People who are kind to others.
Rotary and Rotarians – doing good in the world.
Freshly brewed coffee and various types of tea.
Opportunities to be on the road and exploring with my dear Al.
Wide open spaces, various types of terrain, trees.
Occasional family reunions with close and distant relatives.
People who give helpful signals in heavy traffic.
Flowers on the roadsides.
Cooking healthy food.
Having healthy food to cook.
Being able to mend things.
Closed captions on tv and movies.
Micro-finance projects that help women in developing countries.
That health insurance may really and finally become affordable for most people in the country.
Public art. Murals on store walls, sculpture, chalk drawings.
Kindle and laptop.
Having enough and not being wealthy; realizing that friendships and other close relationships are more important than money.
I am also thankful that I do have some savings, Social Security and a modest retirement plan so I can be independent and not burden my kids.
Opportunities to help others. People who start and work in non-profit organizations.
Denali (Alaska) and surrounding region — and the other few remaining intact eco-systems.
Stars in the sky and the rare times they can be seen.
Audio books, print books, books in various forms and, of course, public libraries.
Having a good memory; remembering good advice from earlier in my life. (Example: from my dad when I was in the 6th grade and trying to decide whether or not to go to a magnet school where I had been accepted – “Make the best decision you can, with the information you have and never look back and second-guess yourself.”)
In the past year:
Best Trip – cruise and land trip in Alaska.
Outstanding books: The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, by Paul Bogard; The Y’s Way to a Healthy Back, by Alexander Melleby; King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels & Eleanor Herman; Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.
Movies: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011); Everything is Illumnated (2005); Paperclips (2004); The Object of My Affection (1998) – one of my all time favorites.
TV: Downton Abbey and NCIS.
Album: Frog Trouble – songs by Sandra Boynton (for ages 1 to “older than dirt”). This album has all new songs, written in various country styles and each sung by a different person or group – very much fun to sing along – comes with a book, music, pictures.