Something Good

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1. Definition of an internet troll: “In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll’s amusement,” (Wikipedia). In related news, Hero Burlesque Dancer Names and Shames Her Trolls and The Troll Taunter, “A young Wikipedia editor withstood a decade of online abuse. Now she’s fighting back — on Wikipedia itself.”

2. White People: I Don’t Want You To Understand Me Better, I Want You To Understand Yourselves. In related news, A Few Pointers for Protesting While White and When I Said All Trump Supporters Are White Supremacists, I Meant It.

3. The Twin Forces of Love and Resistance. I’m not gonna lie, this one had me in tears. Especially these two passages,

But real love is radical because it cannot be earned or unearned. It is tied to inherent dignity. It is unconquerable because it is dumb in its own way — determined to keep loving no matter what the counter forces, no matter what scarcity small men try to message, no matter what fear they try to sow. It’s blindly trusting, also positioned as stupid in our overly strategic society. It’s inefficient, a sin in our efficiency-obsessed time.

And,

We’re proving ourselves capable of a mighty resistance, but we must also prove ourselves capable of this kind of expansive love. The twinning of the two will be this country’s salvation.

4. Reading the News Makes Me Depressed, but Here’s What I Realized. **Spoiler Alert** “I used to read the news for enjoyment. Now I pay attention because it’s the right thing to do.”

5. Macro Monday Says To Hell With It, Have Some Dogs. Super cute. Other good stuff from Chuck: Why Persist As A Writer In Times Of Such Heinous Fuckery? and Kameron Hurley: How to Keep Writing Through Times of Great Political Upheaval.

6. An open letter to Jason Chaffetz from someone who attended his town hall.

7. Why did I name it “Dear White People?” In related news, People are deleting their Netflix accounts over the soon-to-be-released show “Dear White People.” For the record, I loved the movie and can’t wait for the show, and will continue to support Netflix. For starters, this: 21 Social Justice Documentaries On Netflix To Watch.

8. Finding steady ground: strengthening our spirits to resist and thrive in these times. “Here are 7 behaviors we can use right away to strengthen ourselves, so we can keep taking more and more powerful and strategic actions.”

9. Researcher maps hidden graveyards of slaves who once tilled Louisiana sugar cane fields.

10. James Daschuk uncovers truths about First Nations history.

11. Black Lives Matter: Recommended Reading, a great list from Powell’s Books.

12. “Give Love.”

13. On politics and social media from Lisa Congdon.

14. Who are Kwan Yin, Avalokiteshvara, Kannon, and Quan Am? The quick answer: my favorite.

15. “Right Now, It’s Like This” — How to make this increasingly used Buddhist phrase work for you on Lion’s Roar. “Meditation teacher Vinny Ferraro explains the simple but powerful phrase ‘Right now, it’s like this’ — and provides simple, helpful meditation instructions to go with it.”

16. From Brave Girls Club,

Sometimes the very best gift we can give to ourselves is a little bit of time alone, in complete silence and complete calm. Even if it’s just for a little while, quiet time is essential for our souls. Our deepest truths speak in quiet little voices most of the time, and we have to get our lives calm and quiet to be able to hear them. When we are feeling scattered, depleted, confused, and torn, and remedy that almost always works is to take a walk all alone, or to go somewhere quiet and be all alone. To just sit, just listen. It may seem too simple, too good to be true. But so many of the mysteries of life have the simplest answers, and we just have to trust in their simplicity. Give yourself the gift of solitude, quiet, and a listening heart as often as you can, and you will hear the things you need to hear. Unplug, walk away, take a breath. Do it for the sake of everything and everyone that you love. And especially do it for you. Your answers are in there. Your calm wise self is in there, too. Now, go find her. She’s been waiting patiently. You are so very loved.

17. The “New Age Thinking Will Make Me Thin” Diet. Oh, snap. This is so me. More good stuff from Isabel Foxen Duke, Beware the “Don’t-Binge-Eat” Diet.

