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Something Good

1. I’ve been afraid to share this from Andrea Scher. This is such an important post, and it’s not unlike what has happened to so many of us, both before we ask for help, when we try our best to gut our way through life (a football coach who taught social studies at my high school used to say, “suck it up and get tough”), and then when we finally reach out, we are often met with this sort of nonsense. Andrea fought for what she needed. So many others give up. Please don’t give up. ❤

2. Wild Writing Online starts in September! After close to five years writing with Laurie every week, I’m giving up my spot to start moving towards doing more teaching. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be writing with Laurie. She’s an amazing teacher and this is a life changing practice. Give yourself the best gift ever.

3. What I’m Holding Onto In This Epoch Of Autocratic Fuckery from Chuck Wendig. He’s one of those people who can tell the whole truth of what a mess things are and still somehow manage to make me feel better – that’s the kind of truth, the world view I want.

4. New Moon Tarot Challenge. Reading what Dr. Vickie had to say about her experience doing one of these challenges really made me want to try it. It started on August 11th, but there’s still time to jump in.

5. Marcella, an original Netflix series. I binged Season One in a little over two days. One of my guilty(not) pleasures are murder mystery shows set in London (or Wales, or some other European location where the scenery is beautiful but it rains a lot) that have a lead character who is someone with serious personal problems who also just so happens to be a brilliant detective. They break the rules, but also always catch the killer. Other favorites are Happy Valley, Broadchurch, River, and Hinterland. A twist on the genre is a lighter version set in the Caribbean (but the primary detective is still from London), Death in Paradise.

6. A 10-panel comic explores a subtle kind of racism many people of color experience.

7. Ep. 206 of Raise Your Hand and Say Yes: Camille T. Dungy on Living (and Navigating!) the Dream.

8. Sit Every Day. “Diana Winston on commitment to the practice of sitting, why we should sit regularly, and advice on how to keep yourself on schedule.”

9. What I’ve Learned From Helping Over 200 People Change Careers from Laura Simms.

10. Ten Ways to Fight Hate, a video from The Southern Poverty Law Center.

11. After Charlottesville, Alt-Right Groups Splinter, Distance From White Supremacy. In related news, What Charlottesville Changed, and Before ‘Unite the Right’ Rally, Trump Does Not Condemn Supremacists on The New York Times, and 11 million white Americans think like the alt-right, and The alt-right is debating whether to try to look less like Nazis.

12. Baltimore Cop Suspended After Viral Video Shows Him Brutally Beating Unarmed Man.

13. Judith Simmer-Brown to Distraught Shambhala Members: “Practice More.” (Notes and Transcript).

14. The “Reverse Racism is a Real Thing” Bingo Card.

15. Texas Church Offers ‘Free Mom Hugs’ At Pride Parade To Those Who Need Them.

16. Harvard Will Have Four Amazing Black Women Leading Its Schools, A First For The University. If we truly want diversity and inclusion, then let the Black women lead us.

17. New Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss got hate mail for a tie he wore during his induction. In related news, Miami Dolphins Players Kneel For Anthem During NFL Preseason Opener.

18. Omarosa Confirms What We All Suspected: Trump’s a Racist Who Uses the N-Word. In related news, Trump Calls Omarosa ‘A Lowlife’ After N-Word Claim Surfaces, and Donald Trump’s Tweets About Black People, By the Numbers, and Soledad O’Brien Wants Journalists to Stop Playing Games and Call a Racist a Racist.

19. Florida Cop Handcuffs 11-Year-Old Black Boy Because ‘He Was Being Disrespectful.’ In related news, This police officer followed Demarcus around the neighborhood because he “didn’t belong in his city” (video), and A police officer tased an 11-year-old girl that was running away with a backpack full of items from Kroger (video).

20. Racist Minnesota Couple Accused in Attack on Black Man Allegedly Held Him to the Ground and Threatened to Run Him Over With a Truck.

21. $1 An Hour to Fight Largest Fire in CA History: Are Prison Firefighting Programs Slave Labor? Spoiler alert: Yes. And as such, it is sanctioned by the 13th amendment.

22. After 17 days and 1,000 miles, mother orca Tahlequah drops her dead calf.

23. A judge halts the deportation of a mother and daughter — and threatens Jeff Sessions with contempt of court.

24. ‘This Is Modern-Day Slavery’: How the Bail Industry Targets Women of Color.

25. This psychologist claimed she was an immigration lawyer apparently to threaten a Spanish-speaking family who parked outside her house. (video) In related news, Disturbing video shows a deranged racist white man kicking a black woman out of his white neighborhood for the crime of parking while black (video).

