Small Gratitudes

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

“To shake out the jimmies at the end of the night, I clean up the kitchen—load the dishwasher, wash & dry the cast iron skillet, wipe down the sink. It’s nice to have something to do with my hands. Almost a meditation. When everything’s done, I tie up garbage bag & haul it to the curb. After the brightness of the kitchen the cold darkness outside—boots crunching snow, smell of my neighbor’s chimney smoke—feels like another world altogether. I’ll drop the bag in the bin & wait a minute to come back inside. I let myself get really cold (by walking out in shirtsleeves.) It occurs to me that I’d die out here without shelter. The light through the kitchen window shines brilliant onto the snow.”—Steve Edwards, author


“Drinking gin until the wee hours with a friend and not caring that you have work tomorrow. The players in my D&D game telling me how excited they are for the next session.  A useless crush on someone nice that you know won’t go anywhere and just feeling it. Cooking dinner for your roommates. Having a crisp cup of water when it gets hot at work. The mountains over the sound as the sun rises. Finally moving out of your hometown and realizing the world is so much bigger than you thought, and yet everything stays the same.”—Joshua Hutton, Radio/Film Producer


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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