Something Good

1. Miniature Dollhouse Cushions Meticulously Embroidered in Extraordinary Detail.

2. The Wind. A beautifully written, brutal short story.

3. Lydia Davis: Ten of My Recommendations for Good Writing Habits.

4. On being HSP: For HSPs, Compassion Fatigue Is All Too Real and How I Deal With Panic Attacks as a Highly Sensitive Introvert.

5. What to read: 30 New LGBTQ+ Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2021 and 31 Native American Authors to Read Right Now.

6. What to watch: 28 Films to Watch During Black History Month That Aren’t About Black Trauma and Ten “Must Watch” Black History Documentaries.

7. 17 Problem-Solving Products To Make Wearing A Face Mask With Glasses Easier.

8. DoesTheDogDie.com “Crowdsourced emotional spoilers for movies, tv, books and more.”

9. Recipes I want to try: Sweet Potato Falafel and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars.

10. A shortened history of fat liberation. “I’ve been hearing people talk about fat liberation recently as if it’s a brand new thing that was just invented. That couldn’t be further from the truth.”

11. Aubrey Gordon, the writer behind ‘Your Fat Friend,’ has some thoughts on diets, BMI and the relentless advice of strangers.

12. The 11 reasons why people hate fat people.

13. Chasing the cool kids from Seth Godin.

14. They Say This Isn’t America. For Most Of Us, It Is. “Why do we keep telling ourselves the same stories about this country?”

15. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: The Buddha on Zoom (“As the leader of one of the most important studies of human happiness, Dr. Robert Waldinger knows how essential it is to feel we are part of a community. In this time of separation, he offers five ways to keep our connection alive”), and 5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness (“‘The essence of our practice can be described as transforming suffering into happiness,’ says Thich Nhat Hanh. Here, he offers five practices to nourish our happiness daily), and The Trauma of an American Untouchable (“Arisika Razak shares her reflections on trauma, oppression, and healing the wounds of racism”), and When Sadness Rages Like Fire (“Pema Khandro Rinpoche shares the life of the Tibetan yogi Shabkar, whose practice and teachings were inseparable from loss and grief”), and How to Work with Anxiety on the Path of Liberation (“Anxiety is actually a necessary part of our path. Psychotherapist Bruce Tift gives an instruction in how to relate to it constructively”).

16. AOC hosted an IG live where she recounted her traumatic experience of the Capitol attacks.

17. Let’s Stop Apologizing for These 10 Things by Courtney Carver on Be More With Less.

18. Gaslighting phrases you aren’t paying attention to. “It’s not always easy to spot the gaslighters in our lives. Here are some of the phrases you should look out for.”

19. On Cancel Culture, Accountability, and Transformative Justice. “adrienne maree brown Considers a New Method of Care and Community-Building.”

20. From Survival to Solidarity: Emerging From the Wreckage of the Trump Era. (podcast)

21. Banning White Supremacy Isn’t Censorship, It’s Accountability. “Claiming that deplatforming racists violates First Amendment rights shows a distorted understanding of how speech, race, and power work online.”

22. Teacher Demoralization Isn’t the Same as Teacher Burnout. “What COVID-19 means for the teaching workforce.”

23. Change Makers: 17 Women Making Black History Right Now.

24. Hitting Your ‘Pandemic Wall’? You’re Certainly Not Alone—Here Are 11 Tips to Deal from Experts.

25. How to Write an Obituary on The New York Times Magazine.

26. Well, it’s Groundhog Day, again from Austin Kleon.

27. If all else fails, read some Brian Doyle. In particular, might I suggest Joyas Voladoras or The Greatest Nature Essay Ever.

4 thoughts on “Something Good

  1. MJ

    You always post tempting recipes, for the first time I tried one of them. I just HAD to make the Oatmeal Choc Chip bars. OMG!! So good!
    I keep telling myself, they are oatmeal, a breakfast food, that must mean they are healthy. Right?!
    Thanks for your reliable posts, I look forward to them each wk.

    Reply
  2. Rita Ott Ramstad

    I really appreciate the distinction between teacher demoralization and burnout. Grappling with both simultaneously is becoming untenable. The gaslighting article is also enlightening and helpful for the same situation. Thank you for the work you do here every week.

    Reply

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