Category Archives: Something Good

Something Good

1. Think yourself better: 10 rules of philosophy to live by. “From Aristotle to Iris Murdoch: what the greatest minds of the past 2,500 years have to tell us about the good life.”

2. How do you take a picture of happiness? We asked photographers to surprise usToday is International Day of Happiness.

3. I Love You, Now Leave Me Alone: What Friendship Means to an Introvert on The New York Times. “It can be hard to reconcile the need for close connections with the urge to cancel plans. Experts say it’s a matter of taking control and finding your comfort zone.”

4. Time doesn’t have to be money“Two new books, Jenny Odell’s Saving Time and Pooja Laksmin’s Real Self-Care, offer a framework for thinking about the world beyond capitalism.”

5. Good stuff from Seth Godin: Is it possible to care at scale? and Conspicuous (non) consumption.

6. Healing the Hearta poem from Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. 

7. Ms. Petersen Went Up the Mountain Herself“What matters, I think, is this continual work of constructing a life that ultimately feels chosen. That doesn’t necessarily mean controlled; there is so much in life we can’t schedule, change, manage, or even anticipate, all manner of disappointments and disasters and swift left turns. But we can choose how we navigate those obstacles and valleys, how we move towards and through and away from others, how we cultivate precious corners for ourselves and also feasts of connection and intimacy.”

8. Weight Watchers Expands Their Harmful Model – Adding Prescription Drugs.

9. Learning to hold sorrowBecause, “if our hearts are working, sorrow is unavoidable. Or, more to the point, sorrow is the sign that we are connected to what is important to us—that we are connected to our desires, our love, our hope, our integrity. Sorrow is the loss of something we hold dear.”

10. Whiteness is a Hungry Ghost.

11. You have to really love your idea from Austin Kleon.

12. How to Escape ‘Faux Self-Care’ on The New York Times. “Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, a psychiatrist who specializes in women’s health, says you don’t need bubble baths to beat burnout. Here’s what she says to do instead.”

13. The Best Foods High in FiberI’m currently obsessed with fiber, understandably so.

14. Wellness, bootstraps, and gurus: the new toxic mental health cheerleaders“Toxic positivity, the sunny side up mindset that has a dark side.”

15. Yoga Has a Body Shaming Problem…Still“We all need to take an honest look at where we actually are and commit to moving past it.”

16. A veterinarian says pets have a lot to teach us about love and grief.

17. More on The Whale: The Whale’s Point of View (“The Oscar-nominated film is not just cruelly fatphobic; it is irredeemably juvenile”), and Fat Suit Fart Attack: The Whale (“I Deserve $120,000 for Watching This Movie”), and Brendan Fraser Deserves The World, But The Whale Deserved Nothing.

18. How Introverts Can Overcome Limiting Beliefs.

19. Ghost Story by Maggie Smith on Brevity. She has a memoir coming out and this piece is part of it. I am looking forward to reading the whole book because, as I’ve always said, poets write some of the best memoirs.

20. Five things you thought were “normal” that were actually emotional neglect(Instagram reel) *sigh*

21. Fear is not necessarily a “no” from Andrea Gibson. (Instagram reel)

22. ‘There was cruelty and unpleasantness’: Emily Watson on school, stardom and sex scenes in her 50s“The actor grew up in an alleged cult and was expelled after her explicit role in Breaking the Waves. She discusses method acting, the #MeToo movement and mixing work and family.”

23. 6 early entries we love from the 2023 NPR Student Podcast Challenge.

24. Covid has not affected people’s happiness around world, study reveals“World Happiness Report finds higher levels of benevolence in all global regions than before the pandemic.”

25. Woman lives in a tree for two years to save it from loggers“Julia Butterfly Hill’s two-year tree sit was an admirable act of environmental activism, but it is important to acknowledge the work of marginalized communities too.”

26. New music from Furnsone of my favorite groups. “FURNS is the name of the Danish power couple with the distinctive logo. With their airy minimal electronic soulful vibes they have captured the hearts of millions of listeners around the globe. Monika Faludi and Mathias Dahl Andreasen AKA. FURNS write, compose, record, produce, mix and master all of their work in FURNS Studio, based in the outskirts of Copenhagen.” If you don’t have Spotify, you can also listen to them on YouTube.

Something Good

1. How to Grow Re-enchanted with the World: A Salve for the Sense of Existential Meaninglessness and Burnout“Katherine May explores what it takes to shed the cloak of meaninglessness and recover the sparkle of vitality in Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age — a shimmering chronicle of her own quest for ‘a better way to walk through this life,’ a way that grants us ‘the ability to sense magic in the everyday, to channel it through our minds and bodies, to be sustained by it.'” I really enjoyed May’s book Wintering and am excited for this new one.

