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Something Good

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1. Good stuff from Austin Kleon’s weekly newsletter: History: Ellis Haizlip and Soul! and Watch Season 1 of Soul! streaming online.

2. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: How Meditation Works (In My Life, Anyway), and Commentary: Admiring & Admonishing the Dalai Lama, and How to Practice Shamatha Meditation.

3. Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem? “Before you say no, take a moment to really ask yourself whether it’s the system that’s best suited to build our future society.”

4. 550,000 Acres on Fire in Alaska in Latest Sign of the Climate Crisis.

5. The body positivity movement is not for slim bodies already accepted by society.

6. Oregon tackles the veterinary suicide crisis, starting with the stigma.

7. Pose star Billy Porter: Wearing a dress is a ‘political act’.

8. Why we should abolish ICE — and the DEA too. “The failed drug war and Trump’s war on immigrants share many features. To change course, we need to change institutions.”

9. Wisdom from Hillary McBride, “Therapy is not about becoming, it’s about unbecoming all the things that you thought you had to be to be loved.”

10. ‘It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place’ — Listen to Megan Rapinoe’s powerful speech from the USWNT victory parade. (video) In related news, VIDEO! Rachel Maddow Casually Asks Megan Rapinoe to Run for President, and ‘Pay them girls what they worth.’ — Snoop Dogg is joining the chorus of calls for equal pay in U.S. soccer (video). Snoop Dog says so. That’s all I need.

11. Wombat has the zoomies. (video) I think my Ringo Blue might be part Wombat.

12. These 21 Things Stress Out Highly Sensitive People the Most.

13. Gorillas make up “little food songs” while they eat: Listen to them here.

14. This week in People Behaving Badly: ‘They Are Free To Leave’: Trump Accuses Congresswomen Of Hating America, and Trump Tells Congresswomen to ‘Go Back’ to the Countries They Came From on The New York Times, and The Ten Stages of Genocide (red alert: we seem to be on stage 7), and Trump says he’s not concerned about being racist because “many people agree” with him, and Trump Says Racist Nonsense Because He Means It and Because He Knows He Can Win on It, and Killing of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, African American Museum Founder, Stuns Baton Rouge on The New York Times, and Neo-Nazi James Fields Gets 2nd Life Sentence For Charlottesville Attack, and Watch: White Security Guard Pulls Gun on Black Cop in Full Uniform Because the Black Cop Had a Gun, and ICE agents were caught on film asking passengers at a bus station if they’re U.S. citizens (video), and Thousands In Danger As ICE Raids Scheduled To Begin On Sunday, and Watch this emotional exchange between AOC and a mother who lost her daughter in ICE custody (video), and U.S. Appeals Court Rules Trump Violated First Amendment By Blocking Twitter Followers, and ICE Is Dangerously Inaccurate on The New York Times, and This cop was arrested after a year-long investigation revealed he repeatedly planted drugs during traffic stops — he now faces felony charges (video), and ‘Shaken To My Core’: Testimony Describes Conditions For Detained Migrants, and AOC says she witnessed a ‘manufactured crisis’ at border detention camps (video), and U.S. Prosecutors File New Charges, Including Child Pornography, Against R. Kelly on The New York Times, and High schoolers who wore masks during homophobic graffiti spree identified by auto-connect wi-fi, and Colorado man shot to death in dispute with armed couple angry about fireworks, and Trump’s Fourth of July event and weekend protests bankrupted D.C. security fund, mayor says, and An Arizona Teenager Was Fatally Stabbed. The Suspect Blames Rap Music. on The New York Times, and ICE Just Quietly Opened Three New Detention Centers, Flouting Congress’ Limits, and Florida principal defended meager Holocaust curriculum because ‘not everyone believes the Holocaust happened’ (The Holocaust IS NOT an opinion or a belief, it’s a FACT), and 83 Environmental Rules Being Rolled Back Under Trump on The New York Times, and Judge Gets Threats After Saying Teenager in Rape Case Was From ‘Good Family’ on The New York Times.

Something Good

1. Why Megan Rapinoe’s brother, Brian, is her greatest heartbreak, and hope.

2. Best Practices for Bodhisattvas on Lion’s Roar. “Traditional Buddhist vows can seem pretty hardcore, but they’re really just maps for a good human life. Zen teacher Josh Bartok translates them into values we can all relate to.”

3. Why INFJs Should Start A Blog. Guess I made the right choice all those years ago. 🙂 In related news, 6 Reasons Why Introverts Make The Best Writers.

