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We don’t have pumpkins in our garden this year, and I miss them.

1. Tears for Fears – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” on hammered dulcimer by Ted Yoder.

2. 37 Times Moms Totally Owned Parenting Humor On Twitter.

3. “My three-and-a-half-year-old son likes to play trucks. He likes to do jigsaw puzzles. He likes to eat plums. And he likes to wear sparkly tutus.” Everything about this.

4. 10 MUTTS Comic Strips That Remind Us Why We Love Dogs.

5. He’s known simply as Mr. Happy, and he’s been delighting morning commuters for 30 years.

6. Leslie Jones faces constant abuse – because that’s how racism works. In related news, Celebrities Rally Around Leslie Jones After Vicious Internet Hack.

7. I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away.

8. N. K. Jemisin on Diversity in Science Fiction and Inspiration From Dreams.

9. This Company Lets Kids Design Their Own Clothes. In related news, Custom Stuffed Animals from Kids’ Drawings & Art.

10. Grace VanderWaal blows the judges (and us!) away with another original song on “America’s Got Talent.” I shared this on Facebook this caption: “Dear Fame, please, please, please don’t ruin her. She’s a beautiful thing.”

11. One of my favorite writers started a blog.

12. Color film was designed for white people. Here’s what it did to dark skin.

13. This 9-year-old distributes handmade toiletry bags for homeless women in L.A with her charity Khloe Kares. #BlackGirlMagic In related news, Compassion you can hold on to: Khloe makes bags for homeless women in her neighborhood and fills them with supplies.

14. This is so disgusting: Pharma CEO gave herself an $18 million raise after hiking EpiPen prices and Big Pharma’s dirty secret: EpiPen was developed entirely with taxpayer money.

15. ZenPen E-Course. This latest installment is going to be so great, because “To celebrate the release of my book and card deck Body Cards: Insight from the Body, Wisdom for the Soul, I will be offering ZenPen for FREE this autumn! I’ve also recently re-vamped ZenPen to include wisdom from Body Cards, so you’ll be able to get to know many of the cards in this month-long experience.”

16. David Becker charged with sexually assaulting 2 women, only gets 2 years’ probation. The tagline for this link came up as “this is a problematic trend.” Ya think?!

17. A professional opinion: You don’t need a psychiatrist to know there’s something wrong with Donald Trump.

Trump should never be president, but not because he may or may not have a mental disorder. He shouldn’t be president because he disparages women, denigrates Mexicans and Muslims and mocks the disabled. He shouldn’t be president because he demonizes the media and impugns those who challenge him. He shouldn’t be president because he insinuates that his rivals might be assassinated and advocates the commission of war crimes. He shouldn’t be president because he rejects science and demonstrates a remarkable lack of knowledge or interest when it comes to foreign and domestic policy.

18. What the media gets wrong about Donald Trump’s voters. *Spoiler alert: Trump supporters shared fundamental confusion? Fear of other.

19. The Only Way To Respond When Someone Says They Support Trump. “What black people need is dismantling of white supremacy in all of its forms.” I’d go further and say this is what America needs. In related news, What we can all do to be better Americans.

20. Police pull their guns on a 5th grader. This makes me so angry I want to throw up. This poor kid! I keep thinking about where I was, what I had to worry about in the fifth grade. This can’t keep happening. We have to do better. I want to do better.

21. The Art of Humility from Jena Schwartz.

22. Writing Is Work, And It’s Art, Except When It’s Not. In related news, and also from Chuck Wendig, Longevity, Patience, And Shittin’ Pants.

23. Knowing What’s Best vs Doing What’s Best. “Make the appointment. Ask the question. Do the things you would do for the people you love, you are every bit as deserving of care as they are. You might be surprised by just how much your family wants to and is able to do for you.”

24. where should we start? a beautifully written piece about depression and addiction.

25. What Makes a Good Life: Revelatory Learnings from Harvard’s 75-Year Study of Human Happiness. *Spoiler alert: “The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.”

26. These cartoons hilariously describe the double standards women face at work every day.

27. Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: questions to ask before giving up. I’ve shared this, probably more than once, but it’s worth another reminder.

28. Six Ted Talks for dog lovers.

29. SNL – Breaking Character Compilation, part one and part two.

30. Why Katy Perry Made Me Cry from Jamie Greenwood. “We are burdened by pieces of ourselves that make no sense.”

31. Are you hanging by a thread? from Danielle LaPorte.

32. What Are the Three Kinds of Suffering? from Lion’s Roar.

33. If You Don’t Get The Problem With Cultural Appropriation, Listen To This.

34. Recipes I want to try: zucchini rice and cheese gratin and Sliced Tomato Gratin and Baked Coconut Chicken Strips and Four Three-Ingredient Appetizers.

