Grammatic Memorial

There are people out there who put Salt and Pepper on everything – I mean – everything. And there are people who like natural flavors from juices and oils. Personally, I use seasonings to get a particular taste and I don’t need much to discern them; just a few pinches here and there, live and let die.

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On January 29, 2020, James Ingram, an American singer-songwriter passed away. He is most remembered for his collaborative works with other singers. Some of his notable song credits include: ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘P.Y.T.’, ‘The Day I Fall in Love,’ and ‘Somewhere Out There’. He is most certainly an R&B Crooner in a time where romantic lyrics were in and love songs were appropriate for courting and even marriage. If only there was a way we could import the culture to our times without the social issues that existed in those days.

Baby, Come to Me Patti Austin and James Ingram

Ten Ways to Express Gratitude in Words

  1. I am honored that: Unconventional phrasing that shows you respect the benefits another has given you.
  2. Much obliged: Way of showing deep deference by going out the way to say you are indebted to another.
  3. I appreciate: Sometimes you want to assign value to a person’s deeds. I appreciate is an overused phrase but gets the idea across.
  4. To your credit: Another slick phrase to assign value to a good action. Just make sure you’re not keeping tabs.
  5. I wanna compliment – Usually used to flirt in finding pleasure in looks. This can be used in other creative ways so explore a little bit.
  6. Here in tribute: Self-referencing statement that has a more formal flair in showing appreciation.
  7. I commend: A way of showing gratefulness is by praising another’s efforts. Sincere commendations may mix compliments in between.
  8. I’m grateful for: Classic way of showing gratitude. Good way of collecting ideas when you want to look at someone in a different light.
  9. You make me glad: What’s the point of being grateful if it doesn’t affect your emotions in a positive way? Start saying this to yourself if you are experiencing bouts of depression.
  10. Thank you: The hallmark of every expression of thanks. Amazing what simple letters can do.

To embody thankfulness or gratefulness, one must learn the million different ways of expressing gratitude. Here is a challenge for songwriters – can you write a fresh and compelling new song about being thankful? The list above only touched how to express gratitude using words. How would you express it with actions?

If you are looking at some books to help you along your gratitude journey check out a few of these below. I personally haven’t read these books, but I’m looking forward to exploring and honoring those who are helping to shape our world in social justice. Perhaps we can start a book club in the future.

The Source of Self-Regard – Toni Morrison

‘Your Faith Walk: Wisdom and Affirmations on the Path to Personal Power’ (From the Editors of ESSENCE)

Grounded in Gratitude- Tiffany A. Wright

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills

In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America – Eddie S. Glaude

The Color of Water -James McBride

Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi

Don’t Despise Small Beginnings – Jerome Taylor

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man – Emmanuel Acho

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