Category Archives: Something Good

Something Good (NaBloPoMo Day Twelve)

1. This Melissa McCarthy Story Just Might (Maybe? Possibly?) Cheer You Up from The New York Times Magazine. “The dynamic star is trying to keep comedy alive at a moment when Hollywood — and its audience — can’t seem to crack a smile.”

2. 4 Curious Traits Of The Enigmatic INFJ Personality.

3. Why your desk job is so damn exhausting.

4. On grief.

5. Yogi Jessamyn Stanley is So Over Wellness Shaming.

6. The Connection Between Mass Shooters and Malignant Narcissism, According to Psychologists. In related news, Deaths From Gun Violence: How The U.S. Compares With The Rest Of The World.

7. In this week’s edition of “People Behaving Badly”: White Man Chases Black Servicewoman Yelling At Her, ‘Take Off That Uniform, N*gger!’, and ‘What a stupid question’: Trump demeans three black female reporters in three days, and GOP Mississippi Senator Jokes About ‘Public Hanging’ and If You’re Offended, Well Tough On You, and Black Man Precludes Casualties in Bar Shootout—Only to be Shot and Killed by Police, and Hospital worker fired after wearing Confederate shirt with noose to polls, and A Black Teen Was Arrested For Wearing A Hoodie In A Memphis Mall And So Was The Person Defending Him, and Election Judge Tells Black Texas Voter to Get Out, Threatens to Call Cops Because Voter Had Questions.

8. Is ‘wokeness’ robbing us of compassion and replacing it with moral superiority? (video)

9. “Girl, Wash Your Face” Is A Massive Best-Seller With A Dark Message. “In her hugely popular book, Rachel Hollis asks women to interrogate the lies they’ve believed about themselves. But what about the ones she’s telling?”

10. Judge Blocks Disputed Keystone XL Pipeline in Setback for Trump on The New York Times.

11. How The Great British Baking Show helps me cope with Trump depression.

12. 19 things you can do to help California wildfire victims right now. In related news, Paradise Fire Victims in Need, a direct fundraiser by Janelle Hanchett.

13. People Are Posting Their Most Embarrassing Childhood Photos, And It’s Impossible Not To Laugh.

14. ‘Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism’ — Watch Emmanuel Macron rebuke Trump’s tough talk right to his face. (video) This kind of push back should be happening to him on the regular, from every direction.

15. 6 Things to Do If You’re Feeling Overwhelmed by All the Tragedy in the News.

16. Stacey Abrams Calls For A Count Of ‘Every Vote’ As Brian Kemp Declares Victory. I’m so glad she hasn’t given up. In related news, this is what she is up against, Georgia’s Kemp Purged 340,134 Voters, Falsely Asserting They Had Moved.

17. Thousand Oaks Massacre: Remembering The Victims.

18. NRA Tweets Warning To Anti-Gun Doctors: ‘Stay In Your Lane’. “Treating bullet wounds, telling parents their children have been fatally shot actually IS their lane, angry physicians respond.” In related news, The 18 most satisfying clapbacks at gun nuts in internet history, and America’s easy access to guns is enabling all these mass shootings, and Thousand Oaks and Our Peculiarly American Affliction.

19. Colorado Just Abolished Slavery … Huh!

20. This guy is trying to legally change his age to date younger women on Tinder. (video) In related news, White ‘Born-Again African’ Wins Grant Meant For Artists of Color.

21. Press Corps Backs CNN’s Jim Acosta, Calling Out Sarah Huckabee Sanders For ‘Complete Lie.’

21. 10 Ways to Be an Ally to Indigenous People.

22. Standing Rock sees record voter turnout in spite of voter ID confusion.

23. LGBTQ Candidates Record Historic Midterm Wins In Rainbow Wave. In related news, A List Of Firsts For Women In This Year’s Midterm Elections, and 19 Black Women Just Became Judges In Texas After Winning In The Midterm Elections.

24. Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis: How to Help from The New York Times.

25. CNN’s Jim Acosta Denied Access To The White House. In related news, Press Corps Backs CNN’s Jim Acosta, Calling Out Sarah Huckabee Sanders For ‘Complete Lie.’

26. 2-year-old creates spooky popcorn.

Something Good (Day Five: NaBloPoMo)

From our walk this morning

1. What’s All This About Journaling? on The New York Times. “One of the more effective acts of self-care is also, happily, one of the cheapest.”

2. She Who Hears the Cries of the World. “In Buddhist iconography, compassion is embodied in the bodhisattva Kuan Yin, who is said to manifest wherever beings need help. Engendering such compassion is not only good for others, says Christina Feldman, it is also good for us. By putting others first, we loosen the bonds of our self-fixation, and in doing so, inch closer to our own liberation.”

