Something Good

1. 5 Gentle Rules To Help You Feel Good from Be More With Less. Maybe your rules (those things that are fundamental to your wellbeing, the ones you can’t skip or do halfway) are different, but knowing what they are and honoring them is essential. What makes you feel good?

2. A state of flow from Austin Kleon. Just a few days ago I was thinking about the states of drift and flow, writing about it, and it turns out that was only a few days after Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, known for his work related to the concept of “flow”, died.

3. Come Home to Yourself on Lion’s Roar. “Your true home is this body. This mind. This moment. There, says Kaira Jewel Lingo, you’ll find peace and freedom. From her new book We Were Made for These Times: Ten Lessons on Moving through Change, Loss, and Disruption.”

4. Art with intent from Seth Godin.

5. Maezumi’s Three Teachings on Lion’s Roar. “Wisdom teachings are fascinating things. They may not appear to be special. They are never complicated. They can sound so ordinary that we don’t even hear them or grant them consideration. But like seeds, they burrow into us and one day surface in full bloom. Only then are we ready to appreciate them.”

6. The Truelove: Poet and Philosopher David Whyte on Reaching Beyond Our Limiting Beliefs About What We Deserve. Because this, “if you wanted to drown you could, but you don’t because finally after all this struggle and all these years you simply don’t want to any more, you’ve simply had enough of drowning and you want to live and you want to love.”

7. Recipes I want to try: The Best Apple Crisp and Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette. I tried this recipe for Broccoli Parmesan Fritters and it was delicious.

8. Eating Disorders and Social Media Prove Difficult to Untangle on The New York Times. “Social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram try to monitor for content related to the problem, but it is not always clear what to do about it.”

9. Worker Exploitation, Capitalism, and The “Normal” We Can’t Return To. In related news, The Pursuit of Rest Under Capitalism.

10. Why Pay Full Price, If You Already Know How it Ends? by Megan Falley. “Another excerpt from my memoir-in-progress [perhaps even the first chapter?] was just published in Midway Journal, about the first time I saw the movie Titanic. What I don’t say in the story is that the woman seated behind me suggested my mother remove me from the theatre because of how hard I was crying, and how I shouted, ‘No!'”

11. Ross Gay Demands Our Attention (in a Pandemic or Otherwise).

12. 4 Grief Blogs We Love. “We have no real criteria other than we just like them and consider them to be informative, contemporary, open minded, thoughtful, and social.”

13. Alan Cumming | Making Peace & Claiming Joy on The Good Life podcast. “What sounds like a near-magical life on stages, television and the big screen, though, has also seen its share of profound pain, loss, grief, existential struggle, and eventually a series of reckonings, and awakenings to who and what matters, and a certain reclamation of joy and life. Now in his 50s, he reflects on these moments along this journey in his new book, Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life, and we dive into all of it, along with his take on current culture, in today’s conversation.”

14. 50 years ago, The Electric Company used comedy to boost kids’ reading skills.

15. Artist Hides Clever And Funny Signs Around His City For People To Find.

Gratitude Friday (on a Saturday)

1. Morning walks. We were gifted at least one more week of brilliant fall colors. No need to drive up to the mountains to see the aspens turn, I just step out my front door to see all the color. For quite a few years now, we’ve had at least one early, wet and heavy snow, so rather than turning color, so many of the leaves simply went from just starting to turn to dead in the course of a single storm. This year the colors are lingering and I love it. So much that I uploaded only my very favorite pictures from this week, because there were just so many. You can see the full sets on my Instagram.

2. Healthcare access and availability. This is true for both us and Ringo. We have such good primary doctors, people who really care about us and want to help, and also a whole host of excellent specialists, and of course all the various staff and technicians that support them.

3. Good food. I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with when and what I eat lately, and I’m finding some really good things that feel very supportive, that give me all kinds of joy and nourishment.

4. Practice. When it comes to ease and comfort and resilience, I can be my worst enemy, my biggest obstacle. I’m so grateful I have various practices that allow me to work with that.

5. My tiny family, tiny home, tiny life. I got to see Eric a bit more this week and that was so nice. Ringo had two different vet appointments, and he was so good at both. I really do have just about everything I ever wanted and I’m so grateful.

Bonus joy: How many birds are still coming to our feeder and bath, the giant birch tree in the yard behind us that towers over our house and is on fire with gold and doesn’t get the chance most years to show off like that, taking a fitness class with Eric, a lunch date with him, sitting in the sauna, getting in the pool, naps, listening to podcasts, cooking, clean sheets, clean laundry, a big glass of cold clean water, a warm shower, seeing Chloe’ and getting to hold the baby and love on her dogs, making art with Calyx, cancelled plans, watching TV cuddled up in my favorite corner of the couch, down blankets and pillows and jackets, wool socks, chrysanthemums, hot coffee with cocoa and tiny marshmallows, when Ringo comes and finds me and tells me it’s time to get up from my nap, giving him a new toy (and that he’s able to break the squeaker the first day so we don’t have to listen to it constantly), my kind and gentle readers, reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.