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Something Good

From our walk

1. Wisdom from Dr. Lindsay Jernigan: “Try this perspective shift: instead of seeing ‘social distancing’ and travel bans as panic, try seeing them as acts of mass cooperation intended to protect the collective whole. This plan is not about individuals going into hiding. It’s a global deep breath … an agreement between humans around the planet to be still.”

2. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön: “The next time you go out in the world, you might try this practice: directing your attention to people — in their cars, on the sidewalk, talking on their cell phones — just wish for them all to be happy and well. Without knowing anything about them, they can become very real, by regarding each of them personally and rejoicing in the comforts and pleasures that come their way. Each of us has this soft spot: a capacity for love and tenderness.”

3. The Ghost Of Normalcy Lingering Past Its Time from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds. Also from Chuck, It’s Okay That You’re Not Okay.

4. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: Take a Mindful Approach to Coronavirus, and How to Do Metta, and Living in This Strange Moment Together.

5. Take Heart, World. “Viruses are contagious. So is hope.” A blog collecting hopeful stories during the global pandemic.

6. The World We Once Lived in Has Vanished on The New York Times “Even if we manage to defeat the coronavirus, that world will not return.”

7. Is “Ob*sity” a Risk Factor For Coronavirus (COVID-19)? from Dances with Fat.

8. The conversation, “A short manifesto about the future of online interaction” from Seth Godin.

9. Poetry as Consolation with Holly Wren Spaulding. “Over many years of teaching and personal practice, I have collected poems, exercises, and creative actions that can help us feel calmer, more grounded, and even joyful during challenging and uncertain times. I want to share these tools with you. Join me this spring, for a series of interactive virtual workshops where we will gather as a community to experience the remarkable benefits of writing and being read to, talking and learning, creation and transformation, all from the convenience and safety of home.”

10. Coronavirus Sanity Guide (FREE) from Ten Percent Happier.

11. April Love 2020 with Susannah Conway. “Unexpected and unusual things are happening in our world right now and the majority of us are holed up at home to help protect others, so I’m really happy to be able to share some April Love with you! This is a very gentle photo challenge to help bring creative mindfulness to our days. Not only is this the ‘home edition’ — you should be able to photograph something at home every day — but I’ve also added some extra prompts so we can start on Monday 23rd March. Yes!”

12. 4 Mindfulness Practices That We Need Right Now from Zen Habits.

13. Exquisite Corps (42 choreographers, 1 dance). “A dance-film: 42 American contemporary choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance.”

14. What I Learned as an Introvert From My First 5 Days in Lockdown.

15. Coronavirus News: Coronavirus Can Be Stopped Only by Harsh Steps, Experts Say on The New York Times, and Chicago Doctor’s Blunt Speech About COVID-19 Hits Home Across the Country; Read Her Full Speech, and Scientists warn we may need to live with social distancing for a year or more, and Is It Safe To Go To The Grocery Store During The Coronavirus Outbreak?, and Empty Grocery Shelves Are Alarming, But They’re Not Permanent, and It’s Time To Get Serious About Social Distancing. Here’s How.

16. With Live Sports Gone, Announcer Offers Play by Play of the Everyday on The New York Times. “Nick Heath narrates his videos of people doing mundane things, like crossing the street, with the verve and dramatic flair of competitive sports.”

17. A Little Prayer (new ukulele song by Danielle Ate the Sandwich), (video). “Inspired by hearing about a friend who lost a pet, and wanting to give comfort and positivity to all those who are going through loss and grief.”

18. Simple Food Swaps For When You Run Out Of Ingredients.

19. These zoos and aquariums are live-streaming animals for people to enjoy during coronavirus isolation.

20. Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, Min Jin Lee and Others on the Books That Bring Them Comfort on The New York Times.

21. 30 Problems Of A Sloth Hilariously Illustrated By Japanese Artist Keigo.

22. “Quarantine Diaries:” People Share Hilarious Struggles About Losing Social Contact.

23. 5 Tiny Desk Concerts To Calm Your Mind.

