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

Laila's List

flannel (for sleeping)

cashmere (for all other activities)


friends’ houses I can walk to

being able to walk to one of the largest lakes in the world and seeing the coastline of another country

a well-stocked freezer and pantry

backyard vegetable garden

the sabres-especially afinogenov, miller, pominville, numminen, drury and briere.  and also I love that lindy ruff.

instant messaging

gratifying employment

discovering good, live music in buffalo


having business cards

french press coffee

i’m especially happy the eighties are back in because I love legwarmers.

having friends and family to visit all over the country

savoring the prospect of being an auntie

pictures of my gorgeous, pregnant sister

brown rice sushi

out of town guests

stained glass

watching (other peoples’!) babies grow up

finding friends you thought were gone from your life

rediscovering my single self

Book: Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama

Movie:  I can’t remember the last time I saw a movie.  That’s sad.  But I have two movie tickets if anyone wants to go on a movie date with me.

CD: My New Orleans classic CD.  Ernie K-Doe, Cheeky Blakk, Ballzack, Rebirth, Dr. John.  Fantastic!

Meal:  The dinner Victor cooked for me out of the cookbook from Nika.  And also, my tamarind glazed lamb.

Danika's 2006 list

dry and/or sunny fall days
a complication-free pregnancy
my body and its amazing abilities to change and accommodate new life
organic/hormone-free milk
port-o-potties (aka Honey Buckets/Johnny on the Spots) that have toilet paper and hand sanitizer
road trips, especially with a good companion
Brown Cow cream on top yogurt
good greens (kale, chard, spinach, etc.)
hand me downs
peanut butter
people who still send birthday cards
a job with good vacation time (3 weeks in my 1st year)
an office with windows and a view
free weekend minutes on my cell phone plan
living in an area with tremendous options for childbirth (i.e. midwives, birth centers, doulas)
snowboarding, which gives me a reason to like precipitation!
ultrasounds and Dopplers
buses that are on time and not too crowded
people that give up their seat on the bus
blogs that enable me to keep up with friends who live far away
slippers, robes, hats, gloves, scarves and other things that keep me warm
National Parks
hiking trails that aren’t too crowded
people who yield on hiking trails
being upgraded (in hotels, on flights, etc.)
Besalu and its perfect, buttery, French pastries
living within walking distance of the video store, post office, bank, grocery store, coffee shops, restaurants and the movie theater
Essential Bakery’s Rosemary Diamante bread
my book club

Best meal: Mar Plata, Puerto Vallarta Mexico
Best movie: I can’t think of a single one…I’ll come back with one
Best book: “My year of meats” by Ruth Ozeki
Best cd: Alexi Murdoch

zaynab's List


my partner, Wadud

the beautiful blessing of friendships, new and old

discovering, after all these years, that my old blockages and painful hangups can be resolved by just feeling the feelings I was too afraid to feel when they first came up

the poem, Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

having enough to take care of my needs and to share with others

the elections

spending time with my parents

taking the next step

the lawncare crew that raked the leaves this year


waking up in the morning and knowing I am happy

looking forward to my sons coming home for Thanksgiving next week



Karima's 2006 List

utilities and people who share theirs when you have none (e.g. Greg)
saws and people who know how to use them (e.g my next door neighbor)

all the noble folks who worked so hard to bring us LIGHT and HEAT

food in the larder, money in the bank


clothespins (such brave little household attendants)


ancestors that gave me a strong footing

people that NOTICE

polite people
all my daily fumbles (that keep me humble)

minor adjustments that change everything

finding stuff I thought was lost

the public library

digital cameras


writing/receiving real old-fashioned letters (e.g. Sandra)

being cooked for, and quite majestically (Greg)

leftovers (extending the savor)

the rustle of the unexpected

And to all my Dear Ones who are as gorgeous as eggplants, as vigorous as morning glory tendrils and have hearts as big as hubbards.

A tall sunflower nod to you all. May your seeds spread far and wide.


