Something Good

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension. It is the presence of justice.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

1. you are who I love, a poem by Aracelis Girmay shared by Karen Walrond on Chookooloonks.

2. The Creative Process in 43 Hayao Miyazaki Screengrabs.

3. Book Lists: 19 Woman-Authored Books You Need to Read in 2021 and 43 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2021.

4. AOC on her experience of trauma at the Capital and why we cannot wait to act. (video)

5. Good stuff from Patti Digh: The Art of Activism: Hard Conversations Book Club 2021, and Hard Conversations: Deep Dive Into Racism and its Undoing, and Hard Conversations: Whiteness, Race, and Social Justice, and Writers in the Pandemic.

6. Good stuff from Andrea Gibson: “Write Your Heart In” an online writing workshop and Steal My Diary Show.

7. Chair Yoga with Amber Karnes. 15 classes and three audio guided meditations, pay what you can.

8. I Want To Say Something, But I Don’t Know What on Terrible Minds by Chuck Wendig.

9. The Worry Trap: 10 Simple Ways To Break Free on Be More With Less by Courtney Carver.

10. How to Cope With Grief and Loss as a Highly Sensitive Introvert.

11. What Is Japandi Design? “The perfect fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian, Japandi design focuses on simplistic, minimalistic designs that are aesthetically pleasing but rooted in function.” Yes, please.

12. Recipes I want to try: japanese vegetable pancakes, and Apple Pie Muffins, and Coconut Bonbons.

13. From snowy Yukon, a Punjabi dance warms Canadian hearts.

14. HSPs Are the Activists We Need — Even in a Chaotic World.

15. A Family of Four and a Home Office, in 660 Square Feet? on The New York Times. “For one couple looking for a place in Brooklyn, natural light mattered more than space. They knew they’d make the compact apartment work.”

16. Whimsical Gardens Grow From Silk Teacups and Mossy Patches in Rosa Andreeva’s Embroideries.

17. This week in white supremacy: The dangerous magical thinking of ‘this is not who we are’, and The Things You Are Getting Wrong About White Supremacists Is What Allows Them To Grow, and 6 Reasons so Many Spiritual People Have Been Fooled by Qanon, and GOP Reps Accused of Giving “Reconnaissance” Tours of Capitol Before Mob Attack, and Rebecca Solnit: On Not Meeting Nazis Halfway, and White Supremacy is an Emergency.

Gratitude Friday

1. Rest. I have been making sure I honor this need, especially now. And any time that little voice starts harping about how I’m being lazy, that I need to get up and accomplish something, I remind myself what a hard year its been, in so many ways, and remind myself of that quote from Banksy, “If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit,” or what Andrea Gibson said, “Years ago, inspired by a conversation with my therapist, I started calling my most depressed times—hibernations. It helped me reframe my very low days as days that might refuel and nurture me. It also eased shame’s grip on my thoughts about what I was or wasn’t doing. “

2. Happy Anniversary, Ringo! I made this picture this morning, a play on the “How it started. How it’s going.” memes. On this day, seven years ago, we brought Ringo home. I am more grateful for him today than ever. I have to keep reminding myself that other people have just one dog and it’s not weird, so it’s okay for now and until we are ready for another to have just him, knowing that Ringo is never “just” anything.

3. Comfort, in all its various forms.


4. Morning walks. The snow over the weekend melted and refroze so the trails closest to the river were frozen over like ice skating rinks so we had to stay on the paved trail, but if we hadn’t we would have missed the flock of wild turkeys taking advantage of the seed that had fallen on the ground under someone’s bird feeders.

5. My tiny family. Eric started to go back to his office to work some of the time this week, and while I miss him, it’s nice to feel like things are sort of “normal.” He stayed home yesterday but was on Zoom meetings ALL DAY (started at 7:30 am and went until 7 pm with just a few breaks), and Ringo didn’t love that even though I convinced him to take a nap with me and he seemed to like that.

Bonus joy: Wild Writing with Laurie and my sangha of writers, writing and hanging out with Mikalina, texting with my mom and brother and Chloe’, seeing people’s pets and kids on Zoom, birds, sunshine, honey, hot coffee, tiny marshmallows, books, podcasts, TV, movies, music, naps, sitting in the sauna with Eric, making each other laugh, soft fresh white bread, laundry, being retired, that spot in the corner of our new couch, my infrared heating pad, snow, the river, being able to see the foothills of the Rocky Mountains from where I’m sitting right now, mail, down pillows and blankets, reading in bed while Eric and Ringo sleep.