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Something Good

1. Tim Conway reveals joke that made Harvey Korman wet his pants on ‘The Carol Burnett Show’Growing up, this was one of my favorite shows, probably the origin of my love for comedy, especially from funny women. I loved when they broke character and made each other laugh (this skit in particular), which may be the origins of my love for bloopers and gag reels.

2. Buzz stops: bus shelter roofs turned into gardens for bees and butterflies“Bee bus stops first appeared in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Now the UK is planning for more than 1,000 and there is growing interest across Europe and in Canada and Australia.”

3. Watch: Lioness, four cubs create ‘cutest traffic jam ever’“Recent footage captured in South Africa’s Kruger National Park shows a momma lion gracefully leading four cubs along a paved road while tourists follow closely behind.”

4. 36 Cozy and Feel-Good Fantasy and Sci-Fi BooksIn related news, 14 Recommended Poetry Collections for Winter 2022, and Our 23 Favorite LGBTQ+ Books of 2022, and The Best Art Books of 2022.

5. Kindred Official Trailer (2022)(video) “Based on the best selling novel by Octavia E. Butler comes FX’s Kindred, all episodes streaming 12.13. Only on Hulu.” Octavia Butler is one of my favorite authors and I’m so excited they are starting to adapt some of her work to film, and the trailer for this looks so promising, so good.

6. Recipes I want to try: Slice & Bake Coconut Shortbread Cookies, and Circus Animal Blondies, and BBQ Chicken Pizza Tacos.

7. Studying the genetics and evolution of dogs’ friendliness“You’ve heard of survival of the fittest, but a scientist at Duke University says the term that may best describe dogs’ evolutionary success is survival of the friendliest.”

8. TikTok star Noodle the pug dies at age 14“Noodle won over the internet with nearly daily videos of a game called ‘no bones.’ Graziano would hoist Noodle out of his bed and if the pug flopped back down, it was a ‘no-bones’ day, warning people to take it easy and avoid risks. If he remained standing, it was a ‘bones’ day, encouraging people to take risks and indulge.”

9. How Do AI Art Generators Create Original Artwork? “Can Machines Create Art That Is Truly Unique and Original?”

10. Am I Still a Real Writer If I Don’t Feel Compelled to Write?

11. A Therapist Explains 5 ‘Thinking Errors’ That Lead to Overthinking.

12. The Cult of Thinness Is Making a Depressing Comeback“For those of us who remember Slim Fast, Weight Watchers and ‘thigh gaps’, pop culture’s return to aspirational skinniness is more than jarring.”

13. Explore the Vast Archive of the Museum of African American History and Culture Through Its New Digital Platform.

14. Meet Shauna White Bear, moccasin maker“‘I don’t believe it’s cultural appropriation if you are purchasing from a Native artist,’ she said. ‘You’re supporting us.'”

15. Comedian Rob Delaney discusses new memoir, fatherhood, family and grief“Comedian and actor Rob Delaney joins ‘CBS Mornings’ to discuss his new memoir ‘A Heart That Works.'”

16. Tarot Prompts for Writers“There’s no better place to find inspiration than a character-driven tarot spread.”

17. Portland Japanese Garden is ablaze with fall colors“With winter weather looming, it seems that fall has come and gone much too quickly. Perhaps one of the most beautiful places to see the fall colors on display is at the Portland Japanese Garden. If you weren’t able to get there this year, take a look at this video by OPB photographer Brandon Swanson, who captured the serenity and beauty in this special place.”

18. Ron Finley Project“The Ron Finley Project is teaching communities how to transform food deserts into food sanctuaries, and teaching individuals how to regenerate their lands into creative business models. We envision and want to facilitate a world where gardening is gangsta! Gangsta: projecting strength on one’s own terms, hip, cool, innovative, revolutionary, resolute, vital, the cutting edge.”

19. Wisdom from Jami Attenberg: “Being alone is helpful for the creative process but we need to know we are loved, too, and not entirely alone in this world, that when we emerge from the creative cocoon there will be someone there waiting for us.”

20. 10 Tips to Survive Working With the Public When You’re an IntrovertIf I ever have to do paid work again that isn’t teaching, I really hope it’s not working with the public. I did that for 20+ years, and it almost destroyed me.

21. What the Times is really saying is: “Fat people, go die in silence.” A twitter thread about an important topic.

22. Good stuff from Seth Godin: Confidence doesn’t help win the lottery, and When we look in the mirror, and Expertise.

23. Why Highly Sensitive Introverts Become ‘Rescuers’ — And How to Stop.

24. Creativity: It’s a Muscle.

25. Climate Action Starts in Your Own Hometown“Turn your city into a climate sanctuary, lobby your elected officials, and try out these other ways to make change globally by acting locally.”

26. 61 Days of Festive Activities to Close Out the Year.

27. The Best Way to Deal with Dissatisfaction (It’s Not What You Think).

28. David Bird’s whimsical Becorn sculptures

29. Stop Trying to Be Productive“Jenny Odell, author of ‘How to Do Nothing,’ wants you to stop giving into the pressure of getting shit done.” This article is from three years ago, but during this season in particular it’s still relevant.

