Something Good


1. Wisdom from Jena Schwartz: “So much is happening so fast right now. We need to allow ourselves time to process things, to slow down enough to be able to make sure that in our efforts to make things better, we don’t inadvertently reenact harm. A big part of this happens through learning in community, with and from each other, and by being honest about the places where we struggle, question, stumble, and learn to do better.”

2. 20-Minute Active Chair Yoga Practice from Dianne Bondy, (video).”Ready for a seated challenge? This active chair yoga practice is fully supported but offers active movement and more challenging postures like seated hand to big toe pose and wide legged forward fold. This 20-minute yoga practice is perfect for when you’d like a bit more support but still want to move through a full range of motion.”

3. Love & Rage with Lama Rod Owens on The Road Home Podcast with Ethan Nichtern. “How can we find the path of liberation through our anger? Lama Rod Owens speaks with Ethan about ways we can work with anger as a healing energy in our practice.”

4. How to Be an Ally When You’re an Introvert.

5. Juneteenth should be a national holiday from Yoga with Adriene.

6. Built-Ins for the Win from SF Girl. Apparently I have a thing for benches.

7. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: Open Your Heart Further, “Pema Khandro Rinpoche on cultivating the boundless love of a bodhisattva,” and May Disrupting Anti-Black Racism Never Cease, “‘These are opportune times to transmute the energy of angst into actions that deepen our insight,’ says Dr. Kamilah Majied. She invites us to rest in unrest, staying steady in impermanence,” and Facing My White Privilege, “When Tara Brach came to recognize her own white privilege, it revealed painful blind spots. That changed her as a dharma teacher and leader.”

8. Doing the work that’s in front of you from Austin Kleon.

9. Therapist-Approved Tips For Talking To Your Partner About Race.

10. What is “Racism”?

11. Reckoning on Rita’s Notebook.

12. How We Juneteenth on The New York Times.

13. A Long Night of ‘Flower Flashing’ With Lewis Miller on The New York Times. “The New York florist beloved for his botanical street installations is reanimating the slowly reopening city.”

14. Yes, Wearing Masks Helps. Here’s Why. In related news, After Backlash, AMC Says Masks Will Be Required in Theaters on The New York Times, and Father of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar Dies of COVID-19, and Target Makes Extra Coronavirus Pay Permanent, Boosts Hourly Minimum To $15, and Judge Orders Trump Administration To Give Tribes Their COVID-19 Relief Funds, and Coronavirus: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug, and A Woman And 15 Of Her Friends Have The Coronavirus After One Night Out.

15. There Is No Such Thing as a “White Ally.” In related news, A note to all my fellow white folks trying to get a quick anti-racism education, and Outrage Isn’t Allyship (“Common traps in the quest for racial justice, and what to do instead”), and We Need Solidarity, Not White Guilt, to Fight Racism.

16. Why you still need to take time off when working from home. Even though I’m retired and not currently teaching, I still take the weekend off.

17. TikTok Teens and K-Pop Stans Say They Sank Trump Rally on The New York Times. “Did a successful prank inflate attendance expectations for President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Okla.?”

18. Stop Doing Warrior Pose If You Are Not Going to Fight. “Yoga is more than stretching and tight fitting clothes. If you don’t see yoga as a call to action in this moment, then you’ve missed what you have been preparing for. In this moment in time, every yoga studio, every yoga teacher, and every practitioner of yoga needs to take action for the cause of Black Lives Matter and be actively anti-rascist.”

19. Getting back into exercising (with no equipment) after a long break. It’s never too late! (video)

20. CrossFit Owner Fostered Sexist Company Culture, Workers Say on The New York Times.

21. 9 Black-Owned Online Plant Stores to Support. In related news, Black Bookstore Owner Says For the First Time in 30 Years, He’s Selling Out of Books — here are some ideas for books you could order from him: 16 Books By Black Authors Everyone Should Read.

22. Blessing Manifesting on Etsy, “Self-Care Planners, Self-Love, Mental Health Printables.”

23. Here’s What Companies Are Promising to Do to Fight Racism on The New York Times. “Corporate America has pledged millions to social justice efforts since the killing of George Floyd. But some businesses have gone further, committing to concrete changes in their practices.”

24. One of the Officers Who Shot Breonna Taylor Is Being Fired…It Ain’t Enough, but It’s a Start.

25. Florida Man Who Told Black Teen ‘You Don’t Belong’ In Her Own Neighborhood Identified As Homeland Security Employee. So many of those who are employed to protect us are really only interested in protecting white supremacy. In related news, The “McMuffin Cop” Is Speaking Out About Her Viral Video, and Atlanta Officers Call in Sick After Former Cop Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Was Charged With Felony Murder, and Minneapolis Police Officers Are Resigning Apparently Because Protesters Are Hurting Their Feelings, and We found 85,000 cops who’ve been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records.

26. Ian Holm, star of Lord of the Rings, Alien and Chariots of Fire, dies aged 88. Sweet Bilbo.

27. ‘We heard your cry’: Colorado governor signs sweeping police reform bill invigorated by protests. Compare that to this response: Donald Trump’s Executive Order On “Police Reform” Called Meaningless.

28. Watch this guy teach you how to dance…to Fleetwood Mac! (video)

29. Supreme Court Rules For DREAMers, Against Trump.

30. Toy Stories: Portraits of Children and their Toys Around the World.

31. Aunt Jemima and the long-overdue rebrand of racist stereotypes. In related news, After Aunt Jemima, Reviews Underway for Uncle Ben, Mrs. Butterworth and Cream of Wheat on The New York Times.

32. The systemic racism black Americans face, explained in 9 charts.

33. Black authors are on all the bestseller lists right now. But publishing doesn’t pay them enough.

34. How Black N.Y.P.D. Officers Really Feel About the Floyd Protesters on The New York Times. “Most officers of color share the protesters’ mission to defeat racism, but the unrest has reminded the officers that they are still often seen as the enemy.” In related news, What 4 organizers want to see from America’s protests, and This protester says he was denied help from police after being shot in the jaw during a demonstration (video).

35. Trans Kid Asks Woman For Help After Seeing Her Pride Flag On Lawn. Alternative headline, “why Jill is getting a yard sign that makes it clear what she values.”

36. What To Do About Toxic Positivity – The Worst Type Of Advice We Give & Get.

37. Black FedEx driver, Brandon Brackins, spat on and called the n-word.

38. Me and my brothers killing it! (video) Three Black men playing the violin.

 

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