1. The World’s Happiest Country Is All About Reading, Coffee, and Saunas. Yes, please.
2. Best Books 2022. In related news, The Best Films of 2022, So Far and 6 Podcasts to Make You Feel Good — both on The New York Times.
3. What to Do When the World Is Ending. I think I shared this when it was first published a few months ago, but it really is worth multiple reads.
4. A Radical Vision for the Future. “‘A Message From the Future II: The Years of Repair'” is an animated short film that illustrates a radical vision of a future created when 2020 forced us to abandon oppressive systems. It launched us into a new paradigm to center the well-being of all people and the planet. With beautiful illustrations and poignant storytelling, the video reminds us that a better world is possible, and we can all be agents of change in its creation.”
5. What to Do When Your Highly Sensitive Soul Is in Overdrive.
6. Triptych for Hard Times from Jena Schwartz. “You are still here. You are breathing. You are alive. You have the strength, and you have the capacity. So tell me: Do you have the will? What will you do? Who will you be?”
7. The Romantic, Failed Experiments of American Utopias. “The history of American communes is one of imperfect people trying to make a perfect place.”
8. How to Write Personal Essays Through Who You Are. “This exercise is meant to let you use a part of your identity as a perspective, rather than just a subject that you’re putting under pressure and scrutiny.”
9. Memoir Monday, “The best first-person writing from across the web, all in one place.”
10. Good stuff from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds: “Don’t Complain” Is Not A Winning Political Message, and Things Are Fucked, And Our Leaders Lack The Will To Unfuck Them, and Sometimes Writing Is Finding A Place To Put All Your Rage, Sorrow, And Even Joy.
11. From The People: Your Indigenous Marketplace and Community. Support indigenous creators. In related news, Haipažaža Pȟežuta has some really great products.
12. Art on Instagram: Jake Annetts: Free-hand embroidery art and Phyllis Gorsen: Painter and collage artist based in Philadelphia.
13. Advocacy on Instagram: Alok Vaid-Menon on the dangerous rise in legislation around gender and sex and Belle Kurve on the importance of voting.
14. Wisdom from Mindy Tsonas Choi’s recent newsletter: “What I know about our world today, and my place in it, is that we need so much more slowness, softness, and spaces for collective regeneration, trust and capacity building, imagination, and connection (not bypass) – and I really want to be a part of helping to holding this energy.” Check out her beautiful new website: Collective Belonging Ecologies.
15. The Cost of Call-Out Culture from Andrea Gibson. In related news, That time I accidentally cancelled someone (kind of) from Caroline Dooner. Side note: you do all realize that I don’t always 100% agree with the things I post, right? Some I do, some I don’t, and some I’m not sure — and, I’m constantly considering new information and perspectives, and changing my mind. On this particular subject, the jury is still out for me.
16. Q&A about Readers Write With Sun Associate Editor Derek Askey. When I get my new issue each month, I go straight to Readers Write.
17. Feeling afraid of showing your true self? “LGBTQ+ people have given us a unique and priceless gift.”
18. A Big Shitty Party: Six Parables of Writing about Other People. “I’ve narrowed my own stories down to the six episodes that have most shaped my own ethical code for implicating others in my work. If I could write worthwhile books in such a way that it wouldn’t upset anyone, I would. Unfortunately, that kind of writing has mostly proved not worthwhile. I often write about the things I can’t speak of, and one of the most common reasons that I can’t speak of them is because it would upset people. So, for better and worse, I have faced the consequences, sometimes with more grace than other times. If I could, I would change some of my choices, but not many.”
19. earth.fm, whose tagline is: “like Spotify, but for natural soundscapes.” Earth FM is “a non-profit, free repository of pure, immersive natural soundscapes as a fundraising platform for local, grassroots charities that support the restoration of our natural world.”
20. Demand responsibility by Seth Godin.
21. This Is What a Real Apology Looks Like (And Why They’re So Hard to Get). “Saying, ‘I’m sorry’ is about much more than the words — it’s about the empathy, actions, and intent behind the words, too.”
22. 3 Simple Ways to Reject Productivity Culture from Courtney Carver on Be More With Less.
23. Country diary: Why I let nature take its course in my ever-changing garden. I love a garden that is full and wild.
24. Interview with Daisy Haggard: ‘Forget work. Let’s just talk about Wotsits.’ “After a string of hits including Back to Life and Breeders, the actor and writer is hot property. So why does she only want to discuss crisps?”
25. Remarkable friendships from the animal world on CBS Sunday Morning. “In the leafy Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey lies a very different kind of farm: the astonishing Funny Farm, a not-for-profit animal sanctuary open to the public two days a week, created by New Jersey’s own Doctor Doolittle, Laurie Zaleski. Every animal here is a rescue – abused, abandoned, disabled – and Zaleski has healed and protected more than 600 animals over the last 20 years, from retired racehorses to raucous roosters.”
26. Clusters of Diaphanous Textile Sculptures by Mariko Kusumoto Evoke the Ocean Floor.
27. Flora and Fauna Converge as Fantastic Hybrid Creatures in Jon Ching’s Oil Paintings.
28. In ‘Extinct and Endangered,’ Photographer Levon Biss Magnifies the Potential Loss of Insects Around the Globe.
29. A New National Anthem, a poem by Ada Limón. In related news, I,Too by Langston Hughes, and “What to the Slave Is the 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’s Historic Speech.