4. You Don’t Need to Clear the Decks to Focus on Important Work on Zen Habits.

5. People Celebrate Halle Bailey’s Role In Live-Action ‘Little Mermaid’ With Gorgeous Fan Art. In related news, Fans Overflow The Internet With Fan Art After Disney Announces The New Ariel.

6. Jack Kornfield – Heart Wisdom – Ep. 95 – Poetry in Dharma with Alison Luterman.

7. The 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years. “The New York Times’s book critics select the most outstanding memoirs published since 1969.”

8. DHS Inspector General Finds ‘Dangerous Overcrowding’ In Border Patrol Facilities. In related news, Hungry, Scared and Sick: Inside the Migrant Detention Center in Clint, Tex. on the New York Times, and Migrant Caregivers Separated From Children At Border, Sent Back to Mexico, and Border Patrol leadership reportedly knew about derogatory Facebook group for years, and Joaquin Castro smuggled a camera into Border Patrol station — the detainees wanted pictures to be shared, and Ocasio-Cortez details ‘horrifying’ conditions at migrant detention facility.

9. ‘The greatest threat to mankind is the cowardice of the Democratic Party’: Ocasio-Cortez spokesperson.

10. Middle school teacher secretly ran white supremacist podcast. (video)

11. What if instead of well-kept grass, we used our time and resources to fill our lawns with fruits and vegetables? (video) In related news, After 6-Year Battle, Florida Couple Wins The Right To Plant Veggies In Front Yard.

12. George Takei to publish graphic novel on his childhood in US internment camp.

13. 7 Subtle Signs Your Trauma Response is to ‘Fawn.’

14. How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time, a TED Talk. “Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of … eating, walking or generally ‘living while black.’ In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing — while challenging us all to level up.”

15. Good Influences: Ragen Chastain, Founder of Fit Fatties.

16. The Trump campaign wants you to believe these stock footage models are MAGA supporters. (video)

17. Restoring Forests Could Help Put a Brake on Global Warming, Study Finds on the New York Times. In related news, Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis.

18. Donald Trump’s “Inoffensive” War on Reality.

19. Helping Kelly Heal on GoFundMe.

20. She was told she would never be a serious dancer. Her answer? A spot in Katy Perry’s music video. (video)

21. Book Cover of the Award-Winning Book The Poet X Plagiarized.

22. Today, I Joined the Resistance by Theodora Goss.

23. Trump’s controversial “Salute to America” July Fourth event, explained.

24. Manslaughter Charge Dropped Against Alabama Woman Who Was Shot While Pregnant on the New York Times.

25. An interview with Jenna Hollenstein about Intuitive Eating. (video)

26. The Link Between Verbal Abuse and Anxiety That No One Talks about.

27. Disabled And Here Free Stock Photos. In related news, Representation Matters, “The best high-resolution, royalty-free stock image collection focusing on inclusion and diversity.”

28. Angry Cockatoo Tears Down Anti-Bird Spikes And Throws Them To The Ground. This is what resistance looks like.

Something Good

1. 12 Ideas For Sensitive Introverts To Make A Difference In The World (Without Getting Overwhelmed), which reminds me of a post I wrote, Activism for Introverts and Highly Sensitive People.

2. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön, “The peace that we are looking for is not peace that crumbles as soon as there is difficulty or chaos. Whether we’re seeking inner peace or global peace or a combination of the two, the way to experience it is to build on the foundation of unconditional openness to all that arises. Peace isn’t an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth, it’s an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened.”

3. 3-year-old makes cupcakes. (video) Happy Birthday, Roman!

4. Good stuff from Austin Kleon: A bag of words and Life on Creativity, a Good Life podcast interview.

5. Health At Every Size (HAES): A Guide for Binge Eating Recovery.

6. “Sandman”: Netflix Orders Neil Gaiman Comic Book Adaptation Straight to Series. This series was my introduction to graphic novels. So good.

7. Border Control agents have a secret Facebook group that’s full of racist, sexist memes. In related news, Taking Migrant Children From Parents Is Illegal, U.N. Tells U.S. on The New York Times, and How Regular Americans Can Help Reunite Migrant Families, also on The New York Times, and Highlights magazine denounces family separations in a blistering new editorial, and Taking Action on Immigrant Detention a summary of reported recommendations (Google doc), and This furniture company is facing backlash over its business ties to migrant child detention centers — now its employees are walking out in protest (video), and These Are The Companies Profiting From Detaining Migrants At Border Concentration Camps, and The Youngest Known Child Separated From His Family at the U.S. Border Under Trump on The New York Times.

