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1. Good stuff from Jena Schwartz: Eleven Things I Learned in Physical Therapy That Relate to Writing + Life, and Dive Into Poetry + Support Color of Change, and Silence is Violence.

2. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön,

Our patterns are well established, seductive, and comforting. Just wishing for them to be ventilated isn’t enough. Those of us who struggle with this know. Awareness is the key. Do we see the stories that we’re telling ourselves and question their validity? When we are distracted by a strong emotion, do we remember that it is our path? Can we feel the emotion and breathe it into our hearts for ourselves and everyone else? If we can remember to experiment like this even occasionally, we are training as a warrior. And when we can’t practice when distracted but know that we can’t, we are still training well. Never underestimate the power of compassionately recognizing what’s going on.

3. For White People Who Want the Racist Nightmare to End, We Must Reclaim Our Lives from Anti-Black Racism.

4. Black Lives Matter Fall 2016 Syllabus. What a great set of resources!

5. Widespread confusion about what it takes to be strong, wisdom from Seth Godin.

6. It Is Art That Will Help Us Survive from Terrible Minds. More good stuff from Chuck Wendig at Terrible Minds: Yes, Virginia, Writing Is Too A Job, and Here’s How To Finish That Fucking Book, You Monster, and What Fiction Can Do For The Writer And Reader.

7. Some great ideas for education: A Matter of Death and Life, (“High school seniors at The Harley School in Rochester, New York, have the option of taking a class called “hospice.” Most who sign up for it don’t know what they’re in for, but none of them forget the experience when it’s over”), and This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning.

8. I sure needed this message from Brave Girls this week:

You are doing such good things, such beautiful, wonderful, and important things. Do not feel bad that you have limitations and cannot do everything you want to do, or that you make mistakes that set you back or decisions that aren’t all that you hoped they would be. You are doing enough. YOU ARE ENOUGH. You are just right, and you are doing your best. When you have done all that you can do, let yourself BREATHE. And remember that rest, relaxing, and solitude are just as important as all of the other incredible things you do with your life. You are such a gift to the world. Take good care of you. You are loved.

9. An Open Letter from a Black Man to His White Family in a Moment of Violence.

10. The Difficult Art of Self-Compassion on Brain Pickings.

11. Every woman deserves access to pads and tampons.

12. Why We Need To Talk About High-Functioning Depression. *sigh*

13. This eighth grader just nailed how white people should discuss white privilege.

14. Student protest. Band kids taking a knee, peacefully protesting.

15. ‘Saddest-photo’ couple reunited after being forced apart.

16. A comic explains the screwed-up reason people complimented this girl for being sick.

17. Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: ‘No Doubt I’ve Gotten A Million Things Wrong.’ “Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting pages because ‘there was something untrue about them.'”

18. Injustice Boycott. Starting December 5th. I’m in. In related news, It’s time for serious nationwide economic boycotts to end police brutality and racial injustice in America.

19. 23 Books By Latinos That Might Just Change Your Life. I couldn’t live long enough to finish my reading list, but I’m going to keep trying anyway.

20. Family cleans house, finds pet tortoise missing since 1982. **Spoiler alert!** She was alive!

21. Is this the president we want for our daughters? No, no, no, no, no, and no.

22. This is Why We Say Black Lives Matter. “Congresswoman Nina Turner just said it ALL.”

23. Recipes I want to try: Cheese Potato Pancakes, and One-Pan Salmon 4 Ways, and Easy One-Pan Pork Tenderloin Dinner, and roasted tomato soup with broiled cheddar, and if none of those work out, maybe I’ll just try this Fast & Easy Dinner Recipe.

24. Why Dieting Can Rarely (If Ever) Be Body Positive.

25. Trevor Noah: ‘It Seems Extremely Easy To Get Shot By Police In America.’

26. What It Feels Like To Be Black When Police Kill. This video motivated me to do something almost more than anything else. In related news, 25 ways you could be killed for being black in America.

27. This is Why We Vote, a campaign to mobilize young voters to show up in huge numbers this fall. So good.

28. Alicia Keys – Break These Walls.

29. FX’s ‘Atlanta’ breaks viewing records. Is diverse TV here to stay? I hope so, because this is one of my new favorite shows (it just got picked up for a second season).

30. N.J. woman uses couponing to try and feed 30,000 people in need.

31. Meet the toy smuggler of Aleppo. He lives in Finland and risks his life to bring joy to Syrian kids.

32. To Anyone Who Thinks They’re Falling Behind In Life. This is one of those I need to print out and read to myself every morning until I really get it. I tried to pick out a quote to share, but there’s just too much good stuff.

33. Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey squashes the 4 responses you’ll probably hear when talking about Black Lives Matter. This.

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End of summer berries

End of summer berries

1. What Is Weight-Neutral Workplace Wellness and Why Should we Consider it? “The literature on weight, weight loss, and the relationship between weight and health indicates that the weight-focused approach to health does more harm than good.” Word. In related news, Women: Stop apologizing for eating.

2. Recipes I’d like to try: zucchini, tomato and rice gratin (gratins are my new favorite way to use up a lot of veggies at once), Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo, Easy Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos (you had me at “easy”), The Best Oven-Fried Chicken Recipes You’ll Ever Make, Takeout-Style Sesame Noodles, takeout-style sesame noodles with cucumber, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Brown Rice Crispy Treats.

3. Beacon Food Forest Permaculture Project, one of the best ideas EVER. “The goal of the Beacon Food Forest is to design, plant and grow an edible urban forest garden that inspires our community to gather together, grow our own food and rehabilitate our local ecos.”

4. Remember from Patti Digh. In related news, What Do You Do On A Day Like This?

5. Heartwarming moment girl asks her stepdad to adopt her on his birthday. I’ve watched this so many times.

6. Tim Gunn: Designers refuse to make clothes to fit American women. It’s a disgrace.. In related news, Tim Gunn’s Plus Size Mistake.

7. Leon Bridges Tiny Desk Concert. “Take Me to Your River” is especially amazing.

8. The Robin Hood Army is ending food waste and feeding the hungry.

9. Stanford Professor Puts His Entire Digital Photography Course Online for Free. So cool.

10. Your High-Intensity Feelings May Be Tiring You Out.

11. Marijuana is literally saving the lives of our veterans.

12. How Was Burning Man? “A guy who just got back from Burning Man struggles mightily to explain what Burning Man was like to a loser who’s never been to Burning Man.” Hilarious.

13. Deaht is Actually Very Funny: a Last Conversation with Poet Max Ritvo.

14. I walked out of the Brisbane Writers Festival Keynote Address. This is why. This is so important.

15. Wisdom from Seth Godin, “Just because it’s dark it doesn’t mean we’re underground. It often means that no one has bothered to turn on any lights.”

16. Things I Didn’t Buy.

17. An Open Letter to that Lady who has All the Answers to #NoDAPL.

18. The One Thing You Need Less of Right Now (your life depends on it). In related news, 7 Small Habits That Will Steal Your Happiness.

19. Bigger, Better, Different. “We can’t always see what’s working, just as we can’t always see what’s not working. We can only keep showing up and paying attention.” A beautiful post by Jena Schwartz.

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Lone Pine Trail, by Eric and Prisma

Lone Pine Trail, by Eric and Prisma

1. Brave Blogging with Andrea Scher, starts today! What I’ve always loved most about what Andrea offers is she creates things out of the place she is living, and because of that it’s real, covered in dirt and honey. This is another one of those things.

2. What “Rape Culture” Means, a very helpful infographic.

3. Mother is “a million times happier” after going from size eight to 18, a different kind of “before and after.” I totally relate to this story. I’d rather be fat and sane than ever go back to those dark days. In related news, 9 Disordered Eating Practices You Thought Were Normal.

4. “Sow Much Good.” Robins Emmons believes in people over profits, giving back with her organic farm that provides fresh, affordable food to low-income communities.

5. Weird jobs: the People Walker. This man doesn’t walk dogs… he walks people.

6. Recipes I’d like to try: Cheesy Zucchini Rice, and Zucchini Tots, and Peach Margarita Cooler, and Chicken Shawarma, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples, and No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies. In related news, Are Viral Recipes Ruining Cooking?

7. Aimed at Zika Mosquitoes, Spray Kills Millions of Honeybees. Nope. Just no.

8. Donald Glover hired an entirely black writers’ room for his new tv show. I can’t wait for this show. It looks amazing.

9. Sometimes you just have to put it out there from one of my favorite bloggers, writers, humans.

10. 23- Year Old Male Babysitter Will Only Get 30 Days For Molesting 8-Year Old Boy; Judge Says Prison Will Be Too Hard On Him, He’s Just A Boy. I thought for sure this was a joke, an article from The Onion, but no. WTF?!

11. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are getting in citizenship lines to take down Donald J. Trump.