24. Kitty O’Meara, Author of “And the People Stayed Home,” Opens Up About Writing That Viral Poem.

25. Good stuff from Great Big Story: This Dog Raises Baby Cheetahs (and Wallabies and Ocelots) and Japan’s Museum of Rocks With Faces.

26. there’s room for all of your feelings.

27. This American Life: Alone Together. “This week, as the staff creates the episode from their apartments and houses, with our host in quarantine, in this moment when everyone’s reaching out to the people they love, we put together a collection of family stories, with some timely stuff at the top.”

28. This Atlanta Man Is Creating Mobile Hand-Washing Stations For The Local Homeless Community.

29. ‘One Day at a Time’ Season 4 Trailer: Alvarez Family Gets Candid About Sex, Dating and Family.

30. Body Trust Summit: Desiree Adaway and Ericka Hines, (video). “What it Means to Get Free:
Divesting from diet culture & dominant systems, Blackness and the impact of liberatory work, and Love as a form of divestment.”

31. Heart Wide Open. (video) “A simple chant in the style of Sweet Honey in the Rock, came to me during this morning’s walk.”

Something Good

I tried to find the original source of this sketch, but failed, and yet still wanted to share it because it made me laugh and we can all use as much of that as we can get right now

1. The paradox of selfishness from Seth Godin.

2. A Post About The Thing With Feathers from Rita’s Notebook.

3. Tapestry@25: life advice from Rabbi Harold Kushner, the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People. “Kushner’s philosophy? ‘In an aphorism: Life is painful if you do it right. Life will inevitably hurt you and the quality you need is not to lead a charmed life so that you’ll never be tested. The quality you need is the resilience to get over that. The answer is: live bravely. Live bravely in an unreliable world.'”

4. Noom – Nothing New, Everything Harmful from Dances with Fat.

5. “This is my baby, Bleu! She plays the wind chimes and sings to me every day!” (video)

6. The Afternoon the World Health Organization Declared the Pandemic, a poem by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

7. A History Book That Isn’t: Finding A Way To Teach Racism To A New Generation.

8. Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.

9. The Dollhouses of Instagram from The New York Times. “Instagram-inspired enthusiasts are making their interior-design dreams real — only 12 times smaller.”

10. Dirty Car Owners Find Their Cars “Vandalized” With Amazing Drawings, And Your Car May Be Next!

11. Artist Creates Posters Of US National Parks Based On Bad Internet Reviews, And They’re Amazing.

12. The Good Life Project: Morgan Harper Nichols | The Ultimate Love Letter. (podcast)

13. Becoming Light by Laurie Wagner.

The rest of this list is dedicated exclusively and directly to the central theme of the day: COVID-19. I’ve tried my best to find things that are useful, helpful without adding too much to the already existing panic and confusion you might be feeling. Skip it for now if you are feeling overwhelmed with information and need a break, (although, if that’s the case, the “Support” and “Better News” sections might still be of benefit).

Support

14. Yoga with Adriene, if you are looking for an opportunity for your home practice.

15. Dealing with the Immense Uncertainty of the World from Zen Habits.

16. 6 Science-Backed Tips to Stop Bottling Up Your Emotions.

17. COVID-19 Resource Guide for Yoga Teachers & Movement Educators.

18. Coronoavirus: How to Stay Calm in a Crisis.

19. Advice for Putting Your Class Online, a video from my smart, kind husband.

20. Stuck at home? These 12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take on your couch.

21. 150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely.

22. How to hide your messy room for a Zoom video conference.

23. 51 TV Comedies To Help Calm Your Coronavirus Panic.

24. 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free.

Information

25. Cancel Everything. “Social distancing is the only way to stop the coronavirus. We must start immediately.” In related news, The Dos and Don’ts of ‘Social Distancing’, and Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day, and What are the rules of social distancing?.

26. Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”. In related news, Flatten the Curve.

27. How soap absolutely annihilates the coronavirus. “You’re not just washing viruses down the drain. Soap destroys the coronavirus, a chemistry professor explains.”

