1. Wisdom from Tulku Thondup: “Loving-kindness is the essence and nature of the whole world and of every being. To see and experience this is to realize who we are. We can all observe that, if someone is in a quiet, undisturbed place for example, in nature he or she will become more peaceful. The more peaceful that person becomes, the more joyful, wise, and helpful they will be to others. That is a clue that our human nature in its normal, undisturbed state is not violent or harmful, but loving.”
2. Dharma for a Traumatized World on Lion’s Roar. “The cause of our global suffering is forgetting that we belong to one another and to the earth. Tara Brach recommends four practices to nourish a sense of collective belonging.”
3. A Simple Pie. “Gratitude washed over me: for modern medicine that shrinks tumors and gives back possibility; for my amazing body that keeps on going, that can start over from such weakness to strengthen again bit by bit; for this tradition and practice of baking for another holiday season; for my place in it all.”
4. Unravel Your Year workbook and Find Your Word ebook from Susannah Conway, (free!). “Filled with questions, insightful prompts, calendar pages and so much more, it’ll help you take stock of the year that’s ending and prepare you for a new ride around the sun. PLUS! You’ll also get the Find Your Word ebook to help you uncover your power word for 2023!”
5. One Idea Books & Gifts, Alexandra Franzen’s new store. “We specialize in books—written by women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ authors—and unique, memorable, hand-crafted gifts.”
6. #50. English ivy, and a goodbye: On endings, a final post on Bulletin from Jonny Sun.
7. The 10 Best Books of 2022 on The New York Times. In related news, The Non-Comprehensive Non-Exhaustive List Of Cool Stuff I Liked In The Year 2022 from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds, and Favorite Books of 2022 from Maria Popova on The Marginalian, and Books for Everyone on Your List, and 14th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards.
8. The Chills at Will Podcast with Robert Jones Jr. (video version) in which podcast host Pete discusses with Robert about “the festive national Book Awards 2022, his early reading of comic books, his life-changing exposure to James Baldwin’s work, his incredible Son of Baldwin platform, a dearth of representation for Black queer people that led him to write the book he wanted to read, the wonderful literary community and its inspiration for his work, and the work of art that is The Prophets, with its myriad standout lines, memorable characters, and structure that makes it a true classic and work of art.”
9. The Creativity Talks Podcast Episode 18: Coherence and Creativity (video version). “Crystal chats with Fabeku Fatunmise, artist, writer, author, spiritual practitioner, community builder, and business consultant focusing on building businesses that work and feel like home. They discuss the idea of “cohering” and how it applies to the creative process and life.”
11. Modern Love: ‘How Much Was That?’ on The New York Times. “A family obsessed with the cost of things learns a stark lesson in what’s priceless.”
12. Why I’m Done Using And Boosting AI Art from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds.
13. 11 things with cognitive dissonance making an appearance at the 3.5 mark from Jena Schwartz.
14. 7 Things You Definitely Won’t Need This Year (or ever again) from Courtney Carver on Be More With Less.
15. The Secret to Happiness, According to This Harvard Professor: A Reverse Bucket List. “If you want to be truly happy, don’t just think about what to add to your life, but about what to take away.”
18. On Witness and Respair: A Personal Tragedy Followed by Pandemic by Jesmyn Ward. “The acclaimed novelist lost her beloved husband—the father of her children—as COVID-19 swept across the country. She writes through their story, and her grief.” I probably shared this when it was published two years ago, but it’s worth reading again.
19. 16 Signs You Were Raised by a Highly Critical Parent. First on the list? “Frequent criticism early in life can make it hard to trust yourself.” *sigh*
20. Understanding Fight, Flight, Freeze, and the Feign Response: A Reframe of Fawn to Feign.
21. The Cruel Spectacle of ‘The Whale’ from Roxane Gay on The New York Times.