Monthly Archives: April 2019

Something Good

1. Tea and Cake with Demons: A Buddhist Guide to Feeling Worthy by Adreanna Limbach. “Using The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path as a guide, Tea and Cake with Demons guides us to meet all our most common demons—shame, perfectionism, fixation, and self doubt—all while myth-busting the cultural narratives that keep us stuck and revealing the unshakable nature of our inherent self worth.”

2. The Foxes, a photo album from Chuck Wendig. “These are shots of the foxes (whole family, this year) that live in the woods out front of our house, and just behind my writer shed.”

3. Eleanor Baker, a widow, was sitting alone at Brad’s Barbeque in Oxford, Alabama, when she was approached by three young men. (video)

4. “America, Reloading” by Andrea Gibson. “And that’s as happy as the end gets right now.” 💔

5. A new movie remembers the real Emily Dickinson — passionate, ambitious, and queer.

6. “Special” is a Comedy Where Disability Isn’t the Punch Line. In related news, Netflix’s Special stars Ryan O’Connell playing himself—a gay man with cerebral palsy. (video)

7. Trump Will Not Attend 2019’s National Teacher Of The Year Ceremony Honoring Rodney Robinson.

8. National Guard leaders in five states defy Trump and refuse to dismiss trans troops. It’s so important to remember that we can resist, we can refuse.

9. Aidy Bryant Knows She’s Good.

10. Sadeck and his daughter proving that dance is the key to JOY. (video)

11. PS22 Chorus kids perform with Andy Grammer. (video) I’ve watched this at least 20 times, and it’s my favorite Facebook account.

12. After her big sister got approval to wear a Frozen-themed costume to bed, this little girl in Alabama wanted to wear a costume, too. (video) She picked a hot dog. I have also watched this video at least 20 times.

13. A feminist glossary because we didn’t all major in gender studies.

14. Facebook is punishing Black people for talking about racism.

15. Gay Mag call for submissions. “Gay is a new publication partnership between Roxane Gay and Medium. Laura June Topolsky is the Deputy Editor and Kaitlyn Adams serves as Managing Editor. We will be publishing work weekly, covering a wide variety of topics. We will also assemble ambitious, compelling quarterly themed issues. We are now accepting submissions, on a rolling basis, and look forward to hearing from new and established writers who possess original voices.”

16. Recent HBCU Graduate Tyrique Hudson Killed By White Neighbor Months After Court Denied Request For Protective Order.

17. puppiespuppiespuppies from Broad City. (video)

18. Colorado Highway Crash: At Least 4 People Killed In Fiery 28-Vehicle Pileup.

19. A Bookstore, Finally, Comes to the Bronx on The New York Times.

20. How These Black Playwrights Are Challenging American Theater on The New York Times.

21. New Prince album “Originals” to be released in honor of his birthday.

22. DC Police Officer Faces Backlash After Handcuffing A 9-Year-Old Boy For Leaning On His Car. In related news, Policing the Police: Database of Corrupt Cops Opened to Public View.

23. Jimmy and Paul Rudd do a shot-for-shot remake of the classic 1985 music video “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).” (video) Ah, memories…

24. 3-Year-Old Found Alone at Border Is One of Many ‘Heartbreaking’ Migrant Cases on The New York Times.

25. Sri Lanka attacks: Who are the victims? In related news, After Sri Lanka Attacks, Islamist Group Blamed And Victims Named.

Gratitude Friday

1. 14 days left at CSU!!! Yes, I have officially started counting days rather than weeks. After being in this space with these people doing variations of this work for 19 years, I’m now down to only 14 more days. It feels great and awful, exactly right and weird. It’s also like a break up where even if it’s mutual, there’s some grief for the thing that’s ending. And I know how things go for me: any big change, (and this one is major), leaves me unsettled for the next three years. It has always taken me that amount of time to make the full shift, to complete the transition, so this isn’t actually “over” in 14 days. All that said, I’m ready to begin.

2. I got my car back!!! Seriously, it seems like some kind of miracle. One extreme hailstorm, four months, and $10,000 worth of repairs later — just in time to get my snow tires taken off. It’s weird how many people heard the amount of repairs required and thought they should have just given me a new car. Um, it’s only two years old and still worth $30,000, WHY would they scrap it and give me a new one?! That makes no sense.

3. Morning walks. Eric found a den of fox kits that I haven’t gotten to see yet, so that’s my mission the next few mornings I walk — find the fox puppies and see them for myself.

4. Taking care of myself. I am very lucky to have the time, the support, and the resources to be able to do what I need to do for the places that hurt.

Relaxing with some heat and “stim” after physical therapy

5. My tiny family. They are the best, my favorites.

Bonus joy: a smart and kind physical therapist, aqua aerobics, sitting in the sauna, my infrared heating pad, writing with Chloe’ and Mikalina, clementines, everything turning so green, the sound of birds singing in the morning, computer glasses, reading in bed at night while Eric and the dogs sleep, wearing pajamas all day, having all the laundry done by lunch on Friday, lunch, fresh bread, sushi, good TV (finished Special on Netflix and started Ramy on Hulu), poetry, my daffodils coming back when I was worried they wouldn’t, coffee with Carrie, laughing with Eric.