Something Good

I spotted it on the sidewalk, then held the dogs so Eric could get down on the ground and take its picture. Then it flew away.

I spotted it on the sidewalk, then held the dogs so Eric could get down on the ground and take its picture. Then it flew away.

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

1. Meet the Queen of the Most Wonderfully Craptastic Machines. “Simone Giertz’s misbehaving ‘shitty robots’ may not be the beginning of Skynet, but they do manage to perform their functions in some seriously unproductive (read: shitty) ways.” Hilarious. In related news, Meet the self-described “queen of shitty robots.”

2. The Next Time You’re Feeling Exhausted, Stop & Ask Yourself this One Question. This is a really great article, full of wisdom like this, “It often takes less energy to unravel our true feelings than it does to keep suppressing them.”

3. Recipes I’d like to try: broccoli slaw, zucchini chips, strawberry spinach salad, grilled peach cobbler, strawberry summer cake, and all the rhubarb recipes on Smitten Kitchen.

4. If Animals Could Talk, a hilarious set of cartoons on Bored Panda.

5. The Elephant in the Room: How Our Weight Bias Harms Us, an important post from Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant.

6. Never Forget: America’s Forgotten Mass Lynching: When 237 Black Sharecroppers Were Murdered In Arkansas. The picture is hard to look at, as it should be. “237 Black people were killed because they wanted fair compensation for the crops they harvested. No one was ever charged or any trials held for anyone that took part in the mass lynchings.”

7. In search of a simpler life. “I’m retreating from the crazy and as I do, I’m getting ever closer to the heart of things.” Amen.

8. Hey, I found your passion from Paul Jarvis (something he wrote for his mailing list, The Sunday Dispatches, which is awesome), a really great post that ends with (*spoiler alert*), “Truly passionate people find a place where they can make an impact, regardless of their life circumstances. Regardless of finding one true calling. Regardless of waiting until the stars align in their favour.”

9. Looking into Laziness by Pema Chödrön on Lion’s Roar. One of my favorite topics discussed by one of my favorite teachers.

10. Wisdom from Andrew Boyd, “You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.”

11. Sweet Sunshine by Tricia Iverson. On repeat. In related news, this beautiful Sixty Second Photograph for May from Xanthe Berkeley, (Sweet Sunshine is the soundtrack). Her work is so dreamy, so fabulous, almost always makes me cry.

12. Advice for the recent graduate from Austin Kleon, advice that applies even if you aren’t a recent grad. He was inspired to write the post after reading the fabulous How to Find Your Place in the World After Graduation, which again I’ll say could just be called “How to Find Your Place in the World.”

13. Dan Nevins’s Top 10 Poses to Practice Daily. “Army veteran + yoga teacher, Dan Nevins, shares his go-to poses.”

14. Pete Souza: photographing the real Barack Obama. “Over two historic terms, official White House photographer Pete Souza has chronicled the most intimate, candid and comical moments of Barack Obama’s presidency.”

15. Hidden Poetry on Boston’s Sidewalks Is Revealed Only When It Rains. Magic.

16. Two Dogs Get A New Puppy And Now They’re The Best Sleeping Buddies Ever. So cute.

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