18. The Way of Openness: Moving Away from Comfort & Security from Zen Habits.

19. Being Authentic at Your Shitty Job, really good advice from Lodro Rinzler on Lion’s Roar.

20. Bold EP and Tour! on Kickstarter, “Mary Lambert is releasing an uplifiting EP about being unabashedly fat, gay, bipolar, and doing whatever you damn well please.”

21. Being Black at School, “advocates for equity and safety for Black students” and,

Our approach to advocacy is unlike that of any other education organizations. To make a formative change in the lives of Black students, we realized our efforts need to be data-driven, grassroots focused, and concentrated at all of the levels of decision making– in the community, in the classroom, and in the statehouse. By combining research, policy development and advocacy to influence public debate and catalyze change regarding race and education in America.

22. Day 17 of Investment in Black Lives on Now We Rise, another really great way to help, to “put your money where your mouth is.”

23. Memory Postcards – a Time Capsule Film of 2016.

24. Benefits of Reading Infographic.

25. A checklist for every day.

26. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art releases 375,000 digital works for remix and re-use online via CC0.

27. Watch Rescued Baby Sloths Have A Conversation And Try Not To Smile.

28. Indivisible: A practical guide For resisting the Trump agenda. I know I’ve shared this before, but it seems worth sharing again.

29. The Revolution Will Not Be Polite: The Issue of Nice versus Good. “Oppression is not about hurt feelings. It is about the rights and opportunities that are not afforded to you because you belong to a certain group of people.”

30. Tomi Lahren is the BIGGEST snowflake of them all.

31. Shutting Down BS about Betsy DeVos with Public School Teachers.

32. Wisdom from Andrea Gibson, “heard there are times/when the only thing/we have control over/is where we put our attention.”

33. Privilege 101: A Quick and Dirty Guide.

34. If Adele’s ‘Hello’ Was About Calling Congress.

35. DT talking lying about the Dakoto Access Pipeline. My only response to this is rage, white hot and murderous.

36. How the Black Lives Matter Movement Is Mobilizing Against Trump.

37. He wants to make sure no other child in the foster care system has an experience like the ones he and his children had.

38. The Netherlands is using empty prisons to house refugees — what are we doing? Think about this: they have EMPTY prisons.

39. How should the media cover a White House that isn’t afraid to lie.

40. Sherman Alexie Talks About Writing in the Era of Trump.

41. Who Is Son Of Baldwin And Why We Should Listen Up?

42. #ShePersisted Becomes New Battle Cry After Senate Silences Elizabeth Warren. “This is definitely not what Mitch McConnell was hoping for.”

43. Rosie O’Donnell as Steve Bannon? SNL could really make Trump angry if it wanted to. I hope they do this.

44. 10+ Honest Valentine’s Day Cards For Couples Who Hate Cheesy Love Crap.

45. Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump. This is such an important distinction to note: the real monsters aren’t the leaders, but those who follow them, enact and embody their policies rather than resisting.

46. Why People Should Just Pause for a Minute and Not Blindly Celebrate 84 Lumber’s Immigration Ad. In related news, I loved the Coke ad. They say of it, “We believe that America is beautiful and Coca-Cola is for everyone. Let’s celebrate the moments among all Americans that promote optimism, inclusion, and humanity — values that bring us closer together.” This is the America I want to live in, but there is a shit ton of work to do to get us there, enit?

47. A Snowflake Manifesto from John Pavlovitz. “No, one snowflake isn’t likely to make an impact—but I’m betting 65,788,853 can.”

48. Week 13: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.

49. Adele’s Grammy Speech Made Beyoncé Cry. In related news, What White Women Can Learn From Adele’s Grammys Speech.

50. Football player, reader, author, nerd. I love this so much.

What I’m Doing: Begin

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When I got a package from Sabrina Ward Harrison recently, a thank you for a GoFundMe project of hers I’d donated to, on the back of the enclosed thank you note was the above — most likely it was a practice sheet or something that didn’t turn out quite how she’d imagined. In that way it was a reject of sorts, and yet ever since it came in the mail, I’ve had it on the shrine that’s on my writing desk. The “real” artwork she sent is still safely tucked in it’s envelope, but this is out.

