1. The Apocalyptic Red Western Skies Caused by Climate Change-Fueled Wildfires. A heartbreaking collection of photos. In related news, AirNow, “your one-stop source for air quality data,” and Thousands evacuate, emergency declared as ‘unprecedented’ fires spread through state.
2. I Thought I Knew How to Fix the World on Lion’s Roar. “We cling to our own worldviews, says Dorotea Mendoza. Imagine if we listened to each other instead.”
3. How to Be More Present & Alive in the Moment from Zen Habits.
4. American Masters — Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft. “It’s an only-in-America story: A roguish young immigrant with movie-star looks, a charming Gallic accent, a populist sense of anything’s-possible optimism, and an ability to raise humble kitchen techniques to a breathtaking art form becomes one of the nation’s most beloved and revered food icons.”
5. 15 years of blogging (and 3 reasons I keep going) from Austin Kleon.
6. Yes, We Can Have Hope on Lion’s Roar. I’ve shared this before, when it was first posted, but I needed to hear it again, so thought you might too. “Roshi Joan Halifax reflects on the idea of ‘wise hope’ and why we should open ourselves to it.”
7. Wisdom from Jena Schwartz’s recent Dispatches from Daily Life:
My belief in humanity is unshaken, in that I know – I know – that there are so many people who truly do care about each other’s welfare. I believe in our individual and collective genius, creativity, innovation, imagination, and ability to heal. But…when it comes to this country, the one as we know it today, I come up short. I must hold both truths here: People are capable of amazing things. People are capable of incredible cruelty and deceit.
9. For nearly a year, Lashenda Williams slept in her car in a Kroger parking lot. (video) “Now, the same supermarket has welcomed her with a job and a fresh start.”
10. Last month 72-y0 Gloria Scott called John Kinney, an electrician in Woburn, Mass., to fix a ceiling fixture. (video) “But he soon discovered Scott’s house was in total disrepair, So, Kinney returned and started repairing her home for free. Steve Hartman reports.”
11. Face masks could be giving people Covid-19 immunity, researchers suggest. “Mask wearing might also be reducing the severity of the virus and ensuring that a greater proportion of new infections are asymptomatic.”
13. Brilliant use of toxic masculinity. (video)
14. COVID-19 stress is making America increasingly irritable. “But what is all this rage hiding? A fireball of feelings can trigger outbursts and distort self-perception. We need to stop burying our emotions and start being a lot more honest.”
15. An Apology To All Of The Fat People I’ve Hurt With My Account. “If we truly want to create a world where every body is valued, celebrated, represented, safe, and even loved, we have to do better. Re-centering this movement around the bodies it was made for is where we start.”
16. Elliot Dallen, who inspired many with articles about his cancer, dies aged 31, which includes the links to his other articles.
17. Amanda Palmer and Rhiannon Giddens on their cover of Portishead’s ‘It’s A Fire’. “The duo talk to us about collaboration, education, new music and donating to the Free Black University Fund.”
18. Chef David Chang on his revealing new memoir. (video) “Anthony Mason talks to six-time James Beard Award winner Chef David Chang about his new memoir, ‘Eat a Peach,’ the restaurant industry’s uncertain future, growing up, his anger and mental health, Anthony Bourdain, learning to accept praise and starting a family.”
20. Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Check out the gallery for a giggle.
21. All Rise: A Record Number of Black Women Judges Have Been Appointed in Colorado. I would vote for Polis again and again.