Monthly Archives: March 2021

Something Good

1. On being introverted: 6 ‘Rules’ For Being Friends With an Introvert, and How Understanding My Introverted Nature Transformed My Career, and How Meditation Helps Me Thrive as an Introvert.

2. Why We Suffer: Meditation & The Three Root Poisons, an online meditation class with Adreanna Limbach.

3. And who are you really? from Seth Godin.

4. Litany in Which Certain Things Are Crossed Out, a poem by Richard Siken.

5. Decluttering 101: 10 Rules to Help You Live with Less Stuff from Courtney Carver on Be More With Less.

6. “The food movement became the wellness culture, which is just diet culture rebranded by Gwyneth Paltrow.” An interview with Virginia Sole-Smith “about weight stigma, diet culture, #bopo, men’s disordered eating, 75Hard, and so much more.”

7. Short Film Sundays. “Short films from creators of color. The first Sunday of every month!”

8. Meaning from Karen Walrond on Chookooloonks.

9. When you are having big feelings, here’s what to do, some good tips from Jamie Ridler.

10. Something worth contemplating from Mindy Tsonas Choi: “What if our goal was not to get bigger, but to do more good? How might that change what we create, how we create it and who we might reach?”

11. My Dog Won’t Stop Sleeping In My Bed So I Had To Get Creative, but not like you think, because this: “You don’t have to be a writer to write. You don’t have to know all the rules to dig a little deeper and solve your own problems. Writing is magic. Critical, creative problem solving is magic. And it’s better than googling our problems and skimming through hardly related articles from six years ago. Which I’ve spent countless hours doing.”

12. COVID-19 related news: The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are very effective in real-world conditions at preventing infections, the C.D.C. reported on The New York Times, and What we’re leaving behind after the pandemic, from sweatpants to alcohol, and Covid Has Traumatized America. A Doctor Explains What We Need to Heal on The New York Times.

13. America’s gun problem, explained. “The public and research support gun control. Here’s how it could help — and why it doesn’t pass.”

14. Dad creates wholesome comics to teach kids empathy, kindness, and love.

15. A Dog Who Kept Sneaking into a Dollar General for a Unicorn Toy Gets His Plush and a New Start.

Gratitude Friday

1. I got my COVID-19 vaccine! Added bonus: Eric also got his. The place we got it was a drive thru distribution center, super fast and super efficient, and they automatically scheduled our second shots. I still have concerns about the variants, don’t feel the complete sense of relief that some people say they got with the shot, but I’m so grateful for a chance. It also means I met one of my pandemic goals: to not get COVID-19 before a vaccine was available.

2. Comfort. A hot cup of coffee while I write, reading, listening to podcasts, practicing with my writing sangha, down blankets and pillows, my infrared heating pad, the sauna, a warm shower, laundry, grocery pickup, clean sheets, warm berry pie, that corner of the couch.

3. Practice. I’m so glad that I had that foundation cultivated long before this year, that I had that support, that comfort, that way to work with all of it.

4. Morning walks. In particular the owls and that blue everything is when it’s just getting light but before the sun comes up.

5. My tiny house, my tiny family, my tiny life. I’ve said for a long time that what I want is a life that is small, but deep and wide. That’s exactly what I have, and I’m so grateful.

Bonus joy: Zooming with Chloe’, hanging out and writing with Calyx, texting with my mom and brother, sitting in the sauna with Eric, getting in the pool, getting a massage, writing with Natalie Goldberg, good TV, good podcasts, good books, emergency vets, online shopping, markers and crayons and watercolors, glue stick, plants, things that are soft, having a washer and dryer in my house, daffodils, compost, birds in the feeder, the promise of another spring and another garden, musicians and poets, dogs — all the dogs, gortex, the ocean, sunshine, bird song, naps, reading in bed at night while Ringo and Eric sleep.