1. Wisdom from Ram Dass: “Our journey is about being more deeply involved in Life and yet less attached to it.”
2. Wisdom from Rabindranath Tagore (by way of Jena Schwartz): “Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”
4. 6 Ways Reading Books Benefits Introverts. “For introverts, books provide the perfect escape — you can ‘go out’ into another world while staying in.”
5. Essential, a gorgeous poem from Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.
6. The Signing Line. “But we don’t write toward the signing lines! That jazzy, excited feeling you get if there’s a long line, I know that it doesn’t linger. But the work always does. That satisfaction, that feeling of finishing, completing this beautiful task, making a piece of art, is the memory that nestles inside. We write toward that.”
7. “Every single day I wake up filled.” “A conversation about rabbits and composting and the opposite of self-reliance with Ifeoma Ozoma.”
8. On James Baldwin: An Intimate Look at James Baldwin and His Rarely Discussed Suicide Attempts and 5 Things You Didn’t Know About James Baldwin. Also, James Baldwin Archive on Instagram, “A place to focus on the life & work of Black queer genius James Baldwin.”
10. My Body Is Causing Me Pain – anti-diet approaches from Jenna Hollenstein. “Even though the go-to for many doctor’s is the suggestion to lose weight – and perhaps now this is something that comes up in your own mind as well – there is actually a lot more to do when working with everything from the occasional aches and pains to chronic and debilitating pain that HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WEIGHT LOSS!”
11. All good things from Andrea Gibson: I Got Engaged!: Here’s Our Proposal Story and Don’t Cry, Andrea: How the Worst Advice Became the BEST and I Stopped Waiting For Awe To Find Me: Now, I Find It.
12. About Wabi-Sabi on Lion’s Roar: Wabi-Sabi For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers (“Lion’s Roar presents an excerpt from Leonard Koren’s gem, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers, considered a class statement on this Japanese aesthetic”) and Wabi Sabi Is Imperfect Beauty (“Prizing newness with its sleek and perfect lines has some ugly consequences. An aesthetic alternative, offers author Elizabeth Farrelly, is wabi sabi, a philosophy with roots in Zen tea ceremonies, which posits that beauty lies in what is flawed”).
13. Having a Bad Day? Here Are 11 Simple Reminders to Help You Feel Better. This made me think of one of my favorite printables, Everything is Awful and I’m not Okay: questions to ask before giving up.
14. The Joy of Rest.
15. How to log off.
16. The White House on Twitter, a thread throwing shade at congresspersons who are complaining about student loan forgiveness but had their own PPP loans forgiven. In related news, Wealth is the Missing Piece, “If you want to talk about student loan cancellation, you have to talk about wealth.”
18. Books Unbanned. Brooklyn Public Library in NY has created this program which gives free internet access, for people aged 13-21, to books that are being banned in school districts across the country. In related news, A Teacher Told Students How to Access Banned Books. A State Official Wants Her License Revoked. One of my favorite genres is Dystopian Fiction — I really never thought I’d be living in one.
19. My Dog, My Heart on Lion’s Roar. “Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu discovers you don’t get over the death of a beloved pet. You just learn to love more.”
21. Hacking and whacking the way to writing clarity — and pie. “An author and freelancer contemplates story craft as she tames and harvests the blackberry brambles on her land.”
24. Why the US photographed its own WWII concentration camps. “Dorothea Lange’s photos of the incarceration of Japanese Americans went largely unseen for decades.”
25. Jac Ross covering Tennessee whiskey, one of the best covers of one of the best songs. Jac Ross’s voice is everything.
26. Living Without Air-Conditioning? Here’s How to Stay Cooler at Home on The New York Times. In related news and from the same source, How can I keep my pet cool and safe during a heat wave?
28. Wildlife Photographer of the Year Image Gallery. “View the Wildlife Photographer of the Year images from the current and previous years’ competitions. These images were awarded for their artistic composition, technical innovation and truthful interpretation of the natural world.”
29. Mississippi Crisis Highlights Climate Threat to Drinking Water Nationwide on The New York Times. In related news, How to Help People in Jackson, Mississippi, Right Now, and Avoiding the tap water in Jackson, Miss., has been a way of life for decades, and The flooding in Pakistan is a climate catastrophe with political roots, and How melting glaciers fueled Pakistan’s fatal floods.
30. I thought needing subtitles on TV just meant I was getting old. Turns out it is all the rage among the kids. “Apparently four out of five viewers between 18 and 25 put subtitles on – but it is not for the reasons you might think.”
34. ‘We had such trust, we feel such fools’: how shocking hospital mistakes led to our daughter’s death. “Living with a child for 14 years, they become a part of you: a year after Martha’s death, it’s still so hard to break the lovely habit of her.”
36. Creepy, tiny, beautiful. NoelleBurd Creations on Instagram: “Miniature Artist | Tiny Abandoned Explorer. 1:12 scale miniatures inspired by the abandoned and magical.”
38. Using A Sauna After Working Out May Benefit Your Heart Health. And it just feels good.
39. Barbara Ehrenreich, Explorer of Prosperity’s Dark Side, Dies at 81 on The New York Times. “Her book Nickel and Dimed, an undercover account of the indignities of being a low-wage worker in the United States, is considered a classic in social justice literature.”
43. An A.I.-Generated Picture Won an Art Prize. Artists Aren’t Happy. on The New York Times. In related news, This AI-Generated Artwork Won 1st Place At Fine Arts Contest And Enraged Artists.
45. ‘I’m Not Broken’ is about being broken — and building a new life. “Jesse Leon’s I’m Not Broken is about being broken — but also about changing, growing, and building a new life. A sad, brutally honest, and emotionally gritty memoir about ‘a poor, sexually abused, drug-addicted Chicano kid,’ I’m Not Broken is the kind of narrative that vividly brings to the page the realities of someone ignored by the system and trapped by the streets.”
47. In a Japanese Nursing Home, Some Workers Are Babies on The New York Times. “They get paid in formula and diapers, and their work hours are flexible, in a program that connects people across generations and brightens lives.”
49. With a budget of $100,000, two young architects turned a ‘murder shed’ into a quirky tiny home in LA. Take a look inside. Something you might not know about me: I get really really sad when buildings, in particular homes and schools and churches, are left to decay or are torn down, so a story like this makes me really really happy.
53. ‘Magic in Her Hands.’ The Woman Bringing India’s Forests Back to Life on The New York Times. “Tulsi Gowind Gowda has spent most of her more than 80 years planting and nurturing trees in southern India. ‘I like them more than anything else in my life,’ she said.”
55. Former media exec who found new calling saving donkeys sees surge of adoptions, donations. “Reevaluating his life in the midst of the pandemic, former media exec Ron King found a new mission, saving donkeys from slaughter. Lead national correspondent David Begnaud, who introduced us to King six months ago, talks with him again for the ‘CBS Mornings’ series How Are You Now?'”