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Something Good

1. The Pall Of Our Unrest. “Terry Tempest Williams featured in The New York Times reading her ‘obituary for the land.’ She implores us: Let it not be true.”

2. Remarks by President Trump at the White House Conference on American History. If you had any doubts that the current President is a white supremacist, this should clear them up. In related news, Trump Accused Howard Zinn of “Propaganda.” But Zinn Was Right About US History, and Trump’s ‘1776 Commission’ isn’t education, it’s optics, and We Really Still Need Howard Zinn, and this wisdom from Nicole Cardoza’s Anti-Racism newsletter about supporting the 1619 project,

…as our country faces unprecedented challenges, it’s clear that many of its inhabitants are ill-equipped to fully understand the historical influences that got us here. We need to protect comprehensive curriculum that educators can implement in their classrooms. But it has to be willing to tell the truth. Because if we do, we all be more inspired to create the future that we deserve and collectively ensure that these injustices will never happen again. By protecting a whitewashed history, the current administration protects white supremacy and moves us further away from the country that truly supports us all.

3. Testing, testing on Rita’s Notebook, because this:

Our hope needs to be grounded in what is actually true right now today, not in what used to be true or what we wish or believe to be true–which means facing and feeling our sorrow and fear rather than pushing them away with half-truths that make us feel better. We need to accept the contradictory truths that things are terrible and that hope is reasonable so that we will take actions that might actually make a damn difference in our fight to make a better world, one in which we can all live and work without threat of death…

4. How is arguing with Trump voters working out for you? “If you want to stop authoritarianism, the efficient mission is not to attack the opposing side – but rather to stay firm in your principles and open in your heart.”

5. Wisdom from Andre Henry’s Hope & Hard Pills newsletter:

We’re a nation with concentration camps, where protesters are being snatched off the streets, and the president clearly aspires to total authority. And though we’re not the totalitarian state we could be, we must reckon with the fact that American fascism and authoritarianism is always on the table in response to Black freedom movements. The first step to fighting for our democracy is being honest about how undemocratic we are as a society. A new world is possible. It doesn’t have to be this way.

6. The eight secrets to a (fairly) fulfilled life.

7. I’m not sure if it’s a curse or a blessing. Maybe both, from The Bloggess.

8. Above the Paradox Valley, a beautiful poem from Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. In related news, videos of a recent event with Rosemerry hosted by the Loveland Public Library: Poetry Reading with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and Poetry Workshop – The Practical Poet: Delight in the Details.

9. You’re Not The Fucked Up One from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds.

10. Guided Meditation for Election Anxiety, “a guided audio meditation by Ethan Nichtern, recorded in August of 2020 related to anxiety and contemplation of specific action around the 2020 election. The meditation itself is about 20 minutes, followed by about 7 minutes of commentary.”

11. Wisdom from Jena Schwartz’s Dispatches from Daily Life, “I realized yet again that writing really is how I live, how I process information and synthesize experiences, how I metabolize fear and sadness, how I play with ideas and possibilities, how I meet myself and you and the world.” Me too, Jena.

12. 5 Ways to Get into the Meditation Habit on Lion’s Roar.

13. Rev. angel Kyodo williams: Tying the Red Thread, a dharma podcast from Upaya Institute and Zen Center. “In this dharma talk, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei talks wrapping ourselves completely in the Red Thread, or the soiled messiness of life. She also talks about directly meeting what is in front of us and of being prepared for anything and everything.”

14. ‘PEN15’ Is No Longer an Underdog, and That Feels Weird on The New York Times. “In a joint interview, Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle discussed the new season, the destabilizing effect of their show’s success and why the smallest slights are the most devastating.”

15. Free Online Practice Sessions from Tricycle. “Join Dr. Larry Ward and others for a series of live-stream meditations to help ease anxiety amid our social-distancing efforts.”

16. I’ve been doing Zoom meetings for years. These 7 tricks make them great.

17. Queer Morning Blessings / birkot hashachar. “You can greet the dawn (or whenever you wake up or really whenever you want) and become present to the miracle that is this life, that is YOU, every day, in the company of these beloveds. These are rough times, and more than ever, we need practices that reconnect us with ourselves, with Source and with each other.”