3. The problem with people is that they outnumber you from Seth Godin.

4. Love And Light: On Insta-Bullies + The “High Road.”

5. In this week’s “People Behaving Badly”: Middleton Heights staff placed on administrative leave over controversial Halloween outfits, and Michael Cohen Says Trump Repeatedly Used Racist Language Before His Presidency, and White Student at HBCU Law School Antagonizes Her Black Classmates With Racist Comments, and Texas hunters who accidentally shot each other blamed undocumented immigrants, and Republican lawmaker admits writing ‘death to gays’ manifesto, and Trump picks a curious adjective to describe Georgia’s Stacey Abrams, and Signs Of Desperation: Trump’s Racist, Inflammatory Ad, and White Woman Calls the Cops on Black Woman for Canvassing In Wealthy Neighborhood, and Indiana Woman Arrested After Leaving Racist Note On Neighbor’s Door: ‘Some People Find N****rs Stressful’, and #CrosswalkCathy Calls Police on Black Man Because She Didn’t Like The Way He Parked, and Missouri Nurse Fired for Blackface ‘Beyoncé’ Costume.

6. This Girl Bringing Her Mom To Sesame Street For The First Time Is The Purest Thing On The Internet Today.

7. Watch John Lewis Dance To ‘Happy’ At Stacey Abrams Campaign Event. In related news, Michael B. Jordan Knocks On Doors In Georgia To Tell Black Voters To Go To Polls, and Jimmy Carter Calls For Georgia Secretary Of State’s Resignation In Personal Plea.

8. Navajo Artist Creates ‘Make America Native Again’ Hats to Critique Donald Trump’s Campaign Slogan.

9. The Hate U Give Isn’t a Very Good Movie and It’s Very Hard to Say That Out Loud.

10. A Call For A Cease-Fire In Yemen Makes News. Its Catastrophe Doesn’t.

11. Cavalli speaks with his terminally ill grandpa. (video)

12. These two groovy grooms had “the time of their lives” during their wedding dance. (video)

13. Meet the black women doing justice differently in Georgia.

14. 11-year-old trans girl, Poppy, chats with 70-year-old trans woman, Josie, comparing their experiences of growing up trans. (video)

15. America Suddenly Discovers White Supremacy.

16. Trump is lying to scare voters. Migrant caravan families are desperate, not terrorists. In related news, Children of the caravan (a photo essay), and Meet the human beings of the refugee caravan (video).

17. North Dakota tribe’s challenge to voter ID law rejected by judge.

18. Scientist Whose Male Boss Won Nobel For Her Work Is Giving New $3 Million Prize Away. “Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell is creating a scholarship for women, refugees and minorities to study physics.”

19. ‘Are You Actually an M.D.?’: A Black Doctor Is Questioned as She Intervenes on a Delta Flight on The New York Times.

20. Black N.C. Mother Charged With Drowning Death of Her Toddler During Hurricane Florence Gets Support From NAACP.

21. Why Ugliness Is Vital in the Age of Social Media. “ALOK talks with writer and disability justice organizer Mia Mingus about beauty, body positivity, and ableism.”

22. In a low-income neighborhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, “and giving extras away for free to neighbors who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store.” (video)

23. Don Lemon Doubles Down On Comments That White Men Are Biggest Domestic Terror Threat. In related news, Tallahassee Yoga Shooter Was A Far-Right Misogynist Who Railed Against Women And Minorities Online, and 72 hours in America: Three hate-filled crimes. Three hate-filled suspects.

24. Butterfly Preserve On The Border Threatened By Trump’s Wall.

25. The kingdom Choir spreading love on their British Airways flight back from Australia. (video)

26. Doctors and Fat Patients cartoon. I wish this weren’t so accurate…

27. A Prince Documentary Is in the Works at Netflix—with Ava DuVernay at the Helm.

28. Random Cat Crashes Fashion Show, Fights Models.

29. Thousands of Indigenous women and girls in Canada have gone missing or been murdered. And the police are doing nothing about it. (video)

30. Existing While Black: What does it feel like when every move you make is policed?

31. There’s Nothing Virtuous About Finding Common Ground.

32. “Once we told Jude it’s time to go bye bye, he gave every stranger a hug.” (video) Free hugs!

33. The Greensboro Massacre of 1979, Explained.

34. At Trump Rallies, Women See a Hero Protecting a Way of Life on The New York Times.

35. 5 Bad Habits “Woke” People Need to Break.

36. The 97-Year-Old Park Ranger Who Doesn’t Have Time for Foolishness. “As the oldest career National Park Service ranger, Betty Soskin is unabashed about revealing all of America’s history—and her optimism about our future.”

37. Ballet Black help create shoes for non-white dancers.

Something Good

Sunrise at Lory State Park, by Eric

1. Wisdom from David Whyte: “Anger is the deepest form of compassion, for another, for the world, for the self, for a life, for the body, for a family, and for all our ideals, all vulnerable and all, possibly about to be hurt. Stripped of physical imprisonment and violent reaction, anger is the purest form of care, the internal living flame of anger always illuminates what we belong to, what we wish to protect and what we are willing to hazard ourselves for.”

