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Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at Inhabitat!

by , 11/22/12

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Josh Gellars, Contributing Writer

I’m thankful for my friends, silver and gold, who have stuck by my side regardless of distance and for the health of my family. I am constantly amazed by and grateful for the effort that my loved ones have undertaken to keep in touch and support me, even when I am mired in any number of tasks that I spend too much time addressing. All of you remind me just how important it is to stop and smell the roses (and hopefully clean air!) and that it is the relationships in one’s life that matter, not one’s achievements. I could learn a great deal from all of you in terms of learning how to prioritize the essentials. I am a better person for having known each and every one of you.
On a more political note (would you expect any less from a budding political scientist?), I am heartened to see that Americans ultimately rejected the empty corporate rhetoric coming from the right and embraced the hope, small though it might be, that the current administration will address climate change in a more concerted manner this term. The people have spoken, and, while the nasty barbs thrown at the Occupy Movement may leave scars, the citizens of this great country chose empathy over fear, kindness over judgment, and reason over passion. The United States remains far from united (as evidenced by all the petitions filed for secession), but I strongly believe that Americans made the right choice and that we will be a better country for it.
Finally, I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to pursue my passion for environmentalism and green design alongside such a diverse and wonderful group of people here at Inhabitat. I’m proud to be associated with this great website and all the terrific writers who work hard every day to promote the inspiring activities in the built environment, design, and beyond. We are all part of something much larger than ourselves, and the prospects for this planet are no doubt much brighter thanks to all of you. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Leon Kaye, Contributing Writer

I’m thankful to be back to my roots, in Fresno, California, an area that faces huge challenges with poverty, pollution and infrastructure, but offers heaps of opportunities to someone like me that understands its potential. I’m proud to call the San Joaquin Valley, a region hugely important for feeding much of the country (including New York), home. There is a small but active crowd here that is trying to embed sustainability thinking and is working hard to revive the city’s downtown–so I am grateful to be part of the excitement. I’m thankful to be surrounded by incredible farms, have three national parks 90 minutes away and to be part of one of the most culturally diverse and rich areas of the country. I’m also thankful that this country two weeks ago stuck with a course that will be hard and painful, but I believe will pay off in the long run. The grandson of Armenian immigrants, I am also thankful, or should I say hopeful, that the election will signal that will continue to welcome people, from nearby and faraway lands, who will contribute to the ongoing building of this great country. And of course, I am thankful to be near family; simple moments like this, where we spontaneously gathered to have take-out Chinese the other night, help build memories (and off-centered “selfie shots.”). Zip and area codes do not make a home or community; friends and family do, and I am grateful for where I now live and who surround me currently.

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Rachel Ross, Contributing Writer

The holiday that is focused on gratitude is my favourite holiday- good friends, loving family, garden harvest, yummy food and sweet awareness of thankfulness- what could be better than that? And, ever since I moved to Canada from the US (at the age of 16) I feel lucky because I get to celebrate Thanksgiving twice!

This year has been stellar because my husband, Lars, and I designed and built an eco home that is prefab, round and Energy Star qualified. The house has been our “big people playground” for exploring cool design systems like passive solar, pattern language, sacred geometry, food forest planning, rain water harvesting, Design For Life, keyhole gardens, etc. This project has been creative, juicy, empowering and fun.

I’m grateful for the warm welcome from the awesome Inhabitat team- an incredible group of people passionate about positive design for thriving life for planet and people. I love having the opportunity to explore, learn and write about interesting people and places- this is my definition of heaven.

2012 has been the busiest yet in our business, Mandala Homes. We’re designing and building some amazing projects for out-of-the-box thinking people and we’re noticing a big increase of enquiries about prefab, innovative design, performance and green building. It’s encouraging, because it shows a continuing rise of interest and enthusiasm for a more sustainable future for everyone! Our exciting plans for next year are to find licensing partners; we’re looking for entrepreneurial visionaries with the same focus on the health of planet and people, who share our values for relationship, innovative process and design.

I think that next year is going to be an even more creative, fulfilling and amazing year and I look forward to being part of the Inhabitat team!

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  1. Andrew Michler Andrew Michler November 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Happy T day all.

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