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1. 127 Morning Rituals – The Ultimate List For Your Morning Routine.

2. So You Want To Write? How Introverts Can Cultivate A Writing Practice.

3. 5 Superpowers Of The INFJ.

4. Austin Kleon’s collage archives. This is a practice I want to start up again.

5. Ethical Chocolate Companies, “a list of chocolate companies that only use ethically grown cocoa. Find out how you can tell if the chocolate you are eating is connected to child slavery.”

6. CSU professor’s poem in New York Times Magazine reflects on 1963 KKK church bombing. In related news, Conservatives rail against New York Times project on America’s sordid slave past, and Reading Guide: Quotes, Key Terms, and Questions for The 1619 Project.

7. 300 dancers showed up for ballet class this morning in Times Square in front of Good Morning America. (video) “This is what happens when you joke on TV about Male dancers. 300 dancers show up for a ballet class in Times Square NYC to show their support of our amazing male dancers.”

8. Amazon Fires: How Can You Help? In related news, Why the Amazon Rainforest Fires Are Absolutely Devastating, and How to help the Amazon rainforest: 9 things you can do during the fires and beyond.

9. This Woman Set Up A Photo Booth For Birds In Her Yard, And The Results Are Extraordinary.

10. 5 Questions for Thin People with Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating Brands.

11. Top 146 Recommended African-American Children’s Books.

12. The most effective ways to curb climate change might surprise you.

13. The Shaun King We’re Not Talking About. “When Clarissa Brooks questioned Shaun King about recent fundraising, King publicly threatened Brooks with legal action. However, Brooks is far from the first person to publicly question Shaun King, and she’s not the first Black woman to be disrespected by him either.”

14. Three migrant children die of flu in detention with US authorities refusing to give vaccines, as reports of child molesting emerge.

15. Sole Black Woman To Speak At Abortion Bill Hearing Has Mic Cut Off And Is Asked To Leave.

16. Flint Water Crisis Worsens, City Spills 2 Million Gallons of Sewage Into Flint River.

17. Energetic Southern White Rhino Calf “Charges” Around Safari Park.

18. Going against the decluttering craze: the book hoarders who defy Marie Kondo.

19. This 3-year-old sells lemonade to help buy diapers for moms in need. (video)

20. First-grader pointed loaded gun at student in school office. The gun belonged to the district’s transportation director. “Nelson was allowed to carry the weapon as part of the district’s concealed-carry plan adopted last year to arm administrators and select staff members to protect students from potential gun violence.” Guns In schools. What could possibly go wrong?

21. Variety to Forgo Annual Emmy Party for Donation to Planned Parenthood. This is what resistance looks like. In related news, Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X Program Over Trump Abortion Rule.

22. Daniel Pantaleo, Officer Who Held Eric Garner in Chokehold, Is Fired. on The New York Times. He should be in prison for murder, but this is a start.

23. WW Is Priming Our Kids To Become Lifelong Customers.

24. Virginia Boy Scout Recruits His Troop To Help Maintain The Legacy Of A Historically Black Cemetery.

25. We Fled the Gangs in Honduras. Then the U.S. Government Took My Baby. on The New York Times.

Something Good

From our walk

1. The Tenderness Project, an experiment in radical empathy founded by Ross Gay and Shayla Lawson. My dear friend Chloe’ had a piece featured as part of the project recently.

2. I’ve been cooking a lot lately. Here are some of the recipes I’ve made this week, (all of them from Smitten Kitchen, the source of all things good and delicious): Zucchini Cheese and Rice Gratin, and Zucchini Quesadillas, and Ultimate Zucchini Bread, and Takeout-Style Sesame Noodles with Cucumber, and Broccoli Slaw. I also made what my family calls “funeral casserole” (because it’s what you take to a funeral if they ask you to bring something to share, and the rest of the time it just makes me laugh to call it that), the recipe written on a piece of scratch paper by my aunt over 20 years ago. And, I made some Glazed Lemon Zucchini Bread, and want to try these Buttermilk Pancakes.

3. let’s talk about boobs, baby, some good advice from Karen Walrond.

