1. Good stuff from Brain Pickings: The Velveteen Rabbit, Reimagined with Uncommon Tenderness by Beloved Japanese Illustrator Komako Sakai and The Well of Being: An Extraordinary Children’s Book for Grownups about the Art of Living with Openhearted Immediacy.
2. Sorry confusion from Seth Godin.
3. Shared by Austin Kleon in his weekly newsletter: Credit is always due, and A meditation teacher on surviving a plane crash, and the horrible consequences of addiction — Harris Wittels, Television Comedy Writer, Is Dead at 30, and RIP Harris Wittels. 1984-2015.
4. I Am A Dad With Stage 4 Lung Cancer, And Here’s What I Know Now. Oren died on Saturday.
5. Wisdom from Jonathan Fields, “Build things that speak louder than you ever could.”
6. Audience growth, from Paul Jarvis, in which he shares this wisdom,
You may think that developing your own unique voice is easy, since, hell, it’s your voice. Sadly, this is not the case, especially in writing. Finding your voice takes work. It’s part internalization, part confidence, and part a damn lot of practice. I’m not sure developing your voice as a creator is something you can ever completely win at—you have to continually check in with yourself to see if it consistently aligns.
8. Neil Gaiman + Amanda Palmer perform I Google You.
9. Good things from Terrible Minds: In Which I Answer Why Adults Read So Much Young Adult Fiction and The Social Media Rules That Govern My Slapdash Online Existence.
11. Where Do Our Stories Come From? by Laurie Wagner.
14. Writing Workshop Is Not Group Therapy on Brevity.
15. Good stuff about yoga on Elephant Journal: On Being Fat, Yoga Teacher Training & the Right to Be Happy and Why I Quit Teaching Yoga & Hope to Never Go Back and What Nobody Tells You About Yoga.
16. Wisdom from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, (thanks for sharing, Lise),
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
17. Wisdom from Louis C.K., (thanks to Meg Worden for sharing),
Self-love is a good thing but self-awareness is more important. You need to once in a while go “Uh, I’m kind of an asshole.”
19. How to Spot A Narcissist and Walk Away on MindBodyGreen. I worked for a narcissist for seven years and walking away was one of the best things I ever did for myself.
20. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön,
The main thing about this practice and about all practice is that you’re the only one who knows what is opening and what is closing down; you’re the only one who knows. There’s a slogan: “Of the two witnesses, hold the principal one.” What it’s saying is that one witness is everybody else giving you their feedback and opinions (which is worth listening to; there’s some truth in what people say), but the principal witness is yourself. You’re the only one who knows when you’re opening and when you’re closing. You’re the only one who knows when you’re using things to protect yourself and keep your ego together and when you’re opening and letting things fall apart, letting the world come as it is—working with it rather than struggling against it.
21. the bohemian life on SF Girl by Bay. I love this look, the wood and the greenery, the styles and the colors.
23. Stay on Your Surfboard from Kate Read.
24. Wisdom from musician Alexi Murdoch,
First you must free yourself from the idea of your voice. From the very sound of it. You must throw off the yoke of familiar language. The habits of rhythms and structures that are familiar. They are limitation. You have to expel even your greatest teachers. They too have become an obstacle to your freedom. But most of all you have to be honest. You have to be yourself. You have to be fearless — no, more than that — you have to be mindless of whatever might be the consequences of being so. Only by this way will you arrive at true revelation.
25. The Death of a Dream (Body) from Sunni Chapman.
28. Ben Merrell, a local tattoo artist who does beautiful work. I know where I’ll be going for my next session.
29. Poodle Science.
30. A blessing written by Jan Richardson,
That our receiving may be like breathing: taking in, letting go.
That our holding may be like loving: taking care, setting free.
That our giving may be like leaving: singing thanks, moving on.
31. Maryland Sanitation Truck Driver Called Hero for Helping Homeless Families.
32. Changing the Culture from Rachel Cole.
33. Alt Summit :: Keynote Address from Lisa Congdon.
34. Good stuff on BuzzFeed: Watch Black Men From Age 5 To 50 Respond To The Word “Police” and 17 Times Fitspiration Was Wrong, So We Fixed It.
36. 15+ Before-And-After Photos Of Cats Growing Up on Bored Panda.
37. Why Co-Sleeping is No-Sleeping.
39. Down In The River To Pray by Allie Feder & Ben Stanton. I bought a copy and can’t stop listening to it.
43. Busy Is a Sickness.
44. The Staggering Bullshit of “The Secret” by Mark Manson.
47. Your Difficulties Are Your Path from Jack Kornfield.
There are times in which you just have to do what you know to be right, what your intuition tells you, what you can clearly discern as the right course of action. Trust-trust-trust that you know what you’re doing. And let everything else go – every fear, every anticipated reaction, even every expected risk and certain cost. It’s all going to work out.
I’m sure of this because I am Abigail and you are my daughter, my lineage, my kin.
49. Here’s your permission slip to embrace slow from Yogi Sadie.
50. My First Night Homeless on Medium.
51. The Joy of Books isn’t in Ownership from Be More With Less.
53. Finding Joy in My Father’s Death by Ann Patchett.