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”
Alright, here are my ten selections for this week, in no particular order:
- Frank McKinley and I are in a group reading and doing The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron together. Signature features of The Artist’s Way are the morning pages and the artist dates. Without going into this too much, we are finding out that artist’s dates are difficult — it’s difficult to make time for yourself, particularly if you don’t want to spend a fortune each week (the artist’s dates are supposed to happen weekly). Frank shares his experience doing one of the coolest, most creative artist’s dates I have heard of yet. On top of it, not only does he chronicle what it was like, he also shares with us the value he got from doing this artist’s date. Read his article here:
2. Yael Wolfe is a Medium writer I admire for her honesty and bravery in talking about difficult things — difficult sexual things. This week, Yael published this piece on oral sex and it is brilliant. I feel like it should be required reading for all people who want to engage in oral sex with a woman. Read her article here:
How to Make Her Feel Safe When You’re Going Down on Her
Help her open, melt, unfold, and unravel…
3. Zarina Dara 🥀💃🏻 and I are both poet/ lawyers, though she is more experienced and accomplished in both fields. She’s brilliant. This week Zarina published this poem is support of survivors. She also used a photo of one of my very favorite sculptures that I had the pleasure of seeing in person when my husband and I visited Rome last year. Read her beautiful poetic tribute here:
4. Zach J. Payne’s sonnets are amazing. Please, click on the tag to his name and check out any number of the sonnets he has published. He’s an inspiration. Just yesterday, Zach went live with a new publication: Sonnetry. Why am I excited about this? I don’t write sonnets… yet. Maybe I will now that I know they will have a good home. Not only that, Zach is inspiring poets across Medium. I keep seeing new posts of poets saying they will try, or they haven’t written sonnets in years, etc. My point: Zach is doing something amazing here. If you want to join, check out the link below for submission guidelines:
5. I have said, and will continue to say, that “A Cornered Gurl” is one of my very favorite Medium publications. Tre L. Loadholt is the best. Recently, she posted a challenge: define “Art” in 4 words. There were many beautiful responses that you should check out. I’m not sure if she’s still accepting submissions, but if she is, you should submit. If not, please support those who participated in the challenge, and check out the prompt here:
6. Speaking of my favorite things and people, Silver Lining published this beautiful piece of art in “A Cornered Gurl” — pictures of her poetry with hand-drawn designs. It’s beautiful. Support Silver Lining and admire the poetic beauty here:
7. I found Bella Linda’s account of The Borderland festival transformational. I felt like I was with her, experiencing the festival — her writing is that good. And now, all I want to do is go. Read her story here:
8. Alright, now it’s shameless plug time. It’s my Thankful Thursday, I can put in a shameless plug every now and then if I want to, and I do. Anna Rozwadowska and I collaborated on a poem about the intricacies of a flower. I got the idea after seeing Anna’s beautiful photos of flowers that she posted here on Medium. For those of you who don’t know, I am a clay artist in addition to being a writer and a poet. I love making flowers out of clay — I love paying close attention to the details that I see in making them. So, I approached Anna about doing this poem. It came together quickly — the idea, the draft I sent to her, the draft she sent back to me, and then it was pretty much together. It fell into place, and the final poem is stunning. Check out the poem “Intimate Petals” published here:
This is the placeholder link for me, as well:
Intimate Petals (A Placeholder for the Original)
A Collaboration by Sam Kimberle and Anna Rozwadowska
9. On a very different note, B. Michael Logan published this poem about death by cupcakes. We agree that if we’re going to go, by cupcakes is probably the best way to do it. He added that death by puppies might also be a good option, and I agree, but this poem is about cupcakes, so we’ll stick with that for now. Read his poem in my favorite humor publication on Medium, Happy Space Cats, here:
10. Brian Rowe published another personal essay and it might be my favorite of his to date. It expands on one of his previously-published essays on Medium, and continues his story. This article also includes a well-made video, particularly since I believe he made it in college? — I’m impressed. Thank you for vulnerably sharing your story, Brian. Read his essay here:
This is the moment I told my first crush I liked him.
I did eventually tell the guy who made me realize I was gay that I liked him. It didn’t go how you think.
11. Yeah, ok, I’m breaking all sorts of rules this week. Shameless plug, 11 things on my list instead of 10. Oh well, I think it’s worth it. I’ll play by the rules (I made up) next week.
I am thankful for John Gorman — his friendship and his writing. He has, and continues to, inspire countless people, including me. He’s brilliant even when he’s going through some big changes that might cause the rest of us to crumble. Evidence of that last statement can be found here:
Thank you all for making my life a more shiny, funny, thoughtful, and generally better place! I am grateful for every one of you, and blessed you are a part of my life.Writ
Please read and support each other’s work — that means the world to me.
Until next time, I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Thank you for reading!