4. Weight Watchers Is Harming Kids For Money from Dances with Fat. In related news, There’s a New Diet App for Kids, and That Scares Me, and Weight Watchers Defends Its New Weight-Loss App For Kids, and Weight Loss for Kids? Thanks to WW, There’s An App for That.

5. 6 ways to be antiracist, because being ‘not racist’ isn’t enough.

6. The Practice of Listening to Find Purpose on Zen Habits.

7. Trump ‘Embodies Nearly Every Aspect Of A Racist,’ Author Says.

8. In El Paso, Hundreds Show Up to Mourn a Woman They Didn’t Know on The New York Times. In related news, His Only Relative Died In El Paso. Now, Her Funeral May Draw Hundreds Of Strangers.

9. Arkansas Woman Charged Over Holding Four Black Teenagers at Gunpoint on The New York Times. “The boys were raising money for their football team. The woman, identified as Jerri Kelly, 46, is facing charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment.”

10. Hannah Gadsby Believes “There’s a Clear Path to Redemption” for Louis C.K. “But the disgraced comedian, Gadsby continued, is ‘not taking it. He’s being self-indulgent and he’s being a crybaby.'”

11. Migrant Children Are Entitled to Toothbrushes and Soap, Federal Court Rules on The New York Times. The fact that we need a court ruling for this says everything. #AbolishICE #CloseTheCamps

12. Ebola is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work. Seems to me this should be bigger news.

13. Trump-inspired Hate Hits the Plaza. “Longtime Plaza vendors say they’re facing hostility from gun-toting man.”

14. De’Von Bailey’s family calls his death ‘wholly unjustified’ after Colorado Springs police release bodycam footage. This is not keeping us safe or keeping the peace. This is government sanctioned murder.

15. Barack Obama’s 2019 summer reading list celebrates a diverse group of authors.

16. A Prison Guard Drove A Truck Through A Group Of Jewish ICE Protesters, Injuring Several.

17. Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black mericans have fought to make them true on The New York Times Magazine.

18. New Mexico Women: Natalie Goldberg.

19. Almost three-quarters of Americans want undocumented immigrants to be able to legally stay in the US.

20. California’s Last Gray Wolf Pack Just Surprised Everyone By Welcoming 3 New Pups.

21. Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin: Stream Online (for a Limited Time) , a New Documentary Exploring the Life & Work of the Legendary Sci-Fi Writer. In related news, Ursula K. Le Guin Is Still the Radical Feminist We Need Today.

22. Still one of the best break-up/quit your job/I’m outta here anthems and videos ever.

23. Maiden, a really really really good documentary.

24. Wellness has come for your pets. “The $636 million pet supplement industry is fueled by the greatest suckers of all: millennial dog owners, like me.”

25. How To Cultivate Self-Love As An Introvert.

26. The anatomy of annoying.

27. Here Are 21 Free Resources for Teaching Social Justice in the Classroom.

28. Why It’s Immigrants Who Pack Your Meat. “What Trump has called an ‘invasion’ was actually a corporate recruitment drive.”

29. The 1619 Project, “a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

Something Good

From our garden, image by Eric

1. RIP Toni Morrison: ‘The Most Formidable Mind of Our Times.’ Tayari Jones Honors Toni Morrison’s Work and Legacy, and 12 Must Read Books by Toni Morrison, and Ghosts in the House: How Toni Morrison fostered a generation of black writers, and Toni Morrison, Whose Soaring Novels Were Rooted In Black Lives, Dies At 88, and Toni Morrison, Towering Novelist of the Black Experience, Dies at 88 on The New York Times.

2. Wisdom from Ronna Detrick: “Do what your intuition tells you, what you can clearly discern as the right course of action. Trust-trust-trust that you know what you’re doing. And let everything else go – every fear, every anticipated reaction, even every expected risk and seemingly-certain cost. It’s all going to work out.”

3. 4 Ways Embracing Hygge All Year Round Has Changed My Life.

4. Good TV: Derry Girls on Netflix, and Plus One on Hulu, and Glow on Netflix, and the latest episode of Roman’s Cooking Corner on YouTube.

