Something Good


1. ‘Samurai Gourmet’ explores the art of the meal, a quirky little show Eric found on Netflix that I am now so in love with. #retirementgoals

2. Celebrate Poetry Month: 28 Breathtaking Poetry Books to Read Now. #NationalPoetryMonth

3. A guided reflection on bringing RAIN to difficulty, “Tara Brach discusses RAIN, a technique she frequently teaches to her students and also uses in her own life.”

4. Good stuff from Rachel Cole: What feeds me? and Feast: Your Self-Guided Journey toBecoming a Well-fed Woman — I did the group intensive version of this program, and it is life changing, worth every penny; this self-guided version gives the option of doing the program independently and self-paced for fewer pennies.

5. maybe just look from Karen Walrond on Chookooloonks.

I can’t help but notice that as time passes (and political leaders change, and cities get bombed, and police are needlessly violent, and civilians get hurt…), I find myself more and more cynical about everything going on around me. That cynicism, actually, is part of the reason that I continue to blog: taking photographs is how I keep myself from spiraling into terminal crankiness; I share them in the hope that it might help others to keep from doing the same.

6. Wisdom Susannah Conway’s latest Love Letter,

The other day somebody asked me why I do what I do — what’s the point of all this? And my short in-the-moment answer was that I teach people tools to help them to trust, know and express themselves better. Because here’s the thing: to be able to have any kind of impact in this world, on a micro or macro scale, we must first heal our own hurts, learn how to take impeccable care of our selves and live life as consciously as possible. We need a working vocabulary for our wants and needs, our feelings and fears, our shadows and our light. We need to be able to treat our selves with kindness and compassion so we know how to extend that to another. And as corny as it sounds, if we can be our own best friend — owning our flaws and faults as well as our strengths and brilliance — we stand a better chance of not polluting the world (or anyone in it) with our messes.

7. Journal prompts on Pinterest. And if that’s not enough, here’s a great post from Alexandra Franzen with tons of good ideas, Not sure what to write about?

8. It’s White America’s Job To Fight White Supremacism. This is a good article, but it seems to want to limit “white supremacism” to its extreme and violent manifestation, rather than recognize that it also exists in ways that seem very polite, institutionalized, and “normal.”

9. Fat in the era of Trump. “The resistance can’t just be limited to the protests we attend or the elected officials’ offices we call (all of which we must keep doing). We need to make a serious effort to love ourselves in spite of the deafening messages that we aren’t worthy of such a luxury.”

10. Meet The ‘Cucamelon,’ The Cutest Fruit You’ll Ever See. Seriously.

11. Minus18 on YouTube, “Australia’s largest youth-led organisation for same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people. This channel is run entirely by youth, aged 14-21, all the filming, editing and content is produced solely by us!” They have some really great content, including their Trans 101 series.

12. There Is No Perfect Life from Jena Schwartz. I know it might seem strange, but this is the sort of thing that cheers me right up. Don’t give me positive thinking, give me this every time — tell me the truth but then remind me it’s okay. It’s like that quote from Pema Chödrön, “None of us is ever OK, but we all get through everything just fine.”

13. The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week.

14. 9 Bad Manager Mistakes That Make Good People Quit. I have a good boss, but I am face down in #1 on this list right now.

15. 21 Undeniable Signs That You’re an Introvert. You know, if there were still any question.

16. Why eating vegetarian may not be the most ethical diet.

17. Stop The Slaughterhouse on CSU’s Campus. First a football stadium, now this…

18. Weed Chef // 60 Second Docs.

19. Indonesia’s horse library. Like a bookmobile, only this one poops.

20. Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer returns to SNL, dressed as the Easter Bunny, to explain Passover.

7 thoughts on “Something Good

  1. Linda

    I wish that I thought this was a kind blog. I don’t. I think that you are just like the “other side” – should I think any different? We need to be able to get along without dissing on each other. I am a Trump supporter. Resistance – I just watched videos of black clothed anti-Trump beat up Pro-Trump supporters. Sickening. Nobody tells me what to think or to say. Thanks all the same.

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    1. jillsalahub Post author

      I’m not sure as a Trump supporter why you’d have any interest in reading my blog. I’ve made it very clear in the past few months how I feel about his methods, actions, policies, and plans as president. To be honest, I never liked him, even when he was just a celebrity, so it’s not surprising that my mind hasn’t changed about him now that he has more power to harm people.

      As a human being and a citizen who cares about the well-being of my fellow humans and our planet, I must speak out, resist injustice and oppression, give voice to those who are or might be harmed. That’s what I do here on this blog, especially in this weekly list.

      You are absolutely right — this is not a kind blog, at least not as described in The Kind Hearted Blogger pledge (http://emjayandme.blogspot.com/2010/07/kind-hearted-blogger-campaign.html). Thank you for pointing that out. It made me go back and read it, realize I couldn’t comply with all of it, so I’ve removed the button from my blog.

      I’m not kind or nice; I’m compassionate, (https://thousandshadesofgray.com/2017/04/22/what-im-doing-something-good/).

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  2. TD

    #5 Maybe Just Look: This one was my favorite from your list this week. A short, sweet, and simple journal notation. Art all around us: if we are able to pay attention with seeing in the moment and allow ourself to be present with just being. Thanks for sharing this one! 😘

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