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Something Good

1. Learning To Love Being Wrong, “And why being right is boring” from Andrea Gibson. “When we lose our vice grip on being right, we are more open to having our minds and hearts changed. Open minds and hearts lead to a more peaceful, compassionate world.”

2. Reine #28: Love Is A Community Experience. “Ren Strapp is a butch lesbian illustrator and designer, who makes comics about her life.”

3. The seven types of rest: I spent a week trying them all. Could they help end my exhaustion? “When we feel fatigued most of us focus on sleep problems. But proper relaxation takes many forms. I spent a week exploring what really works.”

4. Why It’s Worth Rewilding on a Domestic Scale. “It doesn’t take much to add some wildness to your garden at home.”

5. How to Let Go of a Book You’ve Been Writing for Twenty Years. “Aaron Gilbreath on Growing Up with His New Book.”

6. For wellness community, social media often a conduit for misinformation. “NPR’s David Folkenflik talks with Derek Beres, co-host of the podcast Conspirituality, about vaccine misinformation in the health and wellness community.”

7. Musician Joanne Shenandoah, a powerful voice for Native culture, dies at 64.

8. Wisdom from Dza Kilung Rinpoche: “Sometimes it may seem that meditation means trying to do something different—to be something different. But it’s not that way really. What we’re really trying to do is to be what we already are. We discover the true nature of mind, instead of trying to be something else. But often we look at our thoughts and emotions, and we struggle with these, thinking that our mind’s nature is somewhere in there. But according to the Buddhist teachings, the true nature of mind is beyond disturbances; it is vast, spacious, and pure. And when we are connected to our true nature, to openness, there is a great potential for us to recognize that ‘This feels very familiar, this state of undisturbed mind.’ Intuitively we know we are home.”

9. 100 Notable Books of 2021 on The New York Times. In related news, NPR Books We Love: Best Books 2021 and What to Read When: A Holiday Book-Gifting Guide., and Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2021, organized by genre.

10. Wisdom from Marcus Garvey: “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

11. Not My America: Patriotism, Thanksgiving, and White Erasure. In related news, Day of Mourning, 2021 Resources (Google doc), and Groups and Indigenous Organizers to Support (Twitter thread), and Thanksgiving offers a way forward, and Complicated thanks, and Thanksgiving Promotes Whitewashed History, So I Organized Truthsgiving Instead, and Unpacking Origins of Thanksgiving Leads to Hard Truths.

12. The Standing Rock resistance and our fight for Indigenous rights, (TED Talk). “Still invisible and often an afterthought, Indigenous peoples are uniting to protect the world’s water, lands and history — while trying to heal from genocide and ongoing inequality. Tribal attorney and Couchiching First Nation citizen Tara Houska chronicles the history of attempts by government and industry to eradicate the legitimacy of Indigenous peoples’ land and culture, including the months-long standoff at Standing Rock which rallied thousands around the world. ‘It’s incredible what you can do when you stand together,’ Houska says. ‘Stand with us — empathize, learn, grow, change the conversation.'”

13. The modern family. “Amid distance and estrangement and strain, some are happily replacing the clans they’re born into with chosen families.”

14. Depression can make tasks as easy as showering feel impossible — here’s how I dealt.

15. Adele Breaks Down In Tears After Reuniting With Favorite Teacher During Concert Surprise.

16. Nicholas Ashe on Queen Sugar, Queer Art, and Coming Out in an Instagram Post.

17. CSU professor and ‘father of veterinary medical ethics’ Bernie Rollin dead at 78. Not gonna lie, I sort of thought he was going to live forever.

18. It’s now possible to visit the Smithsonian’s African American history museum virtually.

19. This webcomic made it okay to be sad online. Then its artist vanished. “The author of ‘Pictures for Sad Children’ went AWOL after a 2014 Kickstarter drama. In an exclusive interview, she explains why she had to unplug from the internet.”

20. 25 Weird Websites That’ll Make You Laugh And Confused.

21. Gary Shteyngart: Three Simple Tricks for Writing Your Novel FAST!!! **Spoiler Alert!!!**: “Walk! Nap! Write!”

22. Push Off from Here: Quitting Social Media (Again).

Something Good

1. Things That Don’t Suck from Andrea Gibson, “It’s common to look around and take inventory of what sucks. This is one poet’s quest to uncover what doesn’t, and what shifts when we shift our attention.” I was going to share two of their recent posts, but when I saw the list of all of them I thought reminding you that this exists, in its totality, was the better share.

