Category Archives: Something Good

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.

Something Good

1. 4 Ways INFJs Are Their Own Worst Enemy. Hi, my name is Jill. I’m an INFJ and I’m my own worst enemy. In related news, How To Deal With Negative Emotions As A Highly Sensitive Person.

2. Words of wisdom from Jamie Ridler: “It may be hard but you are strong. It may be scary but you are brave. It may be new but you can learn. You may have no idea what you are doing but you can find your way.”

3. Solitary Voices: Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention.

3. A Mindful Method for When You’re Tired on Zen Habits. This is kind of my life right now.

4. The mob fears the truth from Seth Godin.

5. passion & purpose, a post from Karen Walrond with some really helpful questions at the end. “I encourage you to explore your own motivations, gifts and mission — they could be the clues to how to add more meaning to your life and your current career, or even what to look for in a new career or employer.”

6. “Booksmart” Is The Feminist High School Movie We’ve Been Missing.

7. No one owes you a flat stomach.

8. Washington becomes the first state to legalize composting of humans. Get back soil instead of ashes.

9. People Are Sharing the Kindest Thing a Stranger Has Ever Done for Them.

10. Meet Lee, he’s homeless and spends his time on the street reading. (video) I’ll be first in line to read Lee’s book.

11. Does being a Buddhist mean you have to be a vegetarian?

12. More than 300 people came together to throw a surprise retirement party for their neighborhood mailman. (video)

13. Summer Reading Recommendations from Favorite Authors on Goodreads. I won’t live long enough to read all the books I want to read but that doesn’t mean I will stop trying.

14. Recipe I want to try: ciambellone, an italian tea cake, from Smitten Kitchen. “A ciambellone is a simple, sunny Italian tea cake with lemon zest and a rich crumb typically baked in a tube pan, which gives it a torus shape, i.e. the appearance of a doughnut, which is, in fact, what Google Translate tells me is the translation of ciambellone.” I love chocolate cakes, but I might like lemon flavored things even more.

15. A Fashion Brand Aiming To Be ‘Inclusive’ Created A Separate Instagram Page For Non-White And Plus-Sized Models. Wait, segregation is inclusive?

16. Students Invent Bacteria That Eat Plastic From The Oceans And Turn It Into Water.

17. This woman saved a nest full of baby birds. (video)

18. Harriet Tubman On The $20 Bill? Not During The Trump Administration.

19. Toni Morrison Awarded Gold Medal for Fiction.

20. The Struggle To Hire And Keep Doctors In Rural Areas Means Patients Go Without Care.

21. Get Your Mind and Body Out of Crisis Mode. “Unchecked stress can wreak havoc on your well-being. These are the warning signs that you’re heading toward burnout plus six steps to manage your stress.” #whyiquitmyjob

22. Milwaukee County Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis. Will More Cities Follow Suit?

23. Not Just For Soldiers: Civilians With PTSD Struggle To Find Effective Therapy.

24. How Superstore got so good. One of my favorite shows, because it’s good and because I worked retail for ten years and this reminds me of that wonderfully awful time.

25. Teenager Is Latest Migrant Child To Die In U.S. Custody.

Something Good


1. My writing day. “Authors and writers describe their typical writing day in this regular Saturday Review series.”

2. Letting Go of “Health-ism” and Related Panic from Isabel Foxen Duke. This is so important.

People steadfastly cling to the belief that they can make themselves “pure” or even immortal (outsmarting death, disease, etc.) by making “correct” food choices—spending hours studying the literature, listening to gurus, or trying to find the golden key.

This idea that we can outsmart death and disease—that we can effectively prevent “bad things” from happening to us if we make the “right” food choices—is particularly interesting, considering how incredibly faith-based, and un-scientific, this sentiment really is.

Food doesn’t even come close to the top of the list of things that will likely kill me or anyone else—genetics, environment, age, and various factors outside of my control are far better predictors of illness or death—yet we cling desperately to the delusion that food is the primary determinant of our fate, frantically trying to “play God” through our food choices.