2. The 4 Most Stressful Work Situations For Introverts, Illustrated.

3. Stubborn Woman Finally Seeks Help, and fundraiser by the brilliant Alexis Morgan.

4. If The Doctor Says A Health Issue is Caused By Being Fat from Dances with Fat.

5. Grief Needs a Minute from Jena Schwartz.

6. Dan Rather: I Do Not Think President Trump Is Redeemable.

7. People Are Posting Examples Of How Media Can Manipulate The Truth.

8. In this week’s “People Behaving Badly”: Iowa Man Who Burned Library’s LGBTQ Books Because They Offended His Religion Should Face The Law, and Ryanair racism suspect David Mesher insists ‘I’m not a racist’ before [NOT] apologising to passenger he abused, (So tired of the “sorry, not sorry” non-apologies where the primary concern of the perpetrator is “I’m not a bad person.” Own what you did, take responsibility, actually apologize and do better – it’s so simple), and Accused Kroger shooter has history of mental illness and racist comments, and Police In Ohio Under Scrutiny After Video Shows Officers Punching Face-Down Man, and 2 Texas Judges Sent 20 Percent of All Juveniles to State Prisons Last Year, and White Nationalist Richard Spencer’s Wife Says In Divorce Filings That He Physically And Emotionally Abused Her, and Video: Librarian Calls Cops on Student for Brazen Attempt at #StudyingWhileBlack [Updated], and Asked about conspiracies, Trump admits, ‘There’s no proof of anything,’ and Random-Ass White Woman Rolls Up on Spanish Speaking Family and Demands to See Their Passports, and The Alt-Right is Killing People, and White Woman Fired After Video Shows Her Harassing Black Sisters In Their Apartment Building.

9. Some Texans say voting machines are flipping selections to the other party. In related news, Black Voters in Georgia Say Something Funny Is Going on With Their Voting Machines and In leaked audio, Brian Kemp expresses “concern” over Georgians exercising their voting rights. It’s terrifying how easily people can cheat, steal, lie and get away with it, (because if this is happening, it is intentional). But don’t worry, Georgia Candidate Brian Kemp Claims Voter Suppression Is A ‘Farce,’ Blames Obama.

10. Not a Costume! (video) “Please remember this when dressing for Halloween. Native Regalia is particular and very personal to each person. Please educate yourself and respect each Human’s culture.” In related news, When Is It OK To Wear The Clothing Of Another Culture? and Kentucky Dad Apologizes For Father-Son Nazi Halloween Costumes, (clearly another case of “sorry, not sorry”).

11. It’s a Wrap: NBC Officially Cancels Megyn Kelly Today; Fox Passes on Her Return. In related news, Today Addresses Megyn Kelly’s Blackface Comments; Kelly Tearfully Apologizes and ‘Late Night’ Writer Expertly Dissects Megyn Kelly’s Racist Blackface Comments.

12. #NotRacists Be Like: The Top 10 Phrases Used by People Who Claim They Are Not Racist.

13. Transgender Boy Tells Mom ‘It Shouldn’t Be Scary To Be Who You Are.’ In related news, Gender Variance Around the World Over Time: It’s nothing new and Dear Mr. Trump: I’m Transgender And I Have A Few Things I Want You To Know and All References to Transgender Americans Scrubbed From Government Websites. As I said on Facebook earlier this week, just try to be someone you are not for a whole day. I dare you. Go ahead, try it. You will very quickly realize what you should have already known: things like gender and sexuality are central, core, foundational things, and once you know who you are, you can’t possibly be anyone else. And guess what happens if we just let people be who they are? What happens if we protect their right to live their life as who they are? It’s not going to hurt you one damn bit. In fact, those people, suddenly free to be themselves will be able to finally give the good they have to offer the world instead of spending all of their energy just trying to survive. (Obviously I’m not talking about people whose sexual actions cause real harm to others — don’t be an idiot).

14. Trump is doing all he can to stoke fear about the caravan of migrants journeying to the U.S. — but this journalist is calling bullsh*t. (video)

15. Finally! Black Poll Worker Calls Cops on Suspicious Caucasians for #LurkingWhileWhite.

16. Trump’s lies and fear-mongering have reached a new, terrifying level ahead of the midterms. (video) I can only watch this with the sound off.

17. How Narcissists Play the Victim and Twist the Story.

18. Niecy Nash made this funny (and sort of not funny because it’s true) video for whyte people about calling 911 on POC.

19. Second Black Officer Dies in Aftermath of Deadly South Carolina Mass Shooting.

20. Recipe I want to try: Salvadoran Pupusas As Made By Curly And His Abuelita.

21. Photos of the Central American Immigrant Caravan. In related news, What we know about the latest migrant caravan traveling through Mexico.

22. Cesar Sayoc Jr., Florida man, arrested in pipe bomb case; van with ‘right wing paraphernalia’ seized. In related news, Political Commentator Says She Contacted Twitter About Package Bomber Weeks Ago, and The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Is the ​Inevitable Result of​ Trump’s Vile Nationalism, and Jewish Leaders In Pittsburgh Say Trump Not Welcome There in a letter that ends with, “you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us.” Amen.

23. San Diego Zoo’s newest elephant calf! (video)

24. Raven’s Fractured Leg. Remember the two boys who drove all night in their family’s only car, got lost and showed up late for a tour of CSU? They wanted to go to school here and instead they were racially profiled by a whyte mom who called campus police on them because they were quiet and shy (and brown)? One of their dogs got hurt and they need help paying for vet bills.

25. She tries so hard to get Alexa to play her jam. (video)

26. This dog wins Halloween forever. (video)

Something Good

1. Just 16 Damn Funny Tweets About Being A Writer.

2. Wisdom from Audre Lorde, “I speak out of direct and particular anger at an academic conference, and a white woman says, ‘Tell me how you feel but don’t say it too harshly or I cannot hear you.’ But is it my manner that keeps her from hearing, or the threat of a message that her life may change?”

