Something Good

1. Why You Should Try Crevice Gardening: ‘This Is the Future’ on The New York Times. “In a world where water is increasingly scarce, these rock gardens are not only pretty, but surprisingly resilient.”

2. Just 2 Minutes of Walking After a Meal Is Surprisingly Good for You on The New York Times. “A new paper suggests that it takes far less exercise than was previously thought to lower blood sugar after eating.”

3. The Dog Actor In Prey Was Adopted Especially For The Movie ⁠⁠– And She Was A ‘Hot Mess’She reminds me of my Ringo Blue, also a hot mess. 🙂

4. A tale of lost and found(video) “In 2006, Jason and Liz McKenry’s baby – their cat, Ritz – bolted out the door of their Annapolis, Md., apartment building, and never returned. Their sliver of hope that they would see Ritz again lasted for 16 years, until an automated text message was received.” Yet another great argument for chipping your pets.

5. How the Indian Action Spectacular ‘RRR’ Became a Smash in America on The New York Times. “The unusual decision to rerelease the film a few weeks after its initial run has drawn enthusiastic audiences even though it’s available on Netflix.”

6. Celebrating 25 Years of Ani DiFranco’s Living in Clip“Today we celebrate 25 years of Ani DiFranco’s Living in Clip. An album that not only empowered millions of women, but rewrote the record industry playbook.”

7. ‘The Golden Age of Thrifting Is Over’ on The New York Times. “A glut of fast fashion has made its way into local thrift stores, making it hard for women who have been purchasing secondhand for decades to find quality garments they can wear.”

8. ‘Draw This Again’ Challenge Proves That Practice Makes Perfect. So cool.

9. You can stop intermittent fasting now, new research says“In a year-long study, time-restricted eating didn’t help people lose weight.”

10. The Excruciating Echo of Grief in Uvalde on The New York Times. “The community buried 21 people after the Robb Elementary School massacre. In the weeks that followed, the aftershocks only compounded the agony.”

11. The Remarkable Lesson of Grief“This psychologist created her own mantra to help manage profound grief after the sudden death of her husband.”

12. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Before and After the Bombs. “Before the 1945 atomic blasts, they were thriving cities. In a flash, they became desolate wastelands.”

13. The drugs don’t work (and other mental health myths)“Our attitudes to mental health are changing but much of the stigma that surrounds conditions such as schizophrenia remains – along with some enduring and often damaging untruths.”

14. 11 brutally honest reasons millenials don’t want kids“When it comes to embarking on the journey of parenthood, lots of millennials are saying, ‘Meh. No, thanks.'” I may be Gen X, but a lot of these reasons make sense to me too.

15. Weatherman is overcome with contagious joy after learning his map has a touchscreenI have watched this clip many times. It’s just so sweet, genuine, and funny, and I need reminded that those things still exist.

16. 120 Things To Remove From Your Life from Courtney Carver on Be More With Less.

17. Wild Fox Comes To Hear This Guy Play Banjo Every Day(video)

18. Manufacturers use ‘shrinkflation’ to pass costs on to consumers“With inflation at a 40-year high in the U.S., we are all spending more when we go to the store. But there is another dimension of inflation these days called ‘shrinkflation.'”

19. Colorado’s first dedicated ‘green cemetery’ helps people return to the earth once they’ve passed.

20. The Sandman: ingenious TV that will inspire an entire generation of goths“The enduringly popular comic book series about gods and the afterlife gets the big-bucks, amazing-cast Netflix treatment. And it’s good. Very good, in fact.”

21. Regina Spektor: Tiny Desk Concert (video). 

22. RE: [YOUR SUBMISSION] (spoiler alert, the news is bad)“Rejection erasure poems by R.L. Maizes.”

23. Quilting Your Memoir: Your Turning Points and Timeline by Linda Joy Myers.

24. 4 Steps to Making a Successful Career Change“If you’re looking to switch careers, now may be a good time. Opportunities are plentiful, especially in the U.S. with workers driving the Great Resignation. Moreover, employers are now looking for candidates from diverse professional backgrounds, and therefore willing to make big accommodations. Here’s a four-step framework to help you get started.”