2. Good stuff from Anne Helen Petersen: An Academic-Turned-Critic Explains Her Path and How Our System Revenges Rest. I am continually amazed at how prolific this author is, crafting and publishing multiple pieces a week that are deep, thorough, and thoughtful, and so well written. HOW does she do that?!

3. Good things on Rita’s Notebook: Winter’s Coming and Ka-Boom. So much of what Rita is contemplating and sharing is so relatable, big thoughts shared quietly allowing the reader room to consider their own reaction.

4. Good stuff from Seth Godin: Snowflakes and fingerprints and Aimless clicking. He is able to say so much with so few words.

5. Detox Your Mind: 5 Practices to Purify the 3 Poisons on Lion’s Roar. “Five Buddhist teachers share practices to clear away the poisons that cause suffering and obscure your natural enlightenment.”

6. Somebody finally fixed the ending of The Giving Tree. This book always felt wrong to me, even before I understood why.

7. A collection of “Metropolitan Diary” columns from The New York Times. Sweet and simple stories.

8. Blanked verse: the power of erasure poetry. “Poets have been constructing new work by selectively redacting others’ texts for decades, but Instagram and our political moment have spotlit this startling technique.”

9. Intermissions from Austin Kleon. “A zine about the fun of watching half a movie now, half a movie later.”

10. 100 Notable Books of 2021, “The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.”

11. Something like justice: City Of Aurora Agrees To Pay $15 Million To Elijah McClain’s Family and Rep. Gosar is censured over an anime video depicts him killing AOC.

12. How a Viral TikTok Got Rosie a Record Deal and Her Dream Career. She is really really good.

13. All The World’s a Stage on The Moth. “Ready the spotlight and raise the curtains! In this hour, performers, sour notes, tough critics, and a unique take on Mary Poppins.” I was particularly interested in Liz Phair’s story. I wore out my copy of “Exile in Guyville,” back when I had exercise bulimia and would spend two hours on the treadmill/elliptical up in the loft of the old Gold’s Gym in downtown Salem.

14. “Same Love” Singer Mary Lambert Got Engaged in the Gayest Way Possible.

15. Her 1840s rainbow farmhouse renovation. (video) “Kat (or ‘Katwise’ as she’s known on Etsy) fell in love with a dilapidated 180 year old farmhouse and spent years renovating it into a rainbow, psychedelic wonderland. In this video, she takes us on a full tour, showcasing secret rooms, wild decorations, crazy collections, and, of course, her homemade sweaters which paid for the entire project.” This whole video series, Tiny House Giant Journey, is worth spending some time watching.

16. Secret Life of a Children’s Party Princess. “I thought a summer job at the Princess Academy would be a carefree escape. But I learned some hard lessons about real life while playing make-believe.”

17. Resources to help understand or teach the true history of Thanksgiving: Unlearning the History of Thankstaking (Google Doc) and A Story of Survival: The Wampanoag and the English (PDF).

18. Why I Had to Leave Home to Write About It. “Tyler Barton on the Path to Developing a Story.”

19. These Influencers Found the Zillow Houses We Love to Hate on The New York Times. “Online listing sites offer a window into what is possible, but the social media accounts that lampoon them give us the chance to ogle what never should have been.”

20. On ’30,’ Adele walks among us.

21. Whose Story Is It To Tell? The Ethics of Writing About Real People by Ijeoma Oluo.

22. 11 Black Comic Artists You Should Know. This is an older article (from 2016) but I didn’t know any of these artists so thought you might not either.

23. Sketchbook-Based Ballpoint Pen Drawings by Nicolas V. Sanchez.

24. This artist tackles racist graffiti in the most perfect way… with food! (video)

25. This artist’s drawings made complete with watercolor paint. (video)

26. 14-year-old golden retriever sneaks out of his house every day to visit his next-door neighbors. (video)

27. 30 Days, 30 Portraits. (video)

28. School Teacher Shares Funny And Wholesome Quotes From Kids.