Something Good

Morning on the Poudre River, from our morning walk

1. Lucas the Spider. A super cute video series that reminds me of Marcel the Shell.

2. The New Vanguard on The New York Times. “Our critics chose 15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.”

3. Michelle Obama meets the 2-year-old who was captivated by her portrait. And they danced. In related news, This Adorable Little Girl Thinks Michelle Obama Is A Queen. (video)

4. Dear White People, Please Stop Pretending Reverse Racism Is Real. In related news, Shit White Feminists Need To Stop Doing and Catriceology: 30-Day Crash Course for White Women and How “Good” White People Silence People of Color Every Day, which says,

Here’s the thing: All white people are not actively racist but all white people live in a culture of white supremacy and their actions potentially help to uphold that culture. Taking up space to talk about how non-racist you are upholds white supremacist culture and centers whiteness. Placing your offense, your hurt feelings, before the discussion of the racist issues centers whiteness and upholds white supremacist culture. These acts stifle discussion, silence education and uphold white supremacist culture.

5. Serena Williams says ‘there’s no wrong way to be a woman’ in powerful ad. I hope that Serena Williams understands that her real, lasting, important legacy has very little to do with tennis. If you need another reason why, there’s this, Serena Williams on Motherhood, Marriage, and Making Her Comeback.

6. Overlooked from The New York Times. “Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. Now, we’re adding the stories of 15 remarkable women.”

7. The Nonbinary Author Centering African Narratives Erased by Colonialism. “In her hotly anticipated debut “Freshwater,” author Akwaeke Emezi uses the ogbanje—an Igbo spirit—to explore metaphysical identity and resist the binary split between spirit and body.”

8. Commentary: I study liars. I’ve never seen one like Donald Trump.

9. When a Theory Goes Viral. “Intersectionality is now everywhere. Is that a good thing?”

10. Family honors grandma’s memory by displaying all of her quilts at her funeral.

11. Patriarchy Is Contraindicated for Life. “It’s hard to imagine a more fitting way to celebrate International Women’s Day than to usher in the end of patriarchy. While the path forward will not be easy, even Steve Bannon recently declared the certainty of its demise, pronouncing: ‘The anti-patriarchy movement is going to undo 10,000 years of recorded history.’ May it be so, because patriarchy is contraindicated for life.”

12. 16 Girls Who Changed The World. “Proof you’re never too young to make an impact.”

13. The Real Threat To Campuses Isn’t ‘PC Culture.’ It’s Racism.

14. If You’re an INFJ, You’ve Probably Had This Problem at Work. I am so right in the thick of this. In related news, 4 Reasons Introverts Make Awesome Employees and What to Do When You Feel Overstimulated and Overwhelmed.

15. Wholebeing from Karen Walrond on Chookooloonks. “I had come to the conclusion that thriving, in essence, was less about financial success or even having a rocking body, and more about the way in which we move through the world.” Also from Karen, The importance of a creative practice.

16. Your kitchen table from Seth Godin, who suggests a way of understanding the messages that come through your laptop and phone.

17. An Open Letter to Oprah about Weight Watchers.

18. How to Talk About Body Image Issues When You’re Not Fat on The Body is Not an Apology.

19. Wild Mystic Woman Podcast Ep016: Melissa Toler On Opting Out Of Diet Culture & Reclaiming Our Wellness.

20. The Movie Version of “A Wrinkle in Time” Was Markedly Less Feminist than the Book. In related news, Watching ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is a political act and Black Panther Breaks $1,000,000,000 Mark and A Wrinkle in Time Claims No. 2 Spot in Historic Weekend for Black Films.

21. How Segregation Shapes Fatal Police Violence.

22. Wisdom from Brave Girls Club, “When you don’t stop to rest, to think, to recharge, to remember, to restore…you end up grouchy, tired, uncreative, angry, and numb to lots of life.” Word.

23. Wisdom from poet Mary Oliver, “A lifetime isn’t long enough for the beauty of this world and the responsibilities of your life.”

24. The Broccoli Tree, Or: The Dangers of Sharing Photos of What We Love.

25. The Black Love Bail Out Aims to Free Poor Defendants — And Teach Others To Do The Same.

26. Teenage Chef On His Way to Ruling World of Ramen. To have parents, etc., who support your interests is huge. Imagine what the world would be like if even just half the kids, especially kids of color, had the same chance?

27. Dog Wants To Go With Owner. (video) This cracks me up, but it’s not about a dog wanting to go with, it’s a puppy throwing a tantrum, and it reminds me so much of my Ringo Blue. Dogs can be cute even when they are being jerks.

28. These two outstanding high school students were deported, and their community is devastated. (video)

29. Tybre Faw meets John Lewis. (video) I’ve seen this multiple times. Every time, I cry. “Tybre Faw traveled 7 hours to see his hero, Rep. John Lewis, who was in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the anniversary of Bloody Sunday. The boy became emotional when they met, and Lewis invited him to march with him toward the Edmund Pettus Bridge.”

30. 10 Great Movies Under 90 Minutes Long on Netflix.

31. Obamas visit swing set they donated to DC shelter. (video)

32. This 11-year-old helps stressed-out New Yorkers fix their problems. (video) “Ciro Ortiz is not your typical middle schooler. At 11 years old, the Brooklyn-raised boy is not only already fending for himself but is giving back. Inspired by a desire to help, Ciro decided he would set up a stand and offer emotional advice to stressed-out New Yorkers off the Williamsburg L train line. He charges $2 a session, but it’s clear his advice is worth a lot more.”

33. The Brutal Truth Behind The Toxic Relationship Between A Narcissist And An Empath. Been there, done that. *sigh*

34. A Phrase For Our Time: Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Dumpster Fire’ To Dictionary.

35. ‘It Just Felt Very Wrong’: Sherman Alexie’s Accusers Go On The Record.

36. Body-shamers try to tear her down, but Mirna is strong and can run for miles. (video)

37. A 6-year-old’s hoop dreams. (video)

38. Secret NYPD Files: Officers Can Lie And Brutally Beat People — And Still Keep Their Jobs.

39. 6 Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month Like a Lady.

40. Find Out Why This NOLA Chef Is Charging White Customers More Than PoC For The Same Meal.

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