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Giving Thanks, the OZY Way

Giving Thanks, the OZY Way

By OZY Editors


Because it’s Thanksgiving and, you know, it’s when we give thanks. 

By OZY Editors

Dear Reader,

2016 has been a wild one. But whether you’re supremely thankful for Trump’s ascendancy or scorning the day he was born, there are lots of other things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Aside from the political maelstrom, this year gave us self-driving semitrucks, Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky and a new Harry Potter movie. The small screen gave us Westworld and Stranger Things, and a journalistic endeavor, Spotlight, won the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2016, the pope made Catholicism cool again and the Cubs broke their 108-year curse. Oh, and Justin Trudeau.

But perhaps most of all, we’re thankful to you, reader, for giving us your eyes and ears this year. You’re the inspiration for what we create, and without you, well, OZY wouldn’t be the same. So no matter where you are this Thanksgiving — and even if you’re on the other side of the world — we want to say thanks! Read on to see what else we’re giving thanks for this year.


The OZY Tribe

Libby Coleman (@LibbyColeman) 

  • I’m thankful that I’m so good at board games. 
  • I’m thankful that I will soon sign up for frequent flyer accounts and reap rewards for the next century.
  • I’m thankful for Ali Wong. Bless her soul.

Sophie Hall

  • Thankful to have everyone at Thanksgiving with their health given some recent struggles we have had across the family.
  • Thankful to all the tolerant attitudes that make up our amazing family and help us become the unique, loving, inclusive family we are.
  • Thankful for the aunties that make a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, paleo-friendly Thanksgiving.

James Watkins (@J_Watkins1)

I’m thankful for the fact that, growing up in the U.K., where there is no comparable holiday to Thanksgiving, I never had to awkwardly share what I’m thankful for. We never articulate our love and gratitude for our nearest and dearest, and instead keep all those emotions helpfully repressed. As it should be.

Tania Straatsma

  • My health.
  • My new husband. 🙂
  • My incredible family.
  • My job and awesome colleagues.
  • Our adorable, loving dogbaby, Zoey.
  • That wedding planning is over. YAY! 

Tracy Moran (@tracymoran)

Having just landed back in the U.S., I’m grateful that my daughters and I can share more time with my funny, warm and wonderful mother — and that my husband is patient enough to live outnumbered by girls, 4 to 1. I’m also thrilled to live near the woods, so I can enjoy daily walks and hear the rustling leaves. And when my girls smile or giggle, I forget all their cheekiness and think of how lucky I am to be their mom.

Ethan Fedida (@erfedida) 

  • I’m thankful for my amazing family — namely, my parents and brother — who continue to be the stabilizing force in my life, supporting me whichever way I turn, adding a sense of calm and order to my life’s dealings in what feels like some turbulent times. 
  • I’m thankful for my friends, with whom I’ve made so many memories. Even those memories that have slipped away from my memory — that’s what friends are for, right? Remembering when you forget. 
  • I’m thankful for my penguin onesie, which has made quite a number of awesome journeys with me over the course of 2016. ?

Leslie Nguyen-Okwu (@lnguyenokwu)

I’m thankful for artificial intelligence, cryogenics and Mars. It’s good to know we have a backup plan.

Alexis Bloch (@alexiscaitlinn)

  • My and my family’s health (pups included).
  • The community I’m lucky enough to call home in the Bay Area.
  • Yoga and its calming yet rejuvenating effect on me always.
  • Preserving old friendship traditions and establishing new ones.
  • The incessant laughter when my family is together again during the holidays.

Barbara Carroll

I am thankful for my family’s good health. Even though the election of Trump takes U.S. women back about 100 years, I am still thankful that my daughters and I are women living in the U.S.A.

Steve Lozic (@ScubaSteve13)

I’m thankful for…

  • ONESIES (specifically my Pikachu): They’re soft, comfortable, efficient (top and bottom in one!) and pair ever so well with a lazy, winter Sunday of couch-sitting and football-viewing.
  • Coffee: How would the world function without you? You have the magical powers to make people instantly pleasant in the morning! And I feel so much better calling to you to pick me up when I’m dragging in the afternoon over artificial energy drinks.
  • The Michael Phelps face: It amps me UP! Let’s goooooo.
  • Fountain soda: Nothing will ever compare to McDonald’s fountain Coke. America’s favorite vice, and ultimate hangover cure.
  • SnapChat filters: It makes my friends appear SO much more interesting than they actually are. I’m sick of selfies but don’t mind digital deer, aliens or bees as much.
  • The light-up-sneakers resurgence: My prayers have been answered, and the time has finally come that this ’80s gem is now “acceptable” for adults.
  • Street dances/subway performers: breakdancing, magic, playing the accordion … you may be undervalued, but we appreciate your talent and ability to bring smiles to strangers’ faces.
  • Obama and Biden memes: Thank you for breaking up my Instagram and Facebook feeds with something witty and humorous over the incessant political/Trump rants. Obama and Biden memes express LOVE, and love trumps hate.

Tommy Nguyen

  • The 1st and the 15th of every month at OZY.
  • Food Truck Fridays.
  • Thirsty Thursdays. More specifically, the free booze and pizza.
  • My girlfriend, who puts up with my sometimes-callous exterior because she knows I am just fronting.

David Dunbar

  • I’m thankful for the good health that enables me to continue playing hockey, even if it’s on a team that’s accurately named the Bottom Feeders.  
  • I’m thankful for my extended family and all the support and love they provide throughout the year, as well as the, um, constructive feedback.
  • I’m thankful for the opportunity to work at an exciting, creative company that’s based in a dynamic, resilient democracy.

Andrea Garcia-Vargas (@AGVwrites)

  • Tacos al pastor topped with sour cream and avocado — and also the lady at the place where I get said tacos who always gives me chips and salsa for free.
  • The Oxford comma.
  • Calvin Klein’s boy shorts.

Anne Muscarella (@asannieknows)

What am I thankful for? All the little things.

The smell of clean laundry and the feel of fresh sheets, a great cup of coffee (and, if I am feeling indulgent, a delicious pastry), a nail polish color or scented candle, strangers exhibiting random acts of kindness, a great phone call on the walk home from work with a friend, my grandmother’s stories and wisdom.

At the end of the day, I am thankful I have so much to be thankful for. <3

Kevin O’Dowd (@kco230)

  • I am thankful for the new route to work I found — the F train sucks
  • I am thankful for spinning class — in my building.
  • I am thankful for all the love and support I get from my girlfriend and family.
  • I am thankful for holiday travel because I have $400 in Delta vouchers.

Taylor Mayol (@leemayol)

I’m thankful for freedom of speech, a job that challenges and intrigues me daily and the love of my family and friends, however near or far they may be. 

Eugene S. Robinson (@OZYEugene)

  • The continued health and welfare of my smart, lovely and talented daughters.
  • MY continued good health and welfare, which, in large part, has lots to do with the aforementioned, as well as my genius wife.
  • BJJ4LIFE, baby!

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments, or send to


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