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Something Good

1. The Lion’s Roar Podcast: When Sadness Rages Like Fire with Pema Khandro Rinpoche. “Pema Khandro Rinpoche [Nyingma and Kagyu lineage holder] shares the life of the Tibetan yogi Shabkar, whose practice and teachings were inseparable from loss and grief.”

2. Creative tools and writing prompts: from The Isolation Journals with Suleika Jaouad, and Jena Schwartz, and What is Mind Mapping?, and 8 Ways To Create Flow According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (thanks to Rita’s latest post, which includes this zinger worth contemplating: “Can you imagine what education might be, if every teacher had opportunities to learn deeply, plan completely, and adequately rest between classes?”).

3. Colson Whitehead Follows Up Double Pulitzers with a Crackling Crime Caper, an interview with the author on GoodReads about his latest novel, Harlem Shuffle.

4. kerning: a space for words, “a biannual publication of writing from women and gender-diverse people.” The debut issue includes poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction focused on the theme “Taking a Leap.”

5. Good stuff with Laurie Wagner: Chart Your Career Ep 31 Inner Whispers and Wild Writing: A Conversation with Laurie Wagner, and an Interview with poet and writing teacher Nan Seymour.

6. What does a seed look like? a tiny zine from Austin Kleon.

7. 9 Myths About Immune-Boosting Foods That Health Experts Want You to Stop Believing.

8. Things That Don’t Suck, a new project from poet 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.” Also, this video from Andrea, “9/11, waking to the brevity of life, and not waiting for disaster to say ‘I love you.’”

9. How many people have died from the vaccine in the U.S.? In related news, Biden Is Right: Vaccine Refusal ‘Has Cost All of Us’ on The New York Times.

10. ‘Poet Warrior’ Centers On The Role Of Poetry, Art And Music In Joy Harjo’s Life. “Joy Harjo’s Poet Warrior is a wonderful hybrid text that mixes memoir, poetry, songs, and dreams into something unique that opens a window into the most important events of Harjo’s life and invites readers to reconnect with themselves — as well as with the land and the knowledge of their people.”

11. Meditation is like mountaineering: approach it with care.

12. Breaking Down the ‘Wellness-Industrial Complex,’ an Episode at a Time on The New York Times. “The ‘Maintenance Phase’ podcast interrogates the science behind health food trends, fad diets and popular nutritional advice.”

13. Justice Department Sues Texas Over New Abortion Ban.

14. Where There’s Smoke: Sherman Alexie and the Toll of Literary Tokenism.

15. Meet Alexis Nikole Nelson, The Wildly Popular ‘Black Forager.’

16. Ada Limón is the new host of The Slowdown, “A poem and a moment of reflection every weekday.”

17. ‘This Is My Story, Told by Me’: Janet Jackson Debuts First Look at Upcoming Documentary JANET. I graduated high school in 1986, and Janet Jackson’s album Control was the soundtrack to that year and the following summer.

18. Richard Spencer’s very sad Montana life is proof de-platforming Nazis works. “Look, there is room for trying to deradicalize those people on an individual level. But a good first step is to make it clear that neo-Nazism and white supremacy is simply despicable. It is not welcome. There are no two sides here. We must all agree to give it fewer places to live and less room to breathe and stop treating it like it requires understanding. We know what it is. It’s white nationalism.”

19. Actor Michael K. Williams, Who Played Omar on ‘The Wire,’ Has Died At Age 54. This is incredibly sad, a great loss.

20. The Best Method to Freeze Onions. This is such a good idea. I am forever chopping a whole onion, using half, and then forgetting the rest in the fridge until it’s too late to safely use it.

21. Dried Floral Arrangements Sprout from Elaborate Tulle-Based Embroideries.

22. Recipes I’m going to try this week: Khloe Kardashians Chinese Chicken Salad – Health Nut CopyCat, (to be clear, I could care less what any of the Kardashians eat, or say or think or do, but this looks good), and these Vegan BBQ Lentil Burritos.


Something Good

1. How to Work with Anxiety on the Path of Liberation on Lion’s Roar. “Anxiety is actually a necessary part of our path. Psychotherapist Bruce Tift gives an instruction in how to relate to it constructively.”

2. The Tenacity of Trees. A gallery of trees growing in impossible places.

3. Be Like Benji trailer. “Benji the Dog is adventuring into his first animated adventure for all ages.” You have to subscribe to see the full episode, but just the trailer made me so happy.

4. Why this s.tage of the pandemic makes us so anxious.

5. This Conversation Will Change How You Think About Trauma. Ezra Klein’s podcast on The New York Times. “The author of The Body Keeps the Score on how trauma transforms the body and the brain.”

6. Monday, a poem by Alex Dimitrov.

7. Alison Bechdel and Cheryl Strayed in Conversation. “Earlier this summer, Alison Bechdel and Cheryl Strayed got together for Virtual Wordplay, an event presented by St. Catherine University and Star Tribune…During their talk, transcribed and lightly edited below, the two discuss Alison Bechdel’s new graphic memoir The Secret to Superhuman Strength and reflect on the gendered history of physical activity and the spiritual nature of exercise.”

