Something Good

1. And it bends toward justice from Seth Godin. “Our culture is the result of a trillion tiny acts, taken by billions of people, every day. Each of them can seem insignificant, but all of them add up, one way or the other, to the change we each live through.”

2. In Celebration of Armchair Activism on Dances with Fat. Also from Dances with Fat, Comebacks To Shut Down Fatphobia – Part One.

3. making light in the dark on Chookooloonks, in which Karen Walrond asks, “Anyway, I was wondering: when you’re working toward something good — whether it’s raising good children, or fighting against an injustice or fighting for justice — what are ways that you do to keep joy close at hand?”

4. How to Survive the End of the World: It’s Hard Out Here for a Prophet, (podcast) featuring Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Lama Rod Owens discussing how going inward helps us transform the world.

5. Life is Tough. Here Are Six Ways to Deal With It on Lion’s Roar. “An ancient set of Buddhist slogans offers us six powerful techniques to transform life’s difficulties into awakening and benefit. Zen teacher Norman Fischer guides us through them.” In related news and also on Lion’s Roar, 5 Questions That Help Us Wake Up. “Trying to push away our emotional distress can throw us into ‘cognitive shock’ that turns our mind into a muddle. Ezra Bayda shares five simple questions to help us cut though confusion.”

6. One method of writing from Austin Kleon. Also from Austin, The Hawk (a comics diary).

7. 6 Tips for Surviving Anxiety as an Introvert.

8. Birthday self portraits. “A few years ago, I started taking self portraits on my birthday—as many self portraits as my age that day. This Thursday I took 52 self portraits on the occasion of my birthday.”

9. Ten Years After Howard Zinn’s Death — Lessons from the People’s Historian.

10. Obama Called Trump a ‘Fascist’ on Phone Call During Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Run for The White House. He was not wrong.

11. Photographer Captures Real-Life “Fairy Forests” in Finland.

12. What’s Your Ailment? “Join host and comedian Maria Bamford as she talks candidly with fellow comedians and artists about their experience with mental health, past or present.” For now, you can watch the first episode for free. I’m hoping they’ll eventually unlock the others, otherwise I might need to subscribe.

13. Administration behaving badly: Trump Revealed the Logo for Space Force and It’s Just the Star Trek Logo, and Trump Administration Cuts Back Federal Protections For Streams And Wetlands, and After Contentious Interview, Pompeo Publicly Accuses NPR Journalist Of Lying To Him.

14. Why Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members Is an Act of Self-Care.

15. Reading lists! 13 Graphic Novels Feminists Should Read in 2020, and Grade 11 students in Ottawa are ditching Shakespeare for Canada’s Indigenous authors, and 17 Great Books on the Border to Read Instead of ‘American Dirt’. In related news, Latinx Critics Speak Out Against ‘American Dirt’; Jeanine Cummins Responds.

16. 85,000 Pieces From Beloved Chinatown Museum Likely Destroyed in Fire. Such a huge loss.

17. National Archives Replaces Altered Women’s March Photo. “The National Archives apologized after its decision to alter a 2017 Women’s March photo sparked controversy…In an exhibit on the 19th Amendment, the Archives displayed a blurred photo of the 2017 Women’s March in D.C., which took place the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, to obscure four protesters’ signs.”

18. The violence of white feminists relies on the carefully constructed myth of white womanhood’s innocence, purity, and righteousness.

19. “The Goop Lab” Proves Capitalist Takes on Self-Care Aren’t Going Anywhere. In related news, The reviews of Gwyneth Paltrow’s The Goop Lab on Netflix are savage, obviously, and Goop claims Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Netflix show offers ‘tons of scientific proof’.

20. The Racist ICE Detention Center Captain Was Just Fired. We Found 132 More Posts by Him on a Neo-Nazi Site. Not surprised. Seems like the perfect job for such a person. #AbolishICE

21. What We Get Wrong About Minimalism on The New York Times. “It’s not about empty walls or avoiding your phone — it’s about finding beauty in our surroundings, whatever they may look like.”

22. New Podcast Marsha’s Plate Wants to Make Every Black Life Matter. “The show, hosted by three Black trans folks, is doing its part to dismantle White supremacy and patriarchy.”

23. Do Not Move Off The Sidewalk Challenge: Holding Your Space in A White World.

24. “Shrill” Author Lindy West Talks Fat Liberation, Allyship and Donald Trump.

25. 20 of the Coolest Custom VW Camper Vans Ever Built.

26. How to Identify and Cope With Emotional Abuse.

27. Health and Wellness Is About Mental Health, Not Food Intake.

28. How Yoga Helped Me Learn to Love My Body, And Myself. “As a nonbinary and trans person, it’s taken me a lifetime to learn to love my body. Yoga was the last thing I expected to help me get here.”

29. Homeless Moms Evicted From Oakland Home May Return.

30. If Dr. King Was Alive Today, His Facebook Page Would Be Deleted, And He’d Be Censored.

31. He’s not kidding when he says, “Ready for the best Uber ride of your life?” (video)

32. Survivors: Faces of Life After the Holocaust on The New York Times. In related news, 75 Years After Auschwitz Liberation, Survivors Urge World To Remember and Half Of American Adults Aren’t Aware That Six Million Jews Died In The Holocaust, Poll Finds.

33. Portraits on campus lacked diversity, so this artist painted the blue-collar workers who ‘really run things’.

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