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In this issue: Tikka Masala, strategies for writing, and more gratitude than you can shake a stick at. 
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Hey y’all!

I had a Zoom check-in with my Patrons this morning, so I’m delayed in getting this out, but here are some things I wanted to share with you this week.

Over on the blog, the gratitude series continues unabated.

This week, I was grateful for:

  • My Home – I spent many years working with and among people who were without housing, so I don’t take ours for granted.
  • The opportunities I have had to travel – I have flown more in one month than my parents did in a lifetime.
  • Our Cats – Y’all knew this was coming, didn’t you?
  • For my storytelling ability – I come by it honestly, though.
  • Dr. Jabbour – the neurologist that changed my life. (Also the most popular thing I have written this month so far)
  • Being Southern – This one was inevitable, I feel. Lots of people have shared and connected with this.

This is all part of a 30-day series I am writing on my blog, where each day I tell a story about something for which I am thankful. (If you want to know about them when they come out, the easiest way is to do that is by doing any of the options on this page). You can see all the past entries at this link.

On the call with my Patrons this morning, I talked about what I love about blogging – the odea that you are writing for yourself, but also knowing it could be read by others. I then mentioned that people like Thoreau, who published their journals, set the way for we bloggers. I recently purchased an abridgement of his Journals, and intend to do a year-long reading plan like Austin Kleon lays out in this post.

Literal pro-tip: As someone with ADHD who just tries to survive and yet manages to write a lot, a key tool I use is this timer. It doesn’t have to be that one, of course, but what I like about that one is it shows the remaining time.

Say I sit down to write, so I set the timer for 20 minutes and close my browser. The rule is, I don’t open my browser until the timer goes off, and I can look and see how much time is remaining at any given time.
People with ADHD brains have problems with time and judging the passage of time, so this sort of timer is a lifesaver, and crucial to my process.  

And in the ADHD category of mishaps, I was making this Tikka Masala this week and put 1 Tablespoon of cayenne in instead of one teaspoon. It was sooo good, and yet so hot. Sweat was running down my face, but it was too good to throw out. (If you do make it, I used olive oil instead of ghee and half and half instead of cream. YMMV, of course)

And of course, this is a reminder that this is all made possible because of my Patrons, the best folks on earth. I have another Patron zoom call set up for this Sunday night – Patrons, check your email Saturday night for the link. (If you are not a Patron but want to be part of making all this happen, check out this link for info.)

I hope you have a great weekend!

Take care, 

Hugh

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