This is where I am: at the beginning. And any time I feel discouraged, like I don’t know what to do or that what I do is never going to be enough, I remind myself — simply come back and start again, let go and come back, (which is what my teacher, Susan Piver, always says), and to lower the bar (that from the brilliant Rachel Cole), all the way to the ground if necessary, meeting me wherever I happen to be.

I can’t really do much more than rest and heal right now, after my surgery. And I won’t lie, even though I’m doing okay, it’s not easy — I’m tired and sore and can’t really get completely comfortable to fully rest. This is my “work” right now, and it is workable. And yet, even with all this stillness and rest, my mind keeps on going, continuing on in confusion and contemplation.

Here’s what I feel like I know: After all the overwhelm of the first initial weeks of the new administration, all of the frantic scrolling and reading and listening I did, meeting with other like minded people to do a lot of “wtf?” and “what do we do now?”, I’ve narrowed down all the issues to one core problem — white supremacy.

Every single action taken by this new administration has been an effort to maintain white supremacy, to strengthen systems already in place and to dismantle anything that contradicts them, including engaging in the ongoing oppression of people who don’t happen to be white.

I’m not gonna lie, this is hard to acknowledge when you are white. When there is no way to opt out or undo your whiteness, your privilege. At first, I literally couldn’t see, having worked so hard to maintain blind spots, put so much effort towards being willfully ignorant. Once I chose to see, the weight of that reality was overwhelming. Then once I decided to do something, it can feel like I will never be able to do enough, no matter how hard I work at it.

So I come back to the one thing I can do: begin. That has required a lot of deep listening, specifically to people of color. I’ve also been reading a lot, doing the work for myself rather than asking someone else to explain it to me. It’s meant being uncomfortable and confused. It’s meant joining classes and communities where I can get support for doing the work, where I get assistance understanding from people who’ve already figured it out and want to share. It’s meant helping, even before I’m entirely sure what the right help is. It means I make a lot of mistakes. It means I allow my position to be decentralized. It means I step back and let others speak. It means that even when I feel uncomfortable or confused, I don’t make it someone else’s responsibility to fix that. It means I show up. It means I don’t give up.

 

Gratitude Friday

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1. Eric made it home safe, after being in Arizona for three days. And luckily, my knee held up doing all the dog walking while he was gone, and the dogs were so good for me.

2. Good food. This week it’s been split pea soup in my favorite dog mug and bran muffins with raspberries and dried strawberries.

3. Flowers in the bathroom, extra special ones because Eric was going to be gone.

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4. My surgery going well. I know, you might be saying to yourself, “what surgery?!” and you wouldn’t be wrong — I haven’t said anything about it here. It’s not the type of surgery you really want to talk about, to anyone, ever, and I was really nervous about it because it’s the first time I’ve gone under anesthesia. Now that it’s over and I’m at home recovering, and that seems to be going okay, even though I’m tired and sore and sometimes feeling a bit sorry for myself, I am so grateful — especially for health insurance and paid sick leave, and two awesome interns that can take care of things while I’m gone.

5. My tiny family. The dogs have been being really good, keeping me company and not needing too much, and Eric’s been taking really good care of me, feeding me good food and taking care of everything so I can rest.

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Bonus joy: Oranges, sour cherry juice, clean water, hot water, soaking in the tub, good tv, clean sheets, staying in my pjs all day, good books, effective pain medication, friends who text me to see how I’m doing, emails from my mom, knowing that I don’t have to be responsible for anything right now and no schedule applies to me, naps with the dogs.

Three Truths and One Wish

1. Truth: I’ve been reading a lot lately. Because of a bad habit I picked up in graduate school, where I was required to read multiple books simultaneously, I’m currently reading: And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK by Henry L. Gates and Kevin M. Burke, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi, Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin, Anything We Love Can Be Saved by Alice Walker, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. (Do you see a theme in that list?)

2. Truth: Reading for me is essential. It’s one of the foundational ways that I learn. Because I’m an introvert and a highly sensitive person, it’s the best way for me to encounter new information, especially if it’s going to make me uncomfortable or confused. I need that space alone, just me and the book, (and of course, somewhere in there the author). Sometimes I think I’m a writer because I’m fundamentally, first and foremost, a reader, love books SO much that the only thing that seems worth doing, the only thing I want to do besides read them is give others something to read.

