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.”
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.
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.
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)
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.”
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.”