1. what demoralization does to teachers. “Teachers are great. But telling them so isn’t enough. If you value them, act, vote, and speak in a way that evidences that value. They have held a crumbling system together for so long. It’s time to give them relief — and reconsider its construction.”
2. Anti-Asian Violence Resources. “Anti-Asian racism and violent attacks on Asian elderly have only increased in recent months. Since COVID-19 became news in the United States, hate speech and violence against the AAPI community has run rampant. In February 2021, attacks, particularly on elderly Asian Americans, have spiked. Unfortunately, many of these incidents are not being reported and are invisible to major media outlets. We hope to change this by offering the following resources with our community. Please join us in taking action whether it’s by educating yourself and others around you or donating to non-profit organizations.” In related news, Speaking Out Against Anti-Asian Violence.
3. Asian Americans on PBS, “a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided, while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate and personal lives, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s story.”
4. Ten reasons to write a book from Seth Godin.
5. These Precious Days by Ann Patchett. Wow.
6. Molly Brodak, Poet and Memoirist of Her Father’s Crimes, Dies at 39 on The New York Times. In related news, Molly Brodak: In Memoriam.
7. The Curiously Complicated Emotions of Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine
from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds. Also from Chuck, Should Writers Write Every Day?
12. What Covid-19 Has Done to Our Well-Being, in 12 Charts. “The pandemic has led to mental health declines, increased work demands, and feelings of loneliness. But the news isn’t all bad.”
13. Mike Birbiglia’s 6 Tips for Making It Small in Hollywood. Or Anywhere. on The New York Times. This is an article from 2016, but I was reminded of it this morning and it deserves a re-share.
17. How Honest Can Demi Lovato Be? on The New York Times. “The singer is opening up about her queerness, her near fatal overdose and her journey to living her truth. ‘I’m ready to feel like myself,’ she said.”
20. A White Man’s Bad Day by Roxane Gay.
21. What’s Happening in Our Nervous Systems? On Being Podcast. “The light at the end of the COVID tunnel is tenuously appearing — yet many of us feel as exhausted as at any time in the past year. Memory problems; short fuses; fractured productivity; sudden drops into despair. We’re at once excited and unnerved by the prospect of life opening up again. Clinical psychologist Christine Runyan explains the physiological effects of a year of pandemic and social isolation — what’s happened at the level of stress response and nervous system, the literal mind-body connection. And she offers simple strategies to regain our fullest capacities for the world ahead.”
23. The Racist and Problematic History of the Body Mass Index. “Explaining the racist roots behind BMI — and why it’s not the standard of health it’s been made out to be.”
24. A Year of Trauma and Resilience: How the Pandemic Changed Everything on The New York Times. In related news (and also on The New York Times), It’s OK to Grieve for the Small Losses of a Lost Year and The pandemic took lives far too soon. How much human potential has been lost?.
26. Spring’s a Love Note and I’m Lonely as Hell. Two poems by Christine Sneed.
27. How a British Gardening Show Got People Through the Pandemic on The New York Times.