1. Need Peace? 10 Ways to Cultivate Quiet in the Chaos by Courtney Carver on Be More With Less. Who doesn’t want/need this, am I right?
2. So you haven’t caught COVID yet. Does that mean you’re a superdodger? “Hollenbach and her team have found a genetic mutation that doesn’t prevent the virus from infecting cells – that’s what Landau was searching for in his HIV research – but still does something remarkable: It prevents a person from having COVID symptoms.” I know a few people, including me, who have yet to test positive.
5. Earth is now our only shareholder. “Despite its immensity, the Earth’s resources are not infinite, and it’s clear we’ve exceeded its limits. But it’s also resilient. We can save our planet if we commit to it.” In related news, Billionaire No More: Patagonia Founder Gives Away the Company on The New York Times and Don’t Rush to Canonize Patagonia.
6. Thomas C. Foster on the Seven Deadly Sins of Writing. “The Deadly Seven prevent writing from occurring in the first place. Or, like overconfidence and dishonesty, they create something that is rotten at its heart, and no amount of surface grace can improve that sort of decadence.”
7. StyleLikeU | I’m Not a Thing to Be Looked At: Abigail Bengson on the Winding Road Her Body Has Taken. (video) “Abigail Bengson’s body holds endless stories. It tells the story of her miscarriages—and of the arrival of both her beautiful babies. There’s the story of her time as a 300-pound person, years filled with comfort, satisfaction, and joy. It also holds the story of her eating disorder—which arrived after she shed the protective pounds. It keeps close the story of a familial legacy of abuse, and her ability to transform that horror into beauty, time and again. Abigail’s body is never truly hers—but it is an endless moment to enjoy.”
9. 8 Books About Coming into Queer Selfhood. In related news, 7 Banned LGBTQ+ Authors on the Books That Changed Their Lives and Book-Banning Attempts in US Have Reached Unprecedented Level, Libraries Report.
10. Stop Procrastinating With This 4-Step Formula from Courtney Carver on Be More With Less.
11. On the Shortness of Life on Zen Habits. “We could use a daily contemplation on how limited our time is in this life. Most of us avoid thinking about it, or get worked up or sad when we think about it. But it’s a powerful contemplation. Today I’d like to share a series of brief contemplations on the shortness of life, that I find valuable.”
14. How to Work With Anxiety: 3 Techniques For Lasting Change on Lion’s Roar. “Anxiety is a natural response to being human, says Lion’s Roar’s Chris Pacheco. When we try to control our anxious feelings instead of accepting them, we might end up exacerbating fear and worry. Here, he outlines three main strategies for moving through anxiety.”
15. Unselfing Social. I love this idea, although I suppose this weekly list means I’m already doing it: “As an experiment, for one continuous month, make the focus of one in every three things you share on social media — wherever you normally share, however regularly or irregularly you do, however many people you reach — something other than yourself or your own work: a friend’s art project, a stranger’s poem, a record by a musician you love, the tree shimmering with majesty and mystery in the low morning light, someone in your community you admire, a bygone pioneer of something you value, a book that spun you on your axis, the lost cat sign crayoned by a neighbor’s child, the new community garden a few blocks over, news of the dazzling galaxy discovered by the dazzling new space telescope a few million lightyears over.”
16. Frontline: Being Mortal. (video) “FRONTLINE follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande’s new book, Being Mortal, the film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors — himself included — are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.”
18. What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind on The Atlantic. “Grief, conspiracy theories, and one family’s search for meaning in the two decades since 9/11.”
21. Our Bodies Remember the Bodies from Jena Schwartz.
22. Choosing ease. “Sometimes the more easeful thing is exactly enough.”
25. Most of Puerto Rico is still without power as Fiona reaches the Dominican Republic. In related news, on The New York Times, Live Updates: Rescue Operations Underway as Hurricane Fiona Batters Puerto Rico and In Recovery After Storm, Alaska Faces Hard Days Ahead. Maybe Trump could go throw rolls of paper towels at people?
27. Willow the blue heeler and my Ringo have a lot in common. (Instagram reel) The song they chose for this reel is so perfect.