.

I am grateful for the wisdom that bubbles up new from the most unexpected places, and from the wisdom of old that continues to flow down the years to reach us.

All that, and so much more.

As for reads:

non-fiction – The Body Keeps Score, by Bessel van der Kolk, Girls and Sex, by Peggy Orenstein (my eyes have been opened), David Asher’s The Art of Natural Cheesemaking.

fiction – re-discovering with my children – Madeline L’Engle’s Time Quintet, Tolkien’s Hobbit, Ende’s Never Ending Story.

And Stephen Mitchell’s Baghavad Gita.

As for audio:

Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway, oh yeah.

Brandi Carlile, and First Aid Kit.

And visual:

The Hollow Crown – BBC renditions of Shakespeare’s historical plays – bloody violent well done.

The Hunt for the Wilder People – New Zealand coming of age flick.


Last, but definitely not least, I am thankful to still be included in this beautiful exercise.

Peace in each of your hearts.  Peace on Earth.