3. 5 Truths About White Privilege for White People. John Pavlovitz posted this a year ago, but clearly some of you need to hear it again.

4. Paul Jarvis’s new book Company of One is available for pre-order. “Company of One is your official guide to building around the idea that staying small and avoiding growth can be more durable and even more enjoyable than business as usual…The real key to richer and more fulfilling work could be to not create and scale something into a massive corporation, but rather, to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one. This book explains how to do just that.”

5. Real Talk Isn’t Easy from Jena Schwartz. “The less insistent I am about being right and the more intent on moral courage and righteousness — individually and collectively — the clearer the task becomes: To keep doing the work that none of us alone can or will complete. To keep widening the circles while tending to the ones closest to us. To keep asking hard questions and not looking away, not backing away from the moments that make us most confused or agitated or fired up.” In related news, this podcast episode: Talking self care for activists with Jena Schwartz.

6. Yoga for Creating Space, a 28 minute practice video from Yoga with Adriene. In her latest newsletter, where she shared this video, she posed a really important set of questions: “What is it that you would like to do but that you are afraid of? What do you need to make space for?”

7. Write Anyway : January 2019, A workshop with Janelle Hanchett. “Learn to write without giving a shit what people think.”

8. How We Can Address Patriarchy. “Lama Rod Owens on why Buddhist community members — especially male-identified teachers, monks, staff, authorities, and lay practitioners — must confront and deal with ethical misconduct, and how to do it.”

9. Emmett Till’s Father Was Also Hanged: A New Book Tells His Story.

10. Trump Considers Terrifying New Policy to Eliminate Transgender Rights. In related news, Anti-Gay Activists Sue Houston Public Library Over Drag Queen Story Hour.

11. More bad behavior: Mrs. Gayle was called a “black bastard” by a passenger who refused to sit next to her, and Police ‘Activists’ Protest Black Woman Who Made Comments About Police Implicit Bias, and 3 White Women Harassed a Black Gardener for More than a Year. He Got Hit With Stalking Charges, and Three Florida Police Officers Are Sent to Prison for False Arrests on The New York Times, and San Diego Elementary School Principal Apologizes for Warning Parents About Black Man in Hoodie at Starbucks, and “This is voter suppression”: black seniors in Georgia ordered off of bus taking them to vote, and White Woman Who Blocked Black Neighbor From Entering Apartment Building Speaks Out, and White Woman Calls 911 On Black Anti-Violence Activists At South Carolina Gas Station, and White Woman Calls Cops On Black Man For Yelling Instructions At His Son During Soccer Game, and Morehouse Grad Who Died After Being Arrested, Tased by California Police Officers, Was Unarmed, Had Mental Health Issues, and New York Man [NON]Apologizes After Viral Video Of Him Berating Black Lyft Driver Leaves Him Unemployed, and #SayHerName: Florida Police Viciously Beat 14-Year-Old Black Girl for ‘Resisting Arrest.’

12. 17 reasons why modern women are struggling so much – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

13. Guy Adopts Stray Dog Who Followed Him On Race. (video)

14. Beyond Appropriation: a letter to my fellow white yoga teachers.

15. Black Rage Is Warranted, And We Don’t Need Your White Judgment.

16. The Horror Pitchfest: An Honest Review of Gary Vaynerchuk, Success Squared and Success Resources Australia.

17. Mom Dies After Being Forced To Wait Seven Hours To Be Operated On For Post-Childbirth Complications.

18. Allies, have you been called out and worked through harm you’ve caused?

19. High School Janitor Helps Students In Need with ‘Giving Closet.’ (video)

20. This Is What Yogis Really Look Like (It’s Not What You Think).

21. Me Too Creator Tarana Burke: Clinton-Lewinsky Affair Was ‘Absolutely An Abuse Of Power.’

22. 18 years ago this judge changed this man’s life. (video)

23. 12 Authors Write About the Libraries They Love on The New York Times.

24. The amazing outcome of The Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds. (video)

25. She is dancing to empower people with disabilities and change others’ attitudes towards them. (video)

26. Mindfulness according to 6 and 7-year-olds. (video)

27. #CaucasianCallingTax: White People Need to Be Taxed for Wasting Police Officers’ Time. In related news, I used to be a 911 dispatcher. I had to respond to racist calls every day.

28. Raccoons & Bubbles. (video)

29. I fought academia’s cult of civility and all I got was this lousy PTSD diagnosis.

30. She Founded Me Too. Now She Wants to Move Past the Trauma on The New York Times.

31. Solange Is Blessing Us With A New Album Coming This Fall!

32. I Was The Only Black Person At Elizabeth Gilbert And Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Brave Magic’ Retreat.

33. A Requiem for ‘White Women,’ Which the National Review Says Is a ‘Disparaging Term.’ In related news, White feminism isn’t feminism. And it’s not forgivable.