26. This cartoon from The Oatmeal describes what it’s like to be an introvert so perfectly.

27. Watch this little girl who was punished for taking a knee in class make her case at a school board meeting. (video)

28. Man who tied up, sexually assaulted 14-year-old girl will serve no jail time.

29. Black Lives Matter to Counter Protest ‘White Civil Rights Rally’ in DC. In related news, One year after Charlottesville, the alt-right is gathering again — in Washington, and White nationalists dwarfed by crowds of counterprotesters in Washington.

30. Black Senator Gets Cops Called On Him For Opposing Trump.

31. Best Carol Burnett Show Bloopers. (video) I love a good blooper reel almost more than anything.

32. First Child Detained by Trump Reportedly dies due to ‘Possible Negligence’.

33. White Women Aren’t Afraid of Black People. They Want Power.

34. Latino workers walked out in solidarity after months of alleged harassment. The man who recorded it all has since been fired for his viral video. (video)

35. After Losing Appeal, Brock Turner Must Register as a Sex Offender for Life. As it should be.

36. ‘It’s not rocket science darling. We’re just asking you to be thin and curvy, sexy and innocent!’ (video) *tee-hee*

37. The First Mass March for Black Lives Went Down 100 Years Ago.

38. Alex Jones’ Lawyer Seeks To Make Sandy Hook Parents’ Home Addresses Public. In related news, Alex Jones Urges Infowars Fans to Fight Back, and Send Money on The New York Times, and YouTube, Apple and Facebook Ban Infowars, Which Decries ‘Mega Purge’, and Alex Jones and Infowars Content Is Removed From Apple, Facebook and YouTube on The New York Times.

39. St. Louis Prosecutor Who Let Michael Brown’s Killer Walk Free Loses His Seat To Black City Council Member.

40. Kevin Hart Partners With the United Negro College Fund, Knowledge Is Power Program to Launch $600,000 Scholarship Program.

41. This little girl handed out breakfast burritos to firefighters battling the deadly Carr Fire. (video)

42. Chicago police parked a truck filled with Nike sneakers in front of a basketball court where underprivileged kids played, with the goal of entrapping them. “When the kids went to take shoes out, the police surprised them and arrested the teens.” (video) In related news, Railroad apologizes for using ‘bait truck’ to lure thieves in Chicago.

43. This YouTube channel is pure joy.

44. Reporters and media outlets are receiving grave death threats. Where could they have gotten that idea?

45. Getting a photo ID so you can vote is easy. Unless you’re poor, black, Latino or elderly.

46. White Americans Are Biggest Terror Threat in U.S.: Study.

47. ‘Plastered Peggy’ Lists Reasons Why Cop Shouldn’t Arrest Her, Claims She’s a ‘Very Clean, Thoroughbred, White Girl’.

48. Joe Biden will fight to stop parents rejecting their kids for being LGBT.

49. Don Lemon rips Trump over personal attack. (video) Watch this, for the sake of those without a voice.

50. Sounds Like David Duke Is Afraid BlacKkKlansman Will Make Him Look Like a Dumb Fool Instead of Just a Racist One.

51. ‘Breathing’ robot helps you sleep better. (video)

52. This little kid dreams of becoming the next Bruce Lee. (video)

53. Social Justice Sister: Ally, Actor or Accomplice? (video)

54. City Lawmakers Are Fighting to Remove Trump’s Hollywood Star for Good.

55. After he shared his idea for providing safe rides for the LGBTQ community to and from transition related appointments, his story went kinda viral. Now he’s on track to do even more good. (video)

56. A powerful video has surfaced in which a Texas father opens up about accepting his transgender son’s transition.

57. The 2nd Annual World Wypipo Tournament: Who is the Worst?

58. Every Commercial Ever. (video) Funny because it’s true.

59. White Michigan Cop Who Says He Faced Racial Taunts After DNA Test Showed He’s 18 Percent Black Settles With City for $65,000.

60. Data shows a surprising campus free speech problem: left-wingers being fired for their opinions.

Something Good

Snail, image by Eric

1. As I’ve mentioned before, I have awesome friends. Two of them have offerings I wanted you to know about. My friend Carrie is offering writing coaching, and my friend Kerilyn is offering a program called Trust. They are both are super smart, creative, kind, funny, brave, and have big hearts.

2. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: No One Like Me by Lama Rod Owens (“Lama Rod Owens on taking care of your own needs when you don’t see yourself represented in those around you”), and Thai boys rescued from cave ordain as Buddhist monks (“After being trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks, the boys have ordained as monks in memory of the rescue worker who died trying to save them”), and Pema Chödrön & k.d. lang talk Buddhism, creativity, and “gapaciousness,” which includes this wisdom in particular,

Tami Simon: What are the parallels between the meditative process and the creative process?

k.d. lang: That’s some heavy stuff right there. [Laughter]

I think it’s exactly the same thing. It’s about getting rid of the chatter. It’s the gap. Not The Gap. Maybe we could get a sponsorship from The Gap now. [Laughter, applause]

It’s the gap, because I think real creativity comes from getting the heck out of the way. Creativity is not about creating big conceptions and stirring the pot so much that you just gotta throw up on the canvas or write, write, write, write. I think it’s about being so bored and being so empty and being so… gapacious.

Tami Simon: Gapacious, yeah!

k.d. lang: That’s where I think creativity comes from. I’m not a great meditator but I think that’s probably what meditation is about. It’s about getting out of the way of your true nature, which is stillness I think.

Pema Chödrön: All spiritual teachings come from that place of not being caught up in yourself. When you get out of the way, that is the gap experience, the pause experience, the stillness experience. It’s the experience of strong, direct communication with the world, and that’s when all real communication happens. Otherwise, it’s just you laying your trip on other people.

When you kind of get over yourself, even briefly, that’s when creativity happens. That includes being able to speak in a way that communicates to the heart and minds of people. Something changes because of the basic goodness of people connecting with each other. So whether it’s you singing, or someone teaching the dharma, anything that stops your mind connects you with the best of yourself. When a ballet dancer leaps beautifully through the air, or a singer hits a note—I bet you’ve had this experience, k.d.— everybody stands up and applauds because of this universal experience of something touching you so deeply that it’s inexpressible—because it’s… gapacious! [Laughter] May I use that?

k.d. lang: Yup. It’s my offering to you.

My teacher always talked about the expansive nature—pulling yourself out of yourself and always looking with the widest possible view. It gives you a completely different perspective.

3. More White Feminists Should Be Using Their Privilege to Talk About Nia Wilson. In related news, Dear Anne Hathaway, Brene Brown, and Elizabeth Gilbert, and The Very American Killing of Nia Wilson on The New York Times, and How to Spend Your Privilege, and White Supremacist Takes the Life of Teen Nia Wilson + the Nation Grieves.

4. 5 Things Your Introverted Friends Want You to Know.

5. Sit, Walk, Write, an Upaya Institute and Zen Center Podcast with Natalie Goldberg.

6. This Is My “After” Body from Dances with Fat.

7. Journaling Prompts to Relieve Stress: 10 for Morning + 10 for Evening from Be More With Less.

8. I tried to reason with a racist on the internet, “and here’s what happened.”

9. Feng E taught himself to play the ukelele. He’s amazing. (video) He’s so little, but he makes such a big beautiful sound.

10. Freedom to Bash Heads, “You are cordially invited to have a civil discussion with the Proud Boys.”

11. ‘All I Did Was Be Black’: Police Called On Smith College Student Eating Lunch.

12. Trump Mocks LeBron James’s Intelligence and Calls Don Lemon ‘Dumbest Man’ on TV on The New York Times. In related news, Twitter Explodes Over Donald Trump’s ‘Disgusting’ Attack On LeBron James.

13. The tender, terrifying truth about what happened inside the Trader Joe’s hostage siege.

14. Virginia Family Calls for Hate Crime Investigation After White Man Calls Daughter N-Word and Hits Her With His Truck.

15. El Paso County Deputies Started a Fight Club to Reward Use of Force Against Prisoners.

16. Michael Bennett, Other Players Troll the MAGA Crowd With Social Justice Gear as They Suit Up for the Season.

17. The NRA Said It’s Losing So Much Money It Might Cease to Exist “Sending thoughts and prayers.” <– That tagline though. So petty, so perfect. In related news, The NRA Says It’s in Deep Financial Trouble, May Be ‘Unable to Exist’.

18. Youth Care Worker Accused of Sexually Molesting 8 Children at Government Immigrant Shelter in Mesa, Ariz.

19. Meet ‘Bob Smith,’ The Fake Facebook Profile Memphis Police Allegedly Used To Spy On Black Activists.

20. After their racist boss tried to threaten a group of Latino workers by firing just a few of them, THE WHOLE CREW marched out in protest. (video) Listen with the sound on. The commentary of the guy who is filming, his joy, is perfect.

21. ‘Brooklyn Becky’ called the cops on a black woman who was waiting for an Uber in the rain. (video)

22. I Was Harassed By My Students For Being Gay. (video) This is how it works – the person being harmed is treated as the problem, with those in power hoping they will just shut up and go away so the destruction and violence of the status quo can continue to benefit those in power. Total bullshit.

