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:
searchers, seekers, doubters, thinkers
the concept of "literary citizenship"
daffodils in February
good wine for $10 (or less)
and this poem
soup (making, eating)
attribution (because giving credit is good, and, well, see above)
nuts, especially sweet
this essay by Heather King
blue skies (as weather and metaphor)
the "good" family genes: wide smile, bright eyes, bleeding heart
teachers who cared: Mrs. Allison, Mrs. Trembath, Stanton Englehart
television with great writing/direction/acting: Treme, The Wire
the films Robin Williams left us: Good Will Hunting, Awakenings, Patch Adams
moving in water: swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, soaking, floating, gazing, lazing
writers and artists who tell me their favorite books
poetry in unexpected places: laundromats, hair salons, bars, alleys, telephone poles . . .
going to a party/dinner/event I don't want to attend, and having fun
stretches of time to read unfettered
post office, mailbox, "real" mail
Carnegie Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
thrift and consignment stores
deadlines and structure
Powell's Books, because it shelves new and used snug together in a democracy of literature
long summer days
young writers who grow up, move on, away, and then send me letters, postcards, rocks, cookies, poems . . .
this explanation by Terry Tempest Williams
people with quick wit and easy laughter
Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution
What are you thankful for today?
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?
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.
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?
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