Gratitude Series, 01/31/2012

1/31/12: I am grateful for  small pieces of paper with a strip of repositionable adhesive on the back (otherwise known as Post-It Notes).

1/30/12: Visiting Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, MA, where she wrote “Little Women” at a very small desk.

1/29/12: Watching Martin Scorsese’s movie “Hugo” at the Maynard (MA) Fine Arts Cinema. I found so many moments of joy in this film, a tribute to the healing power of creativity and craft as well as the redemptive connection between artist and audience.

1/28/12: “Your Guide to Making Important Decisions,” an article on, a social-media web site for people coping with serious illness.  

1/27/12: Swiffer brand dust-removing wipes, which hold onto dust and pet hair like magic. Magic Eraser pads are pretty awesome for sinks and counters. (P.S.: I’m not getting paid for expressing these opinions.)

1/26/12: The shift key on my laptop keyboard. How much easier life changes would be if I had a personal shift key!

1/25/12: “The ‘Art’ of Compassionate Care,” an article about a program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in which employees come together to share their paintings, musical performances, and other creative expressions that help them cope with the profound challenges of being present with children and families who are suffering through illness and injury. See Bedside Manner at the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare.

1/24/12: Remembering that I don’t have to be perfect.

1/23/12: Our neighbor across the street, who uses his snowblower to clear our sidewalk and driveway in exchange for storing his sports car in our garage for the winter. Thank you, Paul!

1/22/12: Today’s recipe for kale, which I sautéed in olive oil with onion, garlic, fresh ginger, and Maharajah Style Curry Powder from Penzey’s.