Thankful Thursday Post 11

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Frank enjoys tucking himself under my husband’s legs and then looking up at me like it’s the most normal thing for a dog to do. Clearly. Photo by Author.

Happy Thankful Thursday!

For those of you who are new to Thankful Thursday, welcome!

I put together a post each week on Thursday to express my gratitude. Here is my video explaining Thankful Thursday. I feel like a video is more genuine than quoting myself in writing week to week. Take a look at the video recording, below:

In short, just in case you can’t watch the video (or it doesn’t work), each person, story, publication, etc. I select based on making me feel like I want to express gratitude. If you don’t want to follow me or what I write, I’m totally fine with that — that’s not the point of this. But, I love it when you support eachother.

Love you all — just trying to spread the love!

Also, if you’re on Facebook and would like to see my live Thankful Thursday updates, please be sure to follow me at: “Sam Kimberle Writer, Creative Entrepreneur.”

Be sure to check out my video from this morning below if you’re interested.

Of course, I’m grateful for reading stories and meeting people through Medium that inspire me every day.

Here are my ten selections for this week, in no particular order:

  1. Well, I have posted this on nearly every social media site I have an account with, because I love it so much. Zach J. Payne did the most fan-freakin-tastic job with this article on sonnets. If you want to learn about sonnets, or write one yourself, this is your go-to, must-read article:

2. My friend Tapan Avasthi is a beautiful Poet. I have had the pleasure of getting to know him better over the last week or so, and I’m so glad we are connecting. I wanted to share this poem because I love it, and the story is so very vivid. The imagery is perfect, and Tapan does a great job capturing the emotions. Read Tapan’s poem here:

3. Immediately when I see something inspired by Alan Ginsberg I am attracted to it like a moth to a light — I love Ginsberg. Austin Briggman’s poem is a beautiful salute to Ginsberg, integrating the politics of today with a taste of Ginsberg’s style. I very much enjoyed it. Read Austin’s poem here:

4. I loved this one by Andrew Knott this week. If you’ve been following along, you know that Andrew is one of my favorite writers here on Medium. This article, and related commentary on being extroverted, made me laugh and smile. As usual, I loved it. Read Andrew’s journey to becoming an extrovert now, here:

5. My goodness this poem by Keara Lou just about knocked me out of my seat. The emotions and anxiety of waiting for someone eagerly at the airport — her poem captures them flawlessly. It is stunning. Please read her poem from Poetry Sunday here:

6. Oh boy — this one by Emma Austin got me this week. I tend to have more of the traditional daddy issues that Emma discusses, but there is a common thread here, which is the feeling of being unworthy of love and affection. So many of the things discussed in this article hit home in a big way. And I know you said that you have trouble taking compliments, but I’m going to go ahead and give you a couple anyway — this article is amazing, inspiring, well-written, and I’m very thankful you put it out into the world. Thank you for sharing your experience, and for making more of us feel like we’re not alone. Read Emma’s article here:

7. Reuben Shalome published this piece about lettuce this week, which was funny, but honestly I found it fascinating too! The history of lettuce is actually pretty cool! Even though I don’t agree with his ultimately conclusion — I rather enjoy lettuce, I can agree to disagree with Reuben, and still enjoy this article. Read it here:

8. Michelle Monet shared this article this week that was completely on my wavelength. I struggle with perfectionism and procrastination, big time. I am working on it, and recovering. Thank you Michelle for sharing your experiences with these two diseases that are insidious. Read her article here:

9. Jessica Archuleta is typically pretty upbeat, from my experience. This poem is a new tone for her. It feels real and raw and cathartic. It’s really difficult pursuing our dreams and passions, and it’s completely reasonable to get frustrated and feel down. I appreciate the fact that Jessica shared this vulnerably with us. Read her poem here:

10. Yael Wolfe is the Queen of inspiring, vulnerable articles — in my mind at least. In this article, she talks about what it’s meant for her to give up her dream of what it would be like to have a house, a husband, 2.5 kids and a white picket fence. It isn’t easy admitting when that dream isn’t ours, or is no longer ours. I am in that boat, for sure. Even though I’m married, I don’t want kids. We talk about selling our house all the time. I’m interested in a less traditional life for the benefit of my creative passion. Admitting that I don’t want to pursue traditional dreams has been hard for me to admit to myself and to others. Thank you Yael Wolfe for sharing yourself and your experience with us. Read Yael’s article here:

Thank you to those who are a part of Thankful Thursday Post 11! Thank you to each of you for putting your work into the Medium community, allowing me to read it, and making my life a little brighter. You are wonderful — I am thankful for you.

Please read and support each other’s work — that means the world to me.

Also, here is my Facebook Live video recording from this morning. I discussed my addiction to candy corn and candy pumpkins, and that I will be going to Disney next week! So, I’m not sure what Thankful Thursday will look like next week yet, but we’ll see! If you’re interested in watching the rest of the video, you can see it here:

Until next time, I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Thank you for reading!

Sam Kimberle is a Writer, Poet and Artist. Her primary creative mediums are words and clay. She received her B.A. from Dickinson College in Religion and Philosophy, M.A. from Temple University in Comparative Religion, and J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Instagram: Sam Kimberle, Facebook: Sam Kimberle, Writer Creative Entrepreneur

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