5. How White People Can Hold Each Other Accountable to Stop Institutional Racism.

6. Finding Groundedness in the Age of Anxiety from Zen Habits.

7. Eve Ensler: ‘Writing an apology to myself from my abusive father has freed me.’

8. They Died Shielding Their Baby in El Paso. Their Family’s Anguish Was Only Beginning. In related news, The Couple Killed Saving Their Baby In El Paso Had Just Found A Future Together.

9. Gay penguin dads finally get their own egg after trying to hatch a fish.

10. If Women Behaved Like Men in Bars. (video)

11. White Supremacy Has Never Been Fringe.

12. #GreenShirtGuy: How I went viral.

13. 10 Defensive Reactions to White Privilege That Make No Damn Sense – But Are Super Common.

14. Travel Advisory: United States of America. In related news, After Mass Shootings, Other Nations Issue Caution About ‘Gun Society’ In U.S.

15. Jeffrey Epstein Dead in Suicide at Jail, Spurring Inquiries on The New York Times.

16. You Can’t Have It All a poem by Barbara Ras.

17. Colin Kaepernick Is Reminding The NFL He’s ‘Still Ready’ After Being Blackballed For 889 Days.

18. Notes On An Uprising: Reflections Of A Ferguson Organizer 5 Years After The State-Sanctioned Killing of Mike Brown.

19. 10 Signs It’s Not Your Body, But Your Soul That is Tired.

20. U.S. Soccer hires lobbyists to argue women’s national team isn’t underpaid. Reality is those with poverty mentally will cause whatever suffering and harm neccessary to protect what they see as their resources, their treasure. They are like a toddler yelling, “no, mine, mine!”

21. The Mississippi ICE raids expose the biggest problem with US immigration laws. “They ignore the high demand for workers to fill low-skill jobs in America.”

22. Billionaire Trump donor explains he’s in it for the tax cuts, not the racism.

23. Fox News host Tucker Carlson thinks white supremacy in America is a ‘hoax.’ (video) Only a white supremacist would make this argument. And p.s. stop wasting your time feeling hurt and arguing against someone thinking you are or calling you a racist and BE anti-racist.

24. Hollywood’s favorite villain just helped save a baby from an overturned car. (video)

25. Black Muslim Family Told ‘Go Back To Where You Came From’ By Orange Bigot While Trying To Enjoy The Day At Sesame Place.

26. Here’s How You Can Donate Bone Marrow—And Maybe Save This 29-Year-Old’s Life.

27. I Show The Contrast Between The Two Worlds That We Currently Live In By Combining Photos.

28. Children of undocumented immigrants arrested in Mississippi rely on strangers for food and shelter. In related news ICE Arrests Hundreds in Mississippi Raids Targeting Immigrant Workers on The New York Times. #AbolishICE

29. Stories Of El Paso Shooting Victims Show Acts Of Self-Sacrifice Amid Massacre.

30. How to Buy a Gun in 16 Countries on The New York Times. “Many Americans can buy a gun in less than an hour. In some countries, the process takes months. Here are the basic steps for how most people buy a gun in 16 of them. Many countries have exceptions for specialized professions, and local laws vary.”

31. Cyntoia Brown Is Freed From Prison in Tennessee on The New York Times. “Ms. Brown, 31, was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man while she was a teenage sex trafficking victim. She was granted clemency in January.”

32. Candice Keller’s Comments on Mass Shootings Prompt Call for Resignation in Ohio on The New York Times. “In a Facebook post, the Ohio lawmaker blamed ‘homosexual marriage,’ ‘drag queen advocates’ and ‘recreational marijuana’ for mass shootings.” It’s so convenient that all the things she doesn’t like or approve of are on her list of causes.

33. Obama Urges Americans To Reject Language That ‘Feeds A Climate Of Fear.’

Something Good

From our garden

1. Paisley & Hazel, an Instagram account where they paint pictures of adoptable dogs to help them get homes.

2. What the fuck should I do with my life? (A step-by-step process). I love that she ended with this, “Before wrapping up, I want to acknowledge that not everyone has the freedom to do what they choose in life and live out their desires. I’ve really written this article for those of us who are lucky enough to have that choice — let’s not take our freedom to do what we want in life for granted.”

