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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,

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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.”

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1. This urban farmer is casually feeding New Orleans for free.

2. Meet Josh Coombes, hairdresser for the homeless.

3. Joey Dosik — Game Winner (Rec Center Version). “This cute little girl accidently crashed my music video and became the star!!” This is the best thing ever, how she can’t get close enough to him.

4. Life in a nutshell, a funny compilation of life fails. We can face the bad stuff if we don’t lose our sense of humor.

5. Michelle Obama’s DNC speech. We’ve been so lucky the past eight years.

6. Some fun, free stuff to do in August: August Break and Awake August. I’m doing them both, combined, using the August Break prompt as a spark for my Awake August post, (publishing them on Instagram). Here’s my day one Awake August post: “Morning light. Each morning, usually before the sun rises, I meditate — relaxing with myself, as I am — cultivating an internal light unchanged by the rise and fall of the day,” with my August Break picture, (the prompt was “morning light”).
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7. Please help me get my Service Dog! This is a really good cause, if you have a few extra bucks and would like to make someone’s life better.

8. Wisdom from Seth Godin, Narratives keep the feeling going and Empathy is difficult and Just because you’re right… .

9. Wisdom from Wayne Dyer, “When you live on a round planet, there’s no choosing sides.”

10. Wisdom from Banksy, “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”

11. Crossing the threshold. Calling in the doulas. from Andrea Scher.

12. The Art of Drawing a Treasure Map from Jena Schwartz. I appreciate everything Jena writes, love so much of it, but this… There are no words for how much I adore it.

13. I asked 100 people from 1-100 to describe their body in 1 word. I can’t wait for this movie.

14. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön, “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”

15. Avoid these 7 Deadly Sins while Simplifying Your Life on Be More With Less.

16. Remembering we are ALL the same from Susannah Conway.

17. What to do when someone acts shitty from Jamie Greenwood.

18. This Cat Keeps Putting Its Paws In The Air And Nobody Knows Why.

19. Little Street Pantry Where People Can Leave Products For Those In Need. A twist on a little free library.

20. The elegant art of not giving a shit, which includes this very important distinction: “Knowing how to not give a shit doesn’t mean you never give a shit about anything. It just means that when you give a shit, it’s voluntary. You have a reason.”

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1. 40 Things Everyone But You Is Doing This Summer. As I spend the last few days of my summer vacation on the Oregon Coast, a trip that had its share of drama and yuck, I find this post especially hilarious.

2. Study Finds Drop In Prescription Drugs In Medical Marijuana States.

3. #FromDoubtToDone – A FREE 30-day challenge with Life is Limitless.

4. The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week.

5. Recipes I want to try: Pad Thai Salad and Sticky Orange Peanut Chicken.

6. Just a panda enjoying his popsicle.

7. Twitter Bars Milo Yiannopoulos in Wake of Leslie Jones’s Reports of Abuse.

8. FACT CHECK: Donald Trump’s Republican Convention Speech, Annotated.

9. Roll Call: Are You Here? from Jena Schwartz. “Writing rambling blog posts like this one is one of my ways of saying, “I’m here.” This is a way of showing up and getting my ego out of the way, the ego and its wish to write something beautiful or smart, to add something, anything, new to the conversation.”

10. Managing the gap, from Seth Godin.

11. How Do I Put My Mind to Rest? by Karen Maezen Miller. “It can be painful to admit that we create most of our own suffering, but even more painful to deny it.”

12. The 4 Noble Truths of Emotional Suffering by Anyen Rinpoche.

13. The Bliss Station from Austin Kleon.

14. The August Break, 2016 with Susannah Conway. This is one of my favorite yearly challenges.

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1. How to compare ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ to actual hate groups, a video from Seriously.tv. In related news, What writers of color say we all should read now, and the Free Hugs guy at it again, and Black Twitter Countered Tragedy With These 6 Uplifting Hashtags, and A History of White Delusion, and Campaign Zero, and 13 Tweets Explain The Deadly Impact White Privilege Has On Black People, and Black Lives Matter Just Delivered Their 10 Point Manifesto, and This Is What They Want, and Black Lives Matter: A Reading List, and White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism.

2. GOP Platform Proposes To Get Rid Of National Parks And National Forests. “This land grab idea is just as ludicrous as denying climate change, just as detached from reality, and similarly comes at the expense of our public health and protection of our public lands and resources.” Blergh…

3. An Australian photographer created a breathtaking photo series that shows gender diverse and transgender children exactly how they want to be seen. I related news, this moving ad on transgender bathroom rights will air for Fox News viewers during the final night of the Republican National Convention.

4. Recipe I want to try: Sliders Four Ways.

5. A devastated French fan seen crying after his team’s ‪#‎Euro2016‬ defeat to Portugal has been consoled by a young Portuguese fan. I love this little dude so much.

6. The Responsibility Glitch. *sigh*

7. Read These 23 Books And Authors When The Injustice Is Overwhelming. #readingoals

8. Awake to the Pain. “Body terrorism, the targeting, blame and mistreatment of people based on bias, ignorance, hate and power differentials, requires our attention, voices and actions.”

