• doodling three-dimensional cubes
  • knitted slippers
  • the Blue Hen chicken and the peach
  • turquoise, curry, coral, bone white, and blue
  • presents such as little things from the dime store, secondhand clothes, magazines, toys, costume jewelry, wonderful bath soap or salts, a week's worth of crossword puzzles, a library book, an article the person wanted to read and could not find
  • cottage cheese and corn relish
  • the phone ringing
  • white and gold silk ornaments
  • dickeys (false shirtfronts)
  • an efficient waitress
  • ink-filled air
  • cold pear soup with creme fraiche
  • the end of "Dawson's Creek"
  • the world's tallest grass, bamboo

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.