34. This Mexican chef is here to bust all of the myths you believe about Mexican food. (video)

35. Tired Of #FollowMeTo Instagram Pics? This Guy Pets His Dog Everywhere He Goes, And It’s 1000 Times Better.

36. You Might Think Twice Before Going Vegan After This Guy Explained Why Veganism Is NOT Cruelty Free.

37. Over the Word Ally: 9 Ways Solidarity Is An Act of Radical Self Love.

38. This little girl saved this dog when no one else could. (video)

39. Roman’s Cooking Show is back! (video) This time he made pizza. This kid is my favorite thing about the internet right now.

Something Good

Giant Apple Pie Cinnamon Roll

1. Giant Apple Pie Cinnamon Roll, a recipe we tried this weekend, (i.e. my husband cooked it and I ate it). It’s as delicious as it is ridiculous.

2. Righteous Rage: Exploring The Origins and Uses of Women’s Anger, “If you are struggling to articulate your rage and transform it into a productive force for personal, political, and social change, I invite you to join me for a 4-week writing journey beginning October 22.” TODAY ONLY she is offering an early bird discount.

3. The Little Handbook for Getting Stuff Done on Zen Habits. Also on Zen Habits, Paring Down Your Life.

4. Why Many Introverts Are Drawn To Writing (And Are Really Good At It).

5. Dad Has Diarrhea In Public Toilet With His 4-Year-Old, Her Reaction Makes Man In Another Stall Cry From Laughter.

6. White women in positions of power and privilege behaving badly: Rose McGowan Calls #MeToo Movement ‘Bullsh*t’, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Kaepernick protests: ‘I think it’s dumb and disrespectful,’ and Elizabeth Warren’s Claims of Indigeniety are a Slap in the Face to Indigenous People, and Hillary: Bill didn’t abuse his power because Lewinsky ‘was an adult’.

7. Hijabi Women Dressed Like the “Avengers” at Comic Con.

8. Good stuff from Austin Kleon: No time for despair and Be the light or reflect it.

9. My amazing daughter. Alternate title: I don’t think you’ll have a problem with this at all but if you do you can fuck all the way off. From The Bloggess.

10. ACLU Short Film Series Highlights the Resilience of the Trans Community.

11. I Was Reported to Police as an ‘Agitated Black Male’ — for Simply Walking to Work. In related news, ‘Becky Blocker’ Calls The Cops On A Black Man For Entering His Own Apartment Building And Lies That He Choked Her, and Cornerstore Caroline Finally Apologizes for Falsely Accusing 9-Year-Old Boy of Sexually Assaulting Her, but Not Before Lying Some More, and Ex-Firefighter Found Guilty After Shooting At Black Teen Looking For Directions To School, and Kansas Man Handcuffed for Attempting to Move Into His Home Late at Night, and #BabysittingWhileBlack: White Woman Calls Police on Black Man Riding Around With White Kids, and 74-Year-Old White Man With A Criminal History Shot Seven Cops And Was Taken Into Custody Alive.

12. It’s Okay to Disconnect From Toxic People to Protect Yourself.

13. Hi, Dad, I’m In (Twitter) Jail from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds. In related news, also from Chuck, In Which I Am Fired From Marvel. “To conclude: this is really quite chilling. And it breaks my heart. I am very sad, and worried for the country I live in, and the world, and for creative people all around. Courage to you all. I have a dire fear this is going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. P.S. Vote in November like your life depends on it. Because it just might.”

14. 12 Things People Do That Actually Mean ‘I’m A Highly Sensitive Person.’

15. Wisdom from Ragen Chastain, “The problem isn’t that fat people exist. The problem is the way that fat people are stigmatized, stereotyped, bullied, marginalized, and oppressed.”

16. Man Filmed a Tree In The Woods For a Year and Captured Things Most People Will Never See.

17. Exploding Good Shit: Volume I on Renegade Mothering.

18. The white southerners who changed their views on racism. Confession: I dig though stories like this looking for the secret of how to turn people. I never really find it.

19. Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir’s obituary, which is devastatingly honest.

20. Trump’s 60 Minutes interview once again reveals gross ignorance and wild dishonesty.

21. You shall not pass, cute video of a giant dog trying to get through a dog door only to be blocked by a tiny kitten.

22. Tarana Burke, (video) “founder of the Me Too movement, says she ‘practiced deeply listening to little black girls when they told me the truth about their lives’ and she’s watched how it’s transformed lives. ‘The idea that somebody who you look up to, that somebody who you respect believes you changes everything.'”

23. A Mexican Man’s Fatal Journey to Reclaim His American Life on The New York Times.

24. A Dublin janitor wins the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature from the university she cleans.

25. Mob of white nationalist ‘Proud Boys’ brutally beat several men: ‘Are you brave now, faggot?!’

26. Artist embroiders the beauty of nature. (video)

27. From decorating cookies to making pizza, this adorable 2-year-old chef can cook it all. (video) He’s back!

28. The best conversation you can see today, mother to son. (video)

29. Babies visit eldercare. (video) In related news, Mike left his well-paid city job in London to set up a charity to combat loneliness in the elderly community. (video)

30. For White Women Learning Calculus in a School Building On Fire. A very helpful list on a very important topic.

31. Many Native IDs Won’t Be Accepted At North Dakota Polling Places. Can you say “voter suppression”? More than 53,000 voter registration applications, a majority of them from black voters, are on hold in Georgia one month before the midterm election. How about now?

