Something Good

1. Leslie Jordan on Instagram. Because Leslie Jordan is our feisty quarantine uncle.

2. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: Watch “A Steady Heart in Time of Coronavirus,” from Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield, and Exhaling into a Brighter Future, and The Bodhisattva Response to Coronavirus.

3. A compilation of happy/sad COVID-19 videos from NowThis. (Video)

4. Beautiful Writers Podcast, whose latest episode is an interview with Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate.

5. Offerings worth checking out: 14 Days of Calm & Comfort for only $5 with Courtney Carver of Be More with Less, and Courage & Comfort, a A 2-week online pay what you can writing group with Jena Schwartz.

6. This Pandemic Is Not Your Vacation. “You might not want to spend your quarantine in a city. But the rural places many Americans treat as playgrounds, and the workers who keep them running, will suffer for it.”

7. Wisdom from Jenna Hollenstein: “It is completely normal and human to prefer pleasure over suffering; it is also completely normal for grasping onto pleasure to increase our suffering.”

8. Getting Bored? Here’s A List Of Free Things That Weren’t Free Before Coronavirus.

9. Is Anyone Else Just Barely Functioning Right Now? “Life is strange right now. How you feel is not.”

10. 89-Year-Old Japanese Grandma Discovers Photography, Can’t Stop Taking Hilarious Self-Portraits Now.

11. A Healthy Distraction: 20 Journal Prompts to Explore.

12. Food Psych Podcast #232: COVID-19 and Diet Culture.

13. Resilience: 3 Questions for You from Adreanna Limbach’s latest newsletter. “I’ve been paying close attention to my own moments of loneliness, melancholy and restlessness, and what questions have been useful to deploy — to make this unsettling moment a little more bounce-back-able into some semblance of sanity and ease: without minimizing the reality of what we’re experiencing here. Together.”

14. These are not conditions in which to thrive, “This is a time to survive. Your only responsibility is to get through today.”

15. Rise of the Monarch.

16. How to Work with Strong Emotions in the Time of Coronavirus, a FREE online five-week course with Lodro Rinzler beginning April 8th.

17. The Quarantine Diaries on The New York Times. “Around the world, the history of our present moment is taking shape in journal entries and drawings.”

18. Tips From Someone With Nearly 50 Years Of Social Distancing Experience.

19. The Routines That Keep Us Sane. “More than most, writers have experience with what the poet May Sarton called ‘a limbo that needs to be patterned from within,’ and they provide us with some relevant case studies in how to weave that pattern.”

20. calm: mindfulness meditation for anxiety from Abigail Rose Clarke, “a simple guided meditation to help in moments of anxiety or fear.”

21. Acknowledgments 2020 from Seth Godin. “It’s worth taking a second to think about people who are doing more than expected, more than they have to do, more than we can imagine.”

22. In case you missed it last week: Some Good News with John Krasinski. “We would love to hear Some Good News and share it with the world.”

23. Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale, one of my favorite poems by Dan Albergotti.

24. Exploration of the Day from Keri Smith.

This site is an attempt to bring people closer together during a time of fear and isolation. By participating in the same assignments hopefully we can feel a bit more connected and on a simple level it can give us something else to focus our energy on. There is much joy to be found in the simple, the mundane, and the everyday. We just have to look a bit harder than we have been.

Paying attention is an act of rebellion during a time when distraction is at an all time high. So let us start our own attention revolution. Let us become artists of the everyday and in doing so may we experience a lightness of spirit and a respite from our real world struggles.

25. None Of This Is Normal from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds. One of the best things I read this week.

26. Top White House health official warns Americans NOT to go to the grocery store if it’s not essential. In related news, CDC Now Recommends Americans Consider Wearing Cloth Face Coverings In Public, and F.D.A. Approves First Coronavirus Antibody Test in U.S. on The New York Times, and Think You’ve Got COVID-19? Here’s What Doctors Say About When To Seek Help.

27. Doggerina does a trust fall, once again. (video) Big, wrinkly, cute.

28. My niece Jayda seen her auntie Tanisha do a video like this, ” and wanted to do one as well…we asked her cousins if they wanted to help her make one and they all agreed.” (video) Then it was the boy’s turn. (video)

29. Farmworkers, Mostly Undocumented, Become ‘Essential’ During Pandemic on The New York Times. “Immigrant field workers have been told to keep working despite stay-at-home directives, and given letters attesting to their ‘critical’ role in feeding the country.”

30. Bill Withers, Hall of Fame Soul Singer, Dead at 81. In related news, Bill Withers’ Legacy Is So Much Deeper Than The Hits We All Know and Bill Withers, Who Sang ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ Dies at 81 on The New York Times.

31. Zookeepers are self-isolating at wildlife park for 3 months to take care of the animals.

32. King Soopers paying ‘hero’ bonus to employees through April 18 during coronavirus pandemic. How companies treat their employees during this time should inform how we treat these companies from here on out.

33. A message from your granny. ❤ (video) “I see much sadness and stress on my timeline today. I think y’all need some Wee Granny. She’s 93 and trending worldwide with good reason: Wee Granny is the voice we need right now. Thank you Islaanne from Edinburgh!”

34. Kat Zwick gives us her #BriefButSpectacular take on surviving COVID-19. (video) “When you find out that you matter and you didn’t necessarily conceive of yourself that way, I think that does alter how you show up in the world.”

35. ‘Yoga With Adriene’ On Her Rising Popularity During the Coronavirus Pandemic. “As more people are trying to stay healthy while not being able to leave their homes, YouTube’s yoga star becomes more popular than ever.”

36. Dog Finds The Fluffiest Dogs In Daycare So She Can Nap On Them.

37. Cameron Esposito’s New Memoir Offers Two Words of Advice — Save Yourself: BUST Interview.

38. Eight marvelous and melancholy things I’ve learned about creativity from The Oatmeal.

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