28. Disney Parks and Cruise Line Will Close in Response to Coronavirus from The New York Times. In related news, Coronavirus Cancellations: Here’s the List.

29. Coronavirus Cost to Businesses and Workers: ‘It Has All Gone to Hell’ from The New York Times.

30. A COVID-19 coronavirus update from concerned physicians. In related news, Self-care Tips if you become sick with COVID-19 from an activist nurse.

31. ‘There Is Plenty of Food in the Country’ from The New York Times.

32. Anti-inflammatories may aggravate Covid-19, France advises. This is the only place I’ve seen this information, so take it with a grain of salt.

People Behaving Badly

33. Fact check: A list of 28 ways Trump and his team have been dishonest about the coronavirus.

34. He Has 17,700 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer and Nowhere to Sell Them from The New York Times. In related news, The Man With 17,700 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer Just Donated Them from The New York Times.

35. Far-right hucksters are selling phony coronavirus ‘cures’. (video)

Better News

36. Boston Area Residents Stockpile Marijuana In Case Of Coronavirus Quarantine. Toilet paper and weed.

37. A planeful of Chinese COVID-19 experts and 30 tons of medical supplies has arrived in Italy.

38. Satellite Images Reveal A Dramatic Drop In Pollution During The Coronavirus Quarantine. In related news, Empty Cities and Stalled Industrial Production, New Analysis Shows Coronavirus Has Cut China’s Carbon Emissions by 100 Million Metric Tons.

39. More than half of coronavirus patients globally have recovered.

40. Gym Trainer Leads Fitness Class For People On Their Balconies In Spain.

41. Portland distillery turns their alcohol waste into free hand sanitizer.

Something Good

1. Elizabeth Warren Nailed the Drake ‘Flip the Switch’ TikTok Challenge at ‘SNL’: Watch.

2. Yoga for All Bodies: Jessica Rihal is getting people to love their bodies – on and off the mat. In related news, For Black, Southern Women, Practicing Mindfulness Offers Escape.

3. Interview with Alison Brie: ‘The effects of trauma spider-webbed through the whole family.’

4. Black Woman-Owned “The Honey Pot” Attacked Online: Let’s Talk About Intersectional Feminism.

5. How One Man Turned His Backyard Garden Into a Full-Fledged Community Farmers Market.

6. Recipes I want to try: spiced cauliflower and potatoes + more, and 16 Decadent Pasta Dishes That Don’t Contain Dairy, and “Marry Me” Cookies, and Lemon Pound Cake.

7. There’s A Twitter Account That Posts Cow Pics Every Day Just To Make People Smile.

8. The Dixie Chicks Have Released Their First New Song In 14 Years And It’s Incredible.

9. High school student near Seattle builds website to serve as a leading place for coronavirus information.

10. 4 Common HSP Health Challenges (and How to Deal With Them).

11. i don’t know how to make you care about other people.

Like so many others, I’ve spent the week thinking about Democratic politics (exhausting!) and COVID-19 (also exhausting!) As many have noted, America is particularly susceptible to a burgeoning pandemic because of our broken health care system (specifically: the number of people who are un- or under-covered by insurance, and thus will opt not to seek care) and the number of workers who lack paid sick leave. But it also challenges the very American cult of the individual: the idea that you take care of you and yours, but also the idea that if you’re fine, then everything’s fine.

12. A post in which the F-word appears. Repeatedly. from Rita’s Notebook.

13. How to make a zine from a single sheet of paper from Austin Kleon.

14. What I think about COVID-19 this morning (a Google doc), a really helpful overview.

15. Afraid to Retire? What to Do on Day One.

16. Willie Nelson and His Son Lukas Covers “Just Breathe.”

Something Good

From our walk, no filter

1. The First Body-Positive Children’s Book Just Came Out, and It’s Exactly What the World Needs Now.

2. 23 Instant Pot Recipes With No Meat Or Dairy.

3. 200 Key Sanskrit Yoga Terms.

