1. Memories of Thay on Lion’s Roar. “A collection of tributes to and memories of Thich Nhat Hanh from Peggy Rowe Ward, Shantum Seth, Hozan Alan Senauke, Larry Ward, Kaira Jewel Lingo, Rebecca Solnit, and Dzung Vo.” Other good stuff from Lion’s Roar: Spring Prayer (“Shozan Jack Haubner presents a prayer for the chaotic awakening of nature that is spring”) and I Vow to Save Everyone? (“Noel Alumit reflects on the daunting commitment of the bodhisattva vows, and how his ordination bolstered his relationship with his mother and culture”).
2. One Heart is Enough from Jena Schwartz. “A dozen years after one of the hardest periods of my life, the one when I stood by my own knowing even as grief and guilt threatened to engulf me, I have come to see just how powerfully the assumption that my job was to make sure everyone else was happy has steered my choices and dictated my responses.” *sigh*
6. This Year, Try Spring Cleaning Your Brain on The New York Times. “Five ways to soothe a mind overstimulated by anxiety, stress and streams of information.”
7. A small list of knowable things. “From quietly provocative international best selling author and TV writer Jonny Sun, a weekly illustration and reflection on a personal object close to his heart.”
8. Things to feel bad about from Seth Godin.
9. 5 Thoughtful Ways To Help You Underreact on Be More With Less from Courtney Carver. Did you know I wrote a piece that’s posted on this site? It’s part of the Simplicity in Action series, stories that “demonstrate that a life of simplicity comes in many shapes and sizes.” Read mine: Simplicity in Action: Jill.
11. Banned Books Book Club. “A monthly book club, library and fund dedicated to reading and protecting the most important books for our generation.”
12. The Final Pandemic Betrayal. “Millions of people are still mourning loved ones lost to COVID, their grief intensified, prolonged, and even denied by the politics of the pandemic.”
13. Yes, Colonialism Caused Climate Change, IPCC Reports. “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its final report Monday. The Frontline explores the significance of the sixth report finally naming ‘colonialism’ as a historical and ongoing driver of the climate crisis.”
14. To Be Pro-Choice, You Must Have the Privilege of Having Choices on The New York Times. In which Monica Simpson, the executive director of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, states, “it’s important to keep in mind that Roe never fully protected Black women — or poor women or so many others in this country. That’s because Roe ensured the right to abortion without ensuring that people could actually get an abortion. People seeking abortions in America must consider: Do I have the money? How far is the nearest clinic, and can I get there? Can I take off work? Will I be safe walking into the clinic? For more privileged people, these questions are rarely a deterrent. But for many women of color and poor people, they are major obstacles. That’s how white supremacy works.”
15. The Expanding Job: Some problems even a wife can’t fix. “And if you are utterly unwilling to hire more people to do the amount of work we do, and utterly unwilling to decrease the amount of work you do, then you should be honest with yourselves: you’re fine with the human wreckage, you’re fine with moral injury, you’re fine with churn, you’re fine with continually unraveling societal bonds, you’re fine with snow-capped organizations, you’re fine with the enduring wage gap, and you’re fine with the toxicity that pervades our company.” I left my job a year before the pandemic and so many others continue to leave, all for these very reasons.
16. 31 Toddler Products That’ll Make You Think, ‘Wow, I Could Really Use This In My Life.’ A little person I know is definitely getting the scavenger hunt and scissor skills book for her next birthday.
17. How Barnes & Noble Went From Villain to Hero on The New York Times. “To independent booksellers, the enormous chain was once a threat. Now it’s vital to their survival. And it’s doing well.”
19. Nature Writing is Survival Writing: On Rethinking a Genre. “Michelle Nijhuis Thinks It’s Time for Some New Perspectives.”
20. The Noom paradox. “Noom is a diet app in an anti-diet moment.”
22. Turns out Aimee Mann is really good at painting, too. “The famed singer-songwriter thought a nervous system disorder might end her music career. She coped by creating revelatory comics — and portraits of first ladies.”
23. I Lost My Mom 12 Years Ago. And No, I’ll Never ‘Get Over’ It. “I’m marking another Mother’s Day without my mom as people around the world deal with new, raw grief. Here’s what I know about how to cope.” In related news, What’s at the Heart of Grief? Love, Actually, (“My conversation with Marisa Renee Lee about her new book, Grief Is Love, which unpacks and reframes this complicated emotion).
25. Meet Elyse Myers: What to Know About the Comedian Who Shot to TikTok Fame for Viral ‘Worst Date Ever’ Video. “Elyse Myers opens up to PEOPLE about building a following of millions, finding celebrity fans like Reese Witherspoon and spreading a message of positivity.” I love Elyse. I wouldn’t agree with the way PEOPLE framed what she does as “spreading a message of positivity” — what she actually does is be honest about how hard being human is, all the ways we all screw up and suffer, and reminds us there are good things, lots to laugh about, and we don’t have to give up.
26. The Poetry of a Body a short story contest winner by Megan Falley.
27. The Shape of the Void: Toward a Definition of Poetry on The New York Times. “‘Poetry leaves something out,’ our columnist Elisa Gabbert says. But that’s hardly the extent of it.”
28. What Is Your Ikigai? Finding Pleasure and Purpose In Life. “The Japanese word is often translated as ‘the reason for getting up in the morning.’ It’s that … and more.”
30. The Truth Isn’t Anti-White. The Truth Is The Truth. “I wonder what America could be if it faced itself? What could America be if it taught real history? What could America be if we changed the landscape of our monuments to use them similar to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe to tell the story of enslavement in America? What are we so afraid of? The truth isn’t what should divide us or cause fear. Learning the lessons the truth offers is what will bring us together if we ever want to move towards healing. However, one of the first steps of healing is acknowledging that something has happened. There is no healing without admitting and telling the truth. There is no healing without facing the truth. If America ever wants to be what it can be, we must tell the story accurately.” Amen.
31. As ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ turns 100, its message continues to resonate. “‘It is true that some of the most beautiful stories ever written for children … have been sad stories,’ Williams Bianco wrote in the literary magazine The Bookman in 1925. ‘But it is the sadness which is inseparable from life, which has to do with growth and change and impermanence, and with the very essence of beauty.'”