12. How to Race Bait from Matthew Cooke.

13. These Are The Fearless LGBTQ Youth Who Live In Jamaica’s Sewers.

14. Hello Humans, a blog project from Anne Lamott’s son Sam.

15. Everything You Need to Know to Become a Certified Yoga Instructor.

16. Your Career Homecoming Challenge hosted by Laura Simms, “a one week community challenge that will energize your workweek, connect you with others, and enter you to win great prizes.” I did it last year and it was really helpful.

17. This Veteran Just Shared An Argument-Ending Defense Of Colin Kaepernick. It’s totally worth it to take the time and read the whole thing.

18. Trans men describe their experiences with male privilege.

19. Mike Birbiglia’s 6 Tips for Making It Small in Hollywood. Or Anywhere. This is so good. “Sometimes people say, ‘One thing you have to offer in your work is yourself.’ I disagree. I think it’s the only thing.” I’m going to see his new movie this afternoon. Can’t wait.

20. Graduating and Looking for Your Passion? Just Be Patient. Really good advice.

21. Miracle Messages. A project that lets homeless people record video messages to long-lost relatives, and it’s getting them off the streets.

22. Religish Rituals: A Former Pastor Explains Why Tarot is A-Okay.

23. ‘Holy Hell’ Review: Will Allen Spent 20 Years In a Cult and All He Got Was This Documentary. Watched this yesterday. It was really good, really interesting.

24. Justifiable, wisdom from Seth Godin.

25. Self-Help List from Zen Habits.

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We don’t have pumpkins in our garden this year, and I miss them.

1. Tears for Fears – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” on hammered dulcimer by Ted Yoder.

2. 37 Times Moms Totally Owned Parenting Humor On Twitter.

3. “My three-and-a-half-year-old son likes to play trucks. He likes to do jigsaw puzzles. He likes to eat plums. And he likes to wear sparkly tutus.” Everything about this.

4. 10 MUTTS Comic Strips That Remind Us Why We Love Dogs.

5. He’s known simply as Mr. Happy, and he’s been delighting morning commuters for 30 years.

6. Leslie Jones faces constant abuse – because that’s how racism works. In related news, Celebrities Rally Around Leslie Jones After Vicious Internet Hack.

7. I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away.

8. N. K. Jemisin on Diversity in Science Fiction and Inspiration From Dreams.

9. This Company Lets Kids Design Their Own Clothes. In related news, Custom Stuffed Animals from Kids’ Drawings & Art.

10. Grace VanderWaal blows the judges (and us!) away with another original song on “America’s Got Talent.” I shared this on Facebook this caption: “Dear Fame, please, please, please don’t ruin her. She’s a beautiful thing.”

11. One of my favorite writers started a blog.

12. Color film was designed for white people. Here’s what it did to dark skin.

13. This 9-year-old distributes handmade toiletry bags for homeless women in L.A with her charity Khloe Kares. #BlackGirlMagic In related news, Compassion you can hold on to: Khloe makes bags for homeless women in her neighborhood and fills them with supplies.

14. This is so disgusting: Pharma CEO gave herself an $18 million raise after hiking EpiPen prices and Big Pharma’s dirty secret: EpiPen was developed entirely with taxpayer money.

15. ZenPen E-Course. This latest installment is going to be so great, because “To celebrate the release of my book and card deck Body Cards: Insight from the Body, Wisdom for the Soul, I will be offering ZenPen for FREE this autumn! I’ve also recently re-vamped ZenPen to include wisdom from Body Cards, so you’ll be able to get to know many of the cards in this month-long experience.”

16. David Becker charged with sexually assaulting 2 women, only gets 2 years’ probation. The tagline for this link came up as “this is a problematic trend.” Ya think?!

17. A professional opinion: You don’t need a psychiatrist to know there’s something wrong with Donald Trump.

Trump should never be president, but not because he may or may not have a mental disorder. He shouldn’t be president because he disparages women, denigrates Mexicans and Muslims and mocks the disabled. He shouldn’t be president because he demonizes the media and impugns those who challenge him. He shouldn’t be president because he insinuates that his rivals might be assassinated and advocates the commission of war crimes. He shouldn’t be president because he rejects science and demonstrates a remarkable lack of knowledge or interest when it comes to foreign and domestic policy.

18. What the media gets wrong about Donald Trump’s voters. *Spoiler alert: Trump supporters shared fundamental confusion? Fear of other.

19. The Only Way To Respond When Someone Says They Support Trump. “What black people need is dismantling of white supremacy in all of its forms.” I’d go further and say this is what America needs. In related news, What we can all do to be better Americans.

