Monthly Archives: February 2022

Something Good

1. Listen to the poets: If You, Like Me by Jena Schwartz, and We Lived Happily During the War by Ilya Kaminsky, and For Peace by John O’Donohue, and Poetry Lines Can Be Life Lines: The power of spoken word from Andrea Gibson.

2. Russia’s at war with Ukraine. Here’s how we got here. In related news, Ukraine profile – Timeline: A chronology of key events, and a list of where to donate to help Ukraine (“Want to help, but unsure how? Don’t know who to trust? Below are a handful of nonprofits and charitable foundations with a history of success and transparent reporting”), and Want to support the people in Ukraine? Here’s how you can help, and Don’t worry guys! 90210’s AnnaLynne McCord has come to end the war with her poem to Putin, and 15 ways you can help the people of Ukraine right now, and Here’s everything going on with Russia and Ukraine explained as simply as we can.

3. Trans kids in Texas. In related news, What is gender-affirming medical care for transgender children? Here’s what you need to know, and Create a Safe Folder a resource from TransYouth Family Allies, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott Just Declared Open Season on Trans Youths, and Texas’s new anti-trans rule is unambiguously evil, and Texas Governor Declares Gender-Affirming Care For Trans Kids ‘Child Abuse,’ Orders Investigations Of Supportive Parents.

4. Julia Cameron’s ‘Seeking Wisdom’ goes deeper than ‘The Artist’s Way’. “When author Julia Cameron first got sober, she was told to pray. In her new book, Seeking Wisdom, Cameron writes about the connection of spirituality and creativity, and her own creative recovery.”

5. Is It Possible To Prepare For Emergencies—Without Panic? I’m so sad we live in a time where this sort of preparation is a reasonable and sane option, but here we are…

6. 6 ways to be happy this year, according to science.

7. Intentionally spiraling out from Austin Kleon. In related news, Austin Kleon hosts a live book club conversation with Sarah Ruhl, author of “Smile” (video), and Lucy Bellwood’s illustrated notes of the conversation.

8. When an Ancestry Search Reveals Fertility Fraud on The New York Times. “Starting in the 1960s, three physicians in Rochester, N.Y., began secretly using their own sperm to help women become pregnant.”

9. Recipe I tried: Strawberry Baked Oatmeal (Hidden Cheesecake Center), (verdict: YUM), and others I want to try: Roasted Garlic Ravioli and Oatmeal Is Trendy Again And Here Are 15 Recipes You’re Gonna Wanna Try.

10. ‘What My Bones Know’ is Stephanie Foo’s memoir on living with complex PTSD.

11. Coronavirus FAQ: I’m a one-way masker. What strategy will give me optimal protection? In related news, It’s safe to unmask in many places, says the CDC. These experts aren’t quite ready, and A Kennedy’s Crusade Against Covid Vaccines Anguishes Family and Friends on The New York Times (“Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has risen to become a major figure in the vaccine resistance movement. Those close to him say it’s ‘heartbreaking'”), and

12. 7 Accessible Ways To Build Resilience In the Storm.

13. The Path Home, a new podcast from Jamie Greenwood, “self care and leadership coach, faciliator and teacher. In this inaugural episode Jamie sets the intention for The Path Home as well as sharing her own continual journey of finding home in herself. She also discusses upcoming topics for podcast including boundaries, finding joy, self compassion, naviagting self doubt, and how we live into a future we want to see.”

14. Coloradans in Winter from Dude Dad. (video)

15. This GORGEOUS painting from Kristen Powers. “For all women who want peace for our world.”

16. Disinformation abounds in the wellness community. How one anti-vax influencer broke free. (video)

17. ‘Cyrano’ infuses an oft-told tale with disarming sincerity and operatic passion. I can’t wait to see this.

18. How Bridget Everett, Star of HBO’s ‘Somebody, Somewhere,’ Spends Her Sundays on The New York Times. “The longtime chanteuse of the New York cabaret scene starts the day with biscuits and family and ends it with martinis and friends.”

19. 5 ways to cope with the stressful news cycle.

20. Who Says Dieting Fails Most Of The Time? by Ragen Chastain, “A research timeline of the epic failure of weight loss interventions.”

21. The Good Life Project podcast: Bessel van der Kolk, MD | The Body Keeps the Score. “These last few years have dealt a lot of blows to our state of mind, body, and health. On some level, it’s been hard to escape trauma. Even if you can’t point to a big capital-T thing that happened, we live in a perpetual sea of micro-moments that unsettle, upset and shake us in a way that leaves a mark. Whether we know it’s there or not, whether we realize or acknowledge it, it’s affecting us. You, me, pretty much everyone on some level. Question is, what do we do about that? This is the very question I explore with my guest this week, Bessel van der Kolk, legendary trauma researcher, psychiatrist, and author of a book that has been locked into the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list for years now.”

22. What Does Rest Look Like in a Climate Crisis?

23. 6 True-Crime Podcasts: When Love Is a Dangerous Con Game on The New York Times.