18. Video of dancing trash collectors recorded on home’s security camera goes viral.

19. Lost baby goat reunited with his mama. (video)

20. Breonna Taylor’s Family to Receive $12 Million Settlement From City of Louisville on The New York Times. “In the aftermath of the botched police raid in which Ms. Taylor was killed, the city also agreed to institute changes aimed at preventing future deaths by officers.”

21. Black-Owned Galleries to Support across the United States.

22. Japanese Artist Made These 30 Cute Vignettes From Leaves.

Something Good

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1. The Apocalyptic Red Western Skies Caused by Climate Change-Fueled Wildfires. A heartbreaking collection of photos. In related news, AirNow, “your one-stop source for air quality data,” and Thousands evacuate, emergency declared as ‘unprecedented’ fires spread through state.

2. I Thought I Knew How to Fix the World on Lion’s Roar. “We cling to our own worldviews, says Dorotea Mendoza. Imagine if we listened to each other instead.”

3. How to Be More Present & Alive in the Moment from Zen Habits.

4. American Masters — Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft. “It’s an only-in-America story: A roguish young immigrant with movie-star looks, a charming Gallic accent, a populist sense of anything’s-possible optimism, and an ability to raise humble kitchen techniques to a breathtaking art form becomes one of the nation’s most beloved and revered food icons.”

5. 15 years of blogging (and 3 reasons I keep going) from Austin Kleon.

6. Yes, We Can Have Hope on Lion’s Roar. I’ve shared this before, when it was first posted, but I needed to hear it again, so thought you might too. “Roshi Joan Halifax reflects on the idea of ‘wise hope’ and why we should open ourselves to it.”

7. Wisdom from Jena Schwartz’s recent Dispatches from Daily Life:

My belief in humanity is unshaken, in that I know – I know – that there are so many people who truly do care about each other’s welfare. I believe in our individual and collective genius, creativity, innovation, imagination, and ability to heal. But…when it comes to this country, the one as we know it today, I come up short. I must hold both truths here: People are capable of amazing things. People are capable of incredible cruelty and deceit.

8. More good stuff on Lion’s Roar: What Is Suffering?, and How We Get Hooked and How We Get Unhooked, and 10 Tips for a Mindful Home.

9. For nearly a year, Lashenda Williams slept in her car in a Kroger parking lot. (video) “Now, the same supermarket has welcomed her with a job and a fresh start.”

10. Last month 72-y0 Gloria Scott called John Kinney, an electrician in Woburn, Mass., to fix a ceiling fixture. (video) “But he soon discovered Scott’s house was in total disrepair, So, Kinney returned and started repairing her home for free. Steve Hartman reports.”

11. Face masks could be giving people Covid-19 immunity, researchers suggest. “Mask wearing might also be reducing the severity of the virus and ensuring that a greater proportion of new infections are asymptomatic.”

12. A desperate rescue: A father’s heartbreaking attempt to save his family from a raging fire.

13. Brilliant use of toxic masculinity. (video)

14. COVID-19 stress is making America increasingly irritable. “But what is all this rage hiding? A fireball of feelings can trigger outbursts and distort self-perception. We need to stop burying our emotions and start being a lot more honest.”

15. An Apology To All Of The Fat People I’ve Hurt With My Account. “If we truly want to create a world where every body is valued, celebrated, represented, safe, and even loved, we have to do better. Re-centering this movement around the bodies it was made for is where we start.”

16. Elliot Dallen, who inspired many with articles about his cancer, dies aged 31, which includes the links to his other articles.

17. Amanda Palmer and Rhiannon Giddens on their cover of Portishead’s ‘It’s A Fire’. “The duo talk to us about collaboration, education, new music and donating to the Free Black University Fund.”

18. Chef David Chang on his revealing new memoir. (video) “Anthony Mason talks to six-time James Beard Award winner Chef David Chang about his new memoir, ‘Eat a Peach,’ the restaurant industry’s uncertain future, growing up, his anger and mental health, Anthony Bourdain, learning to accept praise and starting a family.”

19. Christian Cooper Releases It’s a Bird Comic Book Inspired by Viral ‘Central Park Karen’ Incident

20. Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Check out the gallery for a giggle.

21. All Rise: A Record Number of Black Women Judges Have Been Appointed in Colorado. I would vote for Polis again and again.