4. She Coined the Term ‘Intersectionality’ Over 30 Years Ago. Here’s What It Means to Her Today.

5. Demi Lovato has opened up about her exercise addiction. Here’s how to spot one. “Lovato says she was exercising as much as three times a day, after each meal. ‘There were times I lived at the gym,’ she said. ‘I’d eat a meal, go work out. And that’s not happiness to me. That’s not freedom.'”

6. Black National Anthem. (video)

7. The High Note movie trailer.

8. AOC just flipped the entire ‘religious freedom’ argument on its head. (video)

9. How to Decolonize Your Yoga Practice.

10. Comebacks to Shutdown Fatphobia – Part 5 from Dances with Fat.

11. Fat Women Onscreen Deserve Better Than Crappy Love Interests.

12. The Diet Industrial Complex Got Me, and It Will Never Let Me Go.

13. Six Sentences I Can’t Forget. In related news, the post Rita wrote after reading it, 6 Sentences.

14. How to Be a Bodhisattva on Lion’s Roar. “It may seem like an unattainable ideal, but you can start right now as a bodhisattva-in-training. All you need is the aspiration to put others first and some inspiration from helpful guides like the Buddhist teachers found here.” In related news, also from Lion’s Roar, Why Bodhisattvas Need to Disrupt the Status Quo.

15. How to Be Perfect, a poem by Ron Padgett.

16. 8 Reasons Why Gentle Discipline Works Best With the Highly Sensitive Child.

17. Everything’s Gonna Be Okay. I just started watching this and I really love it.

18. NSFW Video Starring Cynthia Nixon Calls Out Double Standards For “Ladies”.

19. Stacey Abrams Is Building a New Kind of Political Machine in the Deep South. “Behind the scenes with the policy wonk, power broker, romance novelist, lawyer and entrepreneur who just might be our next vice president.”

20. 9 Tips for Staying Safe in Yoga Classes.

21. Andrea Gibson: Come to Where I’m From Podcast Episode #75. (video)

22. 58 Body Positive Journal Prompts. “Dig deep into the hows and whys of improving your body image with these thoughtful writing, journaling and meditation prompts.”

23. Susanna Bauer Examines the Tension Between Strength and Fragility in Her Stitched Leaves.

Something Good

From our walk

1. 86-year-old comedian Lynn Ruth Miller, who started her career in stand-up at age 71. (video)

2. Mr. Prather is a Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher who created a “pamper day” for his kids. (video)

3. Tracee Ellis Ross talks with Oprah. (video)

4. Dogs Will Outlive Us All on Great Big Story, (video). “Dogs might have a shot at outliving us all, according to American Museum of Natural History scientist Dr. Jack Tseng. Look no further than inside their mouths to find out why they’re such evolutionary marvels.”

5. What About the Cost of Retreats? “Many Buddhist practitioners can’t afford to go on retreats. Pamela Ayo Yetunde says it’s time we start thinking about how to make the practice less exclusive.”

6. Why Trauma Survivors Shouldn’t Think They Are ‘Lazy’.

7. Why Veggies Won’t Save Health Care in Real Life. “Someone could be following the perfect diet according to our dominant wellness culture’s standards. But, all those antioxidants from fruits and veggies cannot stand up to the effects of systemic oppression, generational trauma, and, yes, even something as small as the chronic stress from nightly homework struggles.” Wellness and health are so much bigger than what you put in your mouth and how you move your body. The fact that we don’t acknowledge that truth is one of the reasons we stay so sick.

8. SmartPetLove’s Snuggle Puppy Could Be The Cure For Your Dog’s Stress. We had one of these for Ringo and I think it really helped him. It came with a battery operated heart and you could put a handwarmer inside. That combined with a small fleece blanket that smelled like his biological mama made him able to settle down and sleep so much faster and easier.

9. 14 Writers Choose One Book That Gives Them Hope in a Dark Time.

10. Good stuff from Dances with Fat: Does Being Fat Cause Arthritis? Does That Even Matter?, and Compassion From Doctors Isn’t A Substitute For Evidence-Based Care, and I Can’t Believe People Are Still Pushing Calories In/Calories Out, and Celebrating Black Fat Activists.