32. Education, Not Discrimination: NAACP Legal Defense Fund Asks Florida Schools to End Biased Hair Policies.

33. Cool dance videos: this one and this one.

34. Billionaires Are the Leading Cause of Climate Change. In related news, Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says. This is why trying to spin the issue as an individual problem causes by the choices of individuals is bullshit. Is it a good idea to drive a hybrid car and recycle, for example? Absolutely. Will your individual choices be able to turn the tide? Probably not. Related to the related news is this: Capitalism’s Final Solution Is Nothing Less than Complete Ecological Collapse.

35. White Women: Stop Waiting For Black Women To Save You.

36. Trans student barred from shelter during Virginia school’s mass shooter drill, “School administrators couldn’t decide whether the student should be sheltered with boys or girls, so left her outside.” WHY do kids need to be separated by gender for this?!

37. Coming To The Right Answer By Themselves: Talking With Boys About Sexual Assault and Consent.

38. Christine Blasey Ford cannot return home to due “unending” death threats.

39. How a mom’s “This Is My Son” anti-feminist brag went viral — and completely backfired.

40. Trump Didn’t Win In Spite Of The Access Hollywood Tape. He Won Because Of It.

41. Homestead In The City? How This Chicago Mom Embraced Living Off The Land On The Far South Side. “Natasha Nicholes wanted her neighbors to get out of their houses and talk to one another — and through her farm, she’s made it happen.”

42. Dolphins enchanted by squirrels. (video)

43. My parents are hoarders from The Moth. (video)

Something Good

1. Embracing My Righteous Rage, a blog post from my friend Carrie announcing her new writing class, Righteous Rage. I love it when someone you love and admire lands on an idea that is so perfectly suited to their talents and interests, and is also so timely.

2. Wild Writing Teacher Training. This doesn’t start until January 2019, registration is open with special early bird pricing.

3. Yoga for All Training. It starts today, but you might still be able to sign up if you are interested. “Yoga For All is an online yoga certification that teaches you how to adapt yoga asana for plus-size yogis, seniors, and those with physical limitations so that you can reach more students and confidently teach more classes.”

4. Wisdom from Anna Guest-Jelley‘s recent newsletter, “The way you take your practices deeper isn’t by doing more, increasing complexity, or doubling down on yourself. Most of the time it looks like doing less. Listening more. Being guided from within more. Letting the practice come off the mat or the journal and into your life, too. Being open to what comes (and what doesn’t).”

5. A fist in search of a face, a good reminder from Seth Godin.

6. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: She Who Hears the Cries of the World (“By putting others first, we loosen the bonds of our self-fixation, and in doing so, inch closer to our own liberation”) and Our Opportunity to Include All Genders in Buddhist Communities (“As a trans practitioner, Ray Buckner has struggled to find a sense of belonging in Buddhist spaces. They offer suggestions for how we can better support sangha members of all genders” – actually, I feel like the suggestions here could be applied to more spaces, that they apply to how we might be better humans supporting other humans of all genders).

7. Good stuff from Karen Walrond’s this was a good week list: The Art of Japanese Funeral Floral Arrangements, and Dressing for confidence and joy | Stasia Savasuk | TEDxPortsmouth (video), and Larkin Poe | Phil Collins Cover (“In The Air Tonight”) (video).

8. Wisdom from Francis Weller (by way of Erin Geesaman Rabke), “Grief is not always about tears. It’s also about outrage, when the soul is insulted. Rage is the voice of pain at having been violated. All of this is grief.” Also by way of Erin, this wisdom from James Hillman, “The sure sign of a soul awake is that it is outraged.”

9. The Problem That Has No Name. “For women, the national reckoning on sexual assault — and its backlash — isn’t just a political moment or a cultural shift. It’s an unraveling of the lies this country tells itself about women’s progress. It confirms feminists’ worst fears about men in power and how poorly they think of us.”

10. Hang it on the refrigerator from Austin Kleon, who has a new book coming out. His books are always some of my favorite on the subject of creativity and being an artist, and I could really use the inspiration and encouragement right now. More good stuff from Austin: When people show you who they are, believe them.

11. Abigail Rose Clarke talking with Staci Jordan Shelton in a Facebook live video “about the lies of white supremacy, the truth of our own power, and how we’ve collaborated on Dismantle over the past year.”

12. Weight Watchers has dropped ‘weight’ from its name. But that’s not enough. In related news from Dances with Fat, Weight Watchers By Any Other Name Would Still Be A Fraud.

13. 51 Ways to Make the World Less Hostile to Fat People.

14. The Body Positivity Movement Both Takes From And Erases Fat Black Women.

15. Republicans don’t care what you think. In related news, Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In As Newest Supreme Court Justice, and If Brett Kavanaugh makes it through, women’s anger will be unstoppable, and Trump Pushes Due Process For Some, ‘Lock’ Them Up For Others, and Republicans don’t care if Kavanaugh is guilty because they don’t think what he did was wrong.

16. If You’re Doing These 11 Things At Night, It Could Be A Sign Of High-Functioning Anxiety.

17. These smart glasses could be a game changer for hearing-impaired theatergoers.

18. A Young Activist’s Advice: Vote, Shave Your Head and Cry Whenever You Need To.

19. Bette Midler Claimed ‘Women Are The N-Word Of The World’ And Now We Have To Cancel ‘Hocus Pocus.’ So many ways to discuss the plight of women in the world, so many opportunities to be intersectional, to decenter our whiteness – pick just one, Bette, and stop this nonsense. In related news, Ain’t I a Woman? The Unbearable Whiteness of Allies.