3. Because of you from Alexandra Franzen. “Olympic athletes who claim the gold are very inspiring. But the person who comes in ‘last’ can be just as inspiring, if not more so.” Another good one from Alexandra, There is no rush.

4. Johnny & The Mongrels Debut Album, an Indiegogo project to help my friend Johnny make an album.

5. 500,000 Children Could Lose Free School Meals Under Trump Administration Proposal on The New York Times. What would Jesus do? He’d feed the hungry children. For that matter, he’d feed all the hungry people, unlike someone else we all know: Trump administration plan to kick millions off food stamps is ‘cruel and arbitrary.’

6. This was a horrific, heartbreaking week. 251 mass shootings this year. 29 people dead just this weekend. 2 separate shootings within 13 hours of each other. Here’s an archive of the specific locations and exact numbers. Of Course the Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooter Was a White Supremacist, and El Paso Shooting Suspect May Have Authored Manifesto Containing White Nationalist Talking Points, and Dayton, Ohio, Shooting: Victims Identified; Live Updates on The New York Times, El Paso Shooting: Massacre That Killed 20 Being Investigated as Domestic Terrorism on The New York Times, and State Officials Will Pursue Death Penalty Against Suspected El Paso Gunman, and The Gilroy Garlic Fest Shooter Plugged a White Power Manifesto on Instagram, and America Is Infested With Domestic White Male Terrorists, and Ohio lawmaker blames mass shootings on trans people, gay marriage and drag queens, and After Sandy Hook, we said never again. And then we let 2,189 mass shootings happen, and Stop blaming mental illness for mass shootings, and We Have a White Nationalist Terrorist Problem on The New York Times, and Terminating Service for 8Chan, and Apocalyptic Whiteness, The Scope of Right-Wing Violence, and Trump’s Stochastic Terrorism, and Dayton Police Killed Shooter Within 30 Seconds Of 1st Shot, Police Chief Says, and El Paso Shooting Suspect’s Manifesto Echoes Trump’s Language on The New York Times.

7. Buddhist psychotherapist and “RAIN” champion Tara Brach on Lion’s Roar. “Western psychology and Buddhism—together they offer us a complete diagnosis of the human condition. Andrea Miller talks to psychotherapist Tara Brach, who works to combine these two disciplines into a powerful path to love and fulfillment.”

8. “Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale,” a poem by Dan Albergotti. “Listen for the sound of your heart. Be thankful that you are here, swallowed with all hope, where you can rest and wait.”

9. The mindfulness conspiracy. “It is sold as a force that can help us cope with the ravages of capitalism, but with its inward focus, mindful meditation may be the enemy of activism.” In related news, How mindfulness privatised a social problem. “The £3.4trn industry encourages a preoccupation with the symptoms of mental illness, rather than their social causes.”

10. 3 (Pretty Simple) Ways to Remove Yourself from Drama on Be More With Less.

11. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön, “Everything that occurs is not only usable and workable but is actually the path itself. We can use everything that happens to us as the means for waking up. We can use everything that occurs—whether it’s our conflicting emotions and thoughts or our seemingly outer situation—to show us where we are asleep and how we can wake up completely, utterly, without reservations.” P.S. this doesn’t mean we need to see our suffering and obstacles as “gifts.”

12. Wisdom from Andrea Gibson, “Even when the truth isn’t hopeful, the telling of it is.”

13. Frequently Asked Questions about Buddhism on Lion’s Roar. “Short answers to the most common questions about Buddhism.”

14. Colson Whitehead Opens Up. “In a wide-ranging conversation with The Nation, the author talks about political writing, zombies and horror stories, American history, and his new novel The Nickel Boys.”