8. American Border Study: Two Bodies in a River, a poem by Jed Myers.

9. F.D.A. Names 16 Brands of Dog Food That May Be Linked to Canine Heart Disease on The New York Times. We recently switched our dogs off a grain-free food. We had to go with Purina, because it’s the only one we could find with salmon as a protein source that wasn’t also grain-free (Sam is allergic to chicken), and our vet said Purina is one of the only companies who has a canine nutritionist on staff to help formulate their foods.

10. When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez met Greta Thunberg: ‘Hope is contagious.’

11. Open Letter: To my Trump-supporting family. “So now, two and half years into the alternative reality, I’ve come to grips that this isn’t some insane nightmare. This is reality. And seeing how Trump supporters (yourselves included) have behaved since then, I really was a fool for ever believing America stood for anything else.”

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

13. When Other White People Attack You.

14. The Playboy Interview With Tarana Burke. “A candid conversation with the activist who launched Me Too more than a decade before Weinsteingate.”

15. ‘I Carry It Within Me.’ Novelist Colson Whitehead Reminds Us How America’s Racist History Lives On. In related news, This Death Row Lawyer Says Americans Won’t Be Free Until We Face Our Racist History. “An HBO documentary about Bryan Stevenson sounds an urgent call to examine the nation’s past, from slavery to lynching.”

16. This school sends students to yoga class instead of detention, and the results are incredible. (video)

17. The Free Black Women’s Library amplifies the voices of female African American writers.

18. Beautiful, Never-Before-Seen Photos of New York City’s 1977 Pride March.

19. 24 Memoirs from Plus-Size Writers for Your Summer Reading List.

20. Murderous White Supremacist Sentenced to Life in Prison for Charlottesville Attack.

21. “One Day at a Time” Will Get a Season 4 on CBS’s Pop After Being Cancelled By Netflix.

22. Wyclef teaches Tig Notaro to dap with the help of #AskAlexa. (video)

23. NYPD: It’s Not Racist When a Cop Calls You the N-Word.

24. Redemption After #MeToo? In related news, Comedy clubs that book Louis C.K. don’t care about their staff’s safety.

25. Photographer Helps Save Lives of Pit Bulls With Adorable Flower Crown Portraits.

26. 8 Must-Reads by Women Who Take on White Supremacy and Patriarchal Power.

27. Why Narcissists And Gaslighters Blatantly Lie — And Get Away With It.

28. ‘She’s Not My Type’: Accused Again of Sexual Assault, Trump Resorts to Old Insult on The New York Times. “E. Jean Carroll, a columnist for Elle magazine, said in a CNN interview on Monday that she fought back when Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in a Bergdorf Goodman fitting room.”

Something Good

From my garden

1. Why INFJs Struggle With Major Life Changes (And How To Deal). This post is perfectly timed for me. The poem at the end though…

2. Wisdom from Jena Schwartz, a few lines from her most recent newsletter: “As I sat down with my coffee, these are the words that floated down: What we can do. I thought it would be a list. The list wound up having just one item: 1. Be present.” Amen.

3. You Will Lose Everything by Jeff Foster, which Laurie Wagner reminded me of at exactly the moment I needed to hear it again.

4. 7 Tips For Introverted Entrepreneurs To Succeed In An Extroverted World.

5. Good stuff from Austin Kleon: Finding something new to say, and Found notes to myself, and You are fine without advice and suggestions.

6. 10 Quick Questions that Will Change the Way You Think Today. These work really well as prompts for journaling.

7. What It’s Really Like Being a Highly Sensitive Person.

8. YA literature has more LGBTQ characters than ever. Here are 5 books to read.

9. They Are Concentration Camps — and They Are Also Prisons. In related news, Open Letter From An Ex-Border Patrol Agent, and U.S. Border Patrol Finds 4 Bodies, Including 3 Children, Near Rio Grande In Texas, and At least 24 immigrants have died in U.S. custody under the Trump administration. Immigrant detention has also become a big business, here’s who’s profiting the most (video), and A firsthand report of ‘inhumane conditions’ at a migrant children’s detention facility, and Ocasio-Cortez Calls Migrant Detention Centers ‘Concentration Camps,’ Eliciting Backlash on The New York Times, and ‘There Is a Stench’: No Soap and Overcrowding in Detention Centers for Migrant Children on The New York Times, and ‘Guats,’ ‘Tonks’ and ‘Subhuman Shit’: The Shocking Texts of a Border Patrol Agent.