Yearly favorites:


Fiction: Heartbeat by Sharon Creech

Nonfiction: The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher
Short Story Collection: The Last Lovely City by Alice Adams


The Big Sleep

Little Miss Sunshine

Going to the Italian Film Festival with Greg, Laila, Tessa, John and Cynde and seeing and loving, once again, Moonstruck.


@Au Pied de Cochon (Montreal)


Soundtrack from the movie Transamerica


“You can’t patch every hole.”

~Grandma Gullo

“If you let things go, what you get is gone.”

~John Lloyd

Tessa's List

people that hold the door open for you

a week with no tests or papers due

a good ballet class

the ability to travel

Coming home and sleeping with my puppy….good source of heat!

Places that have little coffee shops (somehting I miss about buffalo. There is nothing at Geneseo. bleh)

Ginger Chocolates!

having my favorite foods when I come home

Good smells

people who wash your dish just because

flat ground… I always thought hills were nice until I had to walk up them at 9 in the morning

Fall: I love stepping on crunchy leaves!

The new Science building at geneseo:amazing!

having plants on my windowsill

Seeing people outside when it’s nice out!

Nice days! when it’s not rainy, sun and rainbows are very nice things to see

YouTube, i watch ballet videos obsessively

My laptop! helps me keep in touch, and lowers the seemingly endless amount of time I spend in the library.

My Bio lab group; very effective and reliable people

Fun lab equiptment! I heart centerfuging!

Unamerican cuisine, anything from home, just good food in general! (can you tell im a little sick of cafeteria food?)

I know this is against the rules but I believe this year it is really necessary for me to say that out of all things I am thankful for my family. I have the best support system there is, and I truely think I hit the jackpot when i was born…

hrmm favorite book and movie

book: this is a bit hard seeing as i haven’t been reading much besides my text books and let me tell you that is not my favorite…i guess ill have to go with the book that I have not finished fact i am only on page 10 so i can’t really tell you how wonderful it is. Mountains Beyond Mountains…by Tracey Kidder very interesting!

oh and also The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman: another great read not novely but something interesting

movies: Little Miss Sunshine

and The Departed

Favorite quotes:

“There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.”

Thomas Jefferson

well this is my horoscope I just thought that it was quite nice for me at the time:

Climbing Mt. Everest bored the renowned mountanier Alex Lowe, even when he did it solo without any supplemental oxygen. “Everest held none of the riddles he deligted in solving on remote wallls and unnamed ice smears,” wrote Outside Magazine. “He preferred places that offered serious consequences’ and little in the way of record book glory” One of Lowe’s colleagues added “It was astonishing what Alex was able to do. And do alone, without bragging,” Lowe hismelf once said ” The best climber is the one who had the most fun.” I reccomend his attiude for you right now capricorn. Go after the accomplishments that make your heart sing rather that those that make your ego swell.

Rob Brezny of Artvoice

Gems from the past

Here are a few gems from previous years:

curtains billowing in the breeze
having been taught the names of mountains
~Molly Sturdevant/2003
an “extra ” bathroom
~Irene Pakel /2001
the way the pool slides off you after a good shave and taper
safe landings and fufilling trips.
~Lyn Corder/2001
the sound of water rushing down a street sewer
~Gene Yates /2001
the sound of a paddle dipping in water
~another good one from Gene
the ability to make people laugh
the ability to remember where I’ve been
a man on his knees…on a ladder…in the yard…you get the picture.
~Paula Ryan/2002
momentary misperceptions that make familiar objects strange
sitting on the porch at night
wedded bliss (tee hee)
people who don’t play Christmas music before Thanksgiving!
mail from friends.
people that give directions in English
people who give you a brake in traffic.
~Grandpa Bondi/1999
dreams to attain.
~Tony Maligno/1999
to be traveling in the opposite direction of the traffic jam.
the chuckle of little ones.
~Aunt Mae Zanghi/2003
shovelled sidewalks.
~Cory Muldoon/1996
kisses that start out wanting to know…
~John Haupt/2003
for friends as unpretentious as cabbages.
~Mirek Piskacek/2002