Year of Gratitude - Day 146 - William Zinsser

William Zinsser died at age 92 this month. He wrote On Writing Well, one of the finest books on writing. The New York Times obituary said it "...became a book that editors and teachers encouraged writers to reread annually in the manner of another classic on the craft of writing, The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White."

I am very grateful to have been exposed to this book early. I and many others who hope to write well are grateful for Mr. Zinsser's text. 



Year of Gratitude - Day 136 - Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera hit his 400th home run today. I was at Comerica Park when he hit his 300th. It is such a pleasure to watch this man play season after season.


Year of Gratitude - Day 135 - Aldous Huxley

I won't even lie: though I love dystopian novels in general, I did not think Brave New World was all that. However, looking through some of these quotes on Goodreads, I feel like I wasn't paying attention... just breezing through the book, checking it off my list. I'm grateful to be able to try and view the author and his works in a different light.
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” ― Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29 

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World 

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.” ― Aldous Huxley, Collected Essays


Year of Gratitude - Day 129 - Faith No More

This was one of the most spectacular rock shows I've ever witnessed. Faith No More rocked the roof off the Fillmore. The crowd was super energetic. We saw some old friends and wrapped up the night at Hot Taco. It was a very fun night and I'm grateful for it.


Year of Gratitude - Day 122 - SPL Family

I know I mention Southfield Public Library a lot in this year of gratitude, but there's a lot to be grateful for. Like every single one of these people, for example. We all got together tonight and had dinner in Southfield. It was a wonderful evening!


Year of Gratitude - Day 121 - MyFitnessPal

When I quit smoking at age 26, I didn't realize that I would turn into a grazing cow. Yes, one oral fixation was replaced with another. Since then, I have continued to try and watch what I'm eating and exercise more. It is difficult. However, a friend of mine turned me onto MyFitnessPal, a health, nutrition and exercise tracking app. I don't track as much as I used to, but the service is still great as I have REALLY been enjoying their weekly emails. And, eventually, when I get my act together, I will start tracking again. 

Recently I read a post about breakfast and thought it worth sharing. Enjoy and get healthy!


Year of Gratitude - Day 120 - Poem in Your Pocket Day

When one works regularly with librarians, one will find all kinds of fun things that revolve around reading, writing, poetry, etc. One of those things is "Poem in your Pocket" Day. Last year, I took a big pile of poems from Good Poems for Hard Times (yes, I had them handy), shoved them in my baseball bag and headed down to Comerica Park. I sat at the bar, waiting for my friend to phone so we could meet at the gates. When she did, I paid my tab and handed a few strangers a few poems. I had passed some out at work as well.

No one expected me to hand them a poem. Even after I said, "It's Poem in your Pocket" Day, people still looked at me bewildered. I told them to read it, enjoy it and pass it on. A coworker told me that she really liked hers and kept it posted at her desk.

Enjoy poetry!


Year of Gratitude - Day 113 - Short commute

In metro Detroit, you are likely to drive quite a bit. It is truly amazing how far some people commute. I am grateful that my commute is generally never more than 30 minutes and no more than 15 miles.


Year of Gratitude - Day 111 - Dictionary.com

In general, I'm a slow reader. What slows me down even more is the fact that I look up a lot of words. While there are many choices of apps and resources, good ole Dictionary.com is always my go-to. It's great and much better then having to use a pocket dictionary, which never had the word I sought.

Here are some of my recent look-ups:

  • bifurcate: to divide or fork into two branches
  • heifer: a young cow over one year old that has not produced a calf
  • steric: of or relating to the spatial relationships of atoms in a molecule
  • roman à clef: novel that represents historical events and characters under the guise of fiction 
  • visceral: characterized by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellect
Also, the Word of the Day is great.