Something Good

1. 5 Gentle Rules To Help You Feel Good from Be More With Less. Maybe your rules (those things that are fundamental to your wellbeing, the ones you can’t skip or do halfway) are different, but knowing what they are and honoring them is essential. What makes you feel good?

2. A state of flow from Austin Kleon. Just a few days ago I was thinking about the states of drift and flow, writing about it, and it turns out that was only a few days after Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, known for his work related to the concept of “flow”, died.

3. Come Home to Yourself on Lion’s Roar. “Your true home is this body. This mind. This moment. There, says Kaira Jewel Lingo, you’ll find peace and freedom. From her new book We Were Made for These Times: Ten Lessons on Moving through Change, Loss, and Disruption.”

4. Art with intent from Seth Godin.

5. Maezumi’s Three Teachings on Lion’s Roar. “Wisdom teachings are fascinating things. They may not appear to be special. They are never complicated. They can sound so ordinary that we don’t even hear them or grant them consideration. But like seeds, they burrow into us and one day surface in full bloom. Only then are we ready to appreciate them.”

6. The Truelove: Poet and Philosopher David Whyte on Reaching Beyond Our Limiting Beliefs About What We Deserve. Because this, “if you wanted to drown you could, but you don’t because finally after all this struggle and all these years you simply don’t want to any more, you’ve simply had enough of drowning and you want to live and you want to love.”

7. Recipes I want to try: The Best Apple Crisp and Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Galette. I tried this recipe for Broccoli Parmesan Fritters and it was delicious.

8. Eating Disorders and Social Media Prove Difficult to Untangle on The New York Times. “Social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram try to monitor for content related to the problem, but it is not always clear what to do about it.”

9. Worker Exploitation, Capitalism, and The “Normal” We Can’t Return To. In related news, The Pursuit of Rest Under Capitalism.

10. Why Pay Full Price, If You Already Know How it Ends? by Megan Falley. “Another excerpt from my memoir-in-progress [perhaps even the first chapter?] was just published in Midway Journal, about the first time I saw the movie Titanic. What I don’t say in the story is that the woman seated behind me suggested my mother remove me from the theatre because of how hard I was crying, and how I shouted, ‘No!'”

11. Ross Gay Demands Our Attention (in a Pandemic or Otherwise).

12. 4 Grief Blogs We Love. “We have no real criteria other than we just like them and consider them to be informative, contemporary, open minded, thoughtful, and social.”

13. Alan Cumming | Making Peace & Claiming Joy on The Good Life podcast. “What sounds like a near-magical life on stages, television and the big screen, though, has also seen its share of profound pain, loss, grief, existential struggle, and eventually a series of reckonings, and awakenings to who and what matters, and a certain reclamation of joy and life. Now in his 50s, he reflects on these moments along this journey in his new book, Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life, and we dive into all of it, along with his take on current culture, in today’s conversation.”

14. 50 years ago, The Electric Company used comedy to boost kids’ reading skills.

15. Artist Hides Clever And Funny Signs Around His City For People To Find.

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