15. Please Help Fund Keaton Shepherd’s Funeral.

16. A Heartbreaking Loss: “Tuca & Bertie” Gave Female Trauma Survivors a Road Map for Healing.

17. Here’s What Fat Acceptance Is—and Isn’t. “Sizeism is everywhere in our culture, from the workplace to the playground. It’s time to change that.”

18. 26 Responses People Had To This Anti-Vaxxer Proudly Wearing A ‘Jesus Wasn’t Vaccinated’ T-Shirt.

19. Why You Need to Make a ‘When I Die’ File—Before It’s Too Late.

20. These Ole Miss students were suspended from their fraternity after posing with guns in front of an Emmett Till memorial. (video)

21. NYPD Judge Recommends That The Officer Involved In Eric Garner’s Death Be Fired.

22. ‘We’re All Tired of Being Called Racists.’ “At Donald Trump’s rally in Cincinnati, droves of attendees made it clear that they stood with the president despite his recent comments.”

23. Stunning Images Show How Native American Fashion Looks Without Cultural Appropriation.

24. Innocent Man Released After 21 Years in Prison, Star Witness Confesses to Killing: ‘I Can’t Live With This on My Conscience.’

25. Car mechanic shifts gears, becomes a doctor at age 47 and helps address shortage of black doctors.

26. You Can’t Sweets Your Way Into Diabetes. “There are a lot more factors at play — all more complicated than ‘I had a cupcake at lunch.'”

27. Ethiopia planted a record-breaking 350 million trees in 12 hours to fight climate change. (video)

28. And now…a piglet eating grapes. (video) Make sure the sound is turned on for this one.

29. This flight attendant deserves a raise for this hilarious safety demo! (video)

30. “Did the Lion King opening and Nathan joined in with me!” (video) BTW, Nathan is a donkey.

31. “I wrote this song using actual comments I’ve received.” (video)

32. A Woman Tried To Sell Her Phone To A ‘Nice Guy,’ And He Went Nuts Asking For Her Address. In related news, Woman Left-Swiped A Man On Tinder, So He Started “Rebuking” Her On Instagram.

33. On Silence, (or Speak Again). “Elissa Bassist breaks her silence about everything she’s not supposed to talk about and comes out alive.”

34. Megan Rapinoe is in celebration mode. And she’s got some things to say on New York Times Magazine.

35. Border Patrol Detained a 9-Year-Old American Girl on Her Way to School for 32 Hours. “It didn’t matter that she had her U.S. passport with her.”

36. Brazil’s indigenous people: Miners kill one in invasion of protected reserve.

37. Father Tries to Grasp How He Could Have Left Twins to Die in Hot Car on The New York Times.

38. 9 Podcasts That Don’t Whitewash Race.

39. 6 Comments That Gaslight People in Conversations About Social Justice.

40. Ben Carr, Stepfather of Eric Garner, Dies at Daughter’s Wedding.

41. ‘I Know That They’re Cared For.” Why One Mom Has Chosen To Foster Migrant Children.

42. Burger King’s new Pride ad features an f-bomb, a burger diamond and 2 super cute hus-bears.

43. Better to have a few rats than to be one.

44. Footage shows the devastating moment ICE agents broke through a man’s window and detained him while his two young kids were in the car. (video) In related news, Trump Administration Moves To Speed Up Deportations With Expedited Removal Expansion. #AbolishICE

45. Tony Robbins Has Been Accused Of Groping More Women And Mistreating Vulnerable Followers.

46. The Crane Wife.

47. On Being with Krista Tippett: Ross Gay, Tending Joy and Practicing Delight.

48. $250 million lawsuit from Covington student against Washington Post dismissed by judge.

49. Recipes I want to try because as always I have WAY too much zucchini: Easy Scalloped Zucchini and zucchini quesadillas.

50. Indigenous People Demand an End to Detention on Stolen Lands.

51. Macy’s and Forever 21 got accused of fat-shaming this week — and experts say retailers are far from truly getting the plus-size market.

52. 10 ways your parents’ behaviors shape who you are today.

