Something Good

1. Four Days of Wild Writing with Laurie Wagner. One of my primary practices with one of my most beloved teachers. Starts tomorrow.

2. 12 of the Most Spectacular Hummingbirds in the World.

3. Jurassic Nature: Botanical Assemblages by Raku Inoue Recreate Dinosaurs in Leafy Layers.

4. America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurstona 6-episode series on PBS hosted by author, cultural activist, and Emmy®-nominated host Baratunde Thurston, executive producer and host of How to Citizen with Baratunde, which Apple named one of its favorite podcasts of 2020.

5. When to Just Quit Already.

6. Meditation Is a Political Act on Lion’s Roar. “Meditation is about facing suffering squarely and seeing reality clearly. That’s why it’s the best starting place if you want to help a troubled world, says Zen teacher Dan Zigmond.”

7. Stepping Into Truth Podcast: Detoxing from America’s wellness culture with Kerri Kelly“In her new book, American Detox: The Myth of Wellness and How We Can Truly Heal, and in this conversation, Kerri explores the ways in which our culture of wellness perpetuates systems that are deeply unwell. She leads us in a conversation that helps us find our way towards the deep, connected wellness that nourishes us all and away from individualistic focus that keeps us stuck in unhealthy comparison and competition.” The subtitle of this podcast series is “Conversations on Social Justice and How We Get Free,” and is described this way, “Navigating our way through this complex, challenging time requires taking a clear look at the issues we’re confronting. Join Omkari Williams and her guests as they take on some of the most pressing issues of our time.”

8. Son of Baldwin — a place for discussions of race, sexuality and gender — retires“After 14 years of running the social-justice blog Son of Baldwin, author Robert Jones Jr. announced that he is retiring the social-media community he built.”

9. Love Is A Classroom: Learning to ace tenderness from Andrea Gibson.

10. The Human Kaleidoscope and the Unwritten Story of the World: “Radiolab” Creator Jad Abumrad’s Superb Caltech Commencement Address“A ten-year-old boy on the side of a Lebanese mountain road, three generations of monarch butterflies, and the history of the future.”

11. Snack Club: A Tingly Feeling (with Jonny Sun).

12. On aging: Insights from envy (“Thoughts on ageing, envy and living in the in-between” from Susannah Conway) and Sorry Anne, you’re dismissed from Jo Hanlon-Moores.

13. There have been over 300 mass shootings so far in 2022The data is overwhelming and doesn’t lie: we have a big problem. In related news, In Uvalde, he lost 11 students and was badly wounded. Now he looks for a path forward, and The Cycle of Harm in Over-Policing Black and Brown Communities.

14. Austin Kleon on the Gift of Obscurity: In Conversation with Brad Listi on Otherppl.

15. Heroic Mississippi teen rescues three girls and a police officer from drowning in a river.

16. The Pleasures of Tsundoku, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Book Piles“That the haphazard placement of titles around the house is not a mess, but an invitation to serendipitous rediscovery. That the seeming randomness of individual piles is not disorganization, but a potential generator of illuminating juxtapositions.”

17. Some Surprising Good News: Bookstores Are Booming and Becoming More Diverse on The New York Times. “More than 300 bookstores have opened in the past couple of years — a revival that is meeting a demand for ‘real recommendations from real people.'”

18. The Healing Power of Strength Training on The New York Times. “Everyone knows that weight lifting increases physical strength. But, for some, it can give psychological power, too.”

19. Are We Still Monogamous? And 6 Other Questions to Ask Your Partneron The New York Times. “After two years of tumult, these essential conversations can help couples talk about what’s working, what’s not and where the relationship is headed.”

30. Having Given Up by Jeff Oaks.

31. Recipes I want to try: Monte Cristo Sliders and just about everything on Smelly Lunchbox.

32. What Critical Race Theory Is—and What It Isn’t“Critical race theory is more patriotic than those who are opposed to it because its framers believe in the promises of equality.”

33. Uncovering the Asian American Old West“Asian Americans were conveniently written out of history about the Old West. But they were present—and prolific.” How wild and wonderful would it be if we actually collectively committed ourselves to facing the truth, our real history?

34. He Had a Dark Secret. It Changed His Best Friend’s Lifeon The New York Times. “Tin Chin and Mo Lin were inseparable at the homeless shelter. But one of the men wasn’t who he seemed to be.”

35. Therapist explains how trying to be a perfectionist is counterproductive for one’s well-being“According to trauma therapist Kobe Campbell, the quest for perfectionism might inadvertently be doing us more harm than good.” I started following her on Instagram after seeing this, and she is GOOD.

36. The Cardboard Sculptures of Artist Warren King Are an Homage to His Chinese HeritageIn related news, Expressive Portraits Made as Scrap-Metal Mosaics Question Societal Notions of Value.

37. One woman dominated the awards at a Virginia county fair. Then the internet went wild.

38. Los Angeles Returns $20 Million Beachfront Property To Black Family — Almost 100 Years After The County Seized It“Bruce’s Beach was originally owned by Willa and Charles Bruce, who made the property into an oasis for Black residents, but local officials used a loophole to wrest the land away from them in 1924.”

39. Beguiling Sculptures by Lana Crooks Fabricate Anatomical Parts from Wool and Silk.

40. How to Follow the News Without Spiraling into Despair“Name your emotions. Take action. Know your limits. These seven mindfulness-based strategies can help you stay grounded while caring deeply about the world.”

41. 25 years on, Lilith Fair is a reminder of how one woman’s radical idea changed music.

42. Turtles, Ducklings, and Pheasants Comprise an Adorable Menagerie of Miniatures by Fanni Sandor.

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