3. ‘Attention Is the Beginning of Devotion’, “The late poet Mary Oliver warned against looking without noticing. In an age of distraction, her work is more urgent than ever.”

4. Wisdom from Andréa Ranae: “We are not powerless. Your identities, your experiences, the histories you’ve inherited in culture and body, your gifts and skills, your vision, your communities, your will, the resources you have access to…. these are all sites of power – abundant wells for you to tap into and use to consciously cultivate the world that y(our) descendants will inherit from all of us. You cannot control the world around you (thank goodness), but you can decide how you’re going to use the power that you do have.”

5. Why Introverts Won’t Survive Without Self-Care.

6. Morehouse College Graduates’ Student Loans to Be Paid Off by Billionaire on The New York Times.

7. The anti-gay extremist behind America’s fiercely strict abortion bans. In related news, Republicans, Men and Christians Aren’t Trying to Ban Abortions. White People Are.

8. Motivational Speaker Tony Robbins Accused of Verbal Abuse and Sexual Misconduct. Is anyone really surprised?

9. Guatemalan Toddler Apprehended At U.S. Border Dies After Weeks In Hospital.

10. Grumpy Cat, Internet Celebrity With a Piercing Look of Contempt, Is Dead at 7 on The New York Times.

11. A new report shows how racism and bias deny black girls their childhoods.

12. Farmers Remain Silent at Auction So This Young Man Can Buy His Family Farm Back.

13. Tim Conway, Who Relished The Role Of Comedic Co-Star, Dies At 85.

14. Keuka College Commencement Speech “from the future.” (video)

15. Malaysian school kids trying to hula hoop. (video)

16. Mom, a sweet video about a dog looking for a mom.

Something Good

From our walk this morning

1. Say It Now: 33 Ways To Say I LOVE YOU To the Most Important People In Your Life, a new book by Sherry Richert Belul.

2. Tools & Talismans: A Conversation in Watercolors by Liz Kalloch, which will be available as a book this fall.

3. One Day With the Squad That Removes Needles and Feces From Downtown Portland Streets.

4. Good stuff from Austin Kleon: The trouble with being lazy and An alternate world.

5. Why Everyone Is Watching TV with Closed Captioning On These Days. I totally do this.

6. Just buy the f***ing latte. “Ellevest’s Sallie Krawcheck has no patience for a brewing trend in personal-finance mansplaining.”

7. Hi, Definitely Don’t Tag Authors In Your Negative Reviews Of Their Books from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds.

8. Garden Lover’s Club. This is a great resource, with growing guides for specific plants and a plant finder feature that groups plants together in a really helpful way, such as by color.

9. This Swiss Cinema Replaced All Of Their Seats With Double Beds.

10. 2,624-year-old Tree Discovered in North Carolina Swamp Is One of the Oldest on Earth.

11. The longest-serving inmate to win exoneration in the U.S. created art to cope with decades in prison, and he’s finally sharing it with the world. (video)

12. OlaRonke Akinmowo on Octavia Butler, Audre Lorde, and the Free Black Women’s Library.

13. Sofie Hagen on her problem with #bodypositivity. (video)

14. What Is Writing and Does This Count as It? on The New Yorker.

15. National Bail Out. “We are reuniting families, creating a national community of leaders who have experienced incarceration, and working with groups across the country to transform harmful systems to keep our people safe and free.”

16. They Just Opened the First Black-owned Urgent Care Center on the Southside of Chicago.

17. 4 Ways White People Can Process Their Emotions Without Hijacking the Conversation on Racial Justice.

18. ‘We’re in constant crisis’: cyclone-hit reservation forced to recover on its own.

19. Empathy is Not Endorsement. “Digital creator Dylan Marron has racked up millions of views for projects like ‘Every Single Word’ and ‘Sitting in Bathrooms With Trans People’ — but he’s found that the flip side of success online is internet hate. Over time, he’s developed an unexpected coping mechanism: calling the people who leave him insensitive comments and asking a simple question: ‘Why did you write that?’ In a thoughtful [TED] talk about how we interact online, Marron explains how sometimes the most subversive thing you can do is actually speak with people you disagree with, not simply at them.”

