Thanksgiving brings with it the reminder to thoughtfully count blessings and share appreciation for those we love. We find that in doing so, we feel uplifted and those we share our gratitude with feel the same way.

Perhaps that’s why gatherings for Thanksgiving are so much fun. Everyone is lifted up by statements of thankfulness and spending time together. The weather is cooler, red and orange-colored leaves fly through the air, and things just feel easier, festive. Even squabbles during the family football game or over the turkey drumstick are kind-of funny.

November is also a great month to say thank you to employees and coworkers. Psychotherapist Amy Morin says that expressing thanks at work can create a better culture and help you to win more friends and have better physical and psychological health. In fact, those who write in a daily gratitude journal tend to have improved sleep. That and a little extra turkey on Thanksgiving will make for a great afternoon nap.

In this issue of Tulsa Lifestyle, we highlight several Tulsans who tell us what they are grateful for and their wishes for the future. We also feature curated book recommendations from Barnes & Noble on what to read to help generate gratitude with one book specifically picked out for kids. We also feature Tulsa sommelier James Andrews and his favorite vineyards around the world. Each one a wonderful place to visit and create lasting memories.

Enjoy these pages … may one of these stories touch your heart or give you brief respite from your hectic schedule. We thank you for reading our magazine throughout the year and send you the best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

In gratitude,

Louann Buhlinger



On the cover: The tasting room at Adelsheim Vineyard located in the Chehalem Mountains of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, 16800 Northeast Calkins Lane, Newberg, Oregon.