8. In Praise of Snail Mail.

9. Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath. “In the wake of 9/11, Valarie Kaur set out across the country as a college student, camera in hand, to document stories of hate violence on people of color, especially Sikh Americans…The go-to film on hate crimes in the aftermath of 9/11. Watch the 20 year anniversary re-release for free.”

10. Good stuff from Seth Godin: Urgent cultural change and Writing Something.

11. On blooming (and not) on Rita’s Notebook. “One day this week I was scrolling a social media channel and I saw a photo full of now-former colleagues. They were doing something fun together, and I felt this tight little feeling in my chest. Not because I missed them or wished I’d been included, but because I felt so relieved to be out of the place I’ve been and sad/weird about feeling relieved. They are not terrible people, and it is not a terrible place. But, now that I don’t have to work there any more, I can finally fully admit to myself how much it just wasn’t my place. Their community and its culture isn’t mine.” *sigh*

12. Tattoo Artist Esther Garcia Creates Beautiful Blackout Tattoo Designs.

13. The Beauty of Beasts (and How to Save Them From Ourselves). “Possibility, not hope, is what Nijhuis says drives the work of making the world habitable into the future.”

14. Yuna Begins A New Chapter In Her Musical Journey. “The award-winning singer-songwriter’s musical journey proves that taking a chance on one’s self and going all in is all you need to realise a faraway dream.”

15. Sharkk Heartt Drops a New Music Video.

16. Mamma Mia! ABBA Is Back After Nearly 40 Years.

17. The Staves: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert.

18. How to Grieve for a Very Good Dog. “Sunny was like a handrail along the edge of a thousand-foot cliff. Navigating life’s challenges seemed doable because I knew I could hold on to her if needed. Now the handrail was gone. Trying to understand why I was in such pain, I sought out a few experts, who explained to me what it is about these transitions that makes them so difficult.”

19. Wide Awake at 3 A.M.? Our Readers Offer Advice. On The New York Times.

20. Corvallis-to-the-Sea (C2C) Trail, “The Trail That Links The Willamette Valley and The Pacific Ocean.” Yes, please!

21. 15 Simple Things That Make Highly Sensitive People Happy. This list, for me, is spot on.

22. Why Are We Expected to Love Our Jobs? “For decades, Americans have been told they should love their jobs. But is this a healthy relationship?”

23. 7 Things You Definitely Won’t Need This Year (or ever again) by Courtney Carver on Be More With Less.

24. Coming to Terms With the Legacy of Rick James on The New York Times. “For a new documentary, the director and the star’s daughter examine both his pioneering work and his misogyny, as well as a sexual assault conviction.”

25. Richard Drew on photographing the “Falling Man” on 9/11.

26. Naipoki Returns for Help. In related news, on The New York Times, Reuniting an Orphan Elephant and Her Mom, Perhaps, With DNA and Luck.

27. Roasted Tomatoes recipe. Tis the season where we think to ourselves, “what are we going to do with all these tomatoes?!” A few other recipes I like are for roasted tomato salsa (not sharing one because I can’t find the one that I used last year that was SO good and the one we made yesterday wasn’t it), Sliced Tomato Gratin, Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, and Tomato Jam.

28. The Sneaky Grief of a Pandemic, by Amy McCracken, one of my favorite writers and humans.

29. Miniature Paper Plants by Raya Sader Bujana.

30. Is Your ‘Go Bag’ Ready? on The New York Times. “Climate-related emergencies like hurricanes, fires and floods are becoming more frequent. Here’s how to prepare whether you need to evacuate or hunker down.”

31. Worried About Breakthrough Infections? Here’s How to Navigate This Phase of the Pandemic. on The New York Times.

32. The chronic stress survival guide: how to live with the anxiety and grief you can’t escape. In related news, 6 Tips For Coping With COVID Anxiety This Fall And Winter, and The crises won’t stop coming. Radical acceptance is the key to coping, and These Are the Best Exercises for Anxiety and Depression.

33. I Was Euphoric in June. Look Where We Are Now. on The New York Times. “Those first few postvaccination months turned out to be not the conclusion of the pandemic but a brief, debaucherous respite before yet another deadly wave of the virus.”

34. Keeping the Bruised Heart Tender, a contemplation and poem from one of my favorite writers and humans. “I don’t know if we’re at the end of one story or the beginning of another. Or where it ends or where it begins. I’m in the middle of it with everyone else, the muddle of one long unfolding. All I can do is keep my heart tender while I can.”

35. Wisdom from Mark Rothko,In 1958, in an address to a private university, Rothko gave students his ‘art formula.’ He said all great art must contain the following ingredients: a preoccupation with death, an acknowledgement of human sensuality, tension, a healthy dose of irony, wit and playfulness, the element of chance, and a tiny bit of hope, to make the tragedy of life bearable.”

36. Good Life Project Podcast: Rev. angel Kyodo williams | A Path to Collective Liberation.