Something Good

Image by Eric

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

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

3. 20 of the Most Beautiful Moth Species.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27. Three Men and a Body.

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

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

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

Gratitude

1. Morning walks. It’s so nice during the summer to walk with both Eric and Ringo whenever I walk. This morning’s walk was extra special because my friend from graduate school who now lives in Wisconsin was in town and met Ringo and I to walk with us. Added bonus when a friend is the sort that even when you rarely see them in person, when you do, it’s comfortable, without effort, and enjoyable. We did get a cute selfie but I keep forgetting to ask her to send it to me. (Update: she sent me the picture, so I’m adding it here). It’s important to take pictures with your friends — trust me, if you ever lose them, you’ll be so happy you did.

2. Fruits and vegetables. Strawberries, raspberries, peaches, grapes, watermelon, cucumber, spinach, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, corn on the cob. etc.

3. Massage. I got a professional one yesterday from Dana, my masseuse for the past TEN years, and I get (and give) an amateur one every night from Eric while we watch TV. I absolutely hold a lot of tension in my body so it is essential.

4. Rain. We had some wild storms here this past week, and even though that extreme weather can cause a lot of damage, in a state that’s almost constantly in a drought and getting hotter by the year, the moisture is appreciated.

5. My tiny family, tiny house, tiny life. So much love.

Bonus joy: good TV, excellent books, listening to podcasts, seeing friends, texting with Chloe’ and Mom and Chris, a warm shower, the pool, ten minutes in the hydromassage chair, fifteen minutes in the sauna, another peach pie in the works, being able to “take the rest of the day off” when I’m tired, clean sheets, things I’ve been dreading being easier and quicker than expected, other people’s dogs, cinnamon swirl bread (which will never not remind me of my grandma), pay day, grocery shopping, leftovers, good neighbors (including the ones who have moved away), turning the radio loud when a good song comes on and driving with the windows rolled down, yellow, wildflowers.