23. A black man who suffered a seizure was dragged off of a California train by a heartless white man who didn’t want his ride to be delayed. (video)

24. This woman’s husband served in the U.S. military 3 times and voted for President Trump — now she’s being deported and leaving behind her family. (video)

25. We spoke with activists who have been staging a multi-day protest at an ICE field office about #AbolishICE and why it’s vital that news outlets tell people about ICE’s abuses. (video)

26. Louisiana Cops Strangle Black Man to Death for Asking to See Arrest Warrant.

27. This suburb has been overtaken by an uprising of 118 goats. (video)

28. The ‘sexy, spiritual, successful woman’ ideal – why it hurts us.

29. Woman Shot and Killed Abusive Husband In Driveway, Now Faces Murder Charges Even Though Alabama is a ‘Stand Your Ground’ State.

30. Another racist woman about to call ICE on a poor mother trying to get money just to feed herself and her daughter. (video)

31. White Woman Snatches Protest Sign From Black Woman, Cries to Police When She Gets Punched in the Face.

32. Trump’s Response To Ivanka Saying The Press Aren’t The Enemy Of The People Is Unintentionally Revealing.

33. There are two types of people. (video) This is hilarious. Spoiler alert: the awkward kitty at the end is me.

34. Two women charged with inciting hatred after social media post called for “shoot an Indian day.”

35. Do’s and Don’ts for Bystander Intervention. “If you witness public instances of racist, anti-Black, anti-Muslim, anti-Trans, or any other form of oppressive interpersonal violence and harassment, use these tips on how to intervene while considering the safety of everyone involved.”

36. Trump approvingly tweets video of his rally crowd harassing a journalist. “Trump’s Tampa rally turned ugly. Trump tweeted to support the rallygoers.”

37. Ozzie Albies comforting Ronald Acuña Jr. is the perfect alternative to toxic masculinity.

38. Racism at American Pools Isn’t New: A Look at a Long History on The New York Times.

39. Lawsuits Remains A Firm Weapon of Whiteness. In related news, Roy Moore Files Defamation Lawsuit Alleging ‘Conspiracy’ Against His Campaign.

40. The ACLU is suing ICE for ‘inhumanely detaining immigrants in federal prisons.’ (video)

41. Black Man Wears A ‘Caucasians’ Shirt And Triggers Racists Who Prove His Point.

42. Cue the World’s Smallest Violin: White Driver Who Followed Black Man, Called Him Slurs, Now Whines About Life Being Ruined. Karma is a bitch, dude. In related news, Bigot Who Wanted Black Man To Know ‘How Much Of A N****r’ He Was Says His Life Is ‘Ruined.’

43. Black Woman Was Denied Ambulance Ride Because Medics Thought She Couldn’t Afford It. Here’s an idea: when we are able to help someone, let’s do it regardless of if they can afford to pay for that help or not. She was having a STROKE and they were thinking about if she could afford their help or not.

44. After Calf’s Death, Orca Mother Carries It For Days In ‘Tragic Tour Of Grief.’

45. This Republican candidate taught his daughter to build a wall and read “make America great again” in a bizarre campaign ad.

46. American white people really hate being called “white people.”

47. A siege. A bomb. 48 dogs. And the black commune that would not surrender. “Forty years ago, Philadelphia erupted in one of the most dramatic shoot-outs of the black liberation struggle. Ed Pilkington tells the surreal story of the Move 9 – and what happened to them next.”

48. PBS Announces Native America, New Four-Part Series Premiering Fall 2018.

49. Polite White People Are (Still) Useless.

50. After Boulder diversity officer’s unexplained exit, city seeks outside help on race and equity.

51. This artist fights neo-nazis with food. (video) Watch the video, it’s not what you think.

52. Gay couple forced to give up plane seat to straight couple.

53. Lawmakers Call For An Investigation Of Markeis McGlockton’s Death And His Shooter, Who Is Protected By The ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law.

54. Mama bears do whatever they can for their cubs—even if that means acting as a flotation device. (video)

55. Recipe I want to try: Eggplant “Bacon.”

Something Good

1. At Georgia’s Arrendale State Prison, women inmates forge a bond by keeping bees.

2. The women fighting elephant poaching. (video) “‘Hunt my animals and I’ll catch you.’ Zimbabwe’s armed female anti-poaching unit protect one of the biggest elephant populations in Africa. This is their story.”

3. Ballpoint Pen Artist on 60 Second Docs (video).

4. Uncanny Portraits of Cats Crafted with Realistic Glass Eyes and Felted Wool.

5. Karen Walrond’s weekly This Was a Good Week list on Chookooloonks. (The first four items on my list this week are from her list this week). Also from Karen, the latest episode of her podcast, make light, season 3, episode 8: make light when you hate your job.