35. 7 Yoga Poses To Help You Sleep Better.

36. Why Starting Therapy Is So Freaking Hard.

37. Community Cleans Up ‘KKK’ Graffiti On Family’s Home Before They Return.

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1. Prisma all the things! Seriously, it’s hard not to get obsessed with this app.

2. He was supposed to be a doctor, but decided to improve communities through dance instead. “If you are gifted in something, it’s probably a hint that you have a contribution to make to society that you’re uniquely positioned to make.”

3. Sisters Episode 1: Strawberries {The Kloons}. Two 30 year old guys lip syncing a conversation between two 60 year old women. So funny.

4. Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered. This is so creepy!

5. Blue Q Socks. Love these!

6. Internet helps girl with autism replace beloved shirt—150 times. “People are inherently good and kind, and I’m glad I’ve been able to be a recipient of that kindness.” In related news, “This lad’s grandparents couldn’t afford a new car when theirs broke, so he bought them a new one and surprised them with it.”

7. Wisdom from Susan Piver,


8. Two rival gang members came together to create an underground cooking movement.

9. Recipes I want to try: Sausage Pretzel Party Ring and Cheesy Chicken Balls.

10. Donald Trump is calling for “extreme vetting” of immigrants. Can his own supporters pass the test? These people TERRIFY me.

11. A Flowchart For People Who Get Defensive When Talking About Racism.

12. After 40+ years of teaching — what these students did for their retiring teacher will definitely make you cry.

13. Get fit using a chair. Or a bed.

14. Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors.

15. the HAES® files: I Heart HAES-Informed Movement Specialists: One Woman’s Journey Home to Her Body by Mikalina Kirkpatrick, one of my favorite writers.

16. Icelandic turf houses are old-school green with a Viking twist.

17. 14 confessions from people who were fat-shamed at the doctor’s office. “#FatSideStories is exposing a scary truth about going to the doctor while fat.”

18. KING: A tale of two face-eating men in Florida — one white, one black.

19. On Social Media, As In Life, White People Are Way Less Likely To Talk About Race.

20. Why Am I So Fat? “A man wrote to me to ask why I gained weight. Here’s my response.”

21. The lonely island: abandoned houses of the Hebrides – in pictures.

22. The Art of Staying Positive from Jena Schwartz, which I might say is more about “the art of not giving up.”

23. The Only Remedy for FOMO (fear of missing out) from Be More With Less.

24. Procrastination can be a form of intuition from Danielle LaPorte.

25. Enjoli. “I’m newly sober and dog-paddling through the booze all around me.”

26. To Cut Food Waste, Spain’s Solidarity Fridge Supplies Endless Leftovers. A cafe in my community is doing something similar with The FoCo Freedge.

27. Gold’s Gym Posts Stunningly Misogynistic Ad; Activists Shut It Down.

28. Looking into Laziness by Pema Chödrön.

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Gentle breeze, image by Benny Jackson at Unsplash.

Gentle breeze, image by Benny Jackson at Unsplash.

1. Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure. Who cares about work or productivity, this is an important distinction for your life.

2. These Eerie Photos Show The Ghosts Of Olympics Past. “When the medals have all been won and the people leave, aging Olympics villages become otherworldly.”

3. Pioneers of Television: Robin Williams Remembered. You can watch the full episode online for free.

4. Kohl’s and Mudd – stop stealing the work of independent artists. Sign the petition. In related news, Copyright infringement by KOHL’S.

5. High rents force some in Silicon Valley to live in vehicles.

6. Aug. 8, 1971: Enchanted Forest Opens. I spent many hours here as a kid, and took my nieces and nephews there, still have such fond memories of it.

7. Martial Arts School Teaches Kids It’s OK to Cry. Good stuff.

8. Recipes I want to try: Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla Pie, and zucchini parmesan crisps (cause we’ve got zucchini coming out of our ears, our garden is crazy with it), and Blooming Potato Bake, and all of these Simple Salad Recipes.

9. Flight attendant adopts stray dog after he waited outside her hotel room every night for four months. I’m such a sucker for these stories where the dog chooses their own human. Here’s a short video about the same, and one more.

10. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön, “There is a teaching that says that behind all hardening and tightening and rigidity of the heart, there’s always fear. But if you touch fear, behind fear there is a soft spot. And if you touch that soft spot, you find the vast blue sky. You find that which is ineffable, ungraspable, and unbiased, that which can support and awaken us at any time.”

11. Seasons from Austin Kleon, about how creativity has seasons.

12. The alchemy of grief from Andrea Scher. I can’t stop thinking about what she shares here that Francis Weller says, that we have “undigested sorrows.”