20. Police pull their guns on a 5th grader. This makes me so angry I want to throw up. This poor kid! I keep thinking about where I was, what I had to worry about in the fifth grade. This can’t keep happening. We have to do better. I want to do better.

21. The Art of Humility from Jena Schwartz.

22. Writing Is Work, And It’s Art, Except When It’s Not. In related news, and also from Chuck Wendig, Longevity, Patience, And Shittin’ Pants.

23. Knowing What’s Best vs Doing What’s Best. “Make the appointment. Ask the question. Do the things you would do for the people you love, you are every bit as deserving of care as they are. You might be surprised by just how much your family wants to and is able to do for you.”

24. where should we start? a beautifully written piece about depression and addiction.

25. What Makes a Good Life: Revelatory Learnings from Harvard’s 75-Year Study of Human Happiness. *Spoiler alert: “The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.”

26. These cartoons hilariously describe the double standards women face at work every day.

27. Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: questions to ask before giving up. I’ve shared this, probably more than once, but it’s worth another reminder.

28. Six Ted Talks for dog lovers.

29. SNL – Breaking Character Compilation, part one and part two.

30. Why Katy Perry Made Me Cry from Jamie Greenwood. “We are burdened by pieces of ourselves that make no sense.”

31. Are you hanging by a thread? from Danielle LaPorte.

32. What Are the Three Kinds of Suffering? from Lion’s Roar.

33. If You Don’t Get The Problem With Cultural Appropriation, Listen To This.

34. Recipes I want to try: zucchini rice and cheese gratin and Sliced Tomato Gratin and Baked Coconut Chicken Strips and Four Three-Ingredient Appetizers.

35. 7 Yoga Poses To Help You Sleep Better.

36. Why Starting Therapy Is So Freaking Hard.

37. Community Cleans Up ‘KKK’ Graffiti On Family’s Home Before They Return.

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1. Prisma all the things! Seriously, it’s hard not to get obsessed with this app.

2. He was supposed to be a doctor, but decided to improve communities through dance instead. “If you are gifted in something, it’s probably a hint that you have a contribution to make to society that you’re uniquely positioned to make.”

3. Sisters Episode 1: Strawberries {The Kloons}. Two 30 year old guys lip syncing a conversation between two 60 year old women. So funny.

4. Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered. This is so creepy!

5. Blue Q Socks. Love these!

6. Internet helps girl with autism replace beloved shirt—150 times. “People are inherently good and kind, and I’m glad I’ve been able to be a recipient of that kindness.” In related news, “This lad’s grandparents couldn’t afford a new car when theirs broke, so he bought them a new one and surprised them with it.”

7. Wisdom from Susan Piver,


8. Two rival gang members came together to create an underground cooking movement.

9. Recipes I want to try: Sausage Pretzel Party Ring and Cheesy Chicken Balls.

10. Donald Trump is calling for “extreme vetting” of immigrants. Can his own supporters pass the test? These people TERRIFY me.

11. A Flowchart For People Who Get Defensive When Talking About Racism.

12. After 40+ years of teaching — what these students did for their retiring teacher will definitely make you cry.

13. Get fit using a chair. Or a bed.

14. Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors.

15. the HAES® files: I Heart HAES-Informed Movement Specialists: One Woman’s Journey Home to Her Body by Mikalina Kirkpatrick, one of my favorite writers.

16. Icelandic turf houses are old-school green with a Viking twist.

17. 14 confessions from people who were fat-shamed at the doctor’s office. “#FatSideStories is exposing a scary truth about going to the doctor while fat.”

18. KING: A tale of two face-eating men in Florida — one white, one black.

19. On Social Media, As In Life, White People Are Way Less Likely To Talk About Race.

20. Why Am I So Fat? “A man wrote to me to ask why I gained weight. Here’s my response.”

21. The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures.

22. The Art of Staying Positive from Jena Schwartz, which I might say is more about “the art of not giving up.”

23. The Only Remedy for FOMO (fear of missing out) from Be More With Less.

24. Procrastination can be a form of intuition from Danielle LaPorte.

25. Enjoli. “I’m newly sober and dog-paddling through the booze all around me.”

26. To Cut Food Waste, Spain’s Solidarity Fridge Supplies Endless Leftovers. A cafe in my community is doing something similar with The FoCo Freedge.

