Small Gratitudes

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


 “On my way to the grocery store I saw my Beetle’s car twin. The lady in the front seat was looking down, most likely at her phone. I slowly inched out into the road and began to pass her car and decided to wave and smile. Just a small thing for myself, to recognize my joy. She looked up as I passed, her face lighting up with a huge smile. I didn’t get to see if she waved as well, but that shared moment made me feel a little closer with a stranger. A feeling I haven’t had in months.”—D.L. Calhoun, writer and academic


“I am grateful for the ways a pandemic raises our heart vibrations—the check in’s, the update’s, the are you okay’s, the I love you’s, the what do you need’s, the let me see your face & extra heart emoji’s beaming like the batman light creeping through the thick orange haze.”—Anastacia-Renee, writer and interdisciplinary artist


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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