11. How to Practice Hugging Meditation on Lion’s Roar. “Nothing warms the heart like a loving hug. To make the experience even deeper and more healing, Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us this practice of hugging meditation he created.”

12. A cheery and helpful guide: How to be happy. Make sure to check out the comments too.

13. 5 ways white allies can honor Black History Month all year long.

14. Adult Life Can Be Lonely, so Here’s How I Build Community as an Introvert.

15. Journaling Prompts to Relieve Stress: 10 for Morning + 10 for Evening on Be More With Less.

16. Upcoming Group Show at Beinart Gallery Celebrates the Intricate Art of Miniatures.

17. How would you feel after six years living in a converted school bus? (video)

18. Lab Experiment Accidentally Gave Students Caffeine Dose Equal To 300 Coffees. Whoa!

19. Malena Ernman on daughter Greta Thunberg: ‘She was slowly disappearing into some kind of darkness’.

20. Sweet Potato Salad with Pepita Dressing. Wanna try it.

21. 20 of the Best Book Club Books of the Decade.

22. The Danger of WW and Rebranding Diets as ‘Wellness.’

23. I Learned Yoga/Buddhism Through an Abusive Group. Now I Teach It. What Do I Do?

24. “I Fail Almost Every Day”: An Interview with Samin Nosrat. “The author of ‘Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat’ on fame, veganism, depression, and writing a new cookbook.”

Something Good

1. Wisdom from Zora Neale Hurston, “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”

2. The Birthday Experiment That Changed Everything. I love this idea, and the secret is: you don’t have to wait until your birthday to do it.

3. The Diet And Beauty Industries’ Cycle Of Disempowerment from Dances with Fat. In related news, Comebacks To Shut Down Fatphobia – Part Four.

4. Health At Every Size (HAES): A Guide for Binge Eating Recovery. I’ve posted this before, but it’s always worth another read, especially if you don’t know much about HAES.

5. This Naked Mind EP 145: Stop Fighting Food with Isabel Foxen Duke, a podcast.

6. The Original Renegade on The New York Times. “A 14-year-old in Atlanta created one of the biggest dances on the internet. But nobody really knows that.”

7. Kelly Link’s Advice to Debut Authors: Writing is Terrible, Complaining About it Is Fine, “From Her 2019 Speech at the One Story Debutante Ball.”

8. Father Of Two With No Arms Or Legs, (video). “Ryan was told he would never drive a car, go to a regular school or even have a family – but he’s proved all of the doubters wrong.”

9. Two Detroit artists on how they use painting, photography to capture complexity of black life.

10. Sam Smith – To Die For (Official Video).

11. Comedian Maria Bamford tried to get a restraining order against Donald Trump.

12. Recipes I want to try: Soft Ginger Cookie, and Sweet Potato-Black Bean Burgers, and Split Pea Soup.

13. “My son’s best friend moved to Jacksonville about 4 years ago. They’ve only gotten to see each other 3 times since then, but have continued to FaceTime all the time for hours. We planned to surprise them in Disney this year, and as you can see they both got emotional. They even had people around them crying.” (video)

14. “Fall On Me” by A Great Big World and PS22 Chorus. (video) “This Valentine’s Day season was made extra special with a visit from our friends Chad & Ian of A Great Big World! Now we’ve sung quite a few songs with these gentlemen over the years, but this rendition of their new single #FallOnMe with Christina Aguilera is almost certainly the pièce de résistance!!!”

15. The Intimate Act of Performing Pain. “There’s an acute and near-indescribable vulnerability that comes with admitting to being in pain in real time.”

16. How Did Louis C.K. Get Away With It For So Long? “Anatomy of a Toxic Power Dynamic.”

17. Best friends, always. (video) “A year and a half ago, Steve Hartman introduced us to a pair of unlikely best friends: widower Dan Peterson and Norah Wood, a little girl who encountered him in a grocery store and demanded a hug. He gave her one, and they’ve been inseparable every since, including at Norah’s recent pre-school graduation in Augusta, Georgia.” Sadly, Dan Peterson recently died. May we all be so loved at the end, (and the beginning and middle).

