Category Archives: Something Good

Something Good

1. The Millennial Vernacular of Fatphobia. In related news, Fat-shaming by doctors, family, classmates is a global health problem, studies find, and Her doctor weight shamed her. Then she found out she had stage 3 colon cancer at 27, and But What About Health?

2. How to pick the best sunscreen for you.

3. Once, a series from Andrea Corrona Jenkins, one picture at a time with a short memory. It reminds me of the story slices practice we do with Laurie in Wild Writing.

4. Critical race theory is a lens. Here are 11 ways looking through it might refine your understanding of history. “The following list is by no means comprehensive, but it lifts key and oft-overlooked elements of America’s story to the fore in an attempt to analyze how they’ve molded the present and might shape the future.”

5. She Put Her Unspent Love in a Cardboard Box on The New York Times. “My mother’s gifts, her letters, are a constant reminder that I have already been given what every child, what every human, needs: I have been fiercely, extravagantly, wildly loved.”

6. A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021 from The White House.

7. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain Official Trailer. (video) “An intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon…this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.”

8. What Matters: Austin Kleon, an interview.

9. Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies. (recipe)

10. An Alt-Rock Queen Returns to Take Back Her Crown. “After an 11-year hiatus, Liz Phair is older, wiser, and no less crushing.”

11. How will our pandemic trauma translate into emotional growth?

12. 10 Things I Never Realized I Do Because I’m an HSP. In related news, 9 Ways Highly Sensitive People Can Benefit From Yoga.

13. A glance at a hummingbird nest and its newest residents. (video)

Something Good

1. How to Meditate Every Day on Lion’s Roar. “Diana Winston on committing to meditation practice. Featuring her ‘Ten Suggestions for Having a Regular Daily Practice Even if You Would Rather Be Thrown into a Shark-Infested Ocean.'” Honestly, I’m kind of jealous — I wish I’d written this. It’s so good.

2. Inner Alchemy Cards: Build A New World Deck “is an artful exploration of language, learning, inspiration, and collaboration, that delves into important ideas around activism and systems of oppression. This is a way for us to examine and disrupt harmful dominant narratives, tell new stories, and inspire one another to use our creativity and personal power to help build the collective world we all want to live in! In the end you will have a beautiful and meaningful handmade deck of 35 oracle cards to use as unique a tool for guidance and reflection whenever you need it.”

3. First we read, then we write from Austin Kleon.

4. What Happens When Americans Can Finally Exhale, “The pandemic’s mental wounds are still wide open.” In related news, Why Grounding Rituals May Be the Key to Navigating Post-COVID Anxiety, and Can I Just Tell You: With So Much To Mourn, We Must Allow Time To Grieve.

5. Leaving The Bouncy House of Social Media.

6. Good people who could use some help: Help this Family Find a Safe Home and Help Joy out of homelessness.

7. Chalk it up: Alameda artist sets a world record. “Mark Lewis Wagner wanted to create the world’s largest piece of ground chalk art by a single artist. So he did.” Mark is an amazing artist and an even more amazing human.

8. Isabel Allende: ‘Everyone called me crazy for divorcing in my 70s. I’ve never been scared of being alone.’ In this article, she says of writing: “Half the job is to show up,” she says. “You show up and you open your mind and heart, and something will happen. I have learned in years of writing that I have to be patient. I can write about anything except politics and football, so I know that if I give myself time, and I relax, it will happen. If I’m tense and calling the muse desperately, the muse won’t come.”

9. Recipe I want to try: strawberry cornmeal griddle cakes.

10. In Its Final Season, “Shrill” Explores the Fear of Being Seen.

11. True Crime & Makeup YouTuber Bailey Sarian Is Launching A New Podcast On Spotify Called “Dark History.” There’s something so mesmerizing about watching her apply her makeup while she tells a story — I’m not sure how I’d feel about just listening to her.

12. Roxane Gay Starts Publishing Imprint With Grove Atlantic on The New York Times. “Roxane Gay Books will focus on underrepresented fiction, nonfiction and memoir writers, with or without agents.”

13. How Religion, Education, Race And Media Consumption Shape Conspiracy Theory Beliefs.

14. White People’s Fear of Critical Race Theory is Based in Ignorance.

15. Read This Powerful Statement From Darnella Frazier, Who Filmed George Floyd’s Murder.

16. An interview with Alison Bechdel: “I’ve Always Known Physical Exertion and Movement Are Vital Somehow for My Creative Process.”

17. ‘I Wake With Wonder’: A Crowdsourced Poem Of Pandemic Pain And Hope.

18. 45 Things People Said That Were Oddly Specific Yet So Accurate.

19. Hidden Camera Captures So Many Animals Sharing A Backyard Water Fountain.

20. Fantastic Macro Photos Reveal the Microscopic World of Mushrooms and Slime Molds.