20. Maxine Waters Blasts GOP Rep Who Told Her to ‘Stop Talking About Discrimination. (video) This to me seems like the best example of how our government “works.”

21. 17-Year-Old Ohio Teen Is Killed By Ex-Boyfriend Days After Posting About How He Made Her Feel Unsafe ‘In My Own House.’

22. Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story. (video) “If you’re not racist, why is racism still America’s biggest problem? While the idea that racism isn’t voluntary creates some cognitive dissonance in the minds of many who consider themselves allies, it’s this exact defensiveness that white America needs to deal with in order to move the country forward.”

23. Not A Single Black Woman Can’t Relate To This Video Of A Strange White Lady Touching This Woman’s Braids. *Spoiler alert*: that title is sarcasm.

24. The Cruelty Is the Point. “President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.” In related news, ‘I can’t understand it and I’m embarrassed that the President of the United States would do that to this woman.’ — Kamala Harris just clapped back at President Trump for mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, (video).

25. He decided to learn how to knit instead of clean the house. (video) *tee-hee*

26. The performance of change and why it fails: A note to my white sisters. “Despite the surface changes we have made as a society, we are indeed here again because very little has changed in terms of the structures that keep privileged white men in charge.”

27. A Dunkin’ employee was fired after pouring a pitcher of water onto a homeless man who was resting in the store. (video) I hope the guy who did this never finds himself on the other side of the same situation. And if he does, I hope he’s treated with kindness – not because he deserves it, but because we all do.

28. Two hispanic women were approached and verbally assaulted by a racist white lady for speaking Spanish in store. (video) “Another white woman who saw and heard this happening immediately stepped in to defend them.”

29. Recipe I want to try: apple pie cookies from Smitten Kitchen.

30. This Photographer Photographs Farm Animal Like No One Else.

31. The Story Of The Worst Mass Execution In American History.

32. Border Patrol Agent’s Gender-Reveal Party Sparked Arizona Fire, Lawyer Says on The New York Times.

33. The Republican candidate who said he might have to ’round up criminal illegals and take ’em home myself’ in a campaign ad won his gubernatorial primary. (video)

34. White Social Studies Teacher Fired For Teaching a Racist Slavery Lesson Wants to Sue for Reverse Racism. Reminder: reverse racism isn’t a real thing because racism = bias + power, and as a white person, you are in the ultimate position of power, male or female, so racism against you is just bias, no more harmful than if someone prefers vanilla ice cream over chocolate and you don’t.

35. During a press conference, President Trump tells ABC News’ Cecilia Vega, “I know you’re not thinking. You never do.” (video) It’s becoming more and more clear to me that my primary issue with him is he reminds me of every bully I’ve ever dealt with, every abusive boyfriend or boss or family member, and IT IS UNACCEPTABLE for a person in a position of such power and authority to be so blatantly abusive to people. And let’s face it, his policies and the way they sustain white supremacy and the patriarchy aren’t just his alone, (just look at the collection of dude bros behind him in this video). There are many, many people who are happy to have their egos, their power, their positions, their wealth and their comfort protected, even if it means other people suffer.

36. Black Women Are Love. “This brand is about debiasing our culture of all the negative beliefs it holds about black women.”

37. My dog can jump over anything. Except… (video) 🙂

38. Indianapolis Woman Opening Yoga Studio, Providing Access To All. (video)

39. When Asked About Pith Helmet, FLOTUS Responds: ‘Focus On What I Do, Not What I Wear.’ You’ve got to do something worth talking about first, and what you wear is often tone deaf and representative of how little you care or think of people and their suffering – stop doing that and we’ll find something else to talk about.

40. Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father on The New York Times. “The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s.”

41. 5 Tools for Surviving Your Anger Under a Trump Presidency. This post is from early last year, but it’s worth revisiting.

42. Blissfully unaware reporter mistakes mountain lion for a dog. (video) This is terrifying, but she has absolutely no clue!

43. This hospital in Idaho does a “Walk of Respect” for organ donors. (video). I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Something Good

1. How We Thought It Would Be from A Design So Vast. “It feels like this is all going to happen anyway – what isn’t as we thought it would be isn’t, and what is, is – so the only question is how gracefully we can allow these things to be.”

2. 4 Essential Introvert Truths That I Learned The Hard Way. In related news, 13 Things People Do That Actually Mean ‘I’m An Introvert.’

3. Pema Chödrön apologizes for dismissing allegation of sexual assault from young woman.

4. Wisdom from Eugene Gendlin, “What is true is already so. Owning up to it doesn’t make it worse. Not being open about it doesn’t make it go away. And because it’s true, it is what is there to be interacted with. Anything untrue isn’t there to be lived. People can stand what is true, for they are already enduring it.”

5. Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Thought Bubble: Kindness. “We teamed up with New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, to create this Thought Bubble on the power of kindness. Winner of Best Animation at the Peace On Earth Film Festival 2011.”

