Category Archives: Gratefulness

A Good End-of-November Poem

“The Thrush” by Edward Thomas When Winter’s ahead, What can you read in November That you read in April When Winter’s dead? I hear the thrush, and I see Him alone at the end of the lane Near the bare … Continue reading

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A Happy Poem on a Stormy Day

Here’s a love poem that I could have written when I adopted my cats in 1997. “The Orange” by Wendy Cope At lunchtime I bought a huge orange– The size of it made us all laugh. I peeled it and … Continue reading

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A Springtime (?) Poem

Today was only about our third warm day in Minnesota for the season, so I took advantage of it by doing some spring cleaning out in the garden. Mostly I raked out old leaves that blew in last fall and … Continue reading

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Cheating Death (By Calling in Sick)

I feel just fine, but I called in sick this morning. Once a year or so, I take a mental health day. It’s 11 degrees below zero, so I won’t be able to work in the garden. I work in … Continue reading

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Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously

It was cold for awhile: Finally it warmed up and snowed a bit: Our “outdoor cat,” Moe, who lives inside during the winter and who has a bad case of Cabin Fever, finally got to go outside this morning—it’s 22 degrees … Continue reading

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Introvert by Night: A New Name for My Blog

I started this blog in 2009, in the depths of the Great Recession, when I had a good job, and great colleagues, and way too much time on my hands at work. I couldn’t seem to beg more work out of my employer, … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Poem

“To the New Year” by W. S. Merwin With what stillness at last you appear in the valley your first sunlight reaching down to touch the tips of a few high leaves that do not stir as though they had … Continue reading

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My Twelfth Day of “Eating to Live”

I go to the gym a lot, but I eat unhealthy food, and too much of it. My pants never quite fit right, and I always wish I could lose about 10 lbs. According to the standard medical charts, I weigh a normal … Continue reading

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“little tree” by e.e. cummings

I think this poem has been popularized as a children’s book because it’s so beautiful being read aloud. Give it a try. “little tree” by e.e. cummings little tree little silent Christmas tree you are so little you are more … Continue reading

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“Happiness” by Jane Kenyon

“Happiness” by Jane Kenyon There’s just no accounting for happiness, or the way it turns up like a prodigal who comes back to the dust at your feet having squandered a fortune far away. And how can you not forgive? … Continue reading

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