Small Gratitudes

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

“Every weekday morning before dawn, my best friend comes over to work out. We’ve been at it for four years, this ritual of sweating and sharing stories of our lives between high-intensity interval trainings. In an era of social distance, we make time for each other from opposite sides of my backyard, protected from the rain if not the cold. I am grateful to be present for the light brightening to cobalt and the birds beginning their song.”—Kristen Millares Young, Author of Subduction


“Right now, I’m especially grateful for my coffee maker. It’s a vintage, steel espresso maker my parents gave me, and several decades of use have left its lower portion tinged to a satisfying burnt-marshmallow color. I remember it from camping trips with my family, perched on the stove in our old VW Vanagon as we huddled inside on cold mornings in the Sierra Nevada. Now, it sits on a wooden shelf in my room, above a picture of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. I don’t leave my room too much these days, and the ritual of making coffee in the morning and sitting down to read before starting my day’s work has become a cherished part of my day.”—Brian Osgood, Journalist


“This past month, I’ve been the most grateful for getting a chance to read what the kind writers of the world have sent to me.  All of your little happinesses, the tiny things that get you through this challenging year, have uplifted me.  I’m grateful that an accurate job description is ‘listen to the good things that happen to deserving people.’  And I’m grateful that out of all the bad that has happened this year, these small shards of good can still form together to make a window into 2021.”—Steven Genise, author and editor


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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