Friday
Jan302015

Friday Funny

Wednesday
Jan212015

Thankful Thursday: 50 

Gratitude. Appreciation. Praise.

It's Thankful Thursday, a weekly pause to express appreciation for people, places, things, and more. Please join me.  

The world is big, my gratitudes many:

1.
searchers, seekers, doubters, thinkers

2.
honeycrisp apples

3.
sunny mornings

4.
signs
and reminders

5.
socks

6.
the concept of "literary citizenship"

7.
daffodils in February

8.
cashmere

9.
kindness

10.
good wine for $10 (or less)

11.
this poem
 

12.
and this poem  

13.
quiet

14.
soup (making, eating)

15.
finding my words in unexpected places (this and this)

16.
attribution (because giving credit is good, and, well, see above)

17.
Hallelujah
by Leonard Cohen

18.
nuts, especially sweet

19.
this essay
by Heather King

20.
blue skies (as weather and metaphor)

21.
the "good" family genes: wide smile, bright eyes, bleeding heart

22.
teachers who cared: Mrs. Allison, Mrs. Trembath, Stanton Englehart

23.
Summer Camp Writers

24.
television with great writing/direction/acting: Treme, The Wire

25.
the films Robin Williams left us: Good Will Hunting, Awakenings, Patch Adams

26.
being useful

27.
moving in water: swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, soaking, floating, gazing, lazing

28.
writers and artists who tell me their favorite books

29.
poetry in unexpected places: laundromats, hair salons, bars, alleys, telephone poles . . .

30.
a mentor-turned-friend

31.
letters, handwritten

32.
bubble baths

33.
secrets

34.
going to a party/dinner/event I don't want to attend, and having fun

35.
stretches of time to read unfettered

36.
libraries

37.
post office, mailbox, "real" mail

38.
Carnegie Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

39.
thrift and consignment stores

40.
books that get me energized to write (this, this, and this)

41.
deadlines and structure

42.
a haircut

43.
Powell's Books
, because it shelves new and used snug together in a democracy of literature

44.
letting go

45.
long summer days

46.
young writers who grow up, move on, away, and then send me letters, postcards, rocks, cookies, poems . . .

47.
this explanation by Terry Tempest Williams

48.
endurance

49.
people with quick wit and easy laughter

50.
Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution

 

What are you thankful for today?


Monday
Jan192015

Stacked

Happiness is a fresh stack of books. I can't wait to dig into these:

Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight — new poetry by Julia B. Levine, a psychologist working with abused children. Her previous book, Ditch Tender, is one of my favorites

Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less — because I'm a minimalist who loves discounts and deals (note: I bought a used copy)

Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey — a novel/letter/love story

Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith — this is my first venture into this revered writer's psychological thrillers

Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth — second book in the Call the Midwife series (which the PBS show is based upon)

Euphoria, by Lily King — her newest novel (I liked her last book, Father of the Rain)

Delicious!, by Ruth Reichl — though she's written numerous books, this is the restaurant critic's first work of fiction (Tender at the Bone was a fantastic memoir of her childhood)

 

What's on your shelf? What are you eager to read?

 

Thursday
Jan152015

Thankful Thursday: Drive-Thru


Dear Driver of the Car In Front of Me at Starbucks:

When we pulled up for our coffees, the barista said, "Your drinks have been paid for by the car ahead of you."

You were driving away, anonymous and generous. I like your style.

We were stunned and giddy.

"This happens pretty often," she said. "You'd be surprised."

The world, and people, can be so darn nice.

Thanks for reminding me.

xo

Drew


Gratitude. Praise. Appreciation. Please join me for
Thankful Thursday, a weekly pause to express appreciation for people, places, things, and more. What are you thankful for today?

 
Tuesday
Jan132015

One line at a time


But for all poets, it’s not their

books that I go back to, that I consider

important, but it’s a few, or maybe many,

poems. I read one poem at a time and

almost one line at a time. The line is the

most important element of a poem,

of poetry, to me.


- Rick Campbell

 

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