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Something Good

1. 40 Things Everyone But You Is Doing This Summer. As I spend the last few days of my summer vacation on the Oregon Coast, a trip that had its share of drama and yuck, I find this post especially hilarious.

2. Study Finds Drop In Prescription Drugs In Medical Marijuana States.

3. #FromDoubtToDone – A FREE 30-day challenge with Life is Limitless.

4. The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week.

5. Recipes I want to try: Pad Thai Salad and Sticky Orange Peanut Chicken.

6. Just a panda enjoying his popsicle.

7. Twitter Bars Milo Yiannopoulos in Wake of Leslie Jones’s Reports of Abuse.

8. FACT CHECK: Donald Trump’s Republican Convention Speech, Annotated.

9. Roll Call: Are You Here? from Jena Schwartz. “Writing rambling blog posts like this one is one of my ways of saying, “I’m here.” This is a way of showing up and getting my ego out of the way, the ego and its wish to write something beautiful or smart, to add something, anything, new to the conversation.”

10. Managing the gap, from Seth Godin.

11. How Do I Put My Mind to Rest? by Karen Maezen Miller. “It can be painful to admit that we create most of our own suffering, but even more painful to deny it.”

12. The 4 Noble Truths of Emotional Suffering by Anyen Rinpoche.

13. The Bliss Station from Austin Kleon.

14. The August Break, 2016 with Susannah Conway. This is one of my favorite yearly challenges.

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1. How to compare ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ to actual hate groups, a video from Seriously.tv. In related news, What writers of color say we all should read now, and the Free Hugs guy at it again, and Black Twitter Countered Tragedy With These 6 Uplifting Hashtags, and A History of White Delusion, and Campaign Zero, and 13 Tweets Explain The Deadly Impact White Privilege Has On Black People, and Black Lives Matter Just Delivered Their 10 Point Manifesto, and This Is What They Want, and Black Lives Matter: A Reading List, and White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism.

2. GOP Platform Proposes To Get Rid Of National Parks And National Forests. “This land grab idea is just as ludicrous as denying climate change, just as detached from reality, and similarly comes at the expense of our public health and protection of our public lands and resources.” Blergh…

3. An Australian photographer created a breathtaking photo series that shows gender diverse and transgender children exactly how they want to be seen. I related news, this moving ad on transgender bathroom rights will air for Fox News viewers during the final night of the Republican National Convention.

4. Recipe I want to try: Sliders Four Ways.

5. A devastated French fan seen crying after his team’s ‪#‎Euro2016‬ defeat to Portugal has been consoled by a young Portuguese fan. I love this little dude so much.

6. The Responsibility Glitch. *sigh*

7. Read These 23 Books And Authors When The Injustice Is Overwhelming. #readingoals

8. Awake to the Pain. “Body terrorism, the targeting, blame and mistreatment of people based on bias, ignorance, hate and power differentials, requires our attention, voices and actions.”

9. For The Record, a post from Jennifer Aniston. “The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.”

10. Santosha from The Cognitive Canine, the dog trainer who has talked me down from a ledge so many times, a good reminder about a practice that can benefit more than just our relationship with our dogs. #reframe

11. 12+ Kids Who’ll Restore Your Faith In Humanity. I don’t know about that, but some of them sure are cute.

12. Model Photographs and Shames Naked Woman at Her Gym and Things That Are Not Always Compliments For Fat People from Dances with Fat.

13. Buy One, Get One Free, wisdom from Rachel Cole. “I want to make something very explicit: food restriction (by any name, real or perceived) almost always leads to overconsumption (by any name, real or perceived). Buy one, get one free—like it or not.”

14. Wisdom from Tulku Thondup, “Generally, we go through life with little awareness of what we are doing, let alone the peaceful and joyful nature of our lives. We mostly think about the past and dream about the future while missing what is happening right now, in this moment. If we are not aware, we are not fully living. We are like sleepwalkers or zombies. To be alive and healthy, we need to wake up.”

15. Mary Lambert’s new video, Hang Out With You. Love it.

16. 3 Keys to Building a Successful Writing Career. I’d rename this to “3 Keys to Building a Successful Writing Practice” or “3 Keys to Building a Successful Writing Life,” because why do we always have to make the good things into our career? It can matter a lot without becoming our job, doesn’t have to be limited to our work.

