Category Archives: Something Good

Something Good

1. Why You Should Try Crevice Gardening: ‘This Is the Future’ on The New York Times. “In a world where water is increasingly scarce, these rock gardens are not only pretty, but surprisingly resilient.”

2. Just 2 Minutes of Walking After a Meal Is Surprisingly Good for You on The New York Times. “A new paper suggests that it takes far less exercise than was previously thought to lower blood sugar after eating.”

3. The Dog Actor In Prey Was Adopted Especially For The Movie ⁠⁠– And She Was A ‘Hot Mess’She reminds me of my Ringo Blue, also a hot mess. 🙂

4. A tale of lost and found(video) “In 2006, Jason and Liz McKenry’s baby – their cat, Ritz – bolted out the door of their Annapolis, Md., apartment building, and never returned. Their sliver of hope that they would see Ritz again lasted for 16 years, until an automated text message was received.” Yet another great argument for chipping your pets.

5. How the Indian Action Spectacular ‘RRR’ Became a Smash in America on The New York Times. “The unusual decision to rerelease the film a few weeks after its initial run has drawn enthusiastic audiences even though it’s available on Netflix.”

6. Celebrating 25 Years of Ani DiFranco’s Living in Clip“Today we celebrate 25 years of Ani DiFranco’s Living in Clip. An album that not only empowered millions of women, but rewrote the record industry playbook.”

7. ‘The Golden Age of Thrifting Is Over’ on The New York Times. “A glut of fast fashion has made its way into local thrift stores, making it hard for women who have been purchasing secondhand for decades to find quality garments they can wear.”

8. ‘Draw This Again’ Challenge Proves That Practice Makes Perfect. So cool.

9. You can stop intermittent fasting now, new research says“In a year-long study, time-restricted eating didn’t help people lose weight.”

10. The Excruciating Echo of Grief in Uvalde on The New York Times. “The community buried 21 people after the Robb Elementary School massacre. In the weeks that followed, the aftershocks only compounded the agony.”

11. The Remarkable Lesson of Grief“This psychologist created her own mantra to help manage profound grief after the sudden death of her husband.”

12. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Before and After the Bombs. “Before the 1945 atomic blasts, they were thriving cities. In a flash, they became desolate wastelands.”

13. The drugs don’t work (and other mental health myths)“Our attitudes to mental health are changing but much of the stigma that surrounds conditions such as schizophrenia remains – along with some enduring and often damaging untruths.”

14. 11 brutally honest reasons millenials don’t want kids“When it comes to embarking on the journey of parenthood, lots of millennials are saying, ‘Meh. No, thanks.'” I may be Gen X, but a lot of these reasons make sense to me too.

15. Weatherman is overcome with contagious joy after learning his map has a touchscreenI have watched this clip many times. It’s just so sweet, genuine, and funny, and I need reminded that those things still exist.

16. 120 Things To Remove From Your Life from Courtney Carver on Be More With Less.

17. Wild Fox Comes To Hear This Guy Play Banjo Every Day(video)

18. Manufacturers use ‘shrinkflation’ to pass costs on to consumers“With inflation at a 40-year high in the U.S., we are all spending more when we go to the store. But there is another dimension of inflation these days called ‘shrinkflation.'”

19. Colorado’s first dedicated ‘green cemetery’ helps people return to the earth once they’ve passed.

20. The Sandman: ingenious TV that will inspire an entire generation of goths“The enduringly popular comic book series about gods and the afterlife gets the big-bucks, amazing-cast Netflix treatment. And it’s good. Very good, in fact.”

21. Regina Spektor: Tiny Desk Concert (video). 

22. RE: [YOUR SUBMISSION] (spoiler alert, the news is bad)“Rejection erasure poems by R.L. Maizes.”

23. Quilting Your Memoir: Your Turning Points and Timeline by Linda Joy Myers.

24. 4 Steps to Making a Successful Career Change“If you’re looking to switch careers, now may be a good time. Opportunities are plentiful, especially in the U.S. with workers driving the Great Resignation. Moreover, employers are now looking for candidates from diverse professional backgrounds, and therefore willing to make big accommodations. Here’s a four-step framework to help you get started.”

25. In Bhutan, they dream of rainbows from Seth Godin, which includes an infographic of “The most common dream in every country.”

26. Crickets also from Seth Godin. “The body of work you’re creating adds up over time. The consistency and empathy of your vision will seep through. Drip by drip, you’ll create something worth noticing.”

27. The Wild by Summer Brennan.

28. The Capitalist Origins of #Manifestation“Ideas about changing your life by vibrating at a higher frequency with positive thoughts are popular in this economic downturn for the same reason they were popular when Hill published Think and Grow Rich during the Great Depression, because they feel personally empowering at a time when the masses are grappling with terrifying economic precarity.”

29. How truthful are memoirs? “Roy Peter Clark, a journalist and Senior Scholar at the Poynter Institute, offers a detailed list of ten ‘rigorous steps to an honest form of writing,’ making a firm argument that there is a clear line between fact and fiction in memoir.”

30. Renovations by Laura Pritchett.

31. In Rare Interview, Kate Bush Raves About ‘Stranger Things,’ Reveals Meaning of ‘Running Up That Hill’.

32. Critical Race Theory FAQ. When I read the answer to “What is CRT” I can’t understand how anyone reasonable and aware could possibly disagree with it.

