Favorite Things

It's that time of the year when we begin to reflect on our personal, cultural and political year. It is the time for the 2015's Best, most important (choose your adjective), person, book, movie, tweet (pick your object). It is also the time we receive those newsy letters compiling personal and family accomplishments. The great recounting is underway.

A simplified list appeared 56 years ago in the last works of Rodgers and Hammerstein


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings

These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels

Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles

Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings

These are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes

Silver white winters that melt into springs

These are a few of my favorite things


While it seems on a quick reading that they describe a number of favorite things e.g. objects, I think a careful read suggests that they ascribe moments to those objects, I wish to honor that intent and share a few of my favorite things from 2015.

My favorite new thoughts came from two books. The Quantum and the Lotus opened up a connection for me reuniting science and spirituality and made real for me our interconnectedness and transience. Tambora describes the climatic effects of the eruption of Mt. Tambora in 1815 ushering in 1816's Year without Summer. No matter your position on man's role in climate change, you realize that climate is a deeply interconnected and transient event. 

My favorite change was in connecting working out in the gym (which I do with some reluctance) to listening to podcasts, like This American Life, On Being, Snap Judgment, 99% Invisible, The Memory Palace, Freakonomics and The Allusionist, which I love. My hour in the gym flies by and I have a chance to be a part of some great discussions.

My favorite moment was welcoming two awesome additions to our family, Dani, my oldest son's wife and Kira, my youngest son's fiancé. We are blessed.

My favorite charming gardeners who make my soul blossom – Cathy, my best friend, companion, and wife. I would also include my extended family and friends.

My favorite privilege - you, my ‘audience' that allows me the opportunity of sharing my thoughts.

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


See you in 2016.