My amazing community, the Ravenna Kibbutz, which continues to evolve and grow in challenging, inspiring ways.
My mother, who is endlessly supportive and always willing to give advice, nearly all of which is excellent. :-)
My siblings, with whom I'm trying/hoping to have a closer relationship as the years go by.
The Seattle Times and my boss there, Jane Watson, who calls me first when she needs an extra hand on deck.
The old NWsource crew -- Geoff Carter, Monica Fischer, Jon Palmer, Greg Dunlap, and Sheri Quirt -- for being awesome and a de facto support group for journalists in a post-journalism world.
School, for still being as great as I remember it.
The hope of making 2010 a year of greater physical fitness. I plan to join a gym on Nov. 30 and start a nine-week run/walk regimen, plus hopefully a little weight training. It's time.
All my wonderful friends, who have supported me through tough times and helped me celebrate the good times, this year and every year.
Quality -- or at least entertaining -- television, which has provided me with quasi-necessary relaxation and escape when I needed it this year.
Movies, which even in a subpar year like this one can deliver surprises and make me glad to be alive.