What can you do about it? 5 Ways to Support Undocumented Folks, and There’s No Excuse for Mistreating Children at the Border. Here’s What To Do About It. on The New York Times, and What You Can Do to Close the Camps, and Advocates say the fastest way to help immigrants separated from their children: Post their bail, and How You Can Support Detained Immigrant Families, and How You Can Help End Child Detention Horrors TODAY.

10. Ravelry, a popular social network for knitters, places ban on Trump supporters.

11. PS22 Chorus performs “Red Ribbon” with Madilyn Bailey. (video) In related news, PS22 performs “Jar of Hearts” with Christina Perri. (video)

12. Mary Lambert: Grief Creature on Kickstarter. “Grief Creature is my life’s work, my masterpiece, a break-up album to shame, an ode to mental illness, a love letter to hope.”

13. Meet Joy Harjo, The First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate.

14. You Are Doing Something Important When You Aren’t Doing Anything on The New York Times. “We need to rest, to read, to reconnect. It is the invisible labor that makes creative life possible.”

15. Cities Nationwide Refuse To Cooperate With ICE’s Mass Deportation Raids. In related news, Trump Says He’ll Delay Deportation Operation Aimed at Undocumented Families on The New York Times, and ‘We Have No Choice’: Acting ICE Director Defends Planned Immigration Raids, and ICE Raids to Deport Migrant Families Set to Begin Sunday in 10 US Cities, and ICE Is Expected to Begin Operation on Sunday Targeting 2,000 Immigrant Family Members on The New York Times, and Trump postpones ICE’s planned deportation raids in 10 big cities.

16. Trump Sat Down With Time Magazine and Then Threatened a Reporter With Prison. In related news, Donald Trump is trying to gaslight us on E. Jean Carroll’s account of rape, and Trump Voters Driven by Fear of Losing Status, Not Economic Anxiety, Study Finds on The New York Times, and Transcript: ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos’ exclusive interview with President Trump, and Donald Trump assaulted me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago. But he’s not alone on the list of awful men in my life.

17. Crocheter Uses Her Skills To Turn Dried Leaves Into Works Of Art.

18. Review: ‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ powerfully profiles beloved writer.

19. This kid’s goal is to get EVERY single dog in the U.S. adopted. (video)

20. Carnegie medal goes to first writer of colour in its 83-year history. “Dominican-American Elizabeth Acevedo wins prestigious children’s award for The Poet X, while Jackie Morris takes illustration prize for The Lost Words.”

21. If Meditation Is Not Your Thing, Try a Walk in the Woods. “Hiking is a near-perfect combination of elements known to relax us, raise our alertness, elevate our self-esteem, and physically prepare us for true rest afterward.” Even better, adopt a dog and take them with you.

22. Warren’s Guidelines for White People. If you are white, I absolutely expect you to read this and TRY.

23. 50 Amazing Books By Black Authors From The Past 5 Years.

24. ‘Starving’ Polar Bear Wanders Into Siberian Town.

25. Japanese Company Creates Sea Creature Teabags That “Come Alive” Inside Your Cup.

26. The Weirdness, Wonder, and Terror of the Contemporary Zoo. “Molly Reid on the Way We Use Language Changes the Way We See Animals.”

27. Police Are Still Killing Unarmed Black People. “The Hands Up Act could do something about it.”

28. Why Juneteenth Should Be a National Holiday. “The 152-year-old tradition launched by formerly enslaved people has emerged as a celebration of freedom.”

29. The hired guns of Instagram. “Companies can’t advertise on social media — so they have female influencers do it for them.” So gross.

30. Chennai water crisis: City’s reservoirs run dry. India’s sixth largest city “runs out” of water.

31. Father Of Sandy Hook Victim Wins Defamation Suit Against Hoaxers. “Lenny Pozner’s 6-year-old son Noah died in the shooting. Two authors wrote a book saying it never happened.”

32. Felony Charges Dismissed Against Miami Cop Who Shot Black Caregiver With Arms Raised.

33. Kyle Kashuv, pro-gun Parkland teen, loses Harvard acceptance for past N-word use.

34. Mitch McConnell Says Obama’s Election Means We Don’t Need Reparations. “‘I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea,’ McConnell said.” Sure we elected a Black president, but immediately after we elected a white supremacist fascist, so Obama doesn’t prove anything. In related news, Ta-Nehisi Coates Clapped Back at Mitch McConnell for Saying ‘No One Alive’ Is Liable for Reparations. So We Came Up With a List.