6. August Break with Susannah Conway starts August 1. “I’ve put together a list of prompts to turn your August into a photo treasure hunt and there’s a Facebook group, an Instagram hashtag and a blog roll too if you’d like to share your photos with the group.”

7. The Three Most Powerful Motivations from Zen Habits.

8. 25 Strange and Contradictory Things About Being an Introvert.

9. Listen to ‘Dear Sugars’: Trust Your Body — With Hilary Kinavey & Dana SturtevantThe New York Times.

10. Hey, Hippocrates: Food isn’t medicine. It’s just food.

11. Wealthy Americans Are More Likely to Be Influenced by Nutrition Pseudoscience.

12. A 6-Year-Old Girl Was Sexually Abused in an Immigrant-Detention Center. “Separated from her mother by Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, the child was forced to sign a statement confirming that she understood it was her responsibility to stay away from her abuser.”

13. Ving Rhames Held At Police Gunpoint In Own Home After Neighbor Reported Him As Burglar.

14. Chesterfield family has message for parents after 4-month-old dies of meningitis. “If anything comes out of this we want people to be aware that vaccinations can prevent things like this. Vaccines aren’t just for kids they’re for adults too. He was just a baby, so he really didn’t have much of a chance.”

15. 14,000-Year-Old Piece Of Bread Rewrites The History Of Baking And Farming.

16. Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis hospitalized. He’s one of our best. May he be well.

17. Obama says we’re in “strange and uncertain times” in Mandela lecture.

18. Aloha Poke Co. is Sending Cease-and-Desists to Similarly Named Shops.

19. Instagram Removes Post Checking In On Black Women In Wake Of Nia Wilson’s Slaying After It’s Flagged As Hate Speech.

20. Will Somebody, Anybody Sing A Black Girl’s Song.

21. Here’s why Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is racist AF. (video) In related news, Girlfriend Of ‘Stand Your Ground’ Shooting Victim Says Gunman ‘Was Picking A Fight.’

22. Hugo Award-Winning Author N. K. Jemisin Explains Why Bigots Are Bad at Writing.

23. This man purposely followed Charles Lovett home just to go off on a racial tirade–all because he got cut off. (video)

24. Dogs woken up with the smell of a treat. (video)

25. Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany by refusing to fly.

26. How White People Handle Diversity Training in the Workplace. “Confronted with their own shortcomings, white employees often shut down the dialogue—or frame themselves as victims.”

27. Shout out to the people that stood against this officer’s use of excessive force. (video)

28. Is PC Culture Anti-Free Speech? (video)

29. Hannah Gadsby says she’s no longer quitting comedy.

30. Roseanne Barr Tells Fox’s Hannity That Racist Tweet Was A Big Misunderstanding. First she says “I thought the bitch was white.” Now she claims because she thought she was Middle Eastern, it wasn’t racism?! Someone needs to explain to her what racism is.

31. 25Park (Alison Brettschneider) And Why White Women Are So Hard To Trust. Until Alison Brettschneider made her Instagram account private, I was watching this unfold. I wish she wouldn’t have made her account private, or deleted people’s comments and blocked others, because watching her act out and interact with those who called her out was the best example of peak white feminism I’ve ever seen. In related news, #SayHerName: Celebrities Draw Attention to the Death of Nia Wilson in the Week Following her Fatal Stabbing.

32. Wells Fargo Employees Call Cops on 78-Year-Old Black Woman After Refusing to Cash Her Check.

33. Ellen Maud Bennett’s Obituary, in which she says, “A final message Ellen wanted to share was about the fat shaming she endured from the medical profession. Over the past few years of feeling unwell she sought out medical intervention and no one offered any support or suggestions beyond weight loss. Ellen’s dying wish was that women of size make her death matter by advocating strongly for their health and not accepting that fat is the only relevant health issue.” She died of cancer. They kept telling her only “problem” was that she was fat.

34. Rejoice! The long-rumored Deadwood movie is officially happening. Rejoice, cocksuckers!

35. Racist Woman Tells Asian Man ‘Have a Nice Trip Back to China’ at SFO.

36. This Guy And His Dog Changed Each Other’s Entire Worlds. (video) “This guy was recovering from addiction and didn’t have a job when he rescued a scared, shut down pit bull named Clove. Today on Soulmates, watch how Clove’s dad figured out that extreme hiking made her very happy — and it ended up being their ticket to falling in love with the world again.”

