Monthly Archives: October 2020

Gratitude Friday

1. Morning walks. I only have three pictures, because it snowed this week and the only walk I went on was dark, cold, and slippery. There wasn’t much to see or take pictures of and I was too busy keeping my “eyes on the road.”2. Snow. We got 16 inches at our house, and were so happy to see it because the fires were bad, We’d had multiple days of wind and the Troublesome Fire (one of four fires burning here) was headed straight into Estes Park but the snow slowed things down. 3. The final days of fall. Fall is my favorite time of year in Colorado, even though this year it didn’t last as long and we couldn’t go hiking because of the fires. We spent the day before the storm raking leaves and washing ash off the cars. I also gathered up all Ringo’s toys from the yard, washed and mended them, after which I temporarily changed the “no toys in the house” rule to “no toys outside.”

The squirrels get so fat off our pumpkins

4. Practice. I don’t know about you, kind and gentle reader, but I have been ramped up this week, anxious and tense, waiting for the election. I’m doing everything I can to keep it together, and that means practicing like my hair is on fire.5. My tiny family. Sam has been gone five months now, and I still miss him so much. For now, we are enjoying giving every bit of attention and all the treats to Ringo and he seems to be okay with that. We’ll get another dog eventually, but for now this is enough. Eric is back in his office a few days a week, so I get Ringo all to myself and kitchen counter love notes. I especially like winter because Ringo and Eric get more cuddly. Bonus joy: two hours in the pool, sitting in the sauna, a big glass of cold clean water, clementines, funeral casserole, onion buns, Fritos (my go-to pandemic snack seems to be chips), good TV, good podcasts, good music, making myself a new playlist on Spotify (I called it go ahead and cry), good books, another baby on the way, new windshield wipers for my car, payday, getting all the laundry done and put away, clean sheets (I forgot how soft our winter sheets were), Wild Writing, hanging out and writing with Mikalina, texting with my mom and brother, catching up with Carrie, snow spikes for my walking shoes, yoga with Jamie, a snow day with Eric, massage, reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.

Something Good

Image by Eric

1. Wisdom from Robin Wall Kimmerer, from her book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, “Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, the feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street to a sacred bond.”

2. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: Ask the Teachers: Is happiness really the central goal of Buddhist practice? (“Anushka Fernandopulle, Ven. Thubten Chodron, and Kaira Jewel Lingo discuss the real meaning of ‘happiness’ in Buddhism”), and Becoming the Ally of All Beings (“A teaching by Sharon Salzberg on the interconnectedness of all things”), and The Four Noble Truths (“Buddhist teacher and scholar Jan Willis on the Buddha’s central teaching — his diagnosis and cure for suffering”).

3. Stop postponing your life until you lose the weight by Amber Karnes.

4. 5 Ways Weight Stigma Harms Fat People’s Health by Ragen Chastain of Dances with Fat.

5. Restoring Indigenous Systems of Relationality. Because this: “The vision we have described here is a vision that ultimately focuses on life, that values and prioritizes the dignity and respect of all living beings. It teaches our children how to co-exist in respectful, reciprocal relationships with diverse communities, including lands, waters, atmospheres, plants, and animals, and it believes in and works towards a more honest, just, loving, and sustainable future for all of us.”

6. Andrea Gibson – Homesick: A Plea For Our Planet (Official Video).

At the beginning of the summer, the sun burning apocalyptic in the Colorado sky, I began writing a poem titled, HOMESICK: A PLEA FOR OUR PLANET. It was written to highlight the earth’s deep love for all she creates, in hopes that humans might requite that love with their actions, choices, and vote. As humans, it’s easy to forget that we are, ourselves, nature. There are so many horrific losses of climate change––and it is, by itself, enough reason to reevaluate everything about our care for the planet. What needs to happen for us to stop ignoring the fact that the earth is, everyday now, scattering her own ashes? It’s crucial to presence the question, ‘What kind of planet are we passing down to our children?’

7. Beaver eating cabbage. (video) It’s even better with the sound on.

8. Tis the season: 30 Fall and Winter Soup Recipe Ideas.

9. The Log 2: Another year. (video) “This peaceful log bridge video, filmed in the Pennsylvania wilderness by Robert Bush, captures just how many wild animals cross over and under this log, day and night in every season…The August 2019 video, filmed in 2018-19, was the second of Bush’s log videos. His first, The Log Movie, was filmed in 2017-18 and includes curious baby bears, a snowy winter scene or two, and a few small surprises.”

10. 10 newsletters I love to read that you might, too from Austin Kleon. I, of course, would include Austin’s weekly newsletter to this list.

11. Working from home can be a nightmare when you have a pet. (video)

12. The messy politics of Nextdoor. “Want to see how polarized America is? Look no further than Nextdoor.” It really can be awful.

13. What we know Sunday: Snow stalls Cameron Peak, East Troublesome fires; Estes Park protected. We got 14 inches here yesterday, and were all so happy to see it.

14. #YouCanBeABCs from Sam – 6 year old raps about careers A through Z. (video)

15. Salute to this parents! preserving our culture & art. (video)

16. Alicia Keys-Good Job | Cover by One Voice Children’s Choir | A Tribute to Covid19 Heroes (video)

17. Parents Of 545 Children Separated At U.S.-Mexico Border Still Can’t Be Found.

18. I Am Watching My Planet, My Home, Die on The New York Times. “Every single issue that matters to me — education, social justice, women’s rights, affordable health care, criminal justice reform, gun control, immigration policy etc. — won’t mean a single thing if the planet becomes uninhabitable.”

19. Adrian Brandon paints portraits of Black lives lost to police violence. “I just want people to stop and remember these lives and to honor them in the way that they should be honored.”

20. This Is The Backstory Of The Viral Photo Of A Black Woman Holding Her Son While Waiting In Line To Vote.

21. Bunky Echo-Hawk: The Resistance. “Filmmaker Ben-Alex Dupris explores how the reality and resistance of Native Americans inspires the work of Pawnee artist Bunky Echo-Hawk, igniting discussions about environmentalism and Native American rights, among other topics.”

22. Nadiya Hussain: ‘I want to blend in. But the truth is, I’m never going to blend in’. “Five years after winning [Great British] Bake Off, she’d love to just talk about baking and cookbooks. But then there’s diversity in TV, mental health, the pandemic…”

23. Apparently, a corgi crossed with another breed looks like a corgi disguised as the other dog. “These stumpy-legged pawsters seem to be so near perfect that even genetics don’t want to hide their corgi-esque traits when crossing them with other dog breeds.”