20. Pardon Me While I Clap Back at the Wall Street Journal’s Bullshit. I wanted to share this for a particular reason beyond the focus of the article. The author says something that is SO important to hear and really, really, really take to heart: “the group who legally slaughtered the Native Americans, enslaved Africans, imprisoned Japanese Americans, lynched, disenfranchised, stole land, oppressed and tortured every non-white population since the inception of this country have never, ever been on the right side of justice.” Unless we acknowledge this truth and start to repair it, to heal and change, things won’t get better. We can no longer cling to the mythology of who we are. We must take responsibility for the truth of who we are and what we’ve done.

21. Wind Telephone. “A disconnected rotary phone for ‘calling’ lost loved ones offered a unique way of dealing with grief in disaster-stricken Japan.”

22. Love Tiny Things? This Popular Instagram Now Has a Book Devoted to All Things Mini.

23. 24 Books for Anti-Racist Teachers – White Fragiles Beware!

24. Kiarah could sing the phonebook and it would resonate, but when she leads the PS22 Chorus in “Stay” by Rihanna, it detonates!!! (video) Seriously this Facebook page gives me LIFE. And her smile at the end is everything.

25. I Raised Two CEOs and a Doctor. These Are My Secrets to Parenting Successful Children. It’s official. I’m ruined. I can’t even get past reading the title of this article without saying, “Secret #1: be WHITE.” I decided to read the article, because I wanted to see if the author (who apparently has also written a parenting book) would spend any time at all recognizing her privilege as a white person, how without that all her secrets and tips wouldn’t really apply or work because she would have bigger, more pressing concerns and obstacles. Do you think she talked about that part? Go ahead, guess..I can wait.

26. By dressing how she wants on-air, journalist Jana Shortal is redefining what it means to look like a TV anchor. (video)

27. 5 People Who Can Help You Love Your Body on The New York Times. “Learning to love your body — whatever shape or size you may be — is easier said than done, but these people are out to teach all of us that there’s no time like the present to fall in love with who you see in the mirror.”

28. A boy left home after a drought left his family eating one meal a day. He died in US custody weeks later. In related news, 7-year-old girl reunites with immigrant father 326 days after being separated.

29. This Woman Is Photographing Every Federally Recognized Native American Tribe. “Matika Wilbur aims to shift public perception of Native America with her Kickstarter-funded Project 562.”

30. If this is not you on a treadmill then you’re doing it wrong. (video) It just makes me laugh. And it’s better with the sound on, so unmute the video when you watch it.

31. ‘This Is Not Who We Are,’ Colorado Officials Say After Deadly School Shooting. No, this IS who we are, and THAT is the problem.

32. This 19-year-old crane operator is being hailed a hero after saving 14 people from a burning building. (video)

33. These 5-year-olds turned a basketball group huddle into a group cuddle. (video)

34. This incarcerated woman gave birth alone in an isolated cell after she reportedly pleaded for help when she went into labor. (video)

35. Ani DiFranco Relives Her Indie Rock Rise: ‘I Wanted A Different Kind Of Power.’

36. Family of Sandra Bland Demands Answers After New Footage of Her Arrest Surfaces.

37. How “Avengers: Endgame” sabotaged Thor’s character development for a movie long fat joke.

38. I’m Done Mowing My Lawn on The New York Times. “A manicured swath of grass may be the ultimate symbol of suburbia, but perhaps it shouldn’t be.” Me too, at least in the front. The back will stay mostly grass because of the dogs, who need a soft carpet under their feet and something nice to roll around in.

39. Humans pushing 1 million species to brink of extinction, says UN report.

40. Return To Middle School In ‘PEN15’: Creators Say ‘It’s All About Survival.’