My wife for her companionship and friendship (!)

Nieces and nephews

Tomatoes on the vine

Morning fruit smoothies

Old friends and the changes we witness in each other

New perspectives afforded by haphazard conversations

The spontaneity of life

Henry Miller–I feel his kindred spirit in all of the words he left behind

National Public Radio


Reggae grooves that force you to dance

Scrabble with my grandfather

Kisses from my grandmother

Chocolate Silk soymilk

The variety of the human experience

Long neighborhood strolls

Biking to work

The Naro (Independent movie theater with balconies and you can bring in your own food!)

Roadside produce stands

Avocado sandwiches with a touch of salt

Haruki Murakami–Japanese author who amazes me with his imagination

Unexpected kindness

The first signs of spring

Family including vegetarian selections at get-togethers

Sleeping in on Sundays

Virginia Tech football

Three months spent hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Book club meetings

Nadine Gordimer for helping me to better understand South Africa and the horror of apartheid

The opportunity provided by distance education

Hybrid vehicles

Dark chocolate

Great reading light


Warm sun on the front porch

The muse

Lucinda Williams performing with her father poet Miller Williams at the ODU Litfest

Azar Nafisi speaking at the TCC LitFest and inspiring my creation of a book club

Technology that fosters meaningful communication

A day with nothing to do

The little one nestled in my wife’s womb

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan for getting me to think about where my food comes from and why I eat the way I do

Possibilities…the endless possibilities

New jobs that stretch the mind and bring me into contact with fresh faces

Rediscovering old friends and finding that they have a blog!

40 ounces of OE, a porch, and good friends



6 Responses to “What I am thankful for”

  1. Johnny Says:

    You forgot 40-ouncers…

  2. Matthew Says:

    Duly noted Johnny!

  3. gaye Says:

    A wonderful list. Made me think what I’d be putting on mine and in what particular order (as in what came to my mind first and what I “had to” think for a bit to remember.
    And hello Matthew, my name is Gaye. I visited your blog after a click on a comment you left at another blog I like to read.
    Will be back and read more if that’s ok.

  4. Matthew Says:

    Welcome gaye, glad to have you come by. Please feel free to read with abandon. And thanks for reminding me that I need to add more to this list! There is so much to be thankful for!

  5. stacybuckeye Says:

    Fun list!

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