Monthly Archives: July 2020

Gratitude Friday

1. Home sweet home. The longer we live here, the more I love it. This week a picture of our front garden from last year showed up in my memories, and I was amazed how much it’s changed in just one year. Gardening teaches you so much about patience, about not giving up.

2. Practice. I haven’t been doing as much yoga lately. I think that’s linked to the grief I’m feeling about not teaching. I need to be patient and see how that practice might arise again, what new intention is there to discover. In the meantime, there is writing and meditation and dog.
3. Our garden. So much is blooming. The watermelons are getting bigger and a few tomatoes have turned red and we ate the first of the broccoli. Our cucumbers have slowed down a bit but that’s okay because I was having trouble keeping up with them. We had a minor tragedy this week when I realized blister beetles (over 100 of them!) had almost completely eaten my 15 year old clematis that usually is lush and green, covering the full section of wall on the back corner of the house. We got it under control, and I think the clematis will make it, and the rest of our garden is so far safe.

4. Pie. Eric makes a mean pie, even uses the outside grill so he doesn’t heat up the house, and I am happy to eat what he makes. This week it was peach.

5. Morning walks. We saw a beaver this morning, and a sickly racoon that caused us to reroute. There aren’t too many mosquitoes if we stay clear of a few of the hot spots, so we still got to see the river, and the SKY.

Can you see the beaver?


6. My tiny family. Ringo seems to finally, finally be over his wonky belly — fingers and paws crossed it sticks. A few times this week it was too hot to do family yard time, so we did couch time instead.

Bonus joy: peaches, a big glass of cool clean water, Beyond Burger, laundry done and put away, working in the garden with Eric, playing and cuddling and singing with Ringo, magic mail from Mikalina, going to the pool, catching up with Janice, hanging out with Mikalina, seeing Teri, texting with my mom and brother, puppies, reading, good books, good podcasts, good TV (Love on the Spectrum on Netflix is really sweet), reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.

Something Good

Image by Eric, from our garden

1. Start Here Now: An Introduction to Meditation. “Establish a Consistent Practice at Home with Susan Piver.” August 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm ET | $20.00 Susan says, “In this 3-hour program, I will share the actions you can take right now to begin your own practice and the three factors that create consistency.” They are taping the workshop, so you can do it even if you can’t attend “live.” Susan has been my primary meditation teacher for 10 years and I very much recommend this workshop, her Open Heart Project, and all her books.

2. Wild Writing 5-Day Free Series with another long time teacher of mine, Laurie Wagner. The practice she shares is essential to me, for my writing and my life.

3. Love & Rage: Lama Rod Owens, a recent CTZN podcast. “Lama Rod Owens, author of the newly released Love & Rage and Radical Dharma, which he co-authored with Rev angel Kyodo williams and Dr. Jasmine Syedullah. Lama Rod Owens is a Buddhist minister, author, activist, yoga instructor, and generational leader who is showing us a path to liberation through anger. In our conversation he says: ‘So many of us have been led into believing that the spiritual practice is something that’s supposed to be about happiness, and having fun, and going to beautiful spas, and looking beautiful, and having the right clothes, and really the spiritual path is really about the work’.”

4. Why Introverts Frequently Appear Tired.

5. 7 Things You Can Do With Far-Away Friends That Don’t Involve Screens.

6. Rep. John Lewis, A Force In The Civil Rights Movement, Dead At 80. He was a beacon of sanity and compassion, and will be greatly missed. In related news, John Lewis Risked His Life for Justice on The New York Times, and Meet the Women Behind the New Film, ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’, and a good trouble revolution on Chookooloonks from Karen Walrond.

7. How To Talk To Parents About Racism: 7 Recommendations From Therapists. Not sure exactly why they limited this article to “Parents,” as it seems more widely applicable than that.

8. Thank You For The Symbolic Gestures But Black People Need Reparations. In related news, A teenager created an anti-racism calendar to make it easier for everyone to become an ally.

9. Your ‘Doomscrolling’ Breeds Anxiety. Here’s How To Stop The Cycle. In related news, Doom scrolling.

10. Navy Veteran Speaks Out After Being Attacked by Secret Police in Portland. In related news, Federal Agents Unleash Militarized Crackdown on Portland on The New York Times, and Oregon Attorney General Sues Against Shady Federal Arrests in Portland, Trump Administration Says More to Come, and 50 Nights of Unrest in Portland on The New York Times, and Oregon will sue federal police agencies, open criminal investigation into use of force.

11. Delicate Illustrations by Lee Me Kyeoung Detail the Small Convenience Stores Throughout South Korea.

12. Maxine Waters Saw A Black Man Being Stopped By LAPD And Got Out Of Her Car To Check On Him.

13. 10 Awesome Things You Might Not Know About Dr. Fauci. “In short, Dr. Fauci is the bright light in these uncertain, scary times, the voice of reason we turn to when we need a dose of truth, common sense, and hope.”

14. A 20 Foot-Wide Tapestry by Vanessa Barragão Recreates the World in Textural Yarn.

15. Two men charged in assault on Black man at Indiana lake.

16. COVID-19 related news: Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data on The New York Times, and New COVID-19 Data From The CDC’s Website Vanishes After White House Seizes Control, and How a small birthday lunch in Tacoma became a coronavirus cluster, and CDC director: We can control virus in 4 to 8 weeks if everyone in the US wears a mask, and What happens when two surfer dudes try to hand out free coronavirus masks in Huntington Beach? In this case, hilarity (video).

17. Why White supremacy is actually killing White people.

18. Colorado Bans Gay and Trans “Panic” Defense in Historic Move.

19. Court Halts Dakota Access Pipeline Shutdown As Legal Fight Goes Forward.

20. Big Truck + Low Bridge = Satisfying Schadenfreude from Great Big Story.

21. History Shows That Sustained, Disruptive Protests Work.

22. Mary Trump Describes Abusive Trump Family Home, Says She Will Vote For Biden.

23. In the deliciously creepy new novel Mexican Gothic, the true evil is colonialism.

24. Viola Davis Said She “Betrayed” Herself by Starring in ‘The Help’. “She said the movie was ‘created in the filter and the cesspool of systemic racism.'” In related news, Mo’Nique’s Netflix Discrimination Case Moves Forward, and Employees from The Ellen DeGeneres Show reveal toxic workplace environment of racism, fear and intimidation.

25. Celebrated Hoop Dancer Nakotah LaRance Dies. “LaRance, 30, won nine world champion titles for hoop dance and taught classes at a nonprofit.” He was such a powerful force, moved so beautifully through the world.

26. 10 ways to step up as an ally to non-binary people.

27. Fatal Encounters: One man is tracking every officer-involved killing in the U.S. “‘The number of people killed by police is microscopically small,’ D. Brian Burghart said, but those deaths ‘symbolize systematic racism.'”

28. The 100 Most Popular Sci-Fi Books on Goodreads.

29. People are planting tiny urban forests to boost biodiversity and fight climate change.

30. Holiday Phillips, “a sociologist, coach, writer and speaker on the topics of philosophy, spirituality, culture and personal transformation… All my work is in service of this question: ‘What will it take to build a wiser, kinder world?’ To that end, I’m interested in exploring a wide range of topics that touch on soul and society – personal healing, non-violent communication, integral solutions to racial inequality, new economic models, and the practical application of ancient wisdoms to name a few! Three things guide all my work – deep compassion for others, a strong belief in our personal power to change things and the commitment to be a great ancestor to my children and future generations.”