Thursday, January 1, 2015

welcome to 2015

Words to start the year: Let there be peace on earth. And let it begin with me.

Welcome to the new year, my friends. We all come into this year in different places, different moods and states of health. Different visions, different hopes. I think there's enough overlap, in our wishes and hopes and sorrows, that we are also here together.

I'd like to start the new year off with a Best of 2014. So:

Best Book (that Tamie read) of 2014: All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Best Radio Station: Raven Radio in Sitka, Alaska

Best Funny Elderly Lady Pal: Ariel Parkinson

Best TV Show Tamie Started watching in 2014: Friday Night Lights

Best Animal of the Year: Sally the Dog in Flagstaff, tied with Donnie the Dogcat in Chicago

Best Students: The students at the College of Alameda

Best Mainstream Magazine: The Atlantic Monthly

Best Hat: The hat my brother got me in San Diego

Best Shoes: XTra Tuffs

Best Blog: The Bloggess

Best Christmas Tree: The one Lori had in North Dakota; it was fiber optic

Best Quote on the Last Day of 2014: "It's not that he's an anarchist. It's that he takes Jesus seriously. It's easy to confuse the two." -Jon Erdman, speaking about Pope Francis

Best Food: The pancetta made by La Quercia (you can buy it in grocery stores; go now)

Best Drink: Hot chocolate

Best Musician: Bruce Springsteen

Best Bar: The Albatross Pub in Berkeley, CA

Best Coffee Shop: Aromas in Williamsburg, VA

Best Art Show: Bruce Munro's light show

Best Country: I'm against nationalism

Best Airport: The Sitka airport has good pie

the end.


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