“Ask yourself: Where am I? Answer: Here.
Ask yourself: What time is it? Answer: Now.
Say it until you can hear it.”
~ Ram Dass
1. Mindfulness and the Buddha’s Eightfold Path on Lion’s Roar. “To understand how to practice mindfulness in daily life, says Gaylon Ferguson, we have to look at all eight steps of the Buddha’s noble eightfold path.”
2. Gifts from Beyond on Lion’s Roar. “When Holly Stocking finds an unopened gift from her late husband, she contemplates what it really means to be gone — and gone beyond.”
5. The 20 best easy cake recipes. Challenge accepted!
8. ‘We Always Rise.’ A Black-Owned Bookstore Navigates the Pandemic on The New York Times. “Source of Knowledge has been a Newark mainstay for decades. It survived the past year thanks to the generosity of its customers and an owner who provides more than just books.”
9. Seriously, just tax the rich. “Sometimes, the haggling and hemming and hawing over what to do about the debt overshadow a point that many Americans find obvious: It’s simply a good, fair idea to tax the wealthy. They have disproportionately reaped the benefits of economic growth and the stock market in recent years, contributing to increasing inequality in the United States. The divide has become even more obvious during the Covid-19 pandemic, during which billionaires have managed to add heaps of dollars to their wealth even as millions of people were knocked on their heels.”
11. Sinead O’Connor Remembers Things Differently on The New York Times. “The mainstream narrative is that a pop star ripped up a photo of the pope on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and derailed her life. What if the opposite were true?”
13. These mesmerizing plant moments are a whole mood. (video)
15. A thoughtful post about grief from Kris Carr, who recently lost her father. It starts, “In our trauma-phobic, mourning-avoidant culture, we don’t have a language for the deep experiences that each of us will face at some point in our lives.”
16. Midcoast Maine gains a new small book publisher and two literary magazines. “A new small press has launched in Maine called Toad Hall Editions and its purpose is to give a platform to writers who don’t get noticed in the more traditional publishing arenas.” Three of my favorite people are doing a really cool thing.
17. Pansexuality 101: 5 Key Facts You Need to Know. Today is #PanVisibilityDay!