53. The Best-Directed Show on TV Is Better Things.

54. Yoga Reconsiders the Role of the Guru in the Age of #MeToo.

55. HARRIET – Official Trailer [HD].

56. Why a Gaslighting/Narcissist Relationship Is So Devastating.

57. Jordan and Andre Heroes El Paso, a GoFundMe fundraiser. “The family of Jordan Anchondo just confirmed they also lost her husband Andre Anchondo in the El Paso Shooting, leaving all three of their kids without their parents. Their 2-mos-old newborn, Paul, survived and will be released from the hospital today. Yesterday was also their 5-year-old daughter’s birthday, and they also leave behind an 18-month-old daughter.” This fundraiser is to help their kids and the family left to care for them. Andre stood in front of his wife and baby, and Jordan put her body in front of the baby when the shooter came for them. The baby survived; both parents were shot and died. They were at Walmart buying things for their 5 year old’s birthday party and school supplies.

58. “Write a Sentence as Clean as a Bone” And Other Advice from James Baldwin.

59. Mad Magazine Will Be Effectively Stopping After 67 Years.

Something Good

Kind and gentle reader: In a few days, I’m flying to Oregon to visit family for a few days. Since I won’t be online much and flying home on Monday, there won’t be a Something Good list next week. Don’t forgot, there are 390 of them at this point, so you could always look back through the archives and see if there’s anything you missed, make/do something good of your own, make your own list to share, or take the week off (that’s my favorite option).

1. A Call to Serve | EP7: The Sacred and Liberatory Power of Rest with Tricia Hersey of The Nap Ministry. “Tune in to hear Tricia, the Nap Bishop herself, share with Andréa about the Nap Ministry and the journey that brought her to it. If you’ve never come across this work, prepare yourself for some blessings.”

2. 6 Ideas For Introverts To Slow Down And Enjoy Life More.

3. How To Cultivate Meaning In Your Work And Life As An INFJ.

4. Hannah Gadsby: There is life after trauma.

5. Take me back to the south of France on SF Girl. All the beds! This place looks like nap heaven.

6. Good stuff from Zen Habits: The Ridiculously Awesome Practice of Surrendering and The Most Neglected & Powerful Act of Self-Care.

7. Weekend Read: Racism is Killing Black Americans from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

8. These are AOC’s greatest hits. (video) “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quickly became one of the most exciting and divisive names in politics, offering a progressive alternative to Trump’s America.”

9. Do Good Recklessly. It’s my new mantra.

10. This father in ICE detention lost his 13-year-old daughter to suicide. (video)

11. Listen: Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby Are The Highwomen.

12. Chants of “welcome home” broke out as Rep. Ilhan Omar returned to Minnesota. (video)

13. Democrats Issue Warnings Against Viral Russia-Based Face-Morphing App. In related news, Viral App FaceApp Now Owns Access To More Than 150 Million People’s Faces And Names.

14. Rape Case Judge Resigns Over ‘Good Family’ Remark; State Orders Training on The New York Times.

15. Effort to force Trump impeachment vote fails in House of Representatives.

16. WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak In Congo An International Health Emergency.

17. With ‘Molly of Denali,’ PBS Raises Its Bar for Inclusion on The New York Times. “Dozens of Alaska Native writers and advisers were recruited to help create the children’s series, one of the first to have a Native American lead.”

18. 7 Rules to Live By with Billy Porter. (video)

19. A blindfolded reveal so great, dad jumps for joy. (video) My favorite thing is that at first, Dad was just as excited about his kid getting a new truck.

20. ICE attempted to bring a Tennessee man into custody. His neighbors formed a human chain. We can help each other. We can resist.

21. Plus-Size Adventurers You Should Follow. “Diversify your Instagram feed with plus-size ultrarunners, kayakers, and other bold outdoorspeople who want you to love getting out there too.”

22. Dietitians Unplugged Podcast: Episode 62 – A Buddhist Framework for Eating Recovery with Jenna Hollenstein.

23. A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Official Trailer (HD) with Tom Hanks. (video) Is it just me or does Tom Hank’s Mr. Rogers seem like he could be Forrest Gump’s older brother?

