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



Welcome to 2018

Who knows really how tonight, Election Night, will end up, but for now we can give Thanks for being alive.

As per previous years, we will use a simple limited time use username and password:

  • Username: tg2018
  • Password: newblue

Remember to put your name in the title e.g. Snugglepuff’s List for 2018.

Use this link to post (click on me!).

Keep the list true and simple:

* things to be thankful for, avoiding the normal givens such as family

* memories of 2018 (aka favourite books, movies, smells, music etc)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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.


Laura's Thanksgiving List

The State of Illinois Child Development Center.

Taking a small group of students to Ghana and being able to reflect on that experience together with them.

4 wheels, 2 kilns and 60 some donated glazes.


Camping in volcanic craters and exploring the most northern capital in the world.

The big lake outside our door and the little lake up in Minnesota.

A toddler that can run all day, but is learning how to sleep in on the weekends.

Finding a community to spend Sunday mornings with that values love, service and justice.

Getting to see my grandma read stories to Bayard.


Favorite book: Homegoing

Movie: Moonlight

Concert: The Roots

Album: The Drive By Truckers, American Band


Sandra's List

I am thankful for a year of live music:

Randy Newman and The Preservation Jazz Band at Prairie Home Companion, live, with the excitable Chris Thiele,  for less than $40 bucks, with free parking in front of the theater. You gotta love Saint Paul!

John Prine at the U of MN, still rocking after all these years

Jazz at The Dakota, just about any headliner

Local bands…at craft beer breweries, at Dusty’s Bar and grill, at the park….especially Six Still Standing and DaVina and the Vagabonds….  all free, all with free parking out front or easy train access


Being able to fall asleep reading every night

My days off

Looking at art on my walls and personally knowing every artist

Riding my robin blue scooter

Children moving back to Saint Paul (what are you waiting for, Elliott?)

A nudge from Karima to list my gratitudes



Fiction: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Misty, Reunion by Fred Uhlman and Hinterland by Caroline Brother

Nonfiction: Dark Money by Jane Mayer

Series: 1st season of Stranger Things and 1st season of Atypical

Music:  I am going to listen to what everyone else listed








JoMarie's Attitude of Graditude

The patience, love and support of my husband as it isn’t always living with me( I’m not emotional, I’m Sicilian!)

my network of tennis and like-minded creative crafter women

my brother John and his wife Louise for opening their home, hearts and ovens every Thanksgiving

summer time visits with my grandkids and our device-free nightly dinners with cloth napkins and hysterical conversations

the opportunity and ability to ride my bike to the beach throughout the year

Danika’s 2017 Thanksgiving list

Danika’s Thanksgiving list

This year has been stressful and demoralizing, let’s face it! But today, I choose to focus on the positive.

I am, as always, thankful for a steady paycheck, a roof over my head, the good health of my nearest and dearest, and my ever-loving community of family and friends. In addition…
-getting my running mojo back
-Lucy’s insatiable curiosity and sharp intellect
-Beatrix’s passion and zeal for almost everything she does
-Gordon’s willingness to tackle insane physical endeavors with me (specifically an 18-20 mile day hike through the Enchantments)
-planes, trains and automobiles, especially ones that are clean and on time
-picking up with old friends as if you saw them the day before no matter how much time has passed
-being part of the women’s march, January 2017

Book- “The hidden life of trees”
Trip- Paris/London/Scotland
Movies- Lion, Moonlight
Podcast- Strangers, 99% Invisible