Gratitude Friday

1. Fall in Colorado. It was a more abrupt shift between seasons than we typically experience. Usually it slowly gets cooler and darker, the green fades and starts to turn gold and orange and red. This year, with our early snow following right after a day over 90 degrees made things a little different. One day it was summer, the next winter, and a few after that, it was suddenly fully fall. The cooler weather and changing colors and the way the natural world starts to slow down has always been my favorite time of year.
2. Fall garden. We are still getting tomatoes, and the pumpkins and rhubarb are ripe. This is the first year the rhubarb was big enough to actually pick and use. I had about two cups, so I googled “rhubarb recipes” and found this muffin recipe from Martha Stewart — so good!

Pumpkin covered in wild fire ash

Pumpkin covered in wildfire ash

3. Morning walks. It’s been so dark, I was afraid I wouldn’t get any good pictures, but I did. Just about when we get to the ponds by the river, the sun starts to come up. And as much as I miss Sam (like crazy) and how weird it feels to have just one dog, walking just one dog is SO much easier. I’m trying to enjoy it while I can.

4. Support. This past week was a doozy. I’m trying to keep it together, but the fires, global pandemic, police violence, the quickly approaching election with all its possible outcomes, etc. has me on edge. And yet, texting with my mom and brother, writing and hanging out with Mikalina, my therapist, practice, reading dharma books, napping, getting in the pool, going on walks, listening to podcasts, etc. are so helpful.5. My tiny family. As hard as it may be sometimes to do my work on my laptop at the kitchen table, not always have direct access to my office and my stuff, I still like having Eric home more often. Ringo has been spending some time on Sam’s couch, which is both sweet and sad. Bonus joy: tea with Janice, lunch with Carrie, aqua aerobics, sitting in the infrared sauna with Eric, listening to audio books and podcasts, how cool it is in the morning, cooking, making a meal from scratch without a recipe just using what we have, having all the laundry done and put away, Ringo’s belly and toe and razor burn all healed up, “singing” with Ringo and Eric, grocery pick up, yard time, being invited to write something for the next issue of Mabel Magazine, clean air and water, all those who continue to risk their own health and safety so that we have food and shelter and healthcare.

Something Good

Image by Eric

1. The Apocalyptic Red Western Skies Caused by Climate Change-Fueled Wildfires. A heartbreaking collection of photos. In related news, AirNow, “your one-stop source for air quality data,” and Thousands evacuate, emergency declared as ‘unprecedented’ fires spread through state.

2. I Thought I Knew How to Fix the World on Lion’s Roar. “We cling to our own worldviews, says Dorotea Mendoza. Imagine if we listened to each other instead.”

3. How to Be More Present & Alive in the Moment from Zen Habits.

4. American Masters — Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft. “It’s an only-in-America story: A roguish young immigrant with movie-star looks, a charming Gallic accent, a populist sense of anything’s-possible optimism, and an ability to raise humble kitchen techniques to a breathtaking art form becomes one of the nation’s most beloved and revered food icons.”

5. 15 years of blogging (and 3 reasons I keep going) from Austin Kleon.

6. Yes, We Can Have Hope on Lion’s Roar. I’ve shared this before, when it was first posted, but I needed to hear it again, so thought you might too. “Roshi Joan Halifax reflects on the idea of ‘wise hope’ and why we should open ourselves to it.”

7. Wisdom from Jena Schwartz’s recent Dispatches from Daily Life:

My belief in humanity is unshaken, in that I know – I know – that there are so many people who truly do care about each other’s welfare. I believe in our individual and collective genius, creativity, innovation, imagination, and ability to heal. But…when it comes to this country, the one as we know it today, I come up short. I must hold both truths here: People are capable of amazing things. People are capable of incredible cruelty and deceit.

8. More good stuff on Lion’s Roar: What Is Suffering?, and How We Get Hooked and How We Get Unhooked, and 10 Tips for a Mindful Home.

9. For nearly a year, Lashenda Williams slept in her car in a Kroger parking lot. (video) “Now, the same supermarket has welcomed her with a job and a fresh start.”

10. Last month 72-y0 Gloria Scott called John Kinney, an electrician in Woburn, Mass., to fix a ceiling fixture. (video) “But he soon discovered Scott’s house was in total disrepair, So, Kinney returned and started repairing her home for free. Steve Hartman reports.”

11. Face masks could be giving people Covid-19 immunity, researchers suggest. “Mask wearing might also be reducing the severity of the virus and ensuring that a greater proportion of new infections are asymptomatic.”

12. A desperate rescue: A father’s heartbreaking attempt to save his family from a raging fire.

13. Brilliant use of toxic masculinity. (video)

14. COVID-19 stress is making America increasingly irritable. “But what is all this rage hiding? A fireball of feelings can trigger outbursts and distort self-perception. We need to stop burying our emotions and start being a lot more honest.”

15. An Apology To All Of The Fat People I’ve Hurt With My Account. “If we truly want to create a world where every body is valued, celebrated, represented, safe, and even loved, we have to do better. Re-centering this movement around the bodies it was made for is where we start.”

16. Elliot Dallen, who inspired many with articles about his cancer, dies aged 31, which includes the links to his other articles.

17. Amanda Palmer and Rhiannon Giddens on their cover of Portishead’s ‘It’s A Fire’. “The duo talk to us about collaboration, education, new music and donating to the Free Black University Fund.”

18. Chef David Chang on his revealing new memoir. (video) “Anthony Mason talks to six-time James Beard Award winner Chef David Chang about his new memoir, ‘Eat a Peach,’ the restaurant industry’s uncertain future, growing up, his anger and mental health, Anthony Bourdain, learning to accept praise and starting a family.”

19. Christian Cooper Releases It’s a Bird Comic Book Inspired by Viral ‘Central Park Karen’ Incident

20. Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Check out the gallery for a giggle.

21. All Rise: A Record Number of Black Women Judges Have Been Appointed in Colorado. I would vote for Polis again and again.