Something Good

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1. This American Life – Seriously – Sara Bareilles and Leslie Odom, Jr. “This American Life asked Sara Bareilles (Broadway’s “Waitress”) to imagine what President Obama might be thinking about the current election and Donald Trump, but can’t say publicly. Leslie Odom, Jr., performs the song.” This is my new favorite song, seriously.

2. Recipes I want to try: potato pizza, even better, and Baked Apple Pie Dumplings, and salted brown butter crispy treats, and Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars, and apple cider caramels. In related news, these meatless burgers taste, feel, and even bleed exactly like beef.

3. If you want to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, here are a few things you can do: sign this petition, or check out this list: The Best Ways to Support the #NoDAPL Protectors. In related news, Bernie Sanders’ letter to President Obama urging him to take action. And this, How To Talk About #NoDAPL: A Native Perspective, and this, Thousands of Wild Buffalo Appear Out of Nowhere at Standing Rock, and this, A Golden Eagle Lands On Standing Rock, Allows Water Protectors To Touch Him, and this, 3 Things You Need to Know About Indigenous Efforts Against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and this, Listen to Shailene Woodley’s passionate speech on why protesting the Dakota Access pipeline matters.

4. Wisdom from Michele Burmaster, How The Fitness Industry Stays In Business. In related news, These Facts Prove Everything You Know About Weight Loss Is a Lie.

5. How did the US deal with Native Americans? By forcing their children into boarding schools so they could become “civilized.”

6. When this man saw a girl being touched inappropriately on the bus, he took action. He put himself at risk, but he knew it was the right thing to do.

7. Shaun King on Upcoming “Injustice Boycott Initiative.” “On December the 5th, hundreds of thousands of us are coming together to boycott injustice in this country… not for a day or two days, but our model really is the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted for 381 days until they saw change.”

8. Academia, Love Me Back. “The entire field of academia is broken and erases the narratives of people like me. We all have work to do to fix the lack of diversity and understanding among marginalized communities. We all have work to do.” So good, such an important read.

9. Before European Christians forced gender roles, Native Americans acknowledged 5 genders.

10. The verdict for those armed militants who took over a federal building is white privilege in action.

11. The great failure of the Indians mascot debate? Thinking of it only as racism.

12. Groom Cooks Bacon In Cabin. When A Stray Dog Appears, She Leads Bachelor Party To Her Puppies.

13. Patton Oswalt: ‘I’ll Never Be at 100 Percent Again.’ “As serious fans of his comedy know, Mr. Oswalt has suffered from depression, but this, he said, was far worse. ‘Depression is more seductive,’ he said. ‘Its tool is: ‘Wouldn’t it be way more comfortable to stay inside and not deal with people?’ Grief is an attack on life. It’s not a seducer. It’s an ambush or worse. It stands right out there and says: ‘The minute you try something, I’m waiting for you.'” Word.

14. Sewing Hope. “12 year old Campbell spends his time making hundreds of teddy bears for sick children.”

15. How Harnaam Kaur went from bullied teenager to body confidence activist.

16. NY Times Prints EVERY SINGLE SMEAR Trump Has Tweeted Since Getting Nomination – Takes Up Two Full Pages.

17. Free Mandala Workshop. “Learn how to design, create and interpret meaningful mandalas in this free 5 day online workshop.”

18. How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains: Sara Lazar at TEDxCambridge 2011. “Neuroscientist Sara Lazar’s amazing brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress.” Pretty compelling.

19. Heart Wide Open Hurts from Jena Schwartz.

20. Wisdom from Seth Godin, Fear of outsiders and On being irritated.

21. What’s underneath wishful thinking? from Danielle LaPorte.

22. A Cooling Mist Of NaNoWriMo-Flavored Novel Writing Advice on Terrible Minds.

23. 100 Must-Read Feminist Books.

24. Wisdom from Naomi Newman,

On every fourth step, you are meant to fall down. Not occasionally, not once, not twice, but on every fourth step.
The ground opens up, the wind blows, a branch hits you in the head, you trip on stones, your heart breaks, you’ve got to fold the laundry, and they’ve closed the two left lanes.
Here on the fourth step, all the forces gather together to stop you. And some people, when they fall down, they lie there for the rest of their lives.
And some people learn how to fall-down-get-up. That is one move. Fall-down-get-up.

25. White Feminists Gotta Go: Amy Schumer’s White Woman Foolishness. “By attempting to replicate Beyoncé’s “Formation,” Schumer is firmly placing herself, as a white woman, at the center of a story where she has no place: black women’s self-love and sexual freedom.” In related news, Yes, Amy Schumer Is Racist, And So Is Her Executive Producer.

26. I Didn’t Unfriend You Over ‘Politics.’ This is about humanity. “The entire Trump/Pence ticket’s platform revolves around making other individuals be made to feel less than. It is divisive. It is harmful. And it stands in stark opposition to every ideal this country was founded upon.”

27. Terrible real estate agent photographs, a hilarious collection.

28. Photographer Spends Hours on Bridges to Capture Colorful Overhead Portraits of Street Vendors. So beautiful.

29. Man Arranges Leaves, Sticks, And Stones To Create Magical Land Artworks.

30. The U.S.-Mexico border opened for 3 minutes. Hugs not Walls.

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