37. White Supremacy Is the Water by Jena Schwartz.

38. Police pinned down this 9-year-old boy and told him to ‘stop resisting’ after he became inconsolable while his father was arrested. (video)

39. This brave woman refused to sit down on a flight because there was a man being deported on board. (video) “She continued to stand despite pressure and harrasment from people on the plane, rallying other passengers to stand with her and stop the man from being deported.”

40. Man Arrested in Horrific Stabbing Death of Nia Wilson; Bay Area Protesters Demand Justice. Tell me again how building a wall is going to keep us safe. I dare you.

41. This man with Down syndrome is using his million-dollar company to show the world what people with learning disabilities can do. (video)

42. Nope, I’m Not Trying to Lose Weight by Jes Baker. “For the first time in my life, I’m not obsessing about my body size at all because my quest for healing and full-body wellness simply cannot be determined by a number on the scale.” Amen.

43. Me Little Me – A Film About Recovery. “We are currently raising funds for a feature film that we hope will dispel the myths about who suffers from eating disorders and why.”

44. World’s Tiniest Donkey Loves Playing Pranks On His Mom. (video)

45. A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism from The New Yorker.

46. Deported Guatemalan Man Desperately Awaits Return Of 9-Year-Old Son From U.S. Custody.

47. 51 Ways to Make the World Less Hostile to Fat People.

48. Artist paints beautiful tiny landscapes onto pennies. (video)

49. The cutest video I’ve ever seen. “When Osiris was a baby he used to love this little music box and even now 8 months later he still likes for me to play music like this when we go to sleep at night.”

50. This is what it’s like to be a black business owner in a gentrifying SF neighborhood: Racist graffiti and calls to the police for unlocking your own store. (video)

51. ‘Eighth Grade’ Review: Tender Take on Teen Angst Is Flat-Out Triumph. “Bo Burnham’s story about a 14-year-old misfit is one of the funniest, saddest and most heartfelt teen movies ever.”

52. Archie the thief, steals stuff to annoy his owner. (video)

53. Boulder prides itself on being welcoming to all. But its citizens of color tell a different story.

54. Too Fat for Fitness? Lessons From a Plus-Size Athlete.

55. This Psychologist Is Changing The Face Of Therapy For Black Women.

56. Black Lives Matter to Counter Protest ‘White Civil Rights Rally’ in DC. In related news, Another Charlottesville? Threats of violence loom over upcoming Portland Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer rally.

57. How the Suffrage Movement Betrayed Black Women on The New York Times.

Something Good

1. 13 Problems Only Highly Sensitive Introverts Will Understand. Hi, my name is Jill, and I’m a introverted hsp. In related news, I’m also an INFJ: Why INFJs Are Prone to Emotional Exhaustion (and How to Do More Self-Care).

2. Stepping Down As “Shastri,” Staying For The Shambhala Community from Ethan Nichtern.

3. You may find a new friend behind any corner (video). In related news, This fence is no barrier to friendship. (video)

4. People continue to do bad things: A College Student Texted The N-Word To Her Future Roommate And Then Blamed Spell-Check, and A lesbian couple recorded the vulgar, homophobic tirade against them (video), and White Detroit Business Owner Spits on Black Man Working Security at Event Over Parking Dispute, and These boys’ lives have never been the same since cops pointed a gun at their faces, in response to a false 911 call (video), and This pastor who says God gave us Trump is selling buckets of coffee to prepare for the apocalypse (video), and This man threatened a person of color with a ‘citizen’s arrest’ and called the police before blocking him from leaving a supermarket (video), and Video shows deadly shooting over parking spot at Clearwater convenience store, and Woman Says Man Masturbated Next To Her On United Flight And The Staff Just Made Jokes, and Roseanne Barr: I Was Labeled A Racist Because I Voted For Donald Trump, and Woman Who Called Police on 2 Black Yale Students Says She’s ‘Done Absolutely Nothing Wrong’ in Whitest Tweets Ever, and A transit employee compared a group of women to porn stars after they went into the train’s bathroom together (video), and A disturbing new video shows an Idaho man launching a horrific, racist attack on Black members of a Christian youth group after punching the pastor (video), and this happened in #DeerPark on my way to drop my son off (video), and a woman reportedly harassing a black couple for blocks as they walked down the street in Berkeley, CA. She was yelling “get out of Berkeley” but tried to play the victim when police arrived. To her utter shock, she was arrested instead (video), and This Christian Blogger Wrote A Post Called ‘Men Prefer Debt-Free Virgins Without Tattoos’ And The Dunks Are Solid Gold, and Students at Texas Tech University are demanding action after a fraternity’s racist group chat surfaced. Hunting immigrants at the border is just one of the suggestions. (video), and Greg Hill was shot dead after police were called because he was listening to Drake too loud (video), and This cashier called the police on a woman for using too many coupons (video), and He killed someone in a parking space dispute. But police say he just stood his ground.

