1. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön: “The innocent mistake that keeps us caught in our own particular style of ignorance, unkindness, and shut-downness is that we are never encouraged to see clearly what is, with gentleness. Instead, there’s a kind of basic misunderstanding that we should try to be better than we already are, that we should try to improve ourselves, that we should try to get away from painful things, and that if we could just learn how to get away from the painful things, then we would be happy. That is the innocent, naïve misunderstanding that we all share, which keeps us unhappy.”
2. 5 Ways To End the Endless Game of Catching Up from Courtney Carver on Be More With Less.
3. Impossible Generosity: A Poem for my Daughter by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.
4. Realize Your True Nature on Lion’s Roar. “Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche presents practices for recognizing the true nature of mind — empty and open, luminous and aware.”
5. Good stuff from Seth Godin: Making Change Happen, The 500 Ways, and Foibles.
6. 10 Organizations You Can Support On Trans Day Of Visibility & Every Day.
7. 6 Ways to Help After the School Shooting in Nashville (Including, Not Giving Up). In related news, Republicans Want You to Forget Their Complicity in the Nashville Shooting, and I Hate Guns (an Instagram reel from Andrea Gibson), and Tennessee Republican responds to ‘hatred’ over remarks that nothing will ‘fix’ school shooting, and A therapist has advice for how to cope with repeated mass shootings: Lean into family, and This Is America: Where Everything’s Made Up and Lives Don’t Matter, and How Can We Be a Country That Does This to Our Children? on The New York Times. Guns are now the leading cause of death for children in the United States and the Nashville Covenant School shooting marked the country’s 130th mass shooting of 2023.
8. A journal is a magic space to hang out from Austin Kleon.
9. COVID poetry: how a new genre is helping readers to comprehend the pandemic.
10. The Dumpster Project.
11. Noa Goffer satisfies her materialistic urges by drawing her wish list instead.
12. What a Year Brings.
13. 30 Books Critics Think You Should Read Right Now.
14. All my art supplies cost me double from Danny Gregory.
15. What makes me happy now, a series on The Guardian, “Writers consider what happiness means to them after the reckoning of the past few years.”
16. There Are 3 Different Types of Sensitivity. Which One (or Ones) Are You? All three over here.
17. My Marriage Was Never the Same After That. “In 2016, I wrote a poem that went viral. My home life got complicated,” an excerpt from Maggie Smith’s upcoming memoir, You Could Make This Place Beautiful.
18. On the confusion of diet culture, an Instagram reel from Alex Light. This is why those of us with human bodies need to trust ourselves first rather than listening to the Tower of Babel that is the wellness industry.
19. Judy Blume Forever, a new documentary on Amazon Prime, just in time for the release of Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret. In related news, Judy Blume: book banning now much worse in US than in 1980s.
20. Recipe I want to try: Bean and vegetable burritos. I’ve also accumulated a TON of Instagram reels with recipes, too many to try and share here, so much so that my feed of recommended videos is now mainly recipes and animals and cute kids and artists making their art, and I’m okay with that since those are the things I love the most.
21. Loveland’s High Plains Environmental Center Shows Native Landscapes Can Flourish Within An Urban Environment. In related news, The lessons of Earth Day live on.
22. 8 Valid Reasons Why Highly Sensitive Introverts Might Step Back From a Friend.
23. Heron, Returning, a poem by Christian Ward. I love herons, and poetry, so much.
24. Classical marble sculptures covered with traditional Far Eastern tattoos by Fabio Viale.
25. 11 Black Farmers And Black-Owned Farmlands To Inspire Your Green Thumb.
26. griefKit, “This griefKit has articles, essays, books, communities, mindful movement, music, podcasts, recipes, tools, and considerations to help you make it through whatever kind of grief you’re navigating. We see you and invite you to give yourself more grace. We hope something or (a few somethings) in here helps you feel a little less raggedy, find words for your experience, remember to find joy and be gentle with yourself in its absence.”
27. Fascinating organic-shaped copper wire sculptures by Sally Blake.
28. Meet Stumpy, the cherry blossom tree stealing hearts by striving through the thick and thin.
29. Stop overwatering your houseplants, and other things plant experts want you to know.
30. ‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ Plunders $15.3 Million Opening Day. Eric and I went to see this last week and it was really good: the acting and the story were great and it was really funny — no need to know anything about D&D to enjoy the movie. Then yesterday, I watched This Is Where I Leave You on Netflix, and it was really good too, for all the same reasons.
31. 9 easy ways to make your life a little better.
32. Pink Peonies Burst with Life in Hyperrealistic Oil Paintings by Maria Marta Morelli. *swoon*
P.S: Since I’m having major surgery on Wednesday, in all likelihood I’ll need next Monday off from posting this list, maybe the Monday after — who knows. Hopefully the 575 other lists I’ve made over the years have earned me some time off. 🙂
That Pema Chodron quote. 💕
I will definitely use the plant care guide.
I will selfishly miss these posts. Take care of yourself. We will be here when you get back. 😘❤️
I know. Pema has a way of distilling the dharma to something relatable and understandable and workable.
And I will miss making these posts — I’d much rather be doing them than what I’m doing instead. 🥴💩
There are so many good things here, thank you. I have a lot of things bookmarked to read in-depth later. The three types of sensitivity…I’m with you; I have all three. Just started the book, “Sensitive”.
I will be thinking about you on Wednesday and sending love, light and prayers your way.
Oh, let me know what you think of “Sensitive.” And thank you, for the love, light and prayers, and for being here. ❤