Danika's 2008 list

Fog that burns off
a daughter who is affectionate and generous
a husband who lets me run every Saturday
Quaker meetings
the smell of freshly roasted coffee
visiting relatives
friends who watch Lucy so Gordon and I can have some alone time
enjoying the best fall colors in Seattle in recent memory
real maple syrup
restaurants that offer decent, vegetarian/fish options
a good pie crust
Facebook- for allowing me to reconnect with old friends and keep up with existing ones
a health insurance plan that covers acupuncture
being excited about an election
a good jogging stroller
snow-capped mountains
camping as a family
car pool lanes

books: The Book Thief (Marcus Zusak), Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer)- also the movie, A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini)
movies: I haven’t see very many. See above.
albums: I’m in a music rut. Probably Vampire Weekend. Also enjoyed the Allison Krauss and Robert Plant album.
meals: Nothing leaps to mind.
runs: doing the ultra-Ragnar Relay with Gordon (specifically, running across Deception Pass Bridge at sunrise).

Scott's 2008 List

The guestroom in Sara H-P’s Portland condo

Maureen’s acceptance into and funding for graduate school
Non-resident tuition waivers for part-time students (so I can take classes, too!)
The Willamette River

Amtrak Guest Rewards

Donations to the Center for Railroad Photography & Art (my employer)

Good relationships with editors (my freelance work)

A camera with usable ISO 1600
Free wireless Internet in libraries and coffee shops

Rainy Oregon Winters

Sunny Oregon Summers

Corvallis Farmer’s Market

Used bikes (and lots of bike lanes)

New and old friends
A world that again has hope in, and for, America

  • Book: Potiki, by Patricia Grace
  • Movie: The Darjeeling Limited
  • Album: Stories, by Misty River
  • Event: The Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s 2008 Conference, where I was a featured presenter!!!
  • Meal: My first Ethiopian dining experience at Portland’s Queen of Sheba

Gordon's List 2008

Things to be thankful for:



And remember to help build our park by buying from Amazon with this link this holiday season.

Karima 2008

Dear Ones,

This is an abbreviated list. I would tax time and space if I listed all I have to be thankful for. Know that YOU are on my list, not so hidden between the lines.

Karima’s 2008 List
memories of Albert

kind veterinarians

having a Sweetheart who is open to adventure

seeing the world anew through Lucy

Lucy’s layers (if you aren’t sure what I’m referring to, check out Nika’s blog at machaggis.net)

brussel sprouts on my doorstep (some woman get flowers, I get produce!)

blogs (esp. my children’s, which keep me up to date)


my new green bicycle
good tenants

being able to VOTE

being (yes, I really mean it!) a citizen of the United States of America

the U. S. Postal Service

service people who show up on time

comprehensive health care (God! Do I sound old!?)



small, family-run farms

The Peace Bridge

summer cottages and family to fill them

sandstone street curbs

Enrique Penalosa-former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia
believes that when you construct a good sidewalk, you are constructing democracy.

the raspberry bush at the corner of Delevan & Argyle (the owners seem disinterested in their berries, thus I have been plucking them since 1984)

folks that work so hard to ensure that my quality of life is BETTER, but for which I put forth little effort (preservationists, health care practitioners, musicians, translators, bloggers, airline personnel, beekeepers, and on and on….)
Favorite Book(s)

THE LIZARD CAGE: Karen Connelly
BLUE STAR: Tony Earley

Favorite CDs-Valentine cd from Greg & birthday cd from Norman
Favorite saying: uttered by Gordon while playing scrabble, “I often win, but I’m rarely winning.”

Best Performance: Raul Midón at The Tralf
Favorite movie: Juno
Best meal: I have decided that I can’t do this one, there are just TOO MANY!

Sarah's List 2007

My 2007 thankful list (in no particular order)
1. not having to worry, stress about/transport to, from/pay for child care–thanks to my mother, who is an endlessly patient, giving, and loving coparent to our boys;
2. our public library system
3. fresh, local produce; farmers markets, and Hurd Orchards (especially our own red raspberries, which were amazing this year);
4. the previous owners of this house, who unwisely removed the beautiful (original?) wooden front storm door to our bungalow, but wisely stored it safe and sound in the attic;
5. living near the Genesee Riverway Trail and the Strong National Museum of Play;
6. Letchworth State Park, which always reminds me of my grandma;
7. Battlestar Galactica, because it is frackin awesome;
8. a healthy pregnancy, 5-hour natural labor, and 10 perfect fingers and toes;
9. nightly family dance parties in the living room and Harrison’s slick moves;
1o. Everyday Food magazine, which saves me every Saturday when I’m planning my weekly menu, and Val and Tara for the annual gift subscription;
11. family walks and Harrison’s collections of leaves, pine cones, and sticks
12. friends and family who can cook well and cook for me;
13. old house blogs, websites and the library’s do-it-yourself books, and a motivated husband
14. being able to share the journey of motherhood with my best girlfriends;
15. Harry Potter resolution–finally!

Cory's List

turkey pot pie

sun glasses with white paint on them


lake views


smiles though bronchiolitis



garage band with Dom at the helm

text messaging



disco balls and starry ceilings

apple cider

incomplete sets of the 12 days of christmas high ball glasses

red label tea

Dave Chappelle





Online dictionaries


contact lenses

as always, a patient and understanding family

a strong mother



responsive, down-to-earth profs

people who smell books

legs to run, feet to kick


Luxuries like fizzy water, smart wool, wireless internet in the home, play time, access to a car I don’t own or maintain, affordable air travel, Goretex, hot showers, big dogs (again, that I don’t own or maintain), fresh, clean water sprouting from taps…
Last but not least, an earth with a very forgiving nature.

There are always so many more…

much love


Cricket's "list"

I give thanks for the mystery of love, it’s fragile strength, its elusive presense, the forgiveness and understanding it generates and the warm joy with which it floods our souls .

I stole these words from one of Tom Yorty’s prayers…couldn’t resist.