17. You will be called on to expand. And this is why we practice. This is an older post from Danielle LaPorte that I’ve shared before, but it seems worth revisiting.

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Waldport beach at sunrise.

This was a tough week. Before sharing this week’s list, it seems like a good time to revisit its intention. Saying this is a list of “good” things doesn’t mean it’s all happiness, puppies, and sunshine. Rather, this list is things I think you need to see, stuff I want to share, items that either show the good that already exists in the world or can help us contribute to generating more good.

1. If you are white, educate yourself: Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston, and thinking thursday : racism edition, and On White Privilege and Taking Sides, and 4 Reasons Why the US Police Force Is an Extension of Slavery and White Supremacy (That You Were Probably Never Taught), and This advice on how to deal with “racist mouthy twats” has gone viral because it’s good advice, and Speak up. Say something., and 28 Common Racist Attitudes and Behaviors, and Hard Conversations: An Introduction to Racism, and Confessions Of A (Former) White Savior, and 70+ Race Resources for White People, and The next time someone says ‘all lives matter,’ show them these 5 paragraphs, and Please Stop Telling Me That All Lives Matter, and Advice for White Folks in the Wake of the Police Murder of a Black Person.

2. In related news: People Killed by Police in the U.S. (a database), and Protester makes important point about Alton Sterling (“society failed Alton Sterling long before he was killed”), and Obama On Shootings Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile: We’ve Got A ‘Serious Problem’, and Police officers explain how they’re encouraged to act in racist ways, and I’m a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing, and Dallas Shooting Eyewitness Says Exactly What We Need To Hear After This Week, and Following Horrific Violence, Something More is Required of Us, and I fit the description…, and It’s time to understand the experiences of those hurting in the black community, and I Just Saw this Picture and I’m So Disturbed. Because it’s Me., Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent at The Atlantic, gives us his take on race, violence and police reform in America, and The Bravest Little Girl in the World, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder: We Can Grieve For Dallas And Still Demand Accountability, and One Tweet Exposes the Racist Hypocrisy of Gun Control Debates in the United States.

3. The List of Books Men Must Read Before Messaging Me About Feminism, a great reading list for anyone.

4. Recommitting from Karen Walrond, who says “angry is no way to live. Because if we live angry, the bad guys win. So, here’s to recommitting to leading with love.”

5. 20 Diversion Tactics Highly Manipulative Narcissists, Sociopaths And Psychopaths Use To Silence You.

6. #‎CarefreeBlackKids2k16‬ is anxiety relief after this week’s police killing news.

7. Couple Lets Their Dog Pick Out a Kitten at the Shelter and Now They’re Besties.

8. How one man repopulated a rare butterfly species in his backyard.

9. Recipes I want to try: Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake, and Broccoli Rolls, and Asian Noodle Salad.

10. Ways to help: #AltonSterlingFamily Scholarship, and Lisa and Sydney’s Fire Recovery, and Please help me get my Service Dog!

11. You’re going to feel guilty from Danielle LaPorte. “The guilt of following your heart is a weight you can bear if your dream is strong enough.”

12. When your project just doesn’t “take off,” a good reminder from Alexandra Franzen.

13. 15+ Hilarious Pinterest Baby Photoshoot Fails.

14. What It’s Like to Have ‘High-Functioning’ Anxiety.

15. 16 Ways I Blew My Marriage.

16. Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules For Writers.

17. Every night before the show, Stephen takes a few questions from the audience. Here’s a special one. “Q&A: How did you know she was the one?”

18. Wisdom from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “In the final analysis, the question of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened.”

19. Alicia Keys made this short film to illustrate what life might be like if Americans had to face the struggles of refugees.

20. Japanese Magicians ARE TOO DAMN FUNNY!

21. Surreal Photos Of Fireflies From Japan’s 2016 Summer.

22. Nude Portrait Of A Couple In Their 70s Goes Viral.

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1. These people listen to strangers’ deepest, darkest secrets for free. I am in serious talks with a friend to have a booth at the next local yoga festival to do this.

2. Ask Well: Is Watermelon Good for You? *Spoiler Alert* … yes.

3. Tig Notaro, the luckiest unlucky person.

4. Recipes I’d like to try: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cupcakes and Four Ways To Make Spaghetti Squash.