5. ‘Sorry To Bother You’ may be an absurdist dark comedy, but it gets very real about everyday racism. (video)

6. If You’re Tired Of The Patriarchy, You’re Gonna Love These 15 Tumblr Posts.

7. Aparna Nancherla Is Depressed, Sad, Overwhelmed — And Laughing.

8. 2 CVS Employees Fired After Calling the Cops on Black Woman Who Was Just Trying to Use a Coupon.

9. The NFL has suspended its new anthem protest policy — for now. (video) In related news, Tennessee Titans star defensive end Jurrell Casey says he’ll protest during anthem and take fine. (video)

10. Dr. Edith Eger [a Holocaust survivor] shares her incredibly moving story. (video)

11. Breaking Big on PBS with Roxane Gay. (video) “See how Gay, child of Haitian immigrants, transcended expectations to become a leading voice in the feminist movement with her essay collection Bad Feminist. How did she convert a painful childhood into a career that helped women around the world?”

12. Here’s what you can do right now to help the children at the border. (video)

13. Yoga and the Maintenance of White Womanhood.

14. The #WalkAway meme is what happens when everything is viral and nothing matters.

14. August Break 2018 with Susannah Conway. “This is a community project that has no real rules — the idea is to simply take a photograph every day for the whole of August. That’s it. Pause, look around you and shoot what you see. Live inside each moment. Pay attention to what’s there…We have a list of daily photo prompts so if you get stuck for something to photograph just refer to the list and get snapping!”

15. Adult Luna Moths are rarely seen because they only have a one week lifespan. (video)

16. Adventures of the cutest hedgehog ever. (video)

17. Sleepy boxer. (video)

18. Taking your dog for a walk in Switzerland (video). This might be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

Something Good

It’s Palisade peach season in Colorado, y’all

1. This is an ongoing contemplation for me: The ‘King’ of Shambhala Buddhism Is Undone by Abuse Report from The New York Times. In related news, Matthew Remski and I talk about Shambhala, guru-culture, and my blind spots from Susan Piver (I haven’t had a chance to watch the video or read his article yet, but I plan to), and Confessions of a Dharma Sex Kitten.

2. A draft agenda for fat justice. This is such an important clarification and call to action.

3. Inside the Radical, Uncomfortable Movement to Reform White Supremacists. “As hate groups have surged, so has the number of extremists trying to escape.” In related news, from the same source (Mother Jones), Trump Says White Supremacist Terror Is Fake News. These Chilling Cases Prove Otherwise.

4. ICE Officers to Asylum Seekers: ‘Don’t You Know That We Hate You People?’ In related news, 22 people were rounded up in a two-day ICE raid in northern Kentucky (video).

5. ‘He loved them more than himself’: How a 25-year-old former monk kept the Thai soccer team alive.

6. Go with your hut from Alexandra Franzen.

This is the voice that, these days, I call my “hut,” which stands for “heart + gut.” Your hut is not the voice of reason, logic, or Excel spreadsheets. Your hut is the voice of instinct and intuition, that inexplicable feeling of what’s right for you and you alone. Your hut doesn’t always speak in words. Sometimes it speaks in feelings, tingles, an invisible hand on your shoulder, a fire in your belly, tears in your eyes that won’t stop.

7. A Buddhist Teacher’s 5 Ways to Resist on Lion’s Roar. “If the state of things sociopolitical has you downhearted, says Jan Willis, action is the only way to bring back hope. Here’s her advice for making the most of your bravery, your voice, and your vote.”

8. How Fat Shaming Leads To Eating Disorders.

9. Florida Police Chief Told Cops to Pin Crimes on Black Teens, Adults to Boost Crime Stats. In related news, Cop Fired For Calling Black People ‘Alabama Porch Monkeys’ … Then Re-Hired, and Man Who Drove Through Antwon Rose Protest, Ran Over Demonstrator, Only Charged With Misdemeanor, and A passenger racially abused this Muslim woman on a bus to Staten Island (video), and ‘Coupon Carl’ Calls Cops on Black Woman at CVS for Allegedly Using a Forged Coupon, But Was Busted Himself for … Forgery Less Than 2 Years Ago, and Woman Who Beat Elderly Mexican Man with a Brick on July 4 Charged With Attempted Murder, and Woman Studying Outside Grocery Store Attacked by Drunken Racist, and Papa John’s CEO Attempts Damage Control But Not An Apology, and These Two White Women Attacked Their Hispanic Neighbors And Called The Police On Themselves, and Puerto Rico Governor Wants Officer Fired Over Flag Incident Caught on Video on The New York Times, and California Prosecutor Suspended After Vile Attack On Maxine Waters, and Racist jerk attacks Latina for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt (video), and #SummerJobWhileBlack: Child Gets Cops Called on Him for Delivering Newspapers, and #NaptimeNancy Is The New #PermitPatty — And She Works For Harvard.

