Monthly Archives: May 2021

Something Good

1. How to Meditate Every Day on Lion’s Roar. “Diana Winston on committing to meditation practice. Featuring her ‘Ten Suggestions for Having a Regular Daily Practice Even if You Would Rather Be Thrown into a Shark-Infested Ocean.'” Honestly, I’m kind of jealous — I wish I’d written this. It’s so good.

2. Inner Alchemy Cards: Build A New World Deck “is an artful exploration of language, learning, inspiration, and collaboration, that delves into important ideas around activism and systems of oppression. This is a way for us to examine and disrupt harmful dominant narratives, tell new stories, and inspire one another to use our creativity and personal power to help build the collective world we all want to live in! In the end you will have a beautiful and meaningful handmade deck of 35 oracle cards to use as unique a tool for guidance and reflection whenever you need it.”

3. First we read, then we write from Austin Kleon.

4. What Happens When Americans Can Finally Exhale, “The pandemic’s mental wounds are still wide open.” In related news, Why Grounding Rituals May Be the Key to Navigating Post-COVID Anxiety, and Can I Just Tell You: With So Much To Mourn, We Must Allow Time To Grieve.

5. Leaving The Bouncy House of Social Media.

6. Good people who could use some help: Help this Family Find a Safe Home and Help Joy out of homelessness.

7. Chalk it up: Alameda artist sets a world record. “Mark Lewis Wagner wanted to create the world’s largest piece of ground chalk art by a single artist. So he did.” Mark is an amazing artist and an even more amazing human.

8. Isabel Allende: ‘Everyone called me crazy for divorcing in my 70s. I’ve never been scared of being alone.’ In this article, she says of writing: “Half the job is to show up,” she says. “You show up and you open your mind and heart, and something will happen. I have learned in years of writing that I have to be patient. I can write about anything except politics and football, so I know that if I give myself time, and I relax, it will happen. If I’m tense and calling the muse desperately, the muse won’t come.”

9. Recipe I want to try: strawberry cornmeal griddle cakes.

10. In Its Final Season, “Shrill” Explores the Fear of Being Seen.

11. True Crime & Makeup YouTuber Bailey Sarian Is Launching A New Podcast On Spotify Called “Dark History.” There’s something so mesmerizing about watching her apply her makeup while she tells a story — I’m not sure how I’d feel about just listening to her.

12. Roxane Gay Starts Publishing Imprint With Grove Atlantic on The New York Times. “Roxane Gay Books will focus on underrepresented fiction, nonfiction and memoir writers, with or without agents.”

13. How Religion, Education, Race And Media Consumption Shape Conspiracy Theory Beliefs.

14. White People’s Fear of Critical Race Theory is Based in Ignorance.

15. Read This Powerful Statement From Darnella Frazier, Who Filmed George Floyd’s Murder.

16. An interview with Alison Bechdel: “I’ve Always Known Physical Exertion and Movement Are Vital Somehow for My Creative Process.”

17. ‘I Wake With Wonder’: A Crowdsourced Poem Of Pandemic Pain And Hope.

18. 45 Things People Said That Were Oddly Specific Yet So Accurate.

19. Hidden Camera Captures So Many Animals Sharing A Backyard Water Fountain.

20. Fantastic Macro Photos Reveal the Microscopic World of Mushrooms and Slime Molds.

Gratitude Friday

1. Morning walks. Some of the things we saw: a “fogbow,” three herons, a goose family with three baby geese, and a dude loudly playing his music while taking a bath in the river at 6 am.

2. Eric and Ringo hiking together. I’m glad Eric has the time now and that he has Ringo to go with him.

3. Practice. It’s been especially helpful these past few days, which are the one year anniversary of when we found out Sam had cancer and we lost him. I am grateful for the life we had with Sam and the memories we have of him now, and I also miss him and am so sad he’s gone.

4. Peonies. Because they came from the nursery, the ones I just planted for Sam and Angela have bloomed already, and the other four plants are going to have a TON of blooms this year.

5. My tiny family, my tiny house, my tiny life. I am content, comfortable, stable and safe. It’s everything I ever wanted.

Bonus joy: getting a haircut (my first in two years!), pay day, homemade Big Macs and tater tots, sunshine, afternoon thunderstorms, iris blooms, rhubarb, music (I am currently loving Joy Oladokun, so good), books (I just finished Mexican Gothic and it was really good), podcasts (the good thing about finding a popular podcast four years after it started is you can listen to one every day, can binge it instead of having to wait until a new episode is released), TV (this season of Breeders was heartbreaking and so good), clean laundry, a warm shower, rainier cherries, toast with butter and marionberry & current jam my aunt made, a sleepy dog, hanging out and writing with Calyx, texting with my mom and brother and Chloe’, yard time, aqua aerobics, sitting in the sauna with Eric, Wild Writing with my Friday morning sangha, napping, that corner of the couch, reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.