5. Leslie Jones Said Designers Won’t Dress Her, So Christian Siria.no Did The Best Thing Ever.

6. Things and Thoughts. Beautiful, simple, heartbreaking in the context of his larger story.

7. G. Star Swain sings “The National Anthem” live at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. If you haven’t seen this yet, I’m not sure how. I cried.

8. Take The Cake: ‘This American Life’ Is Really Bad At Talking About Fat. Disclaimer: I haven’t had a chance to listen to the episode yet.

9. Should I Leash My Dog? [Flowchart]. Notice how often the answer is “yes.”

10. Mislabeled As A Memoirist, Author Asks: Whose Work Gets To Be Journalism?

11. Dear advertisers: It’s time to stop supporting BuzzFeed Video.

12. Just don’t lose the magic from Austin Kleon, one of my favorite writers on creativity.

13. But Was it Life Changing? A great post from Laurie Wagner.

14. Training to Be a Good Writer from Zen Habits.

15. About oracles, cookies, cigarettes, and the only piece of wisdom you will ever need.

16. Struggles with body image and self-esteem are common for girls her age, and she wants the world to hear their message. *sigh*

17. Three little dots.

18. Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87.

19. A Thread So Strong from Jena Schwartz, because this:

And while the connections themselves may also be impermanent, there is a thread so strong I swear you can probably see it from space that binds us to each other.

If you’re ever shaky, reach for it and give it a tug. I’ll do everything I can to tug back.

20. How Can I Love You Better? by Omid Safi. “A simple and powerful question that has the power to transform our relationships.”

21. Dealing with Stuff (literally): sorting through a loved ones belongings. Seems like some good advice.

22. Actual Factual Reasons NOT to vote for Donald Trump from ArchDuke.

23. Koko — The Gorilla Who Talks. “Today marks Koko’s 45th birthday. Meet her on KOKO — THE GORILLA WHO TALKS August 3 @ 8/7c on PBS (via BBC Earth).”

24. The best of Gilda, a bittersweet, hilarious video of Gilda Radner clips. Which made me look up this quote from her again, one of my favorites, “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.”

25. Woman Texts Her Husband Everything He Says In His Sleep, Hilarity Ensues.

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1. 15+ People Who Deeply Regret Shopping Online. So hilarious.

2. The Funny Parents Of Twitter On $#*! Kids Say. More hilariousness.

3. Good stuff from Dances with Fat: If You’re Concerned For Your Fat Loved One’s Health and Her Big Fat-Shamed Wedding.

4. How You Know You’re Done Dieting from Rachel Cole.

5. If You’re Scared Of Islam, Meet A Muslim, a great video from Refinery29.

6. Her friend was struck down by gun violence. Here’s how she made peace with his loss. A striking video, especially in light of resent events — that’s EVENTS plural, people.

7. Recipe I want to try: Roasted Veggie Salad With Avocado Dressing.

8. Minimalism on the Rise in Japan. “This man has 3 shirts, 4 pants and 4 pairs of socks. That’s all.”

9. He found a way to build mini homes at no cost, and he’s donating them all to the homeless.

10. Story Slices an online writing class with Laurie Wagner starts soon, only lasts for four weeks. “We’ll chronicle the odd and small moments of our lives with our phone cameras and then create small pieces of writing – a paragraph at most – to accompany them.”

11. The Unquestioned Pursuit of Weight Loss Had Us Eating Wrong for Years. “Our quest for thinness is actually making us far less healthy — even killing us — and not for the reasons you’d think.”

12. just call me bridget jones, without the massive knickers and hunky boss on wonderings & wanderings.

I guess what I’m saying is this, one journal doesn’t tell the whole story. If you feel like you’re in a rut, that you keep banging your head against the same old, tired wall, that you’re a failure, that you’ll never get to where you want to be, that you’re not growing… chances are you’ve actually come a long ways, kiddo. Give yourself some credit. But if you are stuck, start a journal today. Start with these words: I’m stuck. And write where you’re stuck. Then start getting unstuck. And keep writing for a year. If you’re still stuck, try again, try differently.