24. This week in People Behaving Badly: Children Face Foster Care Over School Meal Debt, District Warns on The New York Times, and 16,000 Readers Shared Their Experiences of Being Told to ‘Go Back.’ Here Are Some of Their Stories. on The New York Times, and Trump Seizes On Soggy Paper Straws As Campaign Issue: ‘Make Straws Great Again’, and Judge orders Jeffrey Epstein to remain in jail, says he’s ‘concerned for new victims’, and Video Captures Intense Moments 2 ICE Agents Take Echo Park Mom Into Custody.

Something Good

Image by Eric

1. Good stuff from Austin Kleon’s weekly newsletter: History: Ellis Haizlip and Soul! and Watch Season 1 of Soul! streaming online.

2. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: How Meditation Works (In My Life, Anyway), and Commentary: Admiring & Admonishing the Dalai Lama, and How to Practice Shamatha Meditation.

3. Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem? “Before you say no, take a moment to really ask yourself whether it’s the system that’s best suited to build our future society.”

4. 550,000 Acres on Fire in Alaska in Latest Sign of the Climate Crisis.

5. The body positivity movement is not for slim bodies already accepted by society.

6. Oregon tackles the veterinary suicide crisis, starting with the stigma.

7. Pose star Billy Porter: Wearing a dress is a ‘political act’.

8. Why we should abolish ICE — and the DEA too. “The failed drug war and Trump’s war on immigrants share many features. To change course, we need to change institutions.”

9. Wisdom from Hillary McBride, “Therapy is not about becoming, it’s about unbecoming all the things that you thought you had to be to be loved.”

10. ‘It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place’ — Listen to Megan Rapinoe’s powerful speech from the USWNT victory parade. (video) In related news, VIDEO! Rachel Maddow Casually Asks Megan Rapinoe to Run for President, and ‘Pay them girls what they worth.’ — Snoop Dogg is joining the chorus of calls for equal pay in U.S. soccer (video). Snoop Dog says so. That’s all I need.

11. Wombat has the zoomies. (video) I think my Ringo Blue might be part Wombat.

12. These 21 Things Stress Out Highly Sensitive People the Most.

13. Gorillas make up “little food songs” while they eat: Listen to them here.

14. This week in People Behaving Badly: ‘They Are Free To Leave’: Trump Accuses Congresswomen Of Hating America, and Trump Tells Congresswomen to ‘Go Back’ to the Countries They Came From on The New York Times, and The Ten Stages of Genocide (red alert: we seem to be on stage 7), and Trump says he’s not concerned about being racist because “many people agree” with him, and Trump Says Racist Nonsense Because He Means It and Because He Knows He Can Win on It, and Killing of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, African American Museum Founder, Stuns Baton Rouge on The New York Times, and Neo-Nazi James Fields Gets 2nd Life Sentence For Charlottesville Attack, and Watch: White Security Guard Pulls Gun on Black Cop in Full Uniform Because the Black Cop Had a Gun, and ICE agents were caught on film asking passengers at a bus station if they’re U.S. citizens (video), and Thousands In Danger As ICE Raids Scheduled To Begin On Sunday, and Watch this emotional exchange between AOC and a mother who lost her daughter in ICE custody (video), and U.S. Appeals Court Rules Trump Violated First Amendment By Blocking Twitter Followers, and ICE Is Dangerously Inaccurate on The New York Times, and This cop was arrested after a year-long investigation revealed he repeatedly planted drugs during traffic stops — he now faces felony charges (video), and ‘Shaken To My Core’: Testimony Describes Conditions For Detained Migrants, and AOC says she witnessed a ‘manufactured crisis’ at border detention camps (video), and U.S. Prosecutors File New Charges, Including Child Pornography, Against R. Kelly on The New York Times, and High schoolers who wore masks during homophobic graffiti spree identified by auto-connect wi-fi, and Colorado man shot to death in dispute with armed couple angry about fireworks, and Trump’s Fourth of July event and weekend protests bankrupted D.C. security fund, mayor says, and An Arizona Teenager Was Fatally Stabbed. The Suspect Blames Rap Music. on The New York Times, and ICE Just Quietly Opened Three New Detention Centers, Flouting Congress’ Limits, and Florida principal defended meager Holocaust curriculum because ‘not everyone believes the Holocaust happened’ (The Holocaust IS NOT an opinion or a belief, it’s a FACT), and 83 Environmental Rules Being Rolled Back Under Trump on The New York Times, and Judge Gets Threats After Saying Teenager in Rape Case Was From ‘Good Family’ on The New York Times.

