in sharing we learn
generosity sustains
and gifts multiply

Sustainable gratitude

When I began my thank-you project, there were results I expected and others I did not.

One of the expected results was to simply let others know the gifts they’d shared had been noticed and appreciated. As a person with a tendency to get wrapped up in his own head, I often forget to acknowledge such gifts.

Another expected result was that I’d become more aware of how many occasions I really do have for gratitude. I’ve long heard gratitude begets gratitude, and so I hoped to breed more gratitude in my own mindset as well as the folks being thanked.

I’m pleased to say both of these expectations have been met.

What I didn’t see coming were the expressions of appreciation from people I’ve thanked. I certainly hoped to instigate gratitude in both myself and others, but my intent was for it to radiate outward. The returns have been a pleasant side effect, but I initially envisioned more of a pay-it-forward thing.

I’m not sure why this surprised me. After all, a heartfelt acknowledgment can be a wonderful gift. Don’t we all love knowing we make a difference?

So maybe it’s not strange at all to be thanked for saying “thanks.”

Maybe it’s not just a polite redundancy. Maybe it turns into a cycle of gratitude — one that begins in small circles until it builds the momentum to radiate freely into ever wider circles as it goes.

Natural Lines – handwritten verse

000_CoverA couple years ago I released a limited edition collection of handwritten verse images. The book, which was called Natural Lines is no longer for sale, but a slideshow of the images from the book is now available here.

The book is also available in PDF upon polite request.

Click here to view the slideshow.

About that dead cat…

About that dead cat haiku

I’ve been thinking about the proverbial dead cat, and I’ve decided curiosity gets a bad rap.

All kinds of great discoveries stem from questions that begin with “why”, how” or “what if.”

Someone once told me the discovery of penicillin was nothing more than dumb luck, but I disagree vehemently. The moldy dish may have been accidental, but without a curious mindset, that’s all it ever would have been.

Indifference (the opposite of curiosity) seems far more dangerous.

Indifference provides cover for all kinds of harm, genocide and injustice — things we are sometimes willing to accept in exchange for the fleeting comfort of having our heads planted firmly in the sand.

will rarely cause as much harm
as indifference

Cool Menthol Woman – Haiku and Other Verse

Cool Menthol Woman Haiku and Other Verse by Howard HallCool Menthol Woman – Haiku and Other Verse is the book of short poetry I wrote back in 2008. It’s still available via, among other outlets.

If you’ve picked up a copy, I hope it spoke to you. If so, please don’t hesitate to let me know–I love feedback, and I’m always pleased to hear from folks who are just reading this little collection half a dozen years later.