3. Truth: What we need right now are those with the courage to tell the truth. The ones who will keep showing up, no matter what. Those who will continue to resist, persist. In Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin says, “From this void–ourselves–it is the function of society to protect us; but it is only this void, our unknown selves, demanding, forever, a new act of creation, which can save us–‘from the evil that is in the world.'” I think of those right now who are willing to risk going against society, who brave going into the void that is their own open heart — poets, water protectors, protestors, journalists, comedians (SNL, anyone?), teachers, librarians, park rangers, scientists, etc. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that these are the ones who will save us, or die trying.

One wish:  “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” May we persist, nevertheless.

Something Good

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1. More resources for white people looking to understand white privilege and dismantle white supremacy: Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Di Angelo (a video), and 18 Books Every White Ally Should Read, and Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston (I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this one, probably multiple times).

2. The Resistance for Beginners a really helpful resource from Rachel Cole. “I have been receiving calls daily asking me questions about taking action to resist and combat our new fascist administration. This is my attempt to answer some of the more frequently asked questions and to share some valuable resources.”

3. Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide, another great resource from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

4. Safety: My privilege, my trap, and my right from Heather Plett.

5. Losing by winning from Seth Godin.

6. You might not know this about me, but I LOVE gag reels, bloopers and outtakes. Here’s a few I watched this morning: Modern Family Gag Reel Season 6 and Keith Broke His Leg / Outtakes and The Office – Season 6 Bloopers.

7. Wisdom from John Pavlovitz,

Are you tired? If so, you’re in good company. Most of us are stretched well beyond what we’re capable of, overwhelmed by the seemingly relentless stream of bad news coming across our news feeds, and we’re looking for a moment to stop and breathe.

No one is going to give you that moment, friend. You have to take it.

The world is more than happy to fill our schedules, steal our attention, and occupy our bandwidth. We have to be selfish about demanding space and time to rest. Consider this permission to do that. Say no to something so that you can recalibrate your heart, slow your breath, and be fully present—maybe even take a nap.

Busyness is a drug that makes us feel useful. I’m trying to break that addiction by recognizing my worth without needing to do anything to earn it. Maybe you’ll join me?

Rest well, and be encouraged.

8. Sean Spicer Press Conference – SNL. “White House press secretary Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy) and secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos (Kate McKinnon) take questions from the press.” Every week, I am so grateful for SNL, for their willingness to not back down.

9. #DressLikeAWoman Is A Brilliant Response to Trump’s Staff Dress Code. “Doctors, soldiers, and more share photos.”

10. Monica Pasqual’s new song: You Can’t Kill Light.

11. What does the Bible have to say about immigrants and refugees? In this video, one church offers an answer.

12. Breitbart loses advertising deals with 818 companies due to grassroots campaign.

13. Wisdom from poet and activist Andrea Gibson, “even when the truth isn’t hopeful the telling of it is.”

14. Racism is a mental health issue.

15. Clint Smith reminds us about our nation’s complicated history in this week’s #BriefButSpectacular. “Oppression doesn’t disappear just because you decided not to teach us that chapter. If you only hear one side of the story, at some point you have to question who the writer is.”

16. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. “Sam heads back to her bunker to get some gentle Constitutional reassurance from civil rights lawyer Lee Gelernt of the ACLU.”

17. Resistance Works.

18. An otter eating snacks.

19. What Happens When We Stop Putting People in Boxes.

20. 10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts.

21. Toni Morrison on the work white people must do.

22. Watch This Spoken Word Poet Powerfully Remind Us That We Gon Be Alright In the Trump Era.

24. Donald Trump’s embrace of white mediocrity is an insult to the American public, and we’re all going to suffer for it.

25. 7 Black Media And Activism Game Changers Who Are Paving The Way. P.S. There are WAY more than just seven.

26. A note to Trump, from Frederick Douglass’s direct descendants. In related news, A Lesson in Black History.

27. 45 Animals Snapchats That Will Make You Literally Laugh Out Loud.