13. Mythical Beasts: Photographer Captures The Majestic Beauty Of Maine Coons. Beautiful.

14. Amy Winehouse: 10 Great Unreleased Songs. When I was in Oregon this summer, my 17 year old niece was listening to “Back to Black” and it made me stupid happy. But also so sad — she was so amazing and she’s gone.

15. eShakti, possibly my new favorite online store. Because this: custom sizing!

16. Giving beds to homeless dogs. The first one reminds me so much of my Sam when he was little. In related news, this puppy stalking a toy lion is ridiculously cute.

17. Love story keeps Rainbow Restaurant running. And, they have the best falafel.

18. Nurture Your Whole Self, “a 4-week program designed to awaken your truest expression of well-being.” This looks really good. Register by August 22nd and receive an extra 30 minutes of coaching FREE!

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1. Introducing the 2032 Olympic Team, a cute video, except that there is only one girl. In light of that, I suggest these two in addition: 6-Year-Old Plays Basketball Like A Girl and Baby climbing indoors.

2. The heartwarming moment a man breaks down as his mother he’s not seen in a decade travels half way across the world to surprise him.

3. Boycotting Driscoll’s Berries. I’m in. I don’t need berries this bad, ever.

4. Ultramarathon runner Dion Leonard adopted stray dog Gobi after she followed him across China. I love this story so much.

5. Recipes I want to try: the browniest cookies and Easy Beef And Garlic Noodles and PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Guacamole Deviled Eggs.

6. Support Danielle Ate the Sandwich’s TERRIBLE New Album!

7. The Fitness Marshall on YouTube. So FUN!

8. Norway Prisons vs. U.S. Prisons.

9. 20+ Hilarious First-Date Disasters That Will Make You Laugh.

10. What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life? Yeah, what if?

11. Naomi Shihab Nye — Your Life Is a Poem, an OnBeing interview which reminded me of some of my favorite lines of poetry: “Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.”

12. Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience.

13. Beat Stress With Our 30-Day Meditation Challenge from Refinery29, but even better your practice is guided by the amazing Adreanna Limbach.

14. the struggle IS real: the ten tell-tale signs of burnout (and your new to-do list) from Sas Petherick.

15. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: How to Establish a Daily Practice Of Almost Anything, in Six Steps and What is the Eightfold Path?

16. Taking the long way home on Rita’s Notebook.

17. Here’s What Happens To Your Body When You Hike The Appalachian Trail. “Inspirational backpacking memoirs often paint a vivid picture of the ‘transformative’ effects of a long-distance hike. But here’s what those kinds of books too often leave out: Unless you’re diligent about creating a new life for yourself, when you get home, you transform back.”

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In my garden

In my garden

1. This urban farmer is casually feeding New Orleans for free.

2. Meet Josh Coombes, hairdresser for the homeless.

3. Joey Dosik — Game Winner (Rec Center Version). “This cute little girl accidently crashed my music video and became the star!!” This is the best thing ever, how she can’t get close enough to him.

4. Life in a nutshell, a funny compilation of life fails. We can face the bad stuff if we don’t lose our sense of humor.

5. Michelle Obama’s DNC speech. We’ve been so lucky the past eight years.

6. Some fun, free stuff to do in August: August Break and Awake August. I’m doing them both, combined, using the August Break prompt as a spark for my Awake August post, (publishing them on Instagram). Here’s my day one Awake August post: “Morning light. Each morning, usually before the sun rises, I meditate — relaxing with myself, as I am — cultivating an internal light unchanged by the rise and fall of the day,” with my August Break picture, (the prompt was “morning light”).

7. Please help me get my Service Dog! This is a really good cause, if you have a few extra bucks and would like to make someone’s life better.

8. Wisdom from Seth Godin, Narratives keep the feeling going and Empathy is difficult and Just because you’re right… .

9. Wisdom from Wayne Dyer, “When you live on a round planet, there’s no choosing sides.”

10. Wisdom from Banksy, “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”

11. Crossing the threshold. Calling in the doulas. from Andrea Scher.

12. The Art of Drawing a Treasure Map from Jena Schwartz. I appreciate everything Jena writes, love so much of it, but this… There are no words for how much I adore it.

13. I asked 100 people from 1-100 to describe their body in 1 word. I can’t wait for this movie.

14. Wisdom from Pema Chödrön, “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”

15. Avoid these 7 Deadly Sins while Simplifying Your Life on Be More With Less.

16. Remembering we are ALL the same from Susannah Conway.

17. What to do when someone acts shitty from Jamie Greenwood.

18. This Cat Keeps Putting Its Paws In The Air And Nobody Knows Why.

19. Little Street Pantry Where People Can Leave Products For Those In Need. A twist on a little free library.

20. The elegant art of not giving a shit, which includes this very important distinction: “Knowing how to not give a shit doesn’t mean you never give a shit about anything. It just means that when you give a shit, it’s voluntary. You have a reason.”

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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.