Gratitude Friday

1. Morning walks. It’s officially the dark season, even though the upcoming Daylight Savings Time will shift things again for a few weeks. The most recent walk Ringo and I took, it wasn’t getting light until we turned towards home. I was thinking the other morning how cool it is that we can walk out our front door and so quickly get to the river, to the place all the animals are — owls, deer, heron, foxes, beavers, mink, geese, ducks, osprey, all kinds of hawks, bald eagles, raccoons, rabbits, the occasional bear, and this year there was even a moose. We’ve never seen a mountain lion, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t seen us.

2. Firefighters. We’ve sure needed them this summer, more and yet the same as we always have. The Cameron Peak Fire that’s burning here is now officially the biggest wild fire we’ve ever had in Colorado. May all the people fighting it stay safe, along with the homes and animals and humans that live in those spaces, and may the weather conditions shift in a helpful way.

The view from our front porch a few days ago

3. Practice, in particular Wild Writing. Things feel very tense, fraught, so anything that helps me work with that makes me so grateful.

4. Good food. Keeping myself nourished, fed and cared for, helps. Eric made scones this week and my Auntie T sent me some homemade jam. And seriously, Beyond Burger is so much better that “real” hamburger, especially if you cook it on a grill.

5. My tiny family. It’s pretty certain we won’t be getting another dog until spring at the earliest, and that’s only if we can’t go to Oregon next summer. If we go to Oregon, we’ll wait until after we get back. We don’t know if it will be an older dog or a puppy, girl or a boy, but the two most important things are Ringo has to love it and it has to like to cuddle with me. Ringo rescued another baby this week, a stuffed bunny that he found at City Park. It’s one of my favorite things he does, how happy he gets when he finds a toy or a baby on a walk, and I’m so glad that he’s trustworthy enough now he can actually have stuffed toys just lying around the house, waiting for him to play.

Bonus joy: the way the squirrels sneak up on the porch to eat our pumpkins when they think I can’t see them, the pool, sitting in the sauna with Eric, hanging out and writing with Mikalina, eye drops, having the laundry done, homemade biscuits, crunchy peanut butter Clif bars, texting with my mom and brother, a new baby, onion buns, being retired, the way the leaves fall, clean air and water, the people growing and harvesting food now that my garden is done for the year, knowing Chloe’ is just a few blocks away, being so close to the river, how green our yard stayed this year, the willingness of so many to keep showing up and trying even when it gets hard and would be easier to just give up or go away, reading in bed at night while Ringo and Eric sleep.

Something Good

1. Anti-Racism Archives, this is an extensive group of resources on topics about which we should all learn as much as we can, do what we can.

2. The Real Life of a Highly Sensitive Introvert.

3. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: Calm in the Midst of Chaos (“Sharon Salzberg on the power of equanimity”) and The Four Immeasurables Leave Nothing Untouched (“If you don’t want your happiness to impede that of someone else, says Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, practice the four immeasurables. It will help you make space for others in your mind and to see others as yourself”).

4. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön, “The ego wants resolution, wants to control impermanence, wants something secure and certain to hold on to. It freezes what is actually fluid, it grasps at what is in motion, it tries to escape the beautiful truth of the fully alive nature of everything. As a result, we feel dissatisfied, haunted, threatened. We spend much of our time in a cage created by our own fear of discomfort.”

5. How to Nourish Your Resilience in a Time of Trauma. “It is essential to connect trauma healing and movements for social justice. They are interdependent. Together, they let us become whole and build a just and sustainable future. “

6. Going with the flow. “When an artist couple had the chance to build their dream home, they discovered that living sustainably provided a lifetime of inspiration.”

7. ‘What are we so afraid of?’ “Tony Green, on dismissing, denying, contracting and spreading the coronavirus.” We have so much power, and yet so little control.

8. HS Finally Calls White Supremacy ‘The Most Persistent And Lethal Threat In The Homeland’ In Delayed Report.

9. I was in the pro-life movement. But then, widowed with 6 kids, I prepared for an abortion. “My story is heartbreaking. Telling it is tender. But I need you to understand that real people like me are living real stories.”

10. Prince Was One of the Loneliest Souls I’ve Ever Met. “Neal Karlen on His Complicated Relationship with an American Icon.”

11. Modern Love Podcast from The New York Times.

12. Good Life Project: The Year of No Grudges | Andrea Gibson.

13. More Than This official music video – Sharkk Heartt ft. Na-il Ali Emmert.

14. Proclamation on Columbus Day, 2020 because he is never not disappointing. In related news, Trump: Racists Call It Columbus Day, So I’m Calling It Columbus Day!

15. What is Indigenous Peoples’ Day? In related news, How To Support Indigenous Communities On And Beyond Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day resources, and The Native History of Indigenous Peoples Day, and Honoring Indigenous Peoples: 20 Recommended Reads, and Story Corps: Voices to Honor for Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and 8 LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit Native Americans Changing the World, and New Poetry By Indigenous Women: Looking Back at 2018.

16. My friend left this world – and I learned to let him go. “Ojibwe traditions said we should celebrate – mirror joy – so he could pass to the spirit world. This time I wouldn’t let him down.”

17. Enola Holmes | Official Trailer | Netflix. Eric and I watched this over the weekend, and it was really good.