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. This week I’m trying something new. Take a look at my 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!
Alright, here are my ten selections for this week, in no particular order:
- Not too very long ago, I told Heath ዟ that if he made fan tee-shirts for his writing, I would likely wear one. It has been several months, but I feel the same way. He is one of my favorite writers on Medium, particularly for his poetry. However, the link below that I have shared is not a poem — it’s a short story. It’s a funny short story that got caught in the cross-fire or something, because it deserves more love. I loved it. Take a read for yourself, here:
An Unfortunate Roadtrip
“Pull over, I got a coobee,” Jeff said suddenly from the passenger’s seat.
2. Zita Fontaine writes beautiful personal essays, poetry, and more that I’m sure I’m missing. She is a multi-hyphenate writer and I love it. She also happens to be a lovely, friendly, supportive person. Zita wrote a moving piece about chemistry between two people. It felt was validating to me— maybe even inspiring. Read her article here:
There Is No Such Thing as One-sided Chemistry
Too bad it cannot guarantee you a happily ever after
3. Randy Shingler wrote a beautiful and uplifting poem about friendship, kindness and peace. It’s really what we all need to hear right now after so much tragedy. We need to be kind and gentle with one another. Please read his poem here:
Peaceful words needed in our world Lovingly acknowledging one another, As ethereally gifted earthly beauty Miraculous…
4. Matthew Smith, Editor of The Bad Influence and the Write Free Project, AND a person I call a friend, wrote this stunning and intimate poem this week. Matt actually wrote a bunch of little snippets this week I love — one about Willy Wonka that I really enjoyed, and a funny little one about a high turtle, but this poem is still my favorite. I would encourage you to take a look at Matt’s work generally, but this here is the link to his lusty love poem:
crackling, searing fingers sizzle against my heartstrings and the fire grows and grows and ignites in my soul, pushing…
5. Andrew Knott wrote an article about going to the dentist that made me laugh out loud multiple times. Then I sent it to my husband. Then I sent it to my friend who was having a bad day to make her laugh. I think you see where I’m going with this. This article brightened several of my days. Loved it, Andrew. Read the article here:
6. Emma Austin writes mostly about sex and relationships. I’m really just starting to work my way through all of the informative, sex positive, articles she has written — I have a whole bunch of them in my queue. But, this one about the cervix is one that stands out in my mind for this week. Some of the information she provides in this article about a woman’s body is shameful to me that I didn’t know, and that others likely don’t know either. So, for PSA reasons, and because her writing is lovely, please read the article here:
7. Oh boy this is another one that made me laugh. I was laughing just after reading the sub-title. Leslie Wibberley did such a fantastic job with this one, as always. The imagery was crisp and hilarious. Read her story about book clubs here:
8. I would be remiss to not include a response to all of the tragedy we have seen within the last week. Guérin Asante wrote my favorite. This poem and the painting — everything coming together is powerful. He asks the difficult questions. Now we just need answers. Read his poem here:
Red Swan Songs
How many more afternoons of giving wings to gallows written in the shadow every bullet pulls into and through the…
9. For whatever success I have been able to pull together on Medium so far, Anna Rozwadowska is one of the main reasons for it. She published two of my very first poems in Literally Literary, and gave me the confidence to keep going. She then published the poem below that is NOT about me, but, it isn’t so often that there is an encouraging poem written for someone else with my name. When I read the poem it truly uplifted me, and Anna’s work has been an inspiration to me ever since. Thank you, Anna. Also, as an asside, Anna published this poem in Tre L. Loadholt’s publication A Cornered Gurl, one of my very favorite publications on Medium (everyone should check it out). Read Anna’s poem about a different Samantha (not me), here:
10. I love the way Rebeca Ansar arranges words in her shorter pieces to bring out such deep significance. This poem “Morning” was not only beautiful, but it was also relatable for me. Waking up in the morning feels much different now than it did when I wasn’t working for myself full-time. It felt nice to know I’m not alone. Read her poem here:
Alright, that’s a wrap for this Thankful Thursday. Thank you to all. I am blessed to have you and your work in my life!
Please follow and support each other. Connection and building community makes me the happiest.
I hope you all have an amazing week!
Thank you for reading!