1. Seven Ways to Have a Healthier Relationship With Stress. “A new book by renowned stress researcher Elissa Epel explains how stress affects our bodies at the cellular level and how to manage it better.”
2. 7 Writing Hacks Every Writer Must Know. “Want to write better and quicker? These tips and tricks from the pros will help make the process much easier.”
3. Imagine being loved anyway. “I am convinced more than ever that trust is built not because you are loved, but because someone loved you anyway. They loved you when you were angry, or messy, or cranky or a total and complete pain in the ass. They loved you when you forgot, or remembered—when you said it or when you didn’t say it. They didn’t love you because you could do it—they loved you anyway, even when you couldn’t.”
4. Bruce’s Beach Was Hailed as a Reparations Model. Then the Family Sold It. on The New York Times. “The Bruce family won the return of oceanfront land near Los Angeles seized nearly a century ago. Their decision to sell for $20 million set off a different debate about reparations.”
5. I Was Interviewed While Nearly Naked: And that wasn’t the most vulnerable part! from Andrea Gibson. Even if you don’t read the article, watch the video: How Cancer Transformed My Crushing Anxiety Into Boundless Bliss | Andrea Gibson | What’s Underneath. And if you’ve never seen one of these interviews before, check out the whole series. It’s really great.
6. On Being with Krista Tippett: Ada Limón “To Be Made Whole”. “An electric conversation with Ada Limón‘s wisdom and her poetry — a refreshing, full-body experience of how this way with words and sound and silence teaches us about being human at all times, but especially now. With an unexpected and exuberant mix of gravity and laughter — laughter of delight, and of blessed relief — this conversation holds not only what we have traversed these last years, but how we live forward.”
7. This Black Cemetery Was Left In Ruins–And It’s Not The Only One. “In Potomac, MD., a 150-year-old Black cemetery for former slaves and freed Black people became a dumping ground.”
8. Michelle Yeoh on her Oscar-nominated performance in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’. “The film with the most Oscar nominations this year, ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once,’ became a surprise, breakout hit for audiences and critics. The movie’s star, Michelle Yeoh, has already nabbed a Golden Globe and now has a chance to make history as the first Asian woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress.”
9. Registered dietitian shares 5 common myths about nutrition and food. “These popular nutrition myths may be misguiding your food choices. Here are five bogus myths to ditch immediately for a healthier diet, according to an expert.”
10. I Had One Month Of Bliss After My Daughter’s Birth. Then My Husband’s Health Began To Deteriorate — Rapidly.
11. Your Body Knows You’re Burned Out on The New York Times. “Here’s how to recognize the physical symptoms of work-related stress — and what to do about them.”
12. Rest Before Worry a comic from Connie Sun.
13. My horses absolutely love to go on adventure walks with me. (video)
14. The week I spent with our son Henry after he died. “Grief makes you do some seemingly weird things. Or maybe grief makes us behave in a way that is our truest self, because every impulse I had felt completely organic.”
15. America, Right-Wing Censors and the ‘Battle for the Next Century’ on The New York Times. “This is the New Right’s strategic plan: a relentless push to re-establish and strengthen the straight, cis, patriarchal, white supremacist power structure.”
16. The Best Fruit for Your Gut Health, According to a Gastroenterologist.
17. Photos capture rare snowfall on the Oregon coast. In related news, Drone Footage of Tractor Trailers Stuck on I-5 North.
18. Some Of The Most Iconic Photographs Ever Taken.
19. Boulder fox inspires new album by Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn.
20. Mom asks if 10-year-old’s first composition can be played, then musicians around the world give their take.
21. The Death Of A Pet Should Be Taken More Seriously By Counselors. “Disregarding the severity of pet bereavement can represent a barrier in the healing process.”
22. A Photographer Who Found Instagram Fame for His Striking Portraits Has Confessed His Images Were Actually A.I.-Generated.
23. High-Profile Art Couple Offers Worst Job Ever on The New York Times. “Wanted: Caretaker for child, dogs, chef, nannies, landscapers, housekeeper and guests. A detailed rundown of irritating tasks is the talk of the art-world underclass.”
24. How Long Is Writing Supposed to Take? “Some books take years to write, others months. Can we learn to accept the inefficiency and unpredictability of writing?”
25. Dense Ecosystems with Flowing Water Sources Packed in Vintage Luggage by Kathleen Vance.
26. Newspapers have dropped the ‘Dilbert’ comic strip after a racist rant by its creator. “Well hello, consequences to my actions.” What an idiot.
27. How to help young people limit screen time — and feel better about how they look.
28. Buddhism’s “Five Remembrances” Are Wake-Up Calls for Us All on Lion’s Roar. “Perfectly clear, compassionate, and concise, the ‘Five Remembrances’ are Buddhism at its very best. Koun Franz explains.”
29. Bear: A Soulful Illustrated Meditation on Life with and Liberation from Depression.
30. Running With Hank. “How my daughter’s rambunctious mutt saved my sanity while she was lost to the darkness.” Some day I will have a dog named Hank.
31. Good stuff from Seth Godin: The reality of chasing pop, and Promo creep, and Checking the date.
32. Writer’s Block: Fact or Fiction? “What we mean when we say we can’t write, and what to do when it happens” from Summer Brennan.
33. How to Get Rid of Negative Thoughts on Be More With Less by Tammy Strobel.
34. Loud Quitting from Lisa Congdon on Instagram.
35. The Tyranny of Faux Self-Care. “A bath bomb will not cure….pretty much anything.”
36. 9 Ways Introverts Can Improve Their Emotional Health.
37. 21 Plants That Are Safe for Cats and Dogs.
38. How To Be More Present & Live In The Moment, From Experts. “Practicing mindful awareness in the present moment is a skill. Not only are we navigating our neurobiology, but we also have obstacles in the form of social media, difficult emotions, and other distractions that can pull us out of the present. The good news is that we have research-backed ways to help us become more present with ourselves and each other. The benefits of being more present in our lives are enormous and worth every try.”
39. 50 Little Rituals That Will Keep You Happy, Healthy, and Inspired.
40. Beauty and Terror. “It’s hard to hold both when you are healing—both the beauty and the terror. There are some moments of healing that are so difficult. So massive. Those giant cloud domes filled with lightening. All the pain you experience lighting up as you bring your attention to it.”
Thank you so much for putting this together each week. As always, I am grateful to you and this post. How are you feeling this week?
Thank you for your gratitude. I’m feeling good, but also looking ahead to a time I’m uncertain about (I am going to be getting surgery), so…
Oh, Jill. When will that be?
I have a second surgical consult in two weeks, then I’ll decide on my surgeon and schedule, so probably not for a month or two at least.