Lyn's thankful list 2006

safe landings after rough flights

people who write their representatives and senators about the war and how the rest of the world sees the US

positive attitudes – and an “attitude of gratitude”

books on disk

public libraries

well-written books and stories

independent book stores


people who try to make the world better

Prairie Home Companion

uncomplicated pregnancies, in this case, Danika’s


fresh fruit

mostly happy memories

a furnace that works

real maps (and sometimes Mapquest)


hearing aid and glasses

philanthropic people – philanthropic spirit

service clubs and volunteers in general

two “new” old cats

frequent flyer miles


having “enough”


cell phones



opportunities to talk with those from other cultures and to visit other places in the world

my passport

getting upgraded on long flights

Thanksgiving Day

Hello Everyone,

I appreciate all of you that contributed to our post.  You give me sustenance.

I am in Chicago at the home of my Joe & Beth, along with the WHOLE Bondi crew, spiced up by a Mirthful Muldoon and two Mighty Millers. Here is part of our Thanksgiving Blessing, to be prayed togther before we dig in.


As our hands are joined

so are we

joined together.

Bless these gifts,

for food lovingly prepared.

For loved ones

and the nourishment we give each other.

For seeds

and the buds of new life.

Make clean our hearts.

Keep us mindful of the needs of others.

Fiil our souls with good and joyful things.

Amen. Let’s Eat!


e's list


sine waves, saw waves, square waves, bass drums

teachers who excel at exciting

a tongue

clean water delivered to my door

instant hot water for tea or soup

electronic financial transactions


chilled wax apples, dumplings, grass jelly

gotta say it, Skype

siblings who are great friends

people to play and run with (because gyms are tedious)

sleep, sweet dreamland

teeth, intact and numb and utile

an entirely walkable living, working, studying, playing, eating, and shopping environment

the divine mornings I’m reminded my city is surrounded by mountains (though by 9am they’re once again veiled by pollution)

smart friends (too smart, the little snots)


vegetarian “meat”

sighs and their miraculous efficacy


being naturally mosquito-resistant


forgiveness (self- and otherwise)

movie that impressed me this year: Wings of Honneamise

book: who has time for those?

music: Melvin’s recent cello recital

yes, maybe there’s a theme in there somewhere….

Harrison's List

This list is from my friend Sarah’s 2 year old son, Harrison.

He is thankful for:

1. Grandma
2. Grandpa
3. Mama
4. Dada
5. Toys
6. Meow

Greg's Thanxgiving List 2006

After being gently nudged by my own gentle nudger I sit here too early in the A.M., trying to remember all the things I am thankful for:

My grown daughters and their purposefulness;

Memories of my son;

Music in general and particularily Jazz….the discovery of old (Louis Armstrong’s Hot five & Hot seven, Ella with and without Louis, Coltrane, Gerald Wilson) the new (Sean Jones, Carli Munoz, Julius Tolentino, Liz Wright) and my generation’s (Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard,  Joe Henderson, Cassandra Wilson…and so many, many more.

Good Food, Good Restaurants and really good friends

Montreal in February, only surpassed by Montreal in July

My parents 

Music festivals

Soaked Mesquite, Hickory and fruit wood chips just after they have been placed on the smoldering coals

Webber grills, charcoal of course

Fresh herbs

Really, really good bottles of wine for less than $20

The perfect cosmopolitan, muddled old fashion and single barrel bourbon

Xmas smells the day after the tree is put up

The end of Fall and the beginning of winter when the snow is fresh and the air is coldly crisp….and I descend my stairs feeling the gentle heat warming the house and making it such a cozy place to be…

The nudger, her heart, grace, artfulness and the way she shares her authors, music, friends, the New Yorker, Georgia Review, recipes…..St. Vicent Depaul treasures and a willingness to get in a car or on a plane in search of new adventures

Last year’s New Years Eve Party

Photography… a new camera… new photo opportunities

Sunrises in Saratoga

I have a memory impacted by the seventies and all the good times that resulted in a decade at college with that caveat I will list some of my favorite things of 2006:

Movies: Good Night Good Luck, Hustle & Flow, revisiting The Big Sleep

Books: Parables of the Sower(Octavia Butler), Kindred (Butler), Spending (Mary Gordon), Dreams of My Father (Barrack Obama)

CD: Two For the Road-Mimi Fox & Greta Matassa, Timeline and Blue Jazz (both by Malachai Thompson, old music I newly discovered) 

Concerts: Short term memory forces me to say Cyrus Chestnut & Kevin Mahogany, saw them Saturday Nite (11/18).




