• large chunks of flint from a chalk cliff worked down to smaller cores using a stone hammer and then made into almond-shaped hand axes
  • lying in the shade at the edge of the wood
  • initiating a ritual
  • the legacy of Algonquian life hidden in our place names and meals
  • one of the main differences with fast food being the fact that you pay for the food before consuming it
  • red knit caps
  • building your own world
  • attending another performance of La Boheme - even if you do start crying at the overture
  • reading Grandma's recipes
  • Mary Janes
  • celebrities who share your birthday
  • a day with no wrong numbers
  • the Perseids meteor shower away from city lights, on a moonless night
  • skinny ties

14,000 things to be happy about is a bestseller with over 1 million copies in print, celebrating all the little things in life. Without plot or rhyme, explanation or footnote, these entries conjure up the rich evocative effect of an epic poem, proving that the little things are what make life worth living. Watch for the new edition later in 2014.