13. Pose harder. “Competitive yoga is catching on in America. But is it still yoga if you’re scoring points?”

14. The Hardest Part of My Eating Disorder Recovery Is the Part Nobody Talks About. #same

15. Renegade Writers’ Group: Where Excuses Die & Manuscripts Rise, a workshop with Janelle Hanchett.

16. Fully Appreciating Culture Without Appropriation: A Guide in 15 Steps.

17. JCPenney’s New Brand Campaign for Plus-Size Clothing Is SO Magical. Now let’s see if they can manage to make some good clothes.

18. Under Our Skin: What do we mean when we talk about race?. “Under Our Skin grew out of conversations about how we at The Seattle Times cover race at a time when national and local events — the furor over police shootings, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, protests on college campuses and charged campaign rhetoric — dominate headlines.”

19. Democrats End Sit-In After 25 Hours, Drawing Attention to Gun Control.

20. Felted Fido, on Facebook and Etsy. I want…

21. Why the “health” argument for dieting is kind of a moot point from Isabel Foxen Duke.

22. 19 Snarky Tweets That Prove #NoWomanEver Enjoys Being Harassed.

23. These Little Girls Totally Dominate In Awesome Dance Video. So much cute, and so fierce!

24. This too shall pass on A Design So Vast.

26. Jesse Williams: Read the actor’s BET acceptance speech in full. “The Grey’s Anatomy actor received a standing ovation for his empowering speech on racism in America.”

27. Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Restrictions In Texas.

28. James Veitch: This is what happens when you reply to spam email, a funny TED talk.

29. Buenos Aires to close 140-year-old zoo, move 2,500 animals to nature reserves.

30. Here’s Why Refusing to ‘See Color’ Doesn’t Actually Mean You’re Not Racist.

31. Syrian Refugees List Their Campsite on Airbnb. “In an effort to draw attention to their plight, refugees offer a stay in the ‘most unique neighborhood in Greece.'”

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Driftwood Beach

1. Why the Self-Help Industry isn’t Changing the World from Andrea Ranae. “To the coaches, healers, guides, mentors and overall do-gooders of the world who don’t want to bring ‘politics’ into your work, consider this: Your work could bring massive sustainable change to many lives, families, and communities, but it won’t if you don’t critically look at the social context that you’re working within.”

2. Because “love” is a verb on Rita’s Notebook. I didn’t write anything directly about what happened in Orlando because we were on the road heading to Oregon, so I’m glad Rita wrote something I could share. I’m also glad Aaryn wrote something, Numb, Cold & Stupefied. And I’m grateful that Jena wrote Dancing Boys + Red Poppies and We Were Strangers Once. In related news, The 49 Orlando Victims and Their Stories and The Unbearable Heartbreak of Club Music and Fuck Your Prayers for Orlando and Recipe For A Shooting and Sometimes It’s The Little Things and finally, thankfully, this: How To Help Orlando Shooting Victims And Their Families.

3. Life in a Magical Gypsy Vardo Style Caravan. The prettiest little tiny house.

4. California will now require high schools to teach consent as part of sex ed.

5. CDC confirms lemon eucalyptus oil as effective as DEET. This post is five years old, but it’s the season so I wanted to make sure you hadn’t missed it. This is what we use, and bonus: it smells really good.

6. Recipes I want to try: Kimchi Grilled Cheese and rustic rhubarb tarts. A recipe I don’t want to try: Typhi Superfood Smoothie Bowl.

7. Rima Baransi dancing in Trieste, Italy. “This is Palestinian dancer Rima Baransi with her family in Trieste, Italy. Her father Assad Baransi recorded this video while encouraging her to dance to the music. They were visiting the town as tourists.”

8. EveryBODY Yoga. Jessamyn Stanley, a yoga instructor “striving to keep yoga inclusive for ALL body types.”

9. An Open Letter to the Female Hat-Wearing Dog From “Go Dog, Go.”

10. How Privileged Are You? a quiz from BuzzFeed. (I scored a 62).

11. What A Photo Of A Muslim-American Soldier’s Grave Can Tell Us. “How one photograph prompted a Republican statesman to back President Obama.”

12. I Tried Whoopi Goldberg’s Medical Cannabis for Periods, and It’s Awesome.

13. Hilarious Emergencies Dogs Would Have If They Could Dial 911. OMG.

14. 3rd Times A Charm on Allowing Myself. Fingers and toes are crossed over here too, Justine (paws too).