10. Chicago Neighborhood Explodes After Officer Kills Popular Black Barber; Police Say He Was ‘Exhibiting Characteristics’ of an Armed Person. In related news, any time there is a riot, it’s good to remember what Martin Luther King Jr. said,

And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? … It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.

11. An Open Letter to All White Women Seeking Redemption. In related news, The Most Dangerous Person in America Is The White Woman, and This Is the America White People Wished For. This Is the America White People Want.

12. #CaucasianCallingTax: White People Need to Be Taxed for Wasting Police Officers’ Time. Agreed. In related news, Racist Caucasian Crusaders, It’s a Thing (video), and After Calling 911 On Black Family, Subway Worker Placed On Leave. And the winner is this one, whose title makes you think it’s an article from The Onion, but it’s not, it’s real: White Woman Calls Cops on California Man Chilling in His Car Listening to Yoga CD.

13. ‘See Ya Later, Suckas!’ The Obituary of a 5-Year-Old Boy in His Own Words on The New York Times.

14. Chris and Donella lead their interracial, cross-cultural, and multi-lingual blended-family with play, hard work, and love as they navigate the triumphs and challenges of raising two sons. (video)

15. Don’t be a Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding to Racist Attacks (video).

16. A Nervous Cat Helped This Guy Feel Connected To The World (video). “When this guy’s friends asked him to help walk their nervous cat Sawyer, he was skeptical at first. But Nick was having trouble forming relationships, so he decided to give it a try. Today on Soulmates, watch how Nick and Sawyer formed a very special bond that helped them both put aside their anxieties and have beautiful adventures together.”

17. 60 Second Docs Presents Sidewalk Confessions (video).

18. CSU caught a professor forging an offer letter to boost his pay. They kept him another year. This is some serious bullshit.

19. 12 benefits of having a cat (video).

20. Black Culture Problem? (video)

21. United Shades of America: Native Hawai’i (video).

22. ‘It’s Not a New Story’: Family Separations Open Old Wounds.

23. Weird Things Couples Do With Their Dogs (video).

24. Stephen Miller threw $80 worth of sushi away to protest a protester.

25. Me when fav songs comes on in the car (video).

26. Congress is only 20% female. What if it were 50/50? (via America From Scratch • PBS) (video)

27. After the president spread a weird lie about the late-night host, Jimmy Kimmel countered with a totally true, 100 percent not-made-up story of his own. (video)

28. Confession: I’m an Introvert, and Sometimes I Lie to Avoid Socializing.

29. Lula gets a new puppy. (video)

30. Teacher Teaches Kids About Sex, Can’t Stop Laughing At Their Questions.

31. Gorilla encounter. (video)

Something Good

1. This amazing parkour teacher is giving both confidence and hope to street kids in Manila. (video)

2. Competitive Cheerleader and team USA Gymnast Angel Rice most known for breaking Guinness World record for the most double full twists, gets 1st place in Regionals in Daytona Beach. (video) I get dizzy just watching her!

3. Maxine Waters could be a serious problem for Trump if Democrats win the House.

4. We need to do better, do the work, because this nonsense keeps happening: California Prosecutor Wonders Why ‘Ghetto’ Maxine Waters Hasn’t Been Shot, and Gang of White Thugs Hurl Slurs at Black Mom, Smash Her Car Window, Yet Somehow No One Went to Jail or Even Had a Damn Mugshot Taken, and Latest ICE Data Details Increasingly Indiscriminate Arrests, and Vermont woman shown on video cutting cop’s throat with knife acquitted of attempted murder, and Adam Bloom doesn’t get it and his apology is bullshit (video), (if you don’t know who Adam Bloom is or what he did, watch this video), and Customs agents reportedly deleted records that could have been used to reunite hundreds of immigrant families, and This White Woman Probably Regrets Calling The Police On A Black Couple For Wearing Socks At The Pool, and Purdue Professor Proudly Posts Photo in Blackface But Faces No Consequences Because of Free ‘Speech’, and White Ohio family that called 911 on black boy mowing lawn calls police on him again July 4, and A drunk neighbor verbally attacked a Hispanic family over their music on Fourth of July (video), and Suspect In Charlottesville Car Attack Pleads Not Guilty To Hate Crimes Charges, and A migrant child was returned to his mother covered in lice, according to a new lawsuit, and Man