28. Racism is a spectrum.

29. The Life And Times Of Ida B. Wells, One Of Intersectional Feminism’s Founders.

30. Teachings for Uncertain Times: Tuere Sala. “In honor of Black History Month, Tricycle is presenting a video series called “Teachings for Uncertain Times.” Featuring 13 Buddhist teachers of color, the talks will be posted every few days on our blog, Trike Daily.”

31. 50 Iconic Black Trailblazers Who Represent Every State In America. In related news, 29 Classic Movies To Watch In Honor Of Black History Month.

32. Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump. “An updating tally of how often every member of the House and the Senate votes with or against the president.” Of course, he’s not giving any one any real chance to vote on anything right now…

33. 50 Groups To Learn About If You’re Committed To Intersectional Feminism.

34. How to Avoid Being Psychologically Destroyed by Your Newsfeed. In related news, How to Stay Sane When the President is Nuts.

35. Jimmy Fallon Interviews Dan Rather About Facebook and DT. Dan Rather is doing such good things.

36. Apple, Facebook, Google, Uber and Netflix join slew of companies to take legal action against Trump. “The brief was filed late Sunday in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and emphasises the importance of immigrants in the economy and society.”

37. Super Bowl LI Ads Trolled Donald Trump All Night. One clarification however about the Lumber 84 ad, so perfectly stated by Tara Gentile on Facebook, “This ad probably isn’t about what you think it’s about. It whitewashes a terrible, expensive, dehumanizing policy by focusing on, as Trump said, the big, beautiful door. ‘In the run-up to the Super Bowl, Magerko said the ad shouldn’t be considered provocative at all. In fact, she says she voted for Donald Trump in the election, and the image of the door in the wall comes directly from Trump himself, who said he wanted a ‘big beautiful door’ in his wall, for legal immigration.’ The wall is NOT okay, and any effort to normalize it should be rejected.”

38. Culture of Silence from Desiree Adaway. “Some of us are forced to be silent, but many of us are choosing to be. And it is literally killing us. We get free by using our voices to challenge those in power. We have to speak freedom to life.”

39. First Vertical Forest In Asia To Have Over 3,000 Plants And Turns CO2 Into 132 Pounds Of Oxygen Per Day.

40. University of California Next In Line To Dump Wells Fargo Contracts. “The UC system is severing $475 million in contracts with Wells Fargo over, among other things, the bank’s ties to private prison corporations.”

Gratitude Friday

orchids1. Flowers in the bathroom. Extra fancy ones because Eric was going to be gone for a few days.

2. I fell, but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. We had freezing rain the other day, which we never get, and it came a day before predicted so caught everyone off guard. I walked out into the parking lot and fell flat on my back. My elbows are both bruised and sore (cause even though they tell you how to fall to avoid getting really hurt, it happens so fast you are all instinct, and apparently I tried to catch myself with my elbows), my hip and my back hurt and I have a baby case of whiplash, but like I said — I know it could have been so much worse and am feeling really lucky it wasn’t. My knee is also getting better, so that’s a bonus.

oatmeal3. Dr. McDougall’s Organic Instant Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. I tried to eat the store brand for a bit (cause they only carry this kind at Whole Foods and I can’t ever seem to get out of that store for less than $50 so I try to avoid it), but this is so much better. I mix in 1/4 cup of plain instant oats and it’s perfect.

4. This face. Seriously, sometimes I’m so frustrated with him because he’s doing some thing that’s making me crazy, and then he gives me this look, and I can’t even.

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5. Sam, who at seven years old is the perfect mix of sweet and lazy, young and healthy.

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Bonus joy: Oranges, clean sheets, getting the laundry done on Friday, Wild Writing, ibuprofen, good TV, my Kindle and the library loaded on there, texting and Voxing with friends, napping with the dogs, working from home, Black History Month.

Something Good

1. Important stuff from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds: Trust Me, I Don’t Wanna Talk About This Shit Either and This Is A Test Of The Emergency Broadcasting System.

2. 100 Days of Investment in Black Lives, “a series of direct actions to invest in Black lives and the organizations that bring dignity to Black Lives.” A really great project from Now We Rise.

