1. Why Did the World Fall in Love With Elyse Myers? Great Question, I’d Love to Tell You on Vanity Fair. “The comedian has conquered social media with her honest and hilarious tales of mental health and awkward encounters, and she’s coming for the podcast world.” If you know, you already love her.
2. 10 ways to have a better conversation, from TEDx. “When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. ‘Go out, talk to people, listen to people,’ she says. ‘And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.'” In what seems like related news from Seth Godin, Naysayers (and the grifters).
3. Wisdom from David Whyte: “We often hate ourselves for our procrastination, when it is often only the deeply disguised need to rest deeply enough to reconstitute and reimagine our approach.” In related news, wisdom from Traci Skuce, “Procrastination is not laziness. It’s often your nervous system’s reaction to OVERWHELM.”
6. StoryCorps: Five Years Later, Two Ferguson Protestors Reflect on the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photo that Captured their Anguish — and Connection. “There needs to be more than swords and shields; you need blankets and hugs too.”
7. Melissa & Doug co-founder opens up about her secret struggle on CBS Sunday Morning. “Despite the trappings of success, Melissa Bernstein, co-founder of the iconic toy company, Melissa & Doug, still experienced a lifelong depression. Now she’s created a mental health hub LifeLines to help others.”
8. Recipes I want to try: Choriqueso with Homemade Flour Tortillas, and
blackberry cheesecake galette, and Overnight, Refrigerator Focaccia. I also tried this recipe this week: Easy Zucchini Slice. It was so good, even cold, super easy to make, and I can see how you could add all kinds of other veggies and even meat to customize it. It reminds me of this breakfast bake I make but without the extra step of the biscuits.
9. Therapist on TikTok perfectly explains ‘glimmering’ and how it’s vital for our health. “Glimmers are anything that sparks a sense of joy, awe, or belongingness. It can be noticing the warmth of the sun, something beautiful around you, or seeing a kind face.”
10. I Just Met a Girl Named Maria (Bamford), an interview with one of my favorite comics.
11. Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine: Tiny Desk Concert. (video)
12. Angelina Jordan (13) – All performances – America’s Got Talent: the Champions Season 2. (video) She reminds me of Nora Jones a bit, but is also 100% herself.
13. David Sedaris Eats Until He Hates Himself. “Too much lunch puts me in a stupor, but at night, I really take the gloves off.”
15. Obsessed: Woodstock ’99’s Fire Fest of White Boys Mad About Stuff. “Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 Netflix Documentary Tells The Story of ‘The Day The ’90s Died.'”
16. 13 Diet ‘Truths’ That Are Doing More Harm Than Good. An older article but still relevant.
17. Wilderness First Aid: Colorado, a really cool course that I need to take which “includes the live or recorded session, exam, three-year certification, and 40+ hours of wilderness medicine podcasts,” all for only $35!
18. How to Fall Out of Love With Your Lawn on The New York Times. “In this video essay we argue that it’s time to kill your lawn, not just to save the planet, but for your own health and sanity too. And while the idea of euthanizing such a beloved member of the family might seem harsh, we show the alternatives that could make the loss more bearable.”
19. Extra-special: Ryan O’Connell’s ‘Just By Looking At Him.’ “2022 has been a triumphant year for Ryan O’Connell. The gay writer/actor/director/disability advocate is not only one of the stars of Peacock’s reimagining of ‘Queer as Folk,’ but he wrote the best episode of the series, ‘F—Disabled People,’ which featured a disabled sex party orgy or crip rave. Now he’s penned his debut novel, scoring another home run.”
20. Subverting a Preppy Classic on The New York Times. “Customized L.L. Bean tote bags have become blank canvases for a contemporary sense of humor.”
21. People shared the important lessons of the pandemic. Here are 21 of the most cathartic. “It changed how we worked, socialized and saw humanity.” Some of these are really good, but #14 is petty af, implying that while parents were home with their kids during the pandemic, they had “time off” with their kids and should have been teaching them all the things so the kids were more “advanced” when they returned. Um, that’s not how it worked, in particular for working parents who were still actively working.
22. Jo Koy on Comedy They Told Him Wouldn’t Work on The New York Times. “The standup’s breakthrough film, ‘Easter Sunday,’ focuses on Filipino family themes dear to him, especially after naysayers said audiences couldn’t relate.” If going to a movie theater were a thing I still did, I’d want to see his new flick.
23. Mark Manson, the Self-Help Guru Who Burned Out on New York Magazine. “Mark Manson sold 12 million copies of his self-help hit, ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck.’ Then he started taking his own advice.”
24. Heartstopper Season 2: Everything We Know So Far. “Alice Oseman’s cozy queer rom-com is coming back to Netflix.”
25. The Sandman review – Neil Gaiman has created 2022’s single greatest hour of TV drama. “This dark, engrossing comic book adaptation is utterly lavish, and features an emotional depth that’s almost unheard of in fantasy epics. It should delight fans and newcomers alike.”
27. On the Link Between Great Thinking and Obsessive Walking. “From Charles Darwin to Toni Morrison, Jeremy DeSilva Looks at Our Need to Move.”
28. Writers and Liars: On Fact, Fiction, and Truth. “Leslye Penelope Considers the Line Between ‘Truthy’ and Truth.”
29. Two Years from Anne Helen Petersen on Culture Study. I love how she talks about her work and the community that’s formed around it, and I ADORE this sentiment in particular, “You all help me see the stars as constellations, to continue to seek meaning and narrative amidst that vast, swallowing unknown.” Also from Anne, Inside the Complex “Social Lab” of PE Class: An interview with Sherri Spelic.
30. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön, “The innocent mistake that keeps us caught in our own particular style of ignorance, unkindness, and shut-downness is that we are never encouraged to see clearly what is, with gentleness. Instead, there’s a kind of basic misunderstanding that we should try to be better than we already are, that we should try to improve ourselves, that we should try to get away from painful things, and that if we could just learn how to get away from the painful things, then we would be happy. That is the innocent, naive misunderstanding that we all share, which keeps us unhappy.”
32. What is Mutual Aid? “While folks from neighborhoods that have faced social and environmental injustices or climate disasters may already be quite familiar with mutual aid, for some of us, this is a new term.”
33. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: May You Be Safe (“As Barbara Gates struggles to protect her adventurous dog Tony from danger, she contemplates the deep aspiration at the heart of loving-kindness practice—may all beings be safe and protected—and wonders what real safety means in this world”) and All Alone or One With Everything? (“Are we all alone in this world or at one with everything? Nick Walser shines a spotlight on the paradoxical nature of loneliness”).
38. The Fascinating Things People Leave Behind in Library Books. “An Oakland librarian and a French teacher in Oklahoma City collect ephemera they discover in returned and used books, from photos and recipes to love letters.”
40. Beauty Finding: it’s an everyday kind of thing from Iridescent Ordinary.