Something Good

Pasque Flower, image by Eric

Pasque Flower, image by Eric

So glad to be partnering with Yoganonymous to share this list with a larger audience.

1. Patton Oswalt Remembers His Wife, Michelle McNamara: ‘She Steered Her Life With Joyous, Wicked Curiosity.’ What his daughter says at the end is so wise, so heartbreaking — too much so for a seven year old girl, but this is how life happens sometimes.

2. Reincarnation a video on Bored Panda. “Body artist Emma Allen goes through the cycle of reincarnation by painting her own face.”

3. Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously. So scary, so sad.

4. Patients should have the right to choose marijuana over prescription drugs, a new video from ATTN.

5. I ate frozen food for four months so I could do trauma therapy from The Fat Nutritionist. “Let me tell you, being human is enough work for anyone. Being alive in a world where terrible and wonderful things happen at random to anyone and everyone at any moment, and the labour we put into mounting defenses against this reality, is a hard damn job. You don’t need to impress yourself or anyone with doing extraneous work just to get fed.”

6. I like to call this collection of items “Welcome to Trump’s America,” Passenger mistakes math equations for ‘terrorist code,’ gets economics professor escorted off flight, and Using a Target bathroom got really uncomfortable really fast, and Tow Truck Driver Says God Told Him To Leave a Disabled Woman Stranded Due to Her Bumper Sticker.

7. At 12 I grew a beard and had a period. “When Alec Butler was born in 1959 it was assumed Alec was female. But after being brought up as a girl, Alec – now an award-winning writer and film-maker – realised they were intersex, someone whose anatomical, hormonal or genetic sex is neither completely male nor female.”

8. Necessary Healing from Jack Kornfield, an excerpt from one of my favorite books, A Path With Heart. “Wise spiritual practice requires that we actively address the pain and conflict of our life in order to come to inner integration and harmony.” Word.

9. The Source of Your Wisdom. “So how can we tell if we really want something or if we want it because other people have it or the media thinks we should have it?
We get really quiet and we listen.” Really great advice from The Girl Who Knows.

10. A really great post from Whitney Way Thore, in response to a New York Times article I shared on last week’s list. In related news, Why You Can’t Lose Weight on a Diet, “The problem isn’t willpower. It’s neuroscience. You can’t — and shouldn’t — fight back.” And two other related stories, The Biggest Loser’s Big Surprise?, and The Life I Could Have Had – International No Diet Day from Dances with Fat.

11. snarffle snarffle snot snot. Thank you. from Katwise, a sweet video about what it means to be an artist, what it means to be human in the age of the internet.

12. Recipes I want to try: Black Bean Beauty Burgers, and Kimchi Fried Rice, and Apple Pie Bake. I’ve also been watching Season 15 of America’s Test Kitchen on Amazon Prime, and want to make ALL THE THINGS.

13. Emotional Video Of Dogs And Their People Show Our Hearts Really Do Beat As One. I’ve always said canine therapy is the best therapy.

14. 25 courageous ways to make your life (even) better, some good ideas from Kate Courageous.

15. I swear I wanted to swear. But I can’t. Diet culture = “a sadness that’s almost unspeakable.”

16. Fuck body shaming, a great post from just a regular guy helping his girlfriend clean out her closet.

17. When The Addict Who Dies Is Someone You Love. “And when people ask what happened to Joey, I tell the truth — it was likely a bad combination of sleeping pills and alcohol. It was an accident in the way in which falling off a tightrope is an accident. But that’s not all I want to say because how he died is not all he was and I’m so afraid that people will go away not understanding what really happened to Joey. Not really understanding who he was.” Loving an addict is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and one of my biggest heartbreaks is I’ll probably be writing a post like this some day.

18. Calling your finding from Seth Godin, “I’m not sure that anyone has a calling. I think, instead, our culture creates situations where passionate people find a place where they can make an impact.” My favorite thing about Seth Godin is his economy of language, his ability to say so much with so few words.

19. A Call for Kindness from Susannah Conway. A great post about body image, external expectations, and how we treat each other. “I truly wholeheartedly believe that if we were all kind to ourselves, the world could change overnight.” Word.

20. Date While You Wait Brings Distraction, and Smiles, to Frazzled Subway Riders. I love that there are people who have these kinds of ideas and follow through. “Mr. Knox, 28, is the mind behind Date While You Wait, a pop-up booth in which he engages strangers in conversation during a board game. He said his mission was born of a simple desire to bring some levity to the scowling, harried masses who brave the subways of New York City. There is no tip jar or open guitar case. The concept is street theater, using the Internet as a digital bullhorn.”

21. The secret life of objects from wonderings & wanderings. I love hand-me-downs, second hand, used, and I love a good story. “What distinguishes rubbish from gold depends, partly, on personal taste. But when an object also comes with a great story, it becomes imbued with emotional significance and therein lies the treasure.”

22. Hello, I Have Anxiety, How Are You? from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds. A helpful, hilarious discussion of a serious topic that ends with a list of coping strategies.

23. To Insist That Sorrow Not Be Meaningless from Dani Shapiro. “It has come – all of it, every last bit of it – from the stubborn, dogged insistence that all I can do is make something of this life. Make books. Make a family. Make meaning. I can’t make my mother-in-law better. I can’t protect those I love from their own pain. But I build a path with words, one following the next like a trail of breadcrumbs out of the wilderness.”

24. Policeman Kills Young Black Man. Why is it always the Same Story? from Prince Ea. “We are all humans at the end of the day.” In related news, Is Racism Over Yet? from Laci Green.

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