27. Gold’s Gym Posts Stunningly Misogynistic Ad; Activists Shut It Down.

28. Looking into Laziness by Pema Chödrön.

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Gentle breeze, image by Benny Jackson at Unsplash.

Gentle breeze, image by Benny Jackson at Unsplash.

1. Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure. Who cares about work or productivity, this is an important distinction for your life.

2. These Eerie Photos Show The Ghosts Of Olympics Past. “When the medals have all been won and the people leave, aging Olympics villages become otherworldly.”

3. Pioneers of Television: Robin Williams Remembered. You can watch the full episode online for free.

4. Kohl’s and Mudd – stop stealing the work of independent artists. Sign the petition. In related news, Copyright infringement by KOHL’S.

5. High rents force some in Silicon Valley to live in vehicles.

6. Aug. 8, 1971: Enchanted Forest Opens. I spent many hours here as a kid, and took my nieces and nephews there, still have such fond memories of it.

7. Martial Arts School Teaches Kids It’s OK to Cry. Good stuff.

8. Recipes I want to try: Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla Pie, and zucchini parmesan crisps (cause we’ve got zucchini coming out of our ears, our garden is crazy with it), and Blooming Potato Bake, and all of these Simple Salad Recipes.

9. Flight attendant adopts stray dog after he waited outside her hotel room every night for four months. I’m such a sucker for these stories where the dog chooses their own human. Here’s a short video about the same, and one more.

10. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön, “There is a teaching that says that behind all hardening and tightening and rigidity of the heart, there’s always fear. But if you touch fear, behind fear there is a soft spot. And if you touch that soft spot, you find the vast blue sky. You find that which is ineffable, ungraspable, and unbiased, that which can support and awaken us at any time.”

11. Seasons from Austin Kleon, about how creativity has seasons.

12. The alchemy of grief from Andrea Scher. I can’t stop thinking about what she shares here that Francis Weller says, that we have “undigested sorrows.”

13. Mythical Beasts: Photographer Captures The Majestic Beauty Of Maine Coons. Beautiful.

14. Amy Winehouse: 10 Great Unreleased Songs. When I was in Oregon this summer, my 17 year old niece was listening to “Back to Black” and it made me stupid happy. But also so sad — she was so amazing and she’s gone.

15. eShakti, possibly my new favorite online store. Because this: custom sizing!

16. Giving beds to homeless dogs. The first one reminds me so much of my Sam when he was little. In related news, this puppy stalking a toy lion is ridiculously cute.

17. Love story keeps Rainbow Restaurant running. And, they have the best falafel.

18. Nurture Your Whole Self, “a 4-week program designed to awaken your truest expression of well-being.” This looks really good. Register by August 22nd and receive an extra 30 minutes of coaching FREE!

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1. Introducing the 2032 Olympic Team, a cute video, except that there is only one girl. In light of that, I suggest these two in addition: 6-Year-Old Plays Basketball Like A Girl and Baby climbing indoors.

2. The heartwarming moment a man breaks down as his mother he’s not seen in a decade travels half way across the world to surprise him.

3. Boycotting Driscoll’s Berries. I’m in. I don’t need berries this bad, ever.

4. Ultramarathon runner Dion Leonard adopted stray dog Gobi after she followed him across China. I love this story so much.

5. Recipes I want to try: the browniest cookies and Easy Beef And Garlic Noodles and PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Guacamole Deviled Eggs.

6. Support Danielle Ate the Sandwich’s TERRIBLE New Album!

7. The Fitness Marshall on YouTube. So FUN!

8. Norway Prisons vs. U.S. Prisons.

9. 20+ Hilarious First-Date Disasters That Will Make You Laugh.

10. What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life? Yeah, what if?

11. Naomi Shihab Nye — Your Life Is a Poem, an OnBeing interview which reminded me of some of my favorite lines of poetry: “Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.”

12. Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience.

13. Beat Stress With Our 30-Day Meditation Challenge from Refinery29, but even better your practice is guided by the amazing Adreanna Limbach.

14. the struggle IS real: the ten tell-tale signs of burnout (and your new to-do list) from Sas Petherick.

15. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: How to Establish a Daily Practice Of Almost Anything, in Six Steps and What is the Eightfold Path?

16. Taking the long way home on Rita’s Notebook.

17. Here’s What Happens To Your Body When You Hike The Appalachian Trail. “Inspirational backpacking memoirs often paint a vivid picture of the ‘transformative’ effects of a long-distance hike. But here’s what those kinds of books too often leave out: Unless you’re diligent about creating a new life for yourself, when you get home, you transform back.”