Something Good

1. Why Megan Rapinoe’s brother, Brian, is her greatest heartbreak, and hope.

2. Best Practices for Bodhisattvas on Lion’s Roar. “Traditional Buddhist vows can seem pretty hardcore, but they’re really just maps for a good human life. Zen teacher Josh Bartok translates them into values we can all relate to.”

3. Why INFJs Should Start A Blog. Guess I made the right choice all those years ago. 🙂 In related news, 6 Reasons Why Introverts Make The Best Writers.

4. You Don’t Need to Clear the Decks to Focus on Important Work on Zen Habits.

5. People Celebrate Halle Bailey’s Role In Live-Action ‘Little Mermaid’ With Gorgeous Fan Art. In related news, Fans Overflow The Internet With Fan Art After Disney Announces The New Ariel.

6. Jack Kornfield – Heart Wisdom – Ep. 95 – Poetry in Dharma with Alison Luterman.

7. The 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years. “The New York Times’s book critics select the most outstanding memoirs published since 1969.”

8. DHS Inspector General Finds ‘Dangerous Overcrowding’ In Border Patrol Facilities. In related news, Hungry, Scared and Sick: Inside the Migrant Detention Center in Clint, Tex. on the New York Times, and Migrant Caregivers Separated From Children At Border, Sent Back to Mexico, and Border Patrol leadership reportedly knew about derogatory Facebook group for years, and Joaquin Castro smuggled a camera into Border Patrol station — the detainees wanted pictures to be shared, and Ocasio-Cortez details ‘horrifying’ conditions at migrant detention facility.

9. ‘The greatest threat to mankind is the cowardice of the Democratic Party’: Ocasio-Cortez spokesperson.

10. Middle school teacher secretly ran white supremacist podcast. (video)

11. What if instead of well-kept grass, we used our time and resources to fill our lawns with fruits and vegetables? (video) In related news, After 6-Year Battle, Florida Couple Wins The Right To Plant Veggies In Front Yard.

12. George Takei to publish graphic novel on his childhood in US internment camp.

13. 7 Subtle Signs Your Trauma Response is to ‘Fawn.’

14. How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time, a TED Talk. “Baratunde Thurston explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of … eating, walking or generally ‘living while black.’ In this profound, thought-provoking and often hilarious talk, he reveals the power of language to change stories of trauma into stories of healing — while challenging us all to level up.”

15. Good Influences: Ragen Chastain, Founder of Fit Fatties.

16. The Trump campaign wants you to believe these stock footage models are MAGA supporters. (video)

17. Restoring Forests Could Help Put a Brake on Global Warming, Study Finds on the New York Times. In related news, Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis.

18. Donald Trump’s “Inoffensive” War on Reality.

19. Helping Kelly Heal on GoFundMe.

20. She was told she would never be a serious dancer. Her answer? A spot in Katy Perry’s music video. (video)

21. Book Cover of the Award-Winning Book The Poet X Plagiarized.

22. Today, I Joined the Resistance by Theodora Goss.

23. Trump’s controversial “Salute to America” July Fourth event, explained.

24. Manslaughter Charge Dropped Against Alabama Woman Who Was Shot While Pregnant on the New York Times.

25. An interview with Jenna Hollenstein about Intuitive Eating. (video)

26. The Link Between Verbal Abuse and Anxiety That No One Talks about.

27. Disabled And Here Free Stock Photos. In related news, Representation Matters, “The best high-resolution, royalty-free stock image collection focusing on inclusion and diversity.”

28. Angry Cockatoo Tears Down Anti-Bird Spikes And Throws Them To The Ground. This is what resistance looks like.