1. 12 Reasons to Celebrate Introverts on World Introvert Day (Jan. 2). In related news, How to Find Peace in the Chaos When You’re a Highly Sensitive Introvert.
2. 22 Ways To Simplify Your Life from Courtney Carver on Be More With Less.
3. The world as it is from Seth Godin.
4. The Five Things Essay. “An all-purpose writing prompt to help you find your voice, lose your voice, beat writer’s block, or figure out what the hell you want to write about in the first place.”
5. Good stuff from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds: The Death And Rebirth Of A Year: What Happened In 2022, What May Happen In 2023 and Writer’s Resolution 2023: Mounting An Aggressive Defense.
6. Unruly Sainthood, “Dorothy Day, Catholic anarchy, and neurodivergence.”
7. Saying Goodbye, a poem from Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.
11. The Alt-Right Manipulated My Comic. Then A.I. Claimed It. on The New York Times.
14. Pelé, Brazil’s mighty king of ‘beautiful game,’ has died. I adored Pelé. Watching him play football was like watching someone dance, joyful and graceful, and as this article describes it: fluid and fast.
16. Dave Attell Bids a Heartfelt (and Hilarious) Farewell to Carolines on The New York Times. “Each year, the comic headlined the club during the holidays. With the space closing, his final show there was a mix of deadpan and melancholy notes.”
17. Leave Room For Your Future Self, a comic.
18. In search of an attainable New Year’s resolution. “How to actually improve your life, one small change at a time.”
19. 71 of Our Favorite Facts of 2022 on The New York Times. “Each day, Times Insider editors scour the newspaper for the most interesting facts to appear in articles. Here are facts that surprised, enlightened or entertained us this year.”
20. Stop tying yourself in knots: what stress does to your body – and how to beat it. “From migraines to IBS, back pain and hair loss, millions of us suffer health problems triggered by stress and anxiety. Here’s how to deal with them.”
21. Holiday Illustrations For The Culture from PBS. “Representation in media is not only important, it is vital. As a team, we have always understood the importance of seeing oneself represented both on and off screen. Throughout the course of 2022 we commissioned holiday art from artists across the country of varying cultural backgrounds. The task? Create a captivating illustration that celebrates a holiday from the artist’s unique perspective. Some artists drew inspiration from their family traditions while others depicted the historical reason for celebrating. We also asked each artist to provide a writing sample that explained the illustration and spoke to their connection to the holiday itself. From Lunar New Year to Kwanzaa, we collaborated with these BIPOC artists to help educate and inspire.”
22. Winter Fruit, a gorgeous poem and post from my friend Wendy.
23. 30 Day Meditation Challenge with Joel, from the beautiful Instagram page @asoulcalledjoel. “Join me each morning at 7:30 am Central Standard Time [beginning January 9th] for a 30-minute live stream with moments of gratitude, live music, and meditation. Let’s start 2023 out with a practice that supports, lowered stress and anxiety, greater emotional regulation, reduced fight or flight response, and greater well-being.”
24. It’s a Sin Official Trailer (video). “The latest masterpiece from the creator of Queer As Folk (UK) is as devastating as it is endearing. A heartfelt chronicle of young friends navigating the joys, heartbreak, and outlandish parties that await them amidst an epidemic in 1980s London.” Queer as Folk is one of my all time favorite TV shows (both the UK and USA versions), the kind of show where you fall in love with the characters, laugh and get your heart broken. I just finished It’s a Sin and it is just as good. LA!
30. This almost makes me want to get a bird. (Instagram Reel). “This bird loves kisses. ‘I named him Hamlet because he acts like a little dramatic blue prince.'”