25. In Bhutan, they dream of rainbows from Seth Godin, which includes an infographic of “The most common dream in every country.”

26. Crickets also from Seth Godin. “The body of work you’re creating adds up over time. The consistency and empathy of your vision will seep through. Drip by drip, you’ll create something worth noticing.”

27. The Wild by Summer Brennan.

28. The Capitalist Origins of #Manifestation“Ideas about changing your life by vibrating at a higher frequency with positive thoughts are popular in this economic downturn for the same reason they were popular when Hill published Think and Grow Rich during the Great Depression, because they feel personally empowering at a time when the masses are grappling with terrifying economic precarity.”

29. How truthful are memoirs? “Roy Peter Clark, a journalist and Senior Scholar at the Poynter Institute, offers a detailed list of ten ‘rigorous steps to an honest form of writing,’ making a firm argument that there is a clear line between fact and fiction in memoir.”

30. Renovations by Laura Pritchett.

31. In Rare Interview, Kate Bush Raves About ‘Stranger Things,’ Reveals Meaning of ‘Running Up That Hill’.

32. Critical Race Theory FAQ. When I read the answer to “What is CRT” I can’t understand how anyone reasonable and aware could possibly disagree with it.

33. The pandemic impulse purchases we grew to hate“From Pelotons to pets, the Covid buys people wish they’d left on the shelves.”

34. Reading Room: Austin Kleon’s top Substack reads“Great writers are great readers first, as the maxim goes. In this series, we explore what Substack writers are reading by asking them for a tour of their reading list.”

35. An end-of-life doula’s advice on how to make the most of your time on earth.

36. Second Opinion, a cartoon from Gemma Correll.

37. Vivid Botanics and Butterflies Encircle Photographer Fares Micue in Striking Self-Portraits.

38. Animator Anna Samo Scripts a Love Letter to Artists in Her Short Film ‘Conversations With a Whale’.

Gratitude

Image by Eric

1. Morning walks. We had lots of company this week: a single deer, two mama deer with two babies each (twins!), an owl, a bald eagle, and two very friendly pigs. Getting up so early in the morning we can really see the turn towards fall, have had to dig out our headlamps. The good news is that means we never miss a sunrise.

2. Good friends. I am especially grateful for them as a highly sensitive introvert who prefers being at home alone. With my friends, I’m seen, heard, accepted, loved, and cheered up — so so so lucky. 

3. Good food. Eric made another peach gallate, and I made pasta slaw, broccoli slaw, potato salad, taco beans, bran muffins with dried raspberries, and chocolate zucchini bread. The best thing is that we have close friends nearby who we can share with, so I can make a lot of various things without having to worry about how we are going to eat all this food.

4. Reading. It really is my first love.

5. My tiny family, tiny life, tiny home. I was sitting in the backyard this morning thinking for the thousandth time how much I love where we live, that we are here together. 

Bonus joy: cooking and baking, chopping and mixing, clean laundry, clean sheets on the bed, a warm shower, how soft the fur on Ringo’s shoulders is, bird song, bees, peaches, grapes, soft bread, pickles, sitting on the back step with Eric just after the sunset watching the bats fly around our yard, that even though our preferences can be so different there are certain shows Eric and I both like and enjoy watching together (right now it’s Homicide Hunter), clearing up a pile of clutter, naps, that corner of the couch, afternoon rainstorms on a hot day, hanging out with Chloe’ and Hendrix and Carrie and Calyx, texting with my mom and brother, listening to podcasts, the hydromassage chair and pool and sauna at the gym (in that order), vaccines and masks, refrigeration and a/c, our neighbor’s four dogs with their reflective collars, reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.