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.”
Last week, I uploaded a recording of my live video on Facebook from the morning to this post, and it seemed to go well, so I’ll do it again this week. Please be sure to check out my video below if you’re interested.
In case you don’t want to watch the video below or it doesn’t work, I talked today about being thankful for Adam, Diabetic Cyborg, for Thankful Thursday in general, and for all of the people in my life sticking by my side through this crazy journey I’m taking as a full-time creative person.
And, 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:
- Elle Rogers is a Poet I have been following for months now. Her poetry is beautiful, and she really should have been on my Thankful Thursday roster many, many times over by now. Seriously, she is one of my most favorite Poets on Medium, by far. Please read one of her most recent poems here:
2. Jenny Justice published this one just yesterday. Of course this was poignant for me, as a public interest attorney in my last career. It’s heartbreaking. I hate to see someone who needs a lawyer and can’t afford one. Pro bono organizations all over this country are saturated and overworked. Family law is an area that gets hit hardest, unfortunately. Please read her short but powerful poem here:
3. This week, Michelle Monet wrote an inspiring and motivational piece about Adam, Diabetic Cyborg’s unrelenting optimism in the face of everything he deals with on a regular basis. Michelle did a fantastic job with this piece. Please read it here:
4. All — Please welcome my friend Susie Taylor to Medium as a writer and contributor! I am so so happy that Susie is here on Medium now — she is a beautiful writer! Susie wrote this piece about her tomato plants, and resulting bug friends, and the story just makes you smile. When I read it I actually thought Dennett might enjoy it — I hope you don’t mind me tagging you Dennett, if you do, I’ll remove. Anyway, I just think it’s a sweet story. Please read Susie’s first story on Medium here:
This was a summer of doomed relationships for me. I found — and lost — a couple of pets. My mom doesn’t understand how…
5. Yael Wolfe has won the hearts of so many here on Medium, and I am one of those hearts. I love her writing about women, sex, all of it. This one really got to me, though, because I relate so much to that fear, and wanting to be able to let it go. Please read her article here:
I Don’t Want to Be Afraid
I spent so much of my life in fear…I didn’t want to live like that, anymore.
6. Another friend joined Medium this week! Heather Huffman is a Poet friend, and this is her first poem that she published on Medium. It is a fierce and motivational piece, and I love it! The photography is brilliant as well. Check out her poem here:
7. Guérin Asante published this beautiful poem yesterday, along with a painting that I would like to have for my house. I am seriously in love with it. But, I’m not sure which I love more, the painting or the poem. The poem looks itself almost like a petal or a leaf. I don’t know if that was on purpose or not, but it’s magical. Please read Guerin’s poem here:
8. Andrew Knott is one of my all-around favorites. He seems like the best dad in the world. He writes humor that makes me roll around laughing. But, this isn’t one of those pieces. Andrew has a few new humor pieces out right now, but this is the article that really touched me the most recently. It’s beautiful and very touching. I hope you take a moment to read his article here:
I Write About My Children Because My Memory Is So Unreliable
It’s not the big things I want to remember, it’s the little ones
9. Yes, I am all about the positive vibes, but those who know me well know that I do dark too. I enjoy my dark humor as much as, and probably more than, the next person. And I also enjoy just plain, straight up darkness. Reuben Shalome shared this piece about how positivity can wear him down, and I feel it. Sometimes you just have to let that negativity fly, because it comes up, and it’s real. Also, I now have a strong desire to hear Reuben talk — can we be friends or something?? Please read and support Reuben’s story here:
Positive Vibes Wear Me Down
Must we always be on a journey to learn? Why can’t we mock once in a while
10. Matthew Smith is a good friend of mine going through a hard time. I have told him that he is turning darkness into something beautiful. This poem is a prime example. It is absolutely stunning. Please read his poem here:
Thank you to those who are a part of Thankful Thursday Post 9! 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.
As promised, this week I am including my Facebook Live video from this morning. You may view it here (It’s a long one, but apparently I had a lot to say!):
I would love to know what you think!
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