- TigerGrrl.** Born in 1999, she pretty much was the pinnacle of 20th Century human evolution. Everything else in the century pales in comparison.
- In 1976, somewhere in Spain (but sold in Barcelona), my classical guitar was made. There may be better guitars out there, but this one is beautiful to me.
- Dire Straits: Romeo & Juliet.
- Elvis Costello: Green Shirt, Watching the Detectives, What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding, A Good Year for the Roses
- Bruce Springsteen: One Step Up & Two Steps Back
- Johnny Cash
- Mary Chapin Carpenter: This Shirt, I Take My Chances, He Thinks He'll Keep Her
- Nancy Griffith: Great Divide, Tecumseh Valley, Love at the Five and Dime
- Pretty much anything written by Margaret Atwood, Anne Tyler, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Pat Barker, but most particularly: The Robber Bride, Lady Oracle, Alias Grace, The War of the End of the World, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, and Death in the Andes (Lituma en los Andes).
- Maya Lin's Viet Nam War Memorial.
- The Taviani Brothers' The Night of the Shooting Stars
- Tampopo and A Taxing Woman
- Passion Fish
- Maria Ewing's performance of Salome at the Kennedy Center in the 1980s.
- Kathleen Battle's lieder performance at the Musikverein in Vienna (Austria, not Virginia) in 1989.
- My friends Francesca, Innana, SNV, and Uber.
- LOS, NSLOS, FoilMormor, Aunt Elsebet, and Cousin Roland. LOS's two sons.
I have to stop now, but of course, there is much, much more.
*Um, Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, lynching in the U.S., I'll stop now before I lose the ability to think about the good in the world.
**DestructoGirl isn't on the list because she is a 21st Century creation. Born without any test tube intervention to this then-43 year-old mother, she's about as miraculous as the alleged virgin birth. But she's not a 20th Century miracle.