1. Twitter Reveals How God Created Animals. Thanks to Eric, this might just be the best thing I’ve ever shared. My favorite, of course, is the one about dogs.
2. When to Go Out and When to Stay In, a really helpful infographic.
3. I Am From, from Jena Schwartz, who said about it, “You know those ‘I Am From’ poems kids write in elementary school? Well, I used it as a prompt and here’s what happened.” One of my favorite writing prompts.
4. The Lenny Interview: Lidia Yuknavitch. “I think if you want to write, you should write. What path or what form that takes is incredibly individual. If you’re an artist and you’re searching for forms of self-expression, you have to invent your own path. My life experiences, if you wrote them down on a list, look a little crooked, and who cares?”
5. Yes, There Is Such a Thing as an ‘Introvert’ Hangover. In related news, Introvert Hangovers Can Be Really Rough.
8. The Lenny Interview: Sarah McLachlan, in which the interviewer says, “In 2016, we’re still arguing about whether you can elevate women without hating men” and Sarah responds,
I think you can, but there’s always going to be people who feel emasculated by that. Over the past 50 or 60 years, women have gone from being barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen to CEOs of corporations and presidents of countries — which is amazing, but it’s a massive, seismic shift in culture. There’s been very little work done to help men come around to that. They have thousands of years of caveman dominance in their genes. That’s a hard shift, to go from “I’m in charge” to “Oh, I’m supposed to stay home and change diapers, and you’re going to run the company?”
I see a lot of young men who really are egalitarian, and I think that’s because mothers and fathers are teaching their children that this is how it should be. But it takes many generations for that change to penetrate. Look at Trump. Look at the bigots and the racists and the hatred that was simmering underneath the surface. He’s given them all a voice. As much as I’m horrified by Trump, it’s good that he’s done this because it’s brought everything to a boil. We need to talk about that and try and fix it.
9. Head, heart, hands, and hustle from Austin Kleon.
10. Dropping the Narrative, good advice from Seth Godin.
11. Just F*cking Journal ClassOctober 17th-22nd, with Jamie Greenwood. “6 days. 6 fresh prompts. 6 ways to reconnect with YOU.” FREE.
12. A Short Guide to Starting, if You’re Struggling from Zen Habits.
13. Why Body Image Work Hasn’t Worked from Be Nourished. “Healing body dissatisfaction/loathing is not necessarily about liking the image of your body. It’s not solely about changing the way you see your body. It is very much about turning toward and unraveling the internalized body loathing, shame and oppression that have turned your body into a thing needing to be altered and improved. This cultural stuff was never yours, though you may feel overrun by it.”
14. Mind of Autumn, a podcast from Upaya with Natalie Goldberg & Wendy Johnson. In this dharma talk, Natalie Goldberg and Wendy Johnson begin their writing retreat Mind of Autumn where they set the tone by stating, “Autumn calls us to a still and silent place, and beckons us to sit back and observe a little deeper.” During the first part of the talk, Natalie Goldberg says, “Forget everything else and become an English major.” Word.
15. The View From Here from Laurie Wagner. “I’m not standing under a chuppah, I’m not embarking on the beginning of a shared domestic life with another, but I am standing somewhere, I know it, I just haven’t begun to string the words together yet.”
16. The Secret Ingredient You Should Add to Roasted Vegetables. Tis’ the season.
19. Everybody Wants To Rule the World with special guests, Curt Smith and drummer Jamie Wollam.
21. A story from Ashley Owens. “This story is MY OWN personal experience. THIS IS NOT A PARODY, and I AM NOT AN AUTHOR.” This is what racism looks like. If this doesn’t make you angry, I don’t know what else to tell you.
26. Yes, I’ve Gained Weight. “I’ve gained weight because it’s actually a totally normal thing bodies do and it’s absolutely none of your fucking business. If my weight in any way impacts how you see me as a person, a friend, a colleague or lover, then I would like to terminate that relationship immediately, because that is not the kind of bigoted prejudice I want in my life.”
27. A Purple Post, a new one from Mikalina.
28. Two fun October things, that have already started but it’s not too late to join: Booktoberfest, a “books and writing Instagram challenge” hosted by Jenny Bravo with daily prompts, and 10Q, “10 days, 10 questions” (you get the question, log in and answer it, and it’s sent to a “secret vault” where it waits until next year, when they send your responses back to you).
29. 10 Ways White Liberals Perpetuate Racism. In related news, The People’s Guide To Navigating Racial Awkwardness.