33. The pandemic impulse purchases we grew to hate“From Pelotons to pets, the Covid buys people wish they’d left on the shelves.”

34. Reading Room: Austin Kleon’s top Substack reads“Great writers are great readers first, as the maxim goes. In this series, we explore what Substack writers are reading by asking them for a tour of their reading list.”

35. An end-of-life doula’s advice on how to make the most of your time on earth.

36. Second Opinion, a cartoon from Gemma Correll.

37. Vivid Botanics and Butterflies Encircle Photographer Fares Micue in Striking Self-Portraits.

38. Animator Anna Samo Scripts a Love Letter to Artists in Her Short Film ‘Conversations With a Whale’.

Something Good

Image by Eric

1. The Gazillion Benefits Of Gratitude, from Andrea Gibson. “Healing trauma, shedding materialism, and strengthening relationships.”

2. Homosassa Springs Underwater Manatees Live Cam. This site has a ton of live cams worth watching, as well as other content worth checking out: “explore is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Both educational and inspirational, explore creates a portal into the soul of humanity by championing the selfless acts of others. explore’s growing library consists of more than 250 original films and 30,000 photographs from around the world.”

3. 20 of the Most Beautiful Moth Species.

4. Not Too Latein particular their F.A.Q. is just what I needed. “#NotT00Late is a project to invite newcomers to the climate movement, as well as provide climate facts and encouragement for people who are already engaged but weary. We believe that the truths about the science, the justice-centered solutions, the growing strength of the climate movement and its achievements can help. They can assuage the sorrow and despair, and they can help people see why it’s worth doing the work the climate crisis demands of us.”

5. The Story of Two Lost Fountain Pens“Nina Katchadourian on the Agony of Loss and a Moment of Reconnection.”

6. Found in a Library Book: Have You Ever Wondered About the Things You Left Behind? “Well, if you leave them in an OPL library book, or around the library, you might find them featured right here, on our website. See some of our found treasures below.” This reminded me of my love of Found Magazine, “We collect found stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids’ homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles– anything that gives a glimpse into someone else’s life. Anything goes.”

7. When technology pushes the boundaries of art. My brain cannot fully understand how this works, but I LOVE it.

8. 7 Reasons to Stop Proving Yourself to Everyone Else.

9. On white people building belonging together inside movements for liberationWhich led me to this post on the same blog, How I (unintentionally) quit yoga and what it taught me about being white.

10. There’s a problem with the way we talk about burnout.

11. Colorado’s mobile home oversight program feels out-resourced by large companies buying up parksIn related news, Residents in Golden deal with the aftermath of a private company buying their mobile home park and When there’s arsenic in the water but “we have nowhere to go” on The New York Times, “Some of the poorest farmworkers in California’s Eastern Coachella Valley have found themselves at Oasis Mobile Home Park, a place whose name belies a troubled reality. Many residents said that when they moved in, they didn’t know about the water.”

12. Vast New Study Shows a Key to Reducing Poverty: More Friendships Between Rich and Poor on The New York Times. I get it, but does anyone really have to be friends with Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos?

13. Wisdom from Elizabeth Gilbert: “We live in a hard world, my friends. Sometimes it is extra difficult to be a human being. Sometimes you have a bad day. Sometimes you have a bad day that lasts for several years. You struggle and fail. You lose jobs, money, friends, faith, and love. You witness horrible events unfolding in the news, and you become fearful and withdrawn. There are times when everything seems cloaked in darkness. You long for the light but don’t know where to find it. But what if you are the light? What if you are the very agent of illumination that a dark situation begs for?”

14. Recipes I want to try: Caramel Corn and Strawberry Shortcake.

15. How to talk to kids about radicalization and the signs of it.

16. Good TV: Heartstopper cast on why Netflix show feels so revolutionary – and is complete opposite of Euphoria and Neil Patrick Harris wants to prove middle-aged gay men can be ‘sexy’ in new Netflix show Uncoupled.

17. For once, Cherokee actor Wes Studi cast as romantic co-star“Known for stoic, rugged characters, Study cast as romantic co-star in ‘A Love Song’.”

18. The Best [Window] Air Conditioner on The New York Times. 

19. Work Hard, Nap Harder a comic from Connie Sun.

20. People are renting out actual slave cabins on AirbnbWhat the actual F?!

21. Imagined, Homebound Characters by Felicia Chiao Illustrate the Struggles of Mental Health.

22. ‘Love, Me’ is a community poem crowdsourced from hundreds of letters.

23. Where’s the Respect for Ani DiFranco? “Elisa Albert Pays Tribute to the Folksinger, Renegade, Music Industry Outlier, and Activist.”

24. corook – it’s ok! (lyric video) This song has been stuck in my head lately.

25. Britchida on Instagram“Abstract artist: A quiet moment on the internet: art, writing, check-ins.” So good.

26. The True Scammer Behind the Fake Diary ‘Go Ask Alice’ Duped Millions of KidsUnmask Alice lifts the veil on author Beatrice Sparks, who fabricated the lives of young adults to moralize about drugs, sex, and Satanism.”

27. Three Men and a Body.

28. 4 steps you can take right now to improve your Instagram feedWhy does Mark Zuckerberg insist on ruining everything?!

29. 7 Casually Racist Things That White Authors DoCheck yourself before you wreck yourself.

30. Bees Wrap Ava Roth’s Intricately Beaded and Embroidered Motifs in Golden Honeycomb.