24. We Must Learn to Look at Grief, Even When We Want to Run Away on The New York Times.

25. Business Booms at Kroger-Owned Grocery Stores, but Workers Are Left Behind on The New York Times. “A number of the stores’ nearly 500,000 employees have reported being homeless, receiving government food stamps or relying on food banks.” In related news, The Dirty Secret of Inflation: Corporations Are Jacking Up Prices and Profits.

26. Children’s Author Tells the True Story of Columbus’ Exploits. “Oriel María Siu’s new children’s book explodes the myth of Christopher Columbus as a celebrated explorer and re-centers Indigenous narratives of how the Americas were colonized.”

27. Elliot Page Is Writing a Memoir About Sex, Transness, and Hollywood.

28. Tori Amos Announces Little Earthquakes Graphic Novel With Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, & More. *swoon*

29. Guns Now Take More Years Off American Lives Than Car Accidents.

30. Being the Change: Living sustainably can serve as quiet persuasion for those who may be turned off by scolding and hypocrisy. “Of course, fear and fury are rational and reasonable reactions to the climate crisis, and I think both emotions serve an important role in the healing of planet Earth. But there’s a lot to say for love in this journey too.”

31. A Journey From Rage to Mindfulness. “An approach to examining systems, navigating emotional distress, and increasing social harmony.”

32. Understanding (and taming) your COVID anger.

33. America’s fastest-growing sport is a cross of tennis, pingpong and badminton.

34. Meet Khaby Lame: The viral TikTokker on your FYP who has more followers than Addison Rae. “You might not recognise his name but you’ll definitely recognise his face because that’s what got him his insanely high following on TikTok. Anyway, here is everything you’d could possibly need to know about Khaby Lame on TikTok.”

35. Stray Puppy Found in Australia Turns Out to Be a Rare Breed of Endangered Dingo.

36. Take this quiz and find out your “creative type.” Mine is Dreamer.

37. The RomCom is Dead, Long Live the RomCom, “a rom-com revival has been in the works for years, slowly gaining steam on Netflix and Hulu and other subscription services, where algorithms can override old-fashioned industry wisdom about who watches movies and what sort of movies they actually want to watch.”

38. Russell Barkley Coined a New Term and I hate it!!!! “The newest term du jour is Deficient Emotional Self-Regulation, or DESR, invented by one of pharma’s favorite Key Opinion Leaders (and my archnemesis) Russell Barkley.”

39. FutureMe: Write a Letter to the Future. “Send your future self a letter. Might be a prediction, a goal, or a letter about something that happened today you don’t want to forget.”

40. Joy on demand: the three second fix. “In his book, Joy On Demand, Meng gives practical advice on how you can easily and quickly access joy. He believes you can train yourself to experience joy with a few simple exercises.

41. Slow Productivity is Already Here. “It’s called ‘caring less’ and having a life’.”

42. yes, really: you can be creative without drawing.

Gratitude

1. Morning walks. There weren’t many this week. We had three or four days when the temperatures were below zero and didn’t get much higher than 10 degrees, and this morning Ringo overdid it and is limping, so next week may be restricted as well — and that’s totally okay.

2. The right book at the right time. I was writing and thinking about something in particular this morning and went to look for a book that I thought I had to read more about it and turns out I only have that book on my Kindle, but in the process of searching for it on my shelves, I found another book that so clearly is the one I need to read right now.

3. Family. My uncle Joe died this week, my mom’s younger brother. He wasn’t alone, his son was with him (which makes me happy for Joe but heartbroken for my cousin who did everything he could to help him only to lose him), and now that he’s gone, the rest of the family is gathering to love on his wife and kids and each other. Joe was a hard worker, loved his family, and was a big goofball. We will all miss him, but it’s also a reminder how much we love each other, how lucky we are, and how short and precious life is.

4. Good food. This week we had a “dump dinner” night because I realized we had potatoes, brussel sprouts, and broccoli that were days away from going in the compost pile, so I fried the potatoes, roasted and glazed the sprouts with balsamic vinegar and honey, and made broccoli and parmesan cheese fritters. The whole “making something from nothing” is a particular kind of magic, medicine.

5. My tiny family, tiny home, tiny life. The world is on fire and sometimes the chaos and grief of that gets me down, but all I have to do is pet Ringo or hug Eric and I decide for the millionth time to not give up.

Bonus joy: playing with Ringo, swimming laps, raspberries, stickers, the hydromassage chair, making art with Janice, sitting in the sauna with Eric, how fast I have access to lab results, clean laundry, clean sheets, taking all my social media apps off my phone for the weekend, pain medication, vaccinations, listening to podcasts, writing, meditating, stretching, aqua aerobics, small group training with Shelby, snow tires, snow, ice scrapers, snow shovels, down and wool, watching Guy’s Grocery Games and laughing with Eric, texting with Chloe’ and Mom and Chris, naps, a warm cup of coffee with hot cocoa and tiny marshmallows, gummy supplements, kitchen hugs, kitchen counter love notes, all my various spaces to practice and work and rest, a warm shower, reading in bed at night while Eric and Ringo sleep.