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Sunday, October 29, 2006

An Assessment: 45 Things I am Grateful For

Half of 90. This is what Simon told me I was today. Needless to say, it softened the blow.

In preparation for this occasion, I have been mentally compiling a list of 45 things I am thankful for. They are people, places, things, ideas...whatever. They are things that inspire me, things that make me smile, things I enjoy, and the very special things that I love. In NO particular order:

1) my furry family: rothko, duff, scruffy and lucy
2) my human family: dad, george, josh and jake
3) my inner circle: sueb, milligan, kat, jan, pam and megan
4) the vits and the kingsleys
5) maria and miss clara, without whom i couldn't live my life as i know it
6) my friends at sterling, especially simon and simon, lisa and gregory, ellie and m
7) my new girls: marian, joyce, emily, cher and babs
8) kayla
9) billy newton john and those crazy kids at national
10) erica, aj, uncle lew, mike, ilene, maya and all the feinmans
11) speaking up
12) sva
13) the esb
14) iced grande skim lattes at buckets of stars
15) big mac meals at mickey's
16) steve heller and mister glaser
17) jfiii
18) alexandra
19) lee lee and lou lou
20) sandra kiersky
21) manhattan: the movie and the place
22) vezzanello, italy
23) amy, steve, bill, lisa, darralyn, pamela, amanda, christine and isaac: my amazing clients and friends
24) print magazine
25) the caption contest in new yorker magazine
26) scrabble
27) menthols
28) good lighters
29) the number 29
30) um, the internet, blogging, email and ebay
31) my bed, especially when it is made with nice linens
32) three very special men: mister edelstein and mister trelin, and j. vipper
33) my garden and the occasional peony
34) dominique browning's editorials in House & Garden magazine
35) luke and smalls
36) voice america, design matters and the kind and generous people who listen to the show
37) snowglobes
38) my childhood library
39) diet dr. pepper
40) english cucumbers
41) the paintings of mark rothko
42) the world that was jean michel basquiat
43) charles olsen's poetry
44) joni mitchell
45) from one man, the world: edwin rivera


Anonymous cm said...

what a wonderful list and insight into what makes you, you. love it!

11/02/2006 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous cat said...


sweet, very sweet.

I'm near on half of 100 so you've given wonderful ideas ...

Now to come up with fifty ...

Grinning big ... I sure can ...

11/02/2006 10:15:00 AM  
Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

How I love Diet Dr. Pepper!

11/02/2006 04:49:00 PM  

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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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