35. Roxane Gay and Debbie Millman Are Girlfriends, Invite Us to Consider Love Might Not Be a Lie???

36. 10 Things I’ve Learned About Gaslighting As An Abuse Tactic. This article is almost four years old, but still a good read.

37. I Restore ‘Unrestorable’ Photos, And Here’s The Result.

38. Julien Baker – “Appointments.” (video)

Something Good

From our garden

1. The Biggest Little Farm [Official Trailer]. We saw this movie yesterday, and really liked it. In related news, Why Breakout Documentary ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Didn’t Sell to Netflix, from Poop to Nuts and the Apricot Lane Farms website.

2. What is your Trauma Protector Profile? an online quiz from Nona Jordan. “Your Trauma Protector Profile describes the way that residual trauma or toxic stress unconsciously prevents you from moving forward with meaningful change in your life or your business. There are 5 different Profiles: take the quiz to see which one describes you and receive holistic strategies for healing to move forward with your biggest intentions.”

3. 3 Types Of Burnout That Will All But Kill You.

4. 4 Pitfalls Of The INFJ Personality (And How To Avoid Them).

5. Susanna Bauer’s Instagram account where she posts pictures of her art, particularly crocheted leaves.

6. Praxis of Liberation, a workshop being offered by Desiree Adaway in Seattle and Denver/Boulder.

7. IF YOU CARE ABOUT WHAT TRUMP IS DOING AT THE BORDER, you need to read and share this thread.

8. How Colorado Halved Abortion and Teen Birth Rates. “The decline is happening across the country, and it’s about more than just contraceptives.”

9. Michigan Department Of Corrections To Pay $860K To Family Of Woman Whose Suicide Prison Guards Bet On.

10. And How Are the Children?: Protecting Our Black Queer Youth at All Costs.

11. ‘Family is people that love and support you, it’s not always your bloodline.’ (video) “Travis was disowned by his parents at 17 for being gay. Now he works to help others at the same LGBTQ+ org that saved him from homelessness.”

12. Costco shooting: Man killed by off-duty officer had an intellectual disability, cousin says. Whatever happened to this officer and his son was NO reason to murder someone.

13. This Bracelet From Amazon Shocks You If You Eat Too Much Fast Food Or Spend Too Much Money. I don’t believe in shock collars for dogs, so this seems like a stupid idea.

14. The Youngest Child Separated From His Family at the Border Was 4 Months Old on The New York Times. In related news, An Expert on Concentration Camps Says That’s Exactly What the U.S. Is Running at the Border and Teen Mom And Prematurely Born Baby Neglected At Border Patrol Facility For 7 Days.

15. Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has suffered with anxiety ever since being severely bullied at school. (video)

16. The severe floods soaking the Midwest and Southeast are not letting up.

17. Watch #AskAlexa help Tig Notaro identify Julie Bowen. This video series is hilarious.

18. Tales Of The City co-stars read Armistead Maupin’s Letter To Mama. (video) “More than 30 years after it was published, Armistead Maupin’s Letter To Mama is still so powerful that Laura Linney, Ellen Page, and their Tales Of The City co-stars can barely get through reading it without crying.”

19. Wild Elephant Brings Her New Baby To Meet The People Who Saved Her Life. “It’s been eight years, but she still remembers how they helped her.” In related news, Every night this orphaned baby elephant sleeps next to a guy who makes him feel safe (video).

20. “Booksmart” is an Earnest, Affirming Fantasy of Feelings.

21. “Chasing Butterflies” (Song for my dog). (video) “This is a song I wrote for my dog ‘Keys’ who got diagnosed with Lymphoma. He passed away Monday, November 28, 2016.” We lost our first dog, Obi, to lymphoma.

22. The gift of a foster parent. (video) “When Aurora, Colo., middle school math teacher Finn Lanning learned his 13-year-old student Damien, who was in foster care, needed a kidney transplant, the confirmed bachelor decided to do something: become a foster parent.”