2. The Courtyard

3. The Furniture Hustlers of Silicon Valley on The New York Times. “As tech companies cut costs and move to remote work, their left-behind office furniture has become part of a booming trade.”

4. Wisdom from Omkari Williams“To change things we need to understand them. Let’s deepen our understanding of these deeply inequitable and immoral systems and then let’s do what we can to shift to systems of collective concern, collective care, and collective support.”

5. Could We End Wealth? “In 2019, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines at the MLK Now conference. When Ta-Nehisi Coates asked whether the world is moral when it allows billionaires to exist, she answered, ‘No. It’s not.'”

6. This Is a Better Term for ‘Highly Sensitive Person’.

7. Maga Hat in the Chemo Room(video) a new poem from Andrea Gibson.

8. 36 questions to stay in love.

9. How radical gardeners took back New York City(video) “Seed bombs, the ‘tree lady of Brooklyn,’ and the roots of urban gardening… New York City looked a lot different in the 1960s and 1970s. A sharp economic decline and white flight meant there was mass disinvestment and urban decay, particularly in the city’s lower-income neighborhoods. It’s what Hattie Carthan and Liz Christy noticed in their communities when they each set out to revive their neighborhoods by making them greener. Ultimately, their radical acts of gardening would transform the landscape across New York City.”

10. #44 Transitions, part 1: The fundamental ambiguity of being human“A three part series on what to do when you don’t know what to do.”

11. Ezra Klein Interviews Jane Hirshfield“She’s a poet. She’s the author of many collections of poetry, including her most recent ‘Ledger,’ which is probably the book of poetry I’ve gifted to others most often. She’s also the author of two very beautiful books of essays on poetry and how it works and the poetic mind.” 

12. Bernadette Mayer will give you ideas“On the late American poet’s irrepressible confident weirdness.” If you like writing prompts, read this.

13. Dandelions and orchids from Austin Kleon.

14. UnPrisoned | Official Trailer | HuluI just finished watching this and while the season ender was a bit of a bummer, the show is really good — the acting, the writing, the music. “Inspired by Tracy McMillan’s life, ‘UnPrisoned’ is a half-hour comedy about a messy but perfectionist relationship therapist and single mom whose life is turned right-side-up when her dad gets out of prison and moves in with her and her teenage son.”

15. 99 Things To Do Instead Of Reaching For Your Phone.

16. How to Find ‘Microjoys’ When Everything Is Bad and You’re Not OK.

17. On 3/11/20, WHO declared a pandemic. These quotes and photos recall that historic time.

18. Chris Rock Looks Very Small Right Nowan opinion piece on The New York Times by Roxane Gay.

19. Author Alice Walker Defends J.K. Rowling’s Transphobia*sigh*

20. The Whale is not a masterpiece – it’s a joyless, harmful fantasy of fat squalor by Lindy West. “The Oscar nomination for The Whale must mean it’s great, right? Wrong! It is a shallow and stigmatising reflection of thin people’s assumptions about fat bodies.”

21. Are Some of Your Well-Intended Eating Habits a Problem? “Unhealthy eating patterns are pervasive in fitness culture. Whether it’s the latest ‘wellness’ trend on TikTok, advice from elite athletes, or general messaging from an industry that thrives on athletes’ desire to perform optimally or meet an unattainable aesthetic standard, this messaging can lead to patterns of consumption or restriction that are disordered, and eventually, meet a diagnostic standard for an eating disorder.”

22. Wild Bird Brings Someone Special To Meet His Human Mom(video)

23. ‘The God of Endings’ is a heartbreaking exploration of the human conditiona book review.

24. Trying to finish the chapter before bed(Instagram reel) This is me, every night.

25. Rogan Brown, Paper Sculptures Portfolio

26. Meleana Sessions x Mana Wahine “Rise Up.” (video) Gorgeous.

27. The 41 Best Oregon Mom & Pop Restaurants to Eat At in 2023.

28. A Geese Love Story on CBS Sunday Morning. (video) “Last August, Blossom the goose lost her mate, Bud. They’d lived on a pond at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown, Iowa. Blossom’s grief was evident to the cemetery’s staff, and so general manager Dorie Tammen decided to post a personal ad for Blossom. Correspondent Steve Hartman reports on the results of an avian blind date.”

29. Comedian Sarah Millican’s YouTube channel. She is hilarious, slightly naughty but so sweet at the same time.

30. Abstract and organic textile sculptures with vibrant colors by Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia.

31. “Incomplete” Sculptures Capture the Playful and Timid Personalities of Children.