6. A letter from the Southern Poverty Law Center opposing Brett Kavanaugh’s supreme court nomination. (pdf)

7. Instead of Disappearing from Jena Schwartz. “As an alternative to erasing your face, what if you took this as an opportunity to show up?” In related news, The “Female Blackout” Is Spam And Erases Women.

8. The drawbacks of being known from Paul Jarvis.

9. The Greatest Showman | “This Is Me” with Keala Settle. I haven’t seen this movie, because I’m not okay with how it whitewashed what a horrible person P.T. Barnum was and how much suffering he generated for people and animals, BUT…I do love this song.

10. You Could Say We’re Pissed. “The women you know are walking around like they got the flu at a funeral because we are ill and grieving and questioning the meaning of anything at all.”

11. Like a Lifetime of Paper Cuts from Rita’s Notebook.

12. Matt Damon Is A Sniffing, Shouting Brett Kavanaugh On ‘SNL’ Season Premiere. I still haven’t been able to watch the real thing, so I’m starting with this.

13. Everything You Know About ‘Obesity’ is Still Wrong.

14. This “Sexy” Handmaid’s Tale Costume Has Been Removed After Backlash. Maybe next they could get rid of their “Sexy Native American Costumes“?

15. Bitter, Brown, and Femme: Meet the Founder of Popular Feminist Page Xicanisma.

16. At the U.N., Trump finds the world literally laughing at him.

17. When liberal orgs tell QTPOC to “bring your full self to work,” it’s a lie. I know because I fell for it.

18. I am a horse. I know horseplay. That’s not what this is.

19. Word Vomit Wednesday – Stop Kavanaugh. In related news, Julie Swetnick, new Brett Kavanaugh accuser, comes forward with disturbing affidavit, and The man who vetted Obama’s judicial picks says there’s a massive cover-up to make sure Brett Kavanaugh sneaks his way onto the Supreme Court (video), and Senator Kamala Harris said what most Americans were thinking of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (video), and George W. Bush Is Whipping Votes for Brett Kavanaugh, and Christine Blasey Ford’s Opening Statement For Senate Hearing, and Brett Kavanaugh Thinks Being a Virgin Means You Can’t Sexually Assault Anyone, and Kavanaugh Says ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’ Following 2nd Accusation. And this:

20. Loving kindness meditation for victims of abuse, (video) from Susan Piver, which includes “Spiritual Rituals of Resistance, Resilience, and Sustainability” By Rod Owens.

21. NJ Sheriff Caught Making Racist Remarks About ‘The Blacks’ Resigns. In related news, White Mother Accidentally Sends Racist Text to Her Black Nanny Then Fires Her For Possibly Being Offended, and But First, Let Me Take a Racist Selfie: Detroit Police Officer Out of a Job After Snapchat Goes Viral.

22. Trump Jr.: Women who can’t handle harassment ‘don’t belong in the work force.’ This is actually two years old, but still worth remembering.

23. ‘I Don’t Have Time To Be A Woman, I’m Too Busy Being Black’. “‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’ correspondent Dulcé Sloan gets real about living in a highly polarized time in the U.S.”

24. This high school assistant principal was put on leave after saying girls ‘ruin everything.’ (video)

25. Trump anti-discrimination official once called most hate crimes hoaxes.

26. It Ain’t Worth It: Only Black Woman in Vermont Statehouse Resigns After Sustained Racial Harassment.

27. Donald Trump Gave a Rambling, Marathon Press Conference. It Was Not Good. In related news, Trump Defends Kavanaugh But Says He’ll Watch Testimony Thursday.

28. Octavia Butler Is Finally Heading to TV, Thanks to Ava DuVernay.

29. Mike Pence becomes first ever vice president to speak at anti-LGBT group’s summit. Or as I like to call it, “why impeaching Trump ain’t gonna fix anything.”

30. Dog vs Cat compilation. (video)

31. Are Today’s White Kids Less Racist Than Their Grandparents?

32. Did this cat really cuddle up to a video of his former owner – or is it a hoax? Too bad. Such a cute video.

33. That’s why I love baby goats. (video) Super cute, and not a hoax.

34. Cats and mice and dogs… Oh my! (video)

35. Nike Donates Millions to Republicans While Making Billions From Kaepernick Endorsement.

36. A white man and a Black man are both charged with murder. The differences in how their stories are told are astounding. (video) Well, I’m not astounded because this nonsense happens all…the…damn…time.

37. Instagram’s Co-Founders to Step Down From Company from The New York Times.

38. Weight Watchers changes name and shifts focus to wellness. No. No. No. No. In related news, Requiem for a Weight Watcher.

39. The Diet Industry Takes It All from Dances with Fat. “If we let it, diet culture will use the empty promise that we could be smaller (and the messed up culture that convinces us that’s a good thing) in order to take everything it can from us – time, energy, and money that could be used to live our best lives in the bodies we have, to fight injustice and dismantle oppression.”

40. Callie Brownson is the first ever female football coach at Dartmouth College. (video)

41. Interview with Janelle Hanchett. “Janelle Hanchett created the website Renegade Mothering in 2011 because she needed to know if the rest of the mothering world was crazy or she was…Her memoir of addiction and recovery, I’m Just Happy To Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering, was published by Hachette Books this year.”