Small Gratitudes

A weekly, non-exhaustive list (curated by Steven Genise) of the experiences that make us human.

“Emptying and reloading a dishwasher seems like the most menial of tasks—something that needs to be done like clockwork.  But for me, the “chore” is anything but.  I don’t drink actual coffee, so doing my morning dishes sets my day: It signifies the transition between breakfast and the other activities scheduled for the rest of my day, and when I miss it, I feel fatigued and unmotivated.  Those twenty minutes or so is my time to listen to music and mentally prepare for what the day will bring.”—Christine M. Estel, Philadelphia-based writer


“While revising a section of writing with something you thought you needed to add in, finding that the next sentence covers what you thought you’d missed, more eloquently.”—Brett Willis, author and editor


“I love seeing someone else discover something for themselves.  My job is teaching adult education, and now it’s also schooling my kids from home, so there are many “aha” moments.  From my first-grader laying down a new four-syllable word he puzzled out to a fifty year old proud of herself for putting out a solid paragraph for our newsletter, that light that shines over their faces—a feeling that disgruntled writers like myself might be having trouble finding right now—is such a joy.”—Stephanie King, author and public school advocate from Philadelphia

Steven Genise is an author and editor based in Seattle.  He loves reading about all the things you’re grateful for. If you’d like to be included, email him at or DM him on Twitter @StevenGenise

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