Joe & Beth's Thanksgiving list

We are thankful for…

Hosting our first family Thanksgiving.

cool kitchen gadgets

the discovery of new beauty via a canoe

that Madi has successfully reached her second year of college and loving it.

Dominic’s discovery of the wilds of wrestling on his middle school wrestling team.

Beautiful morning walks

Beautiful afternoon walks

Beautiful evening walks

Love and family

The Future

“Miracle Whip” The icing of Thanksgiving leftovers


Sandra's Thanksgiving list

the genious who created Skype

portable pianos

exotic lands


a Godchild having a child

love finding someone you love

the kindness of strangers

Favorite Book:  When Madeline was Young by Jane Hamilton
Favorite CD: Eye to the Telescope – K T Tungstall

Favorite Meal – inviting a Venetian couple who were in St. Paul for 3 weeks to dinner at my house. Word of mouth led to many side invitations and other Italians who had emigrated to St. Paul showed up. It had little to do with my cooking and everything to do with the life Italians bring to a dinner table!

Gordon's 2006 List

For this Thanksgiving year:

  • the sound of the ocean after a long time away
  • big mountains and glaciers and the ability to walk up them
  • switching from step-in to strap-ins for snowboarding, at long last
  • Besalu
  • changing job
  • the many flavours of fermented grape
  • crisp icy days
  • Rosemary Diamante bread
  • salt
  • growing babies
  • ultrasound
  • the pleasures of a singlespeed bike

Last year I missed “strangers with a van stopping for an injured cyclist”, but even a year later, I’m still Thankful.

My favourite things are a little random, I seem to be suffering from amnesia, but I’m going to go with:

Favourite Movie:

An Inconvenient Truth

Favourite Book:

The Charnel Prince

Favourite Meal:

Anything at Matt’s, although to be honest I can’t chose from so many good meals this year.

Favourite Music/CD::

A ridiculously busy music year, so I have distilled it to discovering Snow Patrol with Eyes Open and the latest from The Long WintersPutting the Days to Bed.

Oh, and a final mention to the song This Year from The Mountain Goats on The Sunset Tree

Favourite Saying:

I chose one of the many favourites I track on Quotes of the Day:

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – e e cummings

with (as far as I remember it), the first words I heard when coming back from doing an early morning run around Ballard on the 20th of May 2006:

“I’m glad you’re back, I think I’m pregnant.” – danika waddell

Cory's List

In 2006 I am thankful for:


pho ga

sweet potatoes


the exhilaration of organizing a coordinated action of people that goes well


acrobats and bicycles



smoked salmon

the world cup soccer championships (next time argentina)

dates that make butterflies flutter in your stomach

desk, office and filing cabinets (still don’t have them)

the roots album “the tipping point”

introducing the chimps by the DCLS Allstars

belly pictures and the babies in ’em

ripples of sand under the calm waters of Lake Michigan

naps by the lake

hammocks that hang by the lake for napping

the Developing Justice Coalition

skype for talking to my sister in Japan

cousins that help you pick out neck ties

hikes in the woods

the incredible manner in which the sun light bounces off of cliffs and lakes



cowboy hats and rivers

favorite movie: Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

favorite meal: New Year’s at Laila’s house

favorite book: I am reading Zorro by Isabel Allende right now, it is pretty good

favorite website:

Have a super lovely wonderful thanksgiving

Cricket's List 2006

bouquets found on my front porch
love notes
ten year olds
lipstick that stays on
bracelets that jingle
friends who remember
knitting at Starbucks on Saturday mornings
kukuwa and music that makes me dance
good cooks (Karima, Greg, Irene, Dot, Ruth and Zandy)
and of course
love, sweet love