Something Good

1. I am a little too fat, I’m a little too generous. I think I know why.

2. Powerful Photos From the Indigenous Peoples March on Washington. In related news, Indigenous People’s March highlights environmental decline, violence against Native women, amid optimism.

3. RIP VD Saklani: This Legendary Freedom Fighter, Conservationist Planted 50 Lakh Trees. Just to be clear, 1 lakh is equivalent to 100,000.

4. Anti-Racism Resources, a great list from Rachel Ricketts. Also from Ricketts, The Year I Gave Up White Comfort: An Ode to my White “Friends” on Being Better to Black Womxn.

5. Honor {Don’t Appropriate} Yoga, a free online series.

6. Why Farming Is an Act of Defiance For People of Color. “In her new book, Farming While Black, Leah Penniman offers a guide to reclaiming food systems from white supremacy.”

7. A beginners’ guide to the Non-diet / HAES approach.

8. The Comedy-Destroying, Soul-Affirming Art of Hannah Gadsby on The New York Times. “Creating the furious stand-up special ‘Nanette’ was an act of self-preservation for the Australian star. The result has been a sensation ‘beyond my comprehension.'”

9. Mary Oliver’s Poems Taught Me How to Live on The New York Times. “It is no exaggeration to say that Mary Oliver gave me the blueprint, the road map, for the rest of my life.” In related news (and also one of the most heartbreaking headlines ever), Beloved Poet Mary Oliver, Who Believed Poetry ‘Mustn’t Be Fancy,’ Dies At 83.

10. Artist Illustrates His Battle With Depression as a Mystical World of Spirit Animals, (i.e. spirits of animals, not spirit animals in an indigenous sense).

11. Roxane Gay is Not Sorry. “Playboy profiles one of the most important and accessible cultural commentators of our time.” In related news, My 2018 in Reading and Writing by Roxane Gay, and Roxane Gay: ‘If I was waiting for confidence to write, I’d still be waiting.’

12. I’m struggling from The Bloggess. “If you are struggling and think that your life is not important, please trust me when I say that you are so wrong. You are so important and there are people waiting to meet you and find the magic in you. Please reach out to get help. Do not trust your lying brain. And know that the darkness you feel can be conquered….sometimes over and over again…and that you are special and unique and your brokenness can lead to a kind of empathy that will save the world. Don’t deprive us of that. We need your magic. We need you.”

13. Pine Ridge – Government Shutdown Assistance. “The government shutdown has especially hurt Indigenous people. Please donate to this fund to provide direct assistance to people on the Pine Ridge Reservation who are being impacted by the shut down.”

14. Why Is NBC News Afraid of the Word Racist? Why Does CNN Want Us to Give Bigots a Pass? [Update: NBC—Never Mind].

15. Generous Colorado landowner returns ancestral land to tribe. In related news, After Two White Colorado Women Unearthed The History Of Their Slave-Owning Ancestors, They Turned To Reparations.

16. Muslim Man Posts On Twitter How His Jewish Co-Worker Treats Him Every Day. It’s not what you think.

17. Powell’s Q&A: Dani Shapiro, Author of ‘Inheritance.’

18. This Woman Who Couldn’t Afford Food Explains Why She Spent $25 On Candles And Her Story Is Heartbreaking.

19. Moccasins En Pointe. (video) “Moccasins En Pointe was a collaboration between Colorado Ballet and Colorado’s Native American community. Moccasins En Pointe is by Keya Clairmont, the 2016 Denver March Powwow Princess. The work integrates Native American Fancy Shawl Dancing with classically trained ballet dancers, joining together these two long-standing cultures and dance forms.”

20. Thirsty pigeon gets helping hand from human. (video)

21. Federal workers tell us what it’s actually like being shut down. (video)

22. You’re never bored when you’re a parent. (video)

23. Great shot of a moose and her calves in Denali National Park! (video) We may not have giraffes or elephants here, but we have moose.

24. People all over the world have been triggered and offended by the recent Gillette advert. (video) “Seems the world is lacking a bit of common sense. So me, our lass and me boys decided to give them a little bit of help in getting their message across more clearly. Please SHARE so we can get the message across and stop triggering the triggered and offending the offended.”

25. The Hingham Middle School Junior Choral Spectrum surprised their teacher, Mr. Christopher Landis, at his wedding rehearsal brunch just a few week ago. (video)

26. Never underestimate the power of music. (video)

27. “That’s poetry, whether you like it or naw.” (video) On the poetics of cussing.

28. Women Weigh Themselves On Camera For The First Time. (video) Hint: it’s not what you think.

29. The King Philosophy. “The [Martin Luther] King Philosophy includes the Triple Evils, Six Principles Of Nonviolence, Six Steps of Nonviolent Social Change and The Beloved Community.” In related news, Dear White People, Before You Post Dr. King Quotes To Make Yourself Feel Good…
30. Bad Body Day Toolkit from Be Nourished.

31. Good stuff from Austin Kleon: You do not have to be good and A good time to be a pack rat.

32. There’s always a simpler way from Alexandra Franzen. Also Today is not over yet and You’re doing a great job.

33. where attention goes, energy flows from Karen Walrond.

34. When White People Are Uncomfortable, Black People Are Silenced.

35. Eat to Love: A Mindful Guide to Transforming Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Life, a new book I can’t wait to read.

36. By the Book a feature on The New York Times, “Writers on literature and the literary life.”

37. You Can’t Meditate Wrong.

38. Work for the Long Haul from Jena Schwartz.

39. In this week’s edition of People Behaving Badly: Statement of Nick Sandmann, Covington Catholic High School junior, regarding incident at the Lincoln Memorial (Nowhere does he mention his hat and what that represents. MAGA gear = oppression, fascism, misogyny, racism, etc. As Son of Baldwin said, “We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist”), and Yes, the MAGA Hat-Wearing Students Are Teenagers. That Doesn’t Exempt Them From Responsibility, and Outrage as non-Native youth wearing #MAGA hats taunt and disrespect Native elder, and and Bulldozers to soon plow through National Butterfly Center for Trump’s border wall, and Racist Shows Up to Harass Black Woman at Press Conference Announcing He Won’t Be Charged For Harassing Black Woman, and People Are Throwing Away Their Gillette Products After The Company Releases A Controversial Ad (The fact that an ad promoting caring about each other and doing the right thing is “controversial” is exactly the problem. The fact that we celebrate companies for using “wokeness” to try and sell us stuff when those same companies continue with unethical business practices that are actively causing harm is actually the bigger problem), and ‘Fox & Friends’ Host Offended By Gillette Ad That Makes ‘Men Feel Horrible’, and Republicans Rebuke Steve King but Face Vexing Question: Why Not Sooner? on The New York Times, and Animal Rescuers Left In Shock After Finding 110 Bull Terriers Locked Up In Cages (video) (If you are going to buy from a private breeder rather than rescue, please, please, please go visit the site where the animals are being kept and cared for, to be SURE they are actually being cared for, and if they aren’t, REPORT THE BREEDER!).

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