November 2020

by Tom Swift

30 Monday

  • Areas of opportunity.
  • Your little space heater: your little buddy.
  • Real whipped cream.
  • Winter bedtime.
  • Christmas lights.
  • Hunger.
  • People who study the effects social media have on our minds.
  • The month of November.
  • The sound of your breath.

29 Sunday

  • Waking way early and making progress on a project you were resisting.
  • Signs your at-home workouts are working.
  • Flax seed oatmeal. With cinnamon. Of course.
  • Darkness. Your old friend.
  • When the solar lamp stays on all night.
  • Chuck Klosterman.

28 Saturday

  • Even-numbered days. They are just better.
  • Free pie.
  • Social connections.
  • Shared interests.
  • Books that read fast.
  • Messes in the morning. Gotta get up for those.
  • Tuna.
  • The clarifying energy of purpose.
  • Birds that make your power-line shake.

27 Friday

  • Turkeys.
  • The second turkey dinner of the day.
  • The young woman behind the counter who gives you extra whipped cream and doesn’t charge you for it.
  • John Candy.
  • Movie night.
  • The bald eagle spotted by the young boy on the path during your walk.
  • Stuffing.
  • November nights.

26 Thursday

  • Health.
  • Home.
  • Never missing a meal you don’t have to miss.
  • Books.
  • Clarity.
  • Your job.
  • Your little buddy.
  • The language you have learned.
  • Having a convenience store half a block away. And they stock fries.
  • Simplicity.
  • Extra blueberries just because.
  • The sound of the newspaper landing on your step.

25 Wednesday

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
  • T-day takeout.
  • Progress.
  • Evening workouts.
  • Taking it as it comes.
  • Studying in advance of a discussion.
  • Being true to you.
  • Born to Run.
  • The day before a long weekend.
  • Frozen vanilla bean cheesecake.

24 Tuesday

  • When all the lights work.
  • Chilly walks.
  • Second workouts.
  • Reading time in the evening.
  • A hungry dog.
  • Food you don’t have to cook.
  • Not caring what people think.
  • Resistance bands.
  • A book that gets you excited to read.
  • Deep sleep.
  • The staying power of cauliflower.

23 Monday

  • The Riverview Theater.
  • Popcorn. With butter.
  • Reading time.
  • At-home workouts that work.
  • The sound of your house filling with warm air first thing In the morning.
  • When a plant tells you it needs a drink.
  • Creative projects.

22 Sunday

  • President Kennedy.
  • How quickly the body (including the mind) reacts to positive direction.
  • Sunday afternoons.
  • Snow that melts hours after it falls.
  • Progress.
  • Grilled chicken salad.

21 Saturday

  • Extra sleep.
  • The chance to gather with smart people. If only online.
  • What the body says.
  • Chocolate just cuz.
  • The way your dog can still snare a bounding ball.
  • Windless walks.

20 Friday

  • Making deadline.
  • Feeling good about your submission.
  • Getting so much done.
  • Having a chance.
  • When you have to hustle.
  • Libraries.
  • Guacamole for the win.


  • Public/governmental officials who make hard decisions that aren’t popular.
  • Your gym. You will miss it.
  • New opportunities.
  • Chicken at the ready.

17 Tuesday

  • Steak and sprouts.
  • Working when no one else is.
  • Your dog’s breath.
  • Laughing about a disappointment.
  • Onions.

16 Monday

  • Knowing your business.
  • Explosive push-ups.
  • Breaded baked cod.
  • Reading in the middle of the night.
  • Playing ball with your little buddy in the basement.
  • Ginger.

15 Sunday

  • Windy walks.
  • Power naps.
  • Books.
  • Good ideas.
  • The chance to teach.
  • Journals.
  • Newspapers.
  • Dogs.
  • Free time.
  • Constraints.
  • Steak and sweet potato dinner.

14 Saturday

  • The chance to write.
  • Responsibility.
  • The moment the cone comes off.
  • Three-walk days.
  • Moving on.
  • Green apples and frozen blueberries.

13 Friday

  • Mistakes.
  • Moments in which you realize how much you have grown.
  • The chance to go on walks with your dog.
  • Shared purpose.
  • Leftover salmon.
  • Opportunities to lead.
  • Thanksgiving dinner.
  • When you don’t have much time — you have to hustle.
  • Hot butter.

12 Thursday

  • Half days.
  • Hustle.
  • Clean sheets.
  • Cleared sidewalks.
  • Fresh snow.
  • Salmon.

11 Wednesday

  • Your brother’s birth.
  • Just staying in.
  • The opportunity to fumble with words.
  • The DavidPal36.
  • A tidy workspace.
  • HSAs.
  • Confidence.
  • Oregano.

10 Tuesday

  • Being as ready for winter as you can be.
  • When help is scheduled.
  • When heat is summoned.
  • The feel of your dog’s soft chin on your exposed shin.
  • Oatmeal.

9 Monday

  • Damp, warm mornings.
    Searching for Bobby Fischer.
    Thoughtful friends.
    Your instincts.
    Oat milk.

8 Sunday

  • New boundaries.
  • Closed doors.
  • Restrictions.
  • Broasted chicken dinner with coleslaw and mash potatoes/gravy.
  • Chocolate cake.
  • Kamala!

7 Saturday

  • Heavy sleep.
  • The last hour of the waking day.
  • Feeling supported.
  • Playing snout soccer under the lights on a November night.
  • Drawers that open and close.
  • Dirty hands.
  • Clean gutters.
  • A functioning toilet.
  • Joe!

6 Friday

  • Time to think and be and learn. Time to ask questions of yourself.
  • The first sips of morning coffee.
  • Listening to your dog slurp water from his bowl.
  • When you have occasion to take the packed away patio chairs out of the garage again.
  • Clean teeth.

5 Thursday

  • The way George H. W. Bush conceded after losing to Bill Clinton.
  • Nonpartisan people who count ballots.
  • Journalists who care more about being right than being first.
  • T-shirts and shorts.
  • When you are done raking leaves. Finally.
  • Watching your little buddy relaxing in a sunspot in the backyard.
  • Scrambled eggs for dinner.

4 Wednesday

  • Booker T. Washington.
  • The chance to serve as an election judge.
  • The best laugh you have ever heard.
  • Inducing that laugh.
  • Masks.
  • Unmasking in other ways.
  • A drink when you really need one.
  • Warm bread.

3 Tuesday

  • Thomas Paine.
  • Steve Schmidt.
  • Rosa Parks.
  • Abraham Lincoln.
  • Nancy Pelosi.
  • Harriet Tubman.
  • Barack Obama.
  • Thomas Jefferson.
  • Reed Galen.
  • George Washington.
  • Every man and woman who has spent time and energy this year trying to keep the republic.
  • Every man and woman who gave you the chance to vote.

2 Monday

  • Pablo Cruise’s “Love Will Find the Way.”
  • Farmer carries.
  • A break from all other energy save for your own.
  • A full grocery cart.
  • Sunshine through the kitchen window.

1 Sunday

  • The month of November.
  • An extra hour.
  • Windy walks.
  • The cheering of the trees, those that still have leaves.
  • The morning stretch.
  • The kind kid at the bakery who slips extra doughnuts into your bag, gratis, because he knows it’s your birthday.
  • Browsing in a library. You miss it so much.
  • Chocolate croissants.
  • That you get a shot at this life.