3. 5 Calls. “Turn your passive participation into active resistance. Facebook likes and Twitter retweets don’t create the change you want to see. Spend 5 minutes, make 5 calls. There’s one simple and straightforward way to influence the Government that is supposed to represent you: Call them on the phone. Calling is the most effective way to influence your representative. 5 Calls gives you contacts and scripts so calling is quick and easy. We use your location to give you your local representatives so your calls are more impactful.” And if you are like me, this might also help, How to call your reps when you have social anxiety.

4. An Open Letter to Women Who Voted for Trump.

5. People Are Calling This Song The Anthem Of The Women’s March Movement. In related news, Why I Threw Out My Speech for the Women’s March, and An Unpopular Opinion on the Women’s March on Washington, and Some Inconvenient Truths About The Women’s March On Washington, and You Are Not Equal. I’m Sorry., and Woman in Viral Photo From Women’s March to White Female Allies: ‘Listen to a Black Woman’, and Some Thoughts On The Women’s March That Already Feels Like So Long Ago Because These Are The End Times.

6. 75 Books for the Next Four Years, “Writers recommend necessary reading for the inauguration day and beyond.” In related news, Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US.

7. Autocracy: Rules for Survival.

8. The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic].

9. Unwelcome in my Country, Unwelcome in my Church.

Nonviolent resistance was not a matter of sitting back and forgiving, waiting to see what would happen next. Nonviolent resistance was an active refusal to allow derogatory and damaging physical, legal, and cultural violence to continue to take place behind the scenes. Because of the nonviolent resistance movement, which brought the struggle into the open and into America’s living rooms via the television screen, average white Americans had to confront their complicity in a system built on intolerance and violence. They had to confront the fact that they were a part of the system that incited such violence. That this violence was being enacted in their name. The nonviolent resistance movement forced White America to look at the brutality visited on black bodies. It would not allow people to pretend that they did not know the symbols of power this violence was meant to enforce. The nonviolent resistance movement compelled white Americans to understand their culpability in the slapping of all those cheeks.

10. Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves. I’ve probably already shared this, maybe more than once, but it’s a great resource.

11. Why I’m moving my money to a credit union.

12. Three simple ways to support Muslim women. In related news, Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Illegal.

13. Woman Who Caused Emmett Till’s Death Admits to Lying.

14. The U.S. Government Turned Away Thousands of Jewish Refugees, Fearing That They Were Nazi Spies.

15. Week One. “It’s been one week since President Trump took office, here’s a list of everything he has done so far.”

16. The 19 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week.

17. Creating Your Personal Action Plan, an online workshop. “These times call for creative action and resistance. What’s yours to do?”

18. Alternative Facts and Fake News – Verifiability in the Information Society. In related news, Finding Good News.

19. How the Media Should Cover Donald Trump, a video from GQ.

20. A moving speech by Mahershala Ali, one of the actors from Moonlight.

21. ‘Unprecedented’: Trump Adds Bannon to National Security Council, Kicks Out Intelligence Officials. In related news, How Steve Bannon Took Charge Of The Trump Administration, and Trial Balloon for a Coup?, and West Wing leaker goes dark after pulling back the curtain: Trump “irrational”, staff “demoralized.” Something to do about it from Wall of Us, action 3: stop the loose bannon.

22. The Secret Language of Narcissists, Sociopaths and Psychopaths: How Abusers Manipulate and Traumatize Their Victims.

23. Each word, image, and video we share online has a ripple effect.

24. This Simple Comic Perfectly Explains Privilege, And Everyone Must Read It.

25. We Are Very Angry from Lisa Congdon about how she’s using her social media platform and her creative expression to contribute to activism.

26. Stop everything: the nation’s zoos are in a vicious, wonderful #CuteAnimalTweetOff.

27. “Sometimes we are so confused and sad that all we can do is glue one thing to another.”

28. How Donald Trump Answers A Question from Nerdwriter, “a weekly video essay series that puts ideas to work.”

29. Approaching Life with Beginner’s Mind from Zen Habits.

30. Former President Barack Obama Issues Statement on Anti-Trump Protests.