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Something Good

1. The Dodo, “At The Dodo, we’re obsessed with creating fun, entertaining and emotional content that makes people fall in love with animals. The Dodo is proud to tell animals’ stories at a time when people care about them more than ever.” Their videos and bloopers (no matter where or what they are from, I just get on YouTube and search “bloopers”) are my go-to comfort content. Sometimes the state of abandoned animals when they are first rescued is hard to watch, but every video has a happy ending.

2. How To Be At Home. “Lean into loneliness — and know you’re not alone in it. Filmmaker Andrea Dorfman reunites with poet Tanya Davis to craft tender and profound animation on the theme of isolation, providing a wise and soaringly lyrical sequel to their viral hit How to Be Alone.”

3. The Bridge Dog, (or what we call at our house “the backup dog”), because this:

I could not believe how much happier I was now that I had Merle in my life. Merely by agreeing to feed her and dispose of her waste, I had opened a portal to a pure, white-light joy that cut through all miseries, personal and structural. We walked and walked, mostly at night, over the bridge, around the town, over the other bridge, in the cool dark. Mere errands became ecstatic experiences because she was with me. “We are together,” I liked to exclaim to her reflection in my rearview mirror. “We are alive, and we are together!” My life was no longer a disaster. It was instead the miracle that had landed this creature in my back seat. I don’t want to say that Merle made me happy, but she made me stop wishing I was dead.

4. Joint Statement by President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris On Diwali, the Festival of Lights. More of this, please.

5. COVID-19 news: Covid-19 vaccines may have potentially unpleasant side effects, and ‘Breakthrough finding’ reveals why certain Covid-19 patients die, and Gov. Polis warns against holiday gatherings as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations hit record highs, and Moderna announces initial Phase 3 data showing its COVID-19 vaccine is up to 94.5% effective.

6. From Obscure To Sold Out: The Story Of Four Seasons Total Landscaping In Just 4 Days.

7. This Etsy Ad Featuring a Black, Gay Couple Going Home for Christmas Will Make You Weep.

8. Insights at the Edge — Elizabeth Lesser: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes. “Tami Simon speaks with Elizabeth about her experience in the early days of the Omega Institute, redefining ‘power,’ and the ways that patriarchy is subtly, and not so subtly, embedded in our culture—how we can become more aware of it, and how we can make changes on the outside and inside so that in the future we can tell a different story, a story that equally embraces the power of women as well as men.”

9. Writing/Contemplating Prompts from John Pavlovitz:

  • What have you lost during the past few years? What/who are you grieving? What do you mourn over?
  • What have you seen or experienced that has sustained you and given you joy over the past four years? What is worth celebrating right now?
  • What has been renewed in you; something you rediscovered that you thought was gone? A beautiful surprise? A resurrected dream or voice?

10. What a Simple Haiku Can Do for a Friendship on The Atlantic. This article is part of a series where the author interviews two friends, and in this installment she interviews, “two friends who have been texting each other a haiku every day during the pandemic. They say that the practice has kept them connected and helped them to live in the moment. They discuss how structure helps maintain friendships, explain the coincidence that brought them back together after falling out of touch for years, and share some of their haikus.”

11. on rage, compassion and boundaries from Karen Walrond on Chookooloonks.

12. Good stuff from the Upaya Election Series: Love, Fear, and Resilience as the World Falls Apart (“Lama Rod Owens looks at systems of trauma. He talks about resilience, compassion, suffering, and the need to embody our feelings and our practice”), and another with Sharon Salzberg, who “talks about having a sense of agency and committing to taking a step even if it doesn’t seem like much. She also talks about moving from grief to resilience and from anger to courage. Lastly, Sharon Salzberg leads a loving-kindness meditation.”

13. On the Power of Essayistic Compression in Flash Nonfiction. “Dinty W. Moore Traces the Growth (Contraction?) of a Genre.”

14. How to make this winter not totally suck, according to psychologists. “The practices involve cultivating different states — social connectedness, a clear purpose, inspiration — but all have one thing in common: They get you to focus on something outside yourself.”

Something Good

May our sigh of relief
build on itself
until it is a tornado
tearing through
every structure of hate
in this country.

~Andrea Gibson

1. 8 Natural Ways to Ease Anxiety. In related news, Advice For Dealing With Uncertainty — From People Who’ve Been There, and There’s a word for your overwhelming anxiety, and it’s “zozobra”, and 16 Ways to Calm the Heck Down When You’re a Highly Sensitive Overthinker, and 10% Happier Podcast: Dealing with Uncertainty, Anxiety, and Anger | Special Post-Election Edition | Lama Rod Owens, and Body Kindness Podcast 2020 Burnout: Saving Our Mental Health for the Greater Good, and Need Peace? 10 Ways to Cultivate Quiet in the Chaos, and 51 Ways to Destress, Calm Down, and Feel Less Lonely Right Now.

2. I Am Shattered but Ready to Fight on The New York Times by Roxane Gay. “The support for President Trump is a disgrace, but the future is not hopeless.”

3. Thoughts On An Election on Terrible Minds by Chuck Wendig. An earlier post from Chuck, I Don’t Know What’s Going On And You Don’t Know Either.

4. The Trump legal team’s failed Four Seasons press conference, explained. “The bizarre venue overshadowed Rudy Giuliani’s conspiracy-theory-laden election rant, providing a poetic stage for the end of Trump’s presidency.”

5. Social Change Ecosystem Map from Solidarity Is. “In our lives and as part of movements and organizations, many of us play different roles in pursuit of equity, shared liberation, inclusion, and justice. And yet, we often get lost and confused, or we are newcomers to ongoing social change efforts and don’t know where to start, or we are catalyzed into action in the midst of a crisis in our community. This is a framework that can help individuals, networks, and organizations align and get in right relationship with social change values, individual roles, and the broader ecosystem.”

6. Tanka Fund “is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation located in Kyle, South Dakota. Tanka Fund’s goal is to convert one million acres of virgin prairie to regenerative agriculture built around a buffalo-based economy. Join us in restoring health and prosperity to Native communities by donating today to reach this goal!”

7. Good stuff on Rita’s Notebook: Heartsick and Oh happy day.

8. Good stuff on Lion’s Roar: How Not to Freak Out, and Resilience: Self-Care for Tough Times, and How to Have the World — and the Life — We Want, and Citizenship as Spiritual Practice.

9. The spaces in-between from Seth Godin.

10. The 2020 election has terrorized America. But here’s our silver lining.

11. The sum of small things.