18. Confirmed: Sex Education is coming back for season three. In related news, “Sex Education” Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix. Yay!

19. 30 of the Best Books by Black Authors You Should Read in Your Lifetime.

20. How Unhealed Trauma Affects Highly Sensitive People. “My emotional reactivity, anxiety, and shame weren’t only about being an HSP — it also had to do with unhealed trauma.”

21. Black teen suspended for not cutting dreadlocks attends Oscars with makers of ‘Hair Love’ film.

22. 10 Requests from a Fat Patient to Her Health Care Providers. “In the midst of an ‘Obesity Epidemic,’ fat patients are getting worse healthcare than ever. Here are some things providers can do to help.”

23. The Privilege of Rage, about the ways white women continue to colonize and appropriate the work of people of color, Black women in particular.

24. Paraic O’Donnell: MS is meticulously destroying me. I am being unmade. This is one of the most beautiful, elegant essays about a horrible, awful thing.

Something Good

From our walk

1. These incredible wind turbines are designed to look like trees. (video)

2. A “Good Place” Goodbye Roundtable.

3. Reading lists: 20 New and Upcoming Novels for Black History Month, and 29 Black Authors To Support During Black History Month and Beyond, and ‘Love, loss and longing’: the best books on migration, chosen by writers, and 12 Books to Read Instead of “American Dirt”, and 25 Must Read Books For Black History Month. In related news, 5 Science-Backed Reasons ‘Getting Lost in a Book’ is Good for You.

4. Handpan by Yuki Koshimoto.

4. The Photograph Interviews. “Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield, Lil Rel, Y’Lan Noel, Chante Adams, and Stella Meghie sit down with Xilla Valentine to discuss their new movie The PHOTOGRAPH. They talk about the complexities of Black Love, Parenting, How the Oscars don’t see Black Actors and the $200 Date.”

5. Yoshiko Jinzenji: 76-Year-Old Japanese Quilt Artist Built Her Own 4,300-Square-Feet Kitchen House.

6. The Buddhist Roots of Hatha Yoga. “Purists discourage mixing traditions, but research reveals that the origins of one of today’s most popular Indian practices aren’t so clear-cut.”

7. ‘Horse Girl’ is Netflix’s new mind-bending pyschodrama film out today.

8. I Wrote a Song Using Only Hate Comments 2. “Don’t be a troll. Get out from under your bridge and make someone smile:) Here is a part 2 to my previous video I Wrote a Song Using Only Hate Comments.”

9. Miniature Tree Houses for Houseplants.

10. Vibrant Quilts Honor Black Men and Women Whose Stories Were Forgotten or Overlooked.

11. Lidia Yuknavitch on Frankenstein, Incarceration, and Overcoming Creative Blocks. “The Author of Verge on the Advice That Always Helps Her.”

12. A New Film in Pastel Animates the Viral Tragicomedy Tune ‘Dinosaurs in Love’.

13. Recipe I want to try: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars.

14. Like A Boss – Official Trailer (2020).

15. 72 Reading Nooks Perfect For When You Need To Escape This World. This post is three years old and I’m sure I already shared it at least once, but yes please!

16. Boy, 13, Cries Upon Learning His Dream Puppy Is A Gift From His Late Father Who Planned It All.

17. 10 New Queer Shows to Stream This February.

18. Adorable Wool-Felted Creatures Look Like They Belong in a Magical Woodland.

19. Deep Focus playlist on Spotify.

20. I’m an Introvert, and I’ve Always Felt a Deep Connection With Animals.

21. Three Of The Most Dangerous Downsides Of Dieting on Dances with Fat. In related news, Comebacks To Shut Down Fatphobia – Part Three.

22. The Honest Guide to Mindfulness on Zen Habits.

23. White Supremacy Culture, a page of resources.

24. Land Artist Surprises Beach Goers By Leaving Striking Stone Arrangements Along the Coast.

25. Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind on Zen Habits.

26. You Can Now Send Compassionate Texts to Random Strangers—And Get Them in Return—Thanks to New Project.