playing with children
international cooking without recipes.
making decadent dark chocolate
giving back massages
giving warm hugs
writing lists (but not profiles).
In the Garden of Beasts
Proof of Heaven
The Known World
South of Broad
The Kite Runner
The Things They Carried
The Catcher in the Rye,
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Hurston)
Beloved and everything else by Toni Morrison
Everyday Holiness. a book of the musar.
Movies: Recently, Argo, Lincoln,
Too many to mention, but here are a few of my classical favorites: serious drama, romantic comedies, foreign films, documentary, and classics: "A Thousand Clowns","Casa Blanca",
"The Sound of Music" (I like to sing to it.) ,
Music: jazz standards, classical, blues, ethnic folk.
Food: babaganouj, spicy samosas, roasted yams, pesto pasta, wild greens salad, trout almondine , grilled salmon, tiramisu, crisp apples dipped in peanut butter, (really), espresso.
my family - but they are not "things",
my dog Gilah,
proximity to water, preferably an ocean
running shoes or sandals,
my cast iron pans
my favorite faded jeans
a lined composition journal and pen
a quiet place to meditate,
dark, dark chocolate
if you are funny, insightful, self-contained, independent,
if you are physically fit, not an at-home television junkie, if you are literate, intellectually and geographically curious, warm, cuddly. Extra points if you are ethnically Jewish - you don't have to be religious. Bonus points for meditators.