Monthly Archives: August 2016

Something Good

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1. Prisma all the things! Seriously, it’s hard not to get obsessed with this app.

2. He was supposed to be a doctor, but decided to improve communities through dance instead. “If you are gifted in something, it’s probably a hint that you have a contribution to make to society that you’re uniquely positioned to make.”

3. Sisters Episode 1: Strawberries {The Kloons}. Two 30 year old guys lip syncing a conversation between two 60 year old women. So funny.

4. Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered. This is so creepy!

5. Blue Q Socks. Love these!

6. Internet helps girl with autism replace beloved shirt—150 times. “People are inherently good and kind, and I’m glad I’ve been able to be a recipient of that kindness.” In related news, “This lad’s grandparents couldn’t afford a new car when theirs broke, so he bought them a new one and surprised them with it.”

7. Wisdom from Susan Piver,

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8. Two rival gang members came together to create an underground cooking movement.

9. Recipes I want to try: Sausage Pretzel Party Ring and Cheesy Chicken Balls.

10. Donald Trump is calling for “extreme vetting” of immigrants. Can his own supporters pass the test? These people TERRIFY me.

11. A Flowchart For People Who Get Defensive When Talking About Racism.

12. After 40+ years of teaching — what these students did for their retiring teacher will definitely make you cry.

13. Get fit using a chair. Or a bed.

14. Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors.

15. the HAES® files: I Heart HAES-Informed Movement Specialists: One Woman’s Journey Home to Her Body by Mikalina Kirkpatrick, one of my favorite writers.

16. Icelandic turf houses are old-school green with a Viking twist.

17. 14 confessions from people who were fat-shamed at the doctor’s office. “#FatSideStories is exposing a scary truth about going to the doctor while fat.”

18. KING: A tale of two face-eating men in Florida — one white, one black.

19. On Social Media, As In Life, White People Are Way Less Likely To Talk About Race.

20. Why Am I So Fat? “A man wrote to me to ask why I gained weight. Here’s my response.”

21. The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures.

22. The Art of Staying Positive from Jena Schwartz, which I might say is more about “the art of not giving up.”

23. The Only Remedy for FOMO (fear of missing out) from Be More With Less.

24. Procrastination can be a form of intuition from Danielle LaPorte.

25. Enjoli. “I’m newly sober and dog-paddling through the booze all around me.”

26. To Cut Food Waste, Spain’s Solidarity Fridge Supplies Endless Leftovers. A cafe in my community is doing something similar with The FoCo Freedge.

27. Gold’s Gym Posts Stunningly Misogynistic Ad; Activists Shut It Down.

28. Looking into Laziness by Pema Chödrön.

Day of Rest

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If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders.

This morning when I was supposed to be meditating, my mind started to wander. I started thinking about the jar of Obi and Dexter’s ashes on my shrine, then about the unfinished story I started in a Creative Writing class at Western Oregon University — “Ashes to Ashes,” about a young woman returning her father’s ashes to his hometown in Alaska, a place she’d never been, where she meets family she never knew she had. I thought as I wasn’t meditating about working on that story again, and flashed to meeting with my new therapist this week (yes, I have a new therapist), thinking maybe I might tell her that I’ve always wanted a particular life (as a writer), that I don’t have it and feel like I never will — and as I thought that instead of meditating, I started to cry.

In Wild Writing, when someone can’t read something they wrote without crying, we say it’s because it’s the truth. When you cut that close to the bone, it can surprise you, and the only possible response to that tenderness is tears, emotion that rises up before you are able to catch it, cut it off. That’s how you know for sure it’s the truth, and that you should consider giving that realization some attention.

And so today, I’m giving that truth some attention — that I know exactly the life I want, that I don’t currently have it, and the fear that I never will makes me deeply sad.