23. Recipe I want to try: toasted marshmallow milkshake from (surprise, surprise) Smitten Kitchen.

24. Handwritten 19th-Century Color Guide Poetically Describes Where Shades Are Found in Nature.

25. Baby flamingo dancing in the water. (video) Who knew baby flamingos were so fluffy and ridiculous and perfect?

26. 6 Ways to Teach Yoga With Less Cultural Appropriation. Want to know what it looks like to teach yoga with MORE cultural appropriation (i.e. the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture, oftentimes with the intent of gaining unearned social or economical capital)? Check out Noga Movement, where they take an over 2500 year old practice and strip it of everything they don’t like so they can repackage it how they want and make some money off of it.

27. Target Cash Registers Back Online After Chaotic Nationwide Tech Failure.

28. Taraji P. Henson Spoke To Congress On Black Mental Health: ‘We Don’t Even Talk About It.’

29. I’m Gay – Eugene Lee Yang. (video) “Eugene comes out as gay in his original, deeply personal music video, featuring music by ODESZA.”

30. Central Park 5 prosector Linda Fairstein melts down over ‘When They See Us’ backlash. “Fairstein has had nearly two decades to learn from her role in the Central Park Five tragedy. Instead, she sees herself as the victim of a smear job.” In related news, Ken Burns wants all of us to remember Donald Trump’s extreme response to the Central Park Five case. (video)

31. This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into His Childhood Pics To Hang Out With His Younger Self.

32. Tina Turner: What’s Love Got to Do With It?

33. KCPD poured out grandmother’s ashes in dirt during arrest; family seeks apology.

34. The U.S. white majority will soon disappear forever.

35. New Report Suggests ‘High Likelihood of Human Civilization Coming to an End’ Starting in 2050. In related news, White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony calling climate change ‘possibly catastrophic.’

36. New video shows a deranged cop threatening to shoot a Black mother dead because her 4-year-old toddler “stole” a Barbie from a dollar store. In related news, Family to sue Phoenix PD for $10 million over officers’ response to shoplifting incident, police respond, and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Announces Plans To Help Phoenix Couple Involved In Excessive Force Case, and Phoenix Mayor Apologizes After Police Draw Gun On Family After Child Takes Doll.

37. Knox County Sheriffs Detective Grayson Fritts – also a pastor – calls for the government to arrest and execute LGBTQ People. (video) In related news, Pastor says he wishes ‘every homo would die’ at Make America Straight Again and ‘Make America Straight Again’ conference held on Pulse shooting anniversary.

38. ‘Horrific and Barbaric’: Here’s What We Know About the Human Rights Crisis in Sudan. In related news, Everything You Need To Know About The Violent Massacre Happening In Sudan.

39. ‘They Were So Beautiful’: Remembering Those Murdered In Orlando.

40. what if you already knew? The more people who can make this shift and thus allow it for others, the better: “I’ve been experimenting with foods and movement and rest and self-care, and taking a moment to think about how each thing I try makes me feel. And if I feel good, then I keep doing it. If I don’t feel good, I stop.”

41. Kappa Alpha Psi Brother Opens Wellness Studio in Brooklyn That Helps Black Men Deal With Anxiety and Depression.

42. Rare, “rainbow” blanket octopuses were caught on camera off the coast of Romblon, Philippines. (video) No matter what you think you know, you don’t know everything.

43. An Arizona Teacher Helped Migrants. Jurors Couldn’t Decide if It Was a Crime. On The New York Times.

44. A Black, Queer, Homeless Portlander Was Found Hanging from a Tree. Police Say It’s Suicide. Her Family Disagrees.

45. Kamau Bell: Standing Rock changed how I see America.

46. The Key to a Perfect Summer Is Making Absolutely Zero Plans.

47. Fatphobia Is Ruining My Female Friendships.

48. Writer Roxane Gay talks about conveying queer representation through her work, the critical reception of “World of Wakanda” and the songs that make her feel proud. (video)

49. Not seeing myself in any of my high school reading changed me more than you’d think.

50. A Nike Store In London Received Backlash After Installing Plus Size Mannequins.

51. On Alabama’s Dark History of Brutalizing Black Women’s Bodies.

52. Embassies worldwide are defying Trump & flying the Pride flag without permission.

53. The Best New Podcasts of 2019.

54. The FBI Admits Black Lives Matter Was Never a Threat. It’s White People You Should Be Worried About.

55. What 10,000 Steps Will Really Get You. “A clever bit of marketing has obscured the more nuanced nature of human well-being.”

56. NYPD Union Lawyers Claim Eric Garner Would’ve Died Anyway Due to Obesity. WTF?! Apparently now fatphobia justifies murder…

Something Good

From our garden

1. Meditation: Sitting with Your Basic Goodness from Zen Habits.

2. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: Is Buddhism a religion, philosophy, way of life, or science of mind?, and Where Buddhism & Yoga Meet, and How to Meditate Every Day, and How to Start a Home Meditation Practice.