9. For The Record, a post from Jennifer Aniston. “The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.”

10. Santosha from The Cognitive Canine, the dog trainer who has talked me down from a ledge so many times, a good reminder about a practice that can benefit more than just our relationship with our dogs. #reframe

11. 12+ Kids Who’ll Restore Your Faith In Humanity. I don’t know about that, but some of them sure are cute.

12. Model Photographs and Shames Naked Woman at Her Gym and Things That Are Not Always Compliments For Fat People from Dances with Fat.

13. Buy One, Get One Free, wisdom from Rachel Cole. “I want to make something very explicit: food restriction (by any name, real or perceived) almost always leads to overconsumption (by any name, real or perceived). Buy one, get one free—like it or not.”

14. Wisdom from Tulku Thondup, “Generally, we go through life with little awareness of what we are doing, let alone the peaceful and joyful nature of our lives. We mostly think about the past and dream about the future while missing what is happening right now, in this moment. If we are not aware, we are not fully living. We are like sleepwalkers or zombies. To be alive and healthy, we need to wake up.”

15. Mary Lambert’s new video, Hang Out With You. Love it.

16. 3 Keys to Building a Successful Writing Career. I’d rename this to “3 Keys to Building a Successful Writing Practice” or “3 Keys to Building a Successful Writing Life,” because why do we always have to make the good things into our career? It can matter a lot without becoming our job, doesn’t have to be limited to our work.

17. You will be called on to expand. And this is why we practice. This is an older post from Danielle LaPorte that I’ve shared before, but it seems worth revisiting.

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Waldport beach at sunrise.

This was a tough week. Before sharing this week’s list, it seems like a good time to revisit its intention. Saying this is a list of “good” things doesn’t mean it’s all happiness, puppies, and sunshine. Rather, this list is things I think you need to see, stuff I want to share, items that either show the good that already exists in the world or can help us contribute to generating more good.

1. If you are white, educate yourself: Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston, and thinking thursday : racism edition, and On White Privilege and Taking Sides, and 4 Reasons Why the US Police Force Is an Extension of Slavery and White Supremacy (That You Were Probably Never Taught), and This advice on how to deal with “racist mouthy twats” has gone viral because it’s good advice, and Speak up. Say something., and 28 Common Racist Attitudes and Behaviors, and Hard Conversations: An Introduction to Racism, and Confessions Of A (Former) White Savior, and 70+ Race Resources for White People, and The next time someone says ‘all lives matter,’ show them these 5 paragraphs, and Please Stop Telling Me That All Lives Matter, and Advice for White Folks in the Wake of the Police Murder of a Black Person.

2. In related news: People Killed by Police in the U.S. (a database), and Protester makes important point about Alton Sterling (“society failed Alton Sterling long before he was killed”), and Obama On Shootings Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile: We’ve Got A ‘Serious Problem’, and Police officers explain how they’re encouraged to act in racist ways, and I’m a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing, and Dallas Shooting Eyewitness Says Exactly What We Need To Hear After This Week, and Following Horrific Violence, Something More is Required of Us, and I fit the description…, and It’s time to understand the experiences of those hurting in the black community, and I Just Saw this Picture and I’m So Disturbed. Because it’s Me., Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent at The Atlantic, gives us his take on race, violence and police reform in America, and The Bravest Little Girl in the World, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder: We Can Grieve For Dallas And Still Demand Accountability, and One Tweet Exposes the Racist Hypocrisy of Gun Control Debates in the United States.

3. The List of Books Men Must Read Before Messaging Me About Feminism, a great reading list for anyone.

4. Recommitting from Karen Walrond, who says “angry is no way to live. Because if we live angry, the bad guys win. So, here’s to recommitting to leading with love.”

5. 20 Diversion Tactics Highly Manipulative Narcissists, Sociopaths And Psychopaths Use To Silence You.

6. #‎CarefreeBlackKids2k16‬ is anxiety relief after this week’s police killing news.

7. Couple Lets Their Dog Pick Out a Kitten at the Shelter and Now They’re Besties.

8. How one man repopulated a rare butterfly species in his backyard.

9. Recipes I want to try: Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake, and Broccoli Rolls, and Asian Noodle Salad.

10. Ways to help: #AltonSterlingFamily Scholarship, and Lisa and Sydney’s Fire Recovery, and Please help me get my Service Dog!

11. You’re going to feel guilty from Danielle LaPorte. “The guilt of following your heart is a weight you can bear if your dream is strong enough.”

12. When your project just doesn’t “take off,” a good reminder from Alexandra Franzen.

13. 15+ Hilarious Pinterest Baby Photoshoot Fails.

14. What It’s Like to Have ‘High-Functioning’ Anxiety.

15. 16 Ways I Blew My Marriage.

16. Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules For Writers.

17. Every night before the show, Stephen takes a few questions from the audience. Here’s a special one. “Q&A: How did you know she was the one?”

18. Wisdom from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “In the final analysis, the question of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened.”

19. Alicia Keys made this short film to illustrate what life might be like if Americans had to face the struggles of refugees.

20. Japanese Magicians ARE TOO DAMN FUNNY!

21. Surreal Photos Of Fireflies From Japan’s 2016 Summer.

22. Nude Portrait Of A Couple In Their 70s Goes Viral.