15. Listen to Maggie Rogers’ “Alaska,” the Song that Brought Pharrell to Tears. Added to my Soundcloud playlist.

16. 11 Ways White America Avoids Taking Responsibility for its Racism.

17. The 4 Questions To Find Your Life’s Purpose from Kute Blackson.

18. What Productivity Systems Won’t Solve from ZenHabits. Even if you only read the first few paragraphs of this, it will be totally worth it, helped me see what’s truly stopping me in a different light.

19. Letting Go of What “They” Think from Rachel Cole. “Being able to live our lives and make basic choices like what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat without factoring in what other people will think is essential if we are to feel free and unmasked—if we are to stay connected to the immense wisdom of our bodies.” Word. P.S. Rachel will be opening her next session of Feast for applications soon. It’s not an exaggeration at all to say that the program completely changed my life and I absolutely, wholeheartedly recommend it.

20. The Art of Trusting Yourself from Jena Schwartz.

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Driftwood Beach

Kind and gentle reader: As you read this post, I am somewhere on the road on my way to Oregon, or maybe I’ve already arrived. This is a trip we make every other summer, when my whole tiny family (Eric and both dogs) makes the 1200 mile trip to a house on the Oregon Coast where we stay for anywhere from two weeks to two months. This summer, it’s two months. A good friend is staying at our house in Colorado to tend the garden. As I’ll be on vacation and not online as much as usual, these Monday posts will most likely be shorter. Feel free to share links in the comments of anything I missed.

1. On Being Worthy | Cody Coach Dana Falsetti. Dana Falsetti believed she was limited by her body her entire life. Now, she is doing what she once thought to be impossible. This is a yoga body.

2. This John Mulaney bit nails how rape culture makes the world less safe for women.

3. A Rise in Mediterranean Deaths. This is so sad, but important to be aware of. “Over eight days in May 2016, nearly 1,000 people drowned in the Central Mediterranean. The founder of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), Christopher Catrambone, spoke about the rising death toll in the central Mediterranean, driven by migrant drownings.”

4. Visible mending as an art form. Makes me want to put holes in stuff on purpose.

5. A Gentle Warrior’s Manifesto to End Busyness. I probably shared this already when it was first published, but it’s worth revisiting.

6. Pema Chödrön on how to enjoy life. “In two weeks, Lion’s Roar will publish Pema Chödrön: A Special Collector’s Edition; you can pre-order it now. [I did!] The special publication features some of Pema’s most powerful teachings, a first-of-its-kind biography, and an exclusive interview with Pema, conducted at her home, Gampo Abbey, in Nova Scotia. Read a preview of that conversation, in which Pema talks about what it means — and why it’s important — to enjoy our lives.”

7. If you ever get stuck in worry, READ THIS from Jamie Greenwood.

8. Grace VanderWaal: 12-Year-Old Ukulele Player Gets Golden Buzzer – America’s Got Talent 2016, my new favorite singer-songwriter-uke player, and she’s only 12 years old. I got on YouTube and listened to some of her other stuff, and she’s dreamy.

9. I was never raped but….

10. I feel like my brain is a jerk from Adam J. Kurtz. Mine too.

11. The True Story of the First Black Woman to Ever Run for President. “Meet Shirley Chisholm, the woman who survived assassination attempts and battled racism to become the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972.”

12. Dad And Son Rescued 40 Dogs Left Behind During The Flood. To be honest, I can barely look at the pictures included with this post or think about it for too long. It devastates me to think of these animals being left behind, how scared and lonely, how many there were who probably didn’t get saved. But, I’m sharing this post because it includes a link to help take care of these dogs, and I want to celebrate this dad and son.

13. Michael Franti & Spearhead – Good to Be Alive Today (Acoustic Remix). “This song is to remind all of us of the good in the world, on the days when our souls are rocked by all of the bad news that surrounds us. A reminder to be grateful for all we have, at the same time, to tenaciously stand up for things in life that serve the greater good getting one step closer to a world where everyone can say “it’s good to be alive today.'”


14. People Are In Love With This Groom’s Reaction To Seeing His Bride Walk Down The Aisle. Really sweet.

15. Mandatory Lazy Days. My only problem with this idea is she recommends it only “maybe once a quarter.” I say why not once a week? A real actual full on sabbath day.