3. On Trend: Make Mine Green on SF Girl.

4. How To Protect Yourself From Other People’s Negative Emotions.

5. On Whitewashing In Travel.

6. Nike’s Plus Size Mannequins Uncover the Truth About Weight Stigma from Dances with Fat.

7. 4 Struggles Of Being The Only INFJ In Your Family.

8. 7 Things Standing Between You and Joy on Be More With Less.

9. You Will Never Get The Truth Out Of A Narcissist.

10. I work in the environmental movement. I don’t care if you recycle. “Stop obsessing over your environmental ‘sins.’ Fight the oil and gas industry instead.”

11. 40 Rare Photos of Prince Defining Cool Through the Decades. “A tribute to the late music icon on what would have been his 61st birthday.”

12. Opting out of black trauma: Why I couldn’t finish When They See Us.

13. The Last Black Man in San Francisco | Official Trailer HD. This looks so good.

14. strawberries and cream biscuits, a recipe from Smitten Kitchen that I tried yesterday with strawberries from our garden — it was so good.

15. 5 Arrested After Homophobic Attack On London Bus. In related news, Five Arrested in London Bus Attack on Two Lesbians on The New York Times, and Parents Completely Disown Their Daughter After Discovering She Is A Lesbian.

16. UN official blasts US abortion laws as ‘gender-based violence against women’.

17. How Society Gaslights Survivors of Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Psychopaths (A Guide for Therapists, Law Enforcement and Loved Ones).

18. Smash the Wellness Industry on The New York Times. “Why are so many smart women falling for its harmful, pseudoscientific claims?”

19. Watch this congressional candidate prove it’s faster to buy an assault rifle than a cup of coffee. (video)

20. Just So We’re Clear: Black Mothers Aren’t to Blame for High Infant Mortality.

21. American hunter in viral photo of slain giraffe is “proud to hunt.” IMHO, hHunting simply for sport, for trophies, is gross.

22. ICE Agents Left 5-Year-Old Children in a Parked Van for 39 Hours. “And the federal government will no longer fund English classes or legal aid for unaccompanied minors.” In related news, Trump Administration Cancels English Classes, Soccer, Ping-Pong, Legal Aid for Migrant Children in U.S. Shelters.

23. Trading the Noisy Gay Bar Scene for the Knitting Circle on The New York Times. “Many gay men in New York are looking for alternative ways to socialize. A look at the surprising revival of the knitting circle.”

24. Why You Can’t Ever Call an Enslaved Woman a “Mistress.”

25. The Case Against Hope from Roxane Gay on The New York Times. “I’m not trying to depress anyone — especially recent graduates — but things are really bad, and what we need to do is act.”

26. Students Come Up With An Ingenious And Funny Graph To Stop People From Feeding Their Overweight Campus Cat.

27. For farmers, record flooding and a wet spring mean many fields can’t be planted.

28. This woman’s hilarious video about ‘straight pride’ is so funny even straight people are sharing it.

29. As The First Black Woman To Own A Colorado Cannabis Dispensary, Here’s Why I’m Supporting Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Marijuana Legalization Plan.

30. Alabama Mayor Suggests ‘Killing Out’ the LGBTQ Community in Deleted Facebook Post. This headline is a bit misleading. What he actually said is “We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics!…The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out. I know it’s bad to say but with out [sic] killing them out there’s no way to fix it.”

31. Swimming May Slow Down Aging By Decades. In what feels like related news, Gardening could be the hobby that helps you live to 100.

32. So, Sam Oosterhoff, you want to make abortion ‘unthinkable’? Here’s where to start.

33. Having a full-fledged conversation with Daddy. (video) This is so cute, I can’t stop watching it.

34. This transgender pastor started his own church in the South. (video)

35. German Circus Uses Holograms Instead Of Live Animals For A Cruelty-Free Magical Experience.

36. What do you see when you look at black boys? The cast of Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” weighs in. (video)

37. 30 Of The Funniest Dog Thoughts That Dog Owners Will Understand Too Well.

Something Good

1. Cry Today, Smile Tomorrow my new favorite song by Anthony Ramos. In related news, Mars’ Song From ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Season 2 Confirms That Anthony Ramos Was Born For The Stage.