30. The Art Stories Colossal Readers Loved Most in 2022.

Something Good

Image by Eric, a view of Fort Collins from the foothills

1. December Reflections hosted by Susannah Conway, “A gentle and creative way to reflect back on 2022.”

2. An antidote from Seth Godin.

3. Decolonizing Thanksgiving“In 2016, Bioneers made a commitment to decolonize Thanksgiving, by recognizing and sharing the truth of what this holiday means for Native Americans and all Americans. On this page, you can find resources to learn more about what it means to decolonize Thanksgiving, from articles to videos, and curriculum.” In related news, Native foods educator Valerie Segrest on marking Thanksgiving with respect, and Immerse Yourself in the Work of Indigenous Writers With This Anti-Colonial Reading List, and IllumiNative (“Our mission is to build power for Native peoples by amplifying contemporary Native voices, stories, and issues to advance justice, equity, and self-determination”), and Thanksgiving is a Tradition. It’s Also a Lie, and Truthsgiving: The True History of Thanksgiving.

4. Somatics + Embodiment (wtf are they and why do we even care?)(video) From Jes Baker.

5. David Bowie on Creativity and His Advice to Artists“It’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations.”

6. Craft Talk: The Paint Job from Jami Attenberg. I love how Jami’s posts about writing are almost always also applicable to life in general.

7. Creative Living with Jamie Episode 290: Sam Tucker(video)

8. Storytelling and the Art of Tenderness: Olga Tokarczuk’s Magnificent Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech“Tenderness is the most modest form of love. It is the kind of love that does not appear in the scriptures or the gospels, no one swears by it, no one cites it… It appears wherever we take a close and careful look at another being, at something that is not our ‘self.’”

9. Wisdom from Octavia Butler, (by way of Jena Schwartz’s Dispatches from Daily Life): “First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.”

10. This Week, Billionaires Made a Strong Case for Abolishing Themselves on The New York Times. “[B]illionaires are not our saviors. They are our mistake.”

11. New Guidelines for Weight Loss Surgery? from Ragen Chastain.

12. Gratitude from Robert Jones, Jr.. “In the midst of despair, I seek out, with intention, the reasons to be grateful.”

13. Supporting Young Farmers of Color Can Help the U.S. Meet Its Climate Goals.

14. The Walking Ghost Phase Of Twitter, And Where The Hell Do We Go From Here from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds.

15. Holiday Anxiety? 5 Ways To Stress Less And Enjoy The Holidays.

16. We Got Gay Married!! Here Are The Photos!! from Mary Lambert.

17. Some of the Books, Podcasts, and TV Shows I loved in 2022I always find something new in these sorts of lists, something worthy I would have never known about otherwise. In related news, Announcing The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of 2022, and NPR Books We Love 2022, and 100 Notable Books of 2022 on The New York Times. 

18. I Followed a 1920s Cleaning Routine for a Week — And It Was Nearly ImpossibleIn related news: I despise dusting. I know it needs to be done, but it’s just so…dumb.

19. 15 Ways To Deal With A Toxic Family During The HolidaysI’d add, “or any time at all.”

20. How to Comfort a Friend Or Co-worker Going Through a Hard Time.

21. What Are The 7 Types Of Rest? (Plus, The Best One For You).

22. The Simple Little Secret That Will Help You Live a Healthy Life from Courtney Carver on Be More With Less.

23. Machine Embroidered Landscapes by Rachel Wright textile artist / EnglandStunning!

24. Army Veteran Went Into ‘Combat Mode’ to Disarm the Club Q Gunman on The New York Times. “Richard M. Fierro, who served for 15 years in the military, was at the nightclub in Colorado Springs with his family when the gunman opened fire. ‘I just knew I had to take him down,’ he said.” In related news, Those we lost in the Club Q shooting and How to help Colorado’s queer community right now.

25. Synonyms for Belonging from Jena Schwartz.

26. Recipes I want to try: Sheet Pan Thanksgiving, and sour cream and chive fantails, and Wonton Soup, and drop cornbread biscuits, and Lemon Oatmeal Sugar Cookies.

27. In the strawberry fields of Spain, migrants from Africa work in hope of a better life.

28. Why Brussels Sprouts Taste Better Than They Did When You Were A Kid“Your tastebuds don’t deceive you: Brussels sprouts actually taste better than they used to.”

29. 12 Tiny Stories of Gratitude on The New York Times.

30. How to handle an overload of grief“When losses stack up, how are you supposed to manage?”

31. Kindness 101: A lesson in gratitude(video) “As part of our ongoing series, Kindness 101, CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman and his kids are sharing stories built around themes of kindness, character and the people who’ve mastered both. His latest lesson is gratitude.”

32. How did I not know about Wolfenoot?! “A celebration of canines and kindness” and “It is when the Spirit of the Wolf brings and hides small gifts around the house for everyone. People who have, have had, or are kind to dogs get better gifts than anyone else. You eat roast meat (because wolves eat meat) and cake decorated like a full moon.”

33. Zoo camera captures incredible moment mama chimp is reunited with her two-day-old baby“When Kucheza raised his little hand and Mahale realized he was there, everyone felt her joy.”

34. Isobelle Ouzman, Altered Book SculpturesSo gorgeous.