Thankful Thursday Post 1
Last week I wrote a “Friday Favorites” post, and mentioned that I didn’t love the idea of choosing “favorites,” since the point of these weekly posts is to celebrate people, posts, pubs, and whatever else I feel like, from the perspective of being thankful, which I genuinely am.
I am thankful and grateful that I get to enjoy all of this — all of what medium, and life, has to offer. I am grateful to have comradery at the creative bench. This is also an acknowledgement of people working hard — I see you, and I appreciate you. So far, kindness is free, so why not share it and spread it around?
All of this to say, I’m going with “Thankful Thursdays” instead of “Friday Favorites.” I feel good about the switch.
Now that that’s settled, here are my 10 selections this week, in no particular order:
- This week, Kat Kou wrote a wonderful piece on caring for yourself, and listening to your inner voice. It hit all the right notes for me — loved it. You can check out her essay here:
Let’s All Be Kind To Ourselves
Listen to your inner voice for a whole day and see what happens.
2. For those of you who don’t know, I am moving out of a traditional job setting to one that will be significantly less traditional. Daniel Goldman wrote a wonderful essay advocating for non-traditional work hours. Not only does he site helpful resources, he puts together a strong argument. If you are a creative like me, Daniel is a great person to follow. In addition to this article:
The Outdated Concept of Workdays and Workweeks
While people shouldn’t be overworked, the concept of the weekend and 9–5 schedules is a truly archaic tradition.
Daniel also runs The Universal Artist Guild Community, which is something you should check out on Medium and on Facebook.
3. Dirty Harry Wizard you REALLY made me smile this week. An article that includes Clarissa Explains It All and Daria on Medium?! I will be thankful that this article exists for forever.
90s Themed Bootcamp for Spoiled Teens
Watch Your Teens Sullen Ways Dissolve As They Gain an Appreciation for the Days of Your Youth
4. Just in case you happen to have not read this one yet from Donna Barker, you need to, but that’s not really the point. The point is, thank you Donna for writing this, and doing such a fantastic job. Fucking satire… Anyway, here it is:
How to Tell if You’re Reading a Misogynistic Rant or Feminist Satire
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar…
5. I am a huge fan of Kyrie Gray and her publication “Jane Austen’s Wastebasket.” I wake up every morning and seek out her newest posts to start my day with a laugh. She is not only a talented writer, but she is also a talented graphic artist. As a fan of the self-help genre, I love this essay of hers, in particular:
Realistic Self Help Books I Would Write For Readers Who Are Tired Of The Popular Options
Advice for those who are also kind of a mess
6. Another person on the very short list of “writers-that-I-look-for-in-the-morning-to-make-me-laugh” is Andrew Knott. I don’t have children. Frankly, I don’t like children all that much — I’m more of an animal and elderly person person. Regardless, Andrew’s posts about his children make me laugh so hard I have been known to get my husband to read them so he can laugh too. Also, Andrew is good people. Here’s one from Andrew that I love:
7. I must start this by saying that Zach J. Payne is a beautiful writer. His poetry is artful. He writes gorgeous sonnets, and I’m sure more of his writings will appear on my weekly lists. Though, this week is no sonnet. This essay is hilarious and smart, and he published it with perfect timing and execution. Fantastic life advice. Here it is:
8. I am not a huge fan of onions. Well, onions are not a huge fan of me. Raw onions make me sick. But, not only did this essay by Peter Flom not make me sick, it brought out a whole new side of onions I didn’t even know existed. Peter talks about the rich history of onions, and left me wanting to know more! Maybe he thinks onions aren’t exotic, but this essay certainly left me curious. Take a peek here:
Onions: The least exotic food!
Chances are, you don’t spend much time thinking about onions. I mean, they aren’t new or exotic or anything. But I’d…
9. In the full-on spirit of gratefulness, I would like to thank John Gorman for being an awesome, generous, and patient person, helping me keep my head above the water this week. Also, he is a very encouraging running buddy despite the significant distance between us. Since this post seems to have a more link-heavy focus, I will include this one of his, because it’s social justice-y and I dig that:
10. It’s likely that for as long as I do posts like this, Guérin Asante will make frequent appearances on every list. Every day I look forward to reading his poetry, and having the opportunity to support him with as many claps as possible. Guérin wrote a poem this weekend that is just stunning. Check it out here:
Thank you. Thank you to all those included on this list, and many more I did not get to this week. Limiting myself to 10 items is a real challenge when I have so much to be thankful for, but it’s a start. Each week I’ll have another opportunity to broaden the reach of my gratitude. I hope you will take the time to support the folks here, and get to know their writing. Good people connecting with other good people is a blessing.
Thank you for reading!