2. Here’s What Gets Each Introverted Myers-Briggs Type Red-Hot Motivated. What it says about my type, INFJ, sounds pretty accurate.

Nothing is more motivating to INFJs than making a difference in someone’s life. Like the ISFJ, they are drawn to help others in need, whether it’s just a friend having a bad day, or someone going through a true crisis. Where the ISFJ tends to focus on immediate care, however, the INFJ starts looking at patterns: How can we make things better overall?

This taps into an INFJ’s intuitive knack for psychology: They tend to quickly see why a person is doing what they’re doing, what they really want, and what they could do differently to get it. It also builds on their desire to see large, systemic change for the better — looking at the forest, so to speak, in order to care for the trees.

Together, these talents give them a reputation for insight and wisdom, and it’s when that can be of service to others that they truly feel passionate and at their best.

3. Animal Sculptures Comprised of Densely Rolled Newspaper by Artist Chie Hitotsuyama.

4. Who cares if I get anywhere? Wisdom from Austin Kleon.

5. Delay of Harriet Tubman $20 bill undergirded by racism, misogyny.

6. On Running, And Writing, And How A Little Becomes A Lot from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds.

7. The Central Park Five: ‘We Were Just Baby Boys’ on The New York Times.

8. I Spent Fifteen Years in an Abusive Relationship with Weight Watchers.

9. The Supreme Court’s Latest Ruling Makes It Easier for Cops to Arrest Black Lives Matter Protesters.

10. What We Know About The Virginia Beach Mass Shooting Victims.

11. Lab Owner Arrested for Falsifying Results of Drug Tests. Why?!

12. Protester takes mic from Kamala Harris while onstage at event. Fuck this guy, his privilege and his man bun. This thread on Twitter is great, includes a video that shows a black woman scolding him for what he did.

13. Toxic environments make people sick, make projects fail, and make best employees quit.

14. People-pleasing can be a result of trauma. It’s called ‘fawning’ — here’s how to recognize it.

15. What To Read When Women’s Bodies Are Under Attack. In other reading list news, An Antiracist Reading List on The New York Times.

16. Love Finds Ali Wong And Randall Park In ‘Always Be My Maybe’, which is streaming on Netflix. Every time I watch a movie like this I think to myself, “see, how hard was that?” I’m so glad there are so many new content providers, making movies with characters we want to see, proving the big studios wrong when they claim to make the movies people want as they make the same white male centered bullshit over and over again.

17. Put down the self-help books. Resilience is not a DIY endeavour.

18. Honoring the Roots of Yoga.

19. You may never know how your small gesture can entirely change someone’s day. (video)

20. The Radical Plan to Save the Planet by Working Less. “The degrowth movement wants to intentionally shrink the economy to address climate change, and create lives with less stuff, less work, and better well-being. But is it a utopian fantasy?”

21. Guy Takes Pictures Of Car License Plates Outside Planned Parenthood To Later ‘Educate’ Women At Their Homes. This is so violent!

22. The lies diet culture taught me that I no longer believe from Melissa Toler.

23. 10,000 Steps A Day? How Many You Really Need To Boost Longevity.

24. Teasing Kids About Their Weight May Make Them Gain More.

25. Trans activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera to get New York monument.

26. ‘Nap Bishop’ Tricia Hersey Is Spreading the Gospel of Rest. In related news, The Atlanta Nap Ministry preaches the liberating power of rest.

27. Why Judging People for Buying Unhealthy Food Is Classist. This article is a few years old, but still worth a read.

28. ‘It’s Okay to Be White’ T-Shirts Yanked After Being Accused of Promoting ‘Intolerance, Racism and Division’. What willful ignorance looks like.

29. #PicnickingWhileBlack: Pistol-Packing White Woman Pulls Gun on Black Couple. Because walking your dog or having a picnic where it’s not allowed is something worth shooting someone over?! People like this should lose their right to own firearms legally. At least she lost her job for it.

30. Partygoers left 20,000 lbs of trash on this beach during Memorial Day weekend. (video) This is why we can’t have nice things…

31. More Than Patriotism on Their Sleeves: Military Patches Sport Trump Likeness on The New York Times.

32. Extending ‘Zero Tolerance’ To People Who Help Migrants Along The Border.

33. So Far, $1.57 Billion for Wall Yields 1.7 Miles of Fence.

34. We Don’t Need Self-Care; We Need Boundaries. This is focused on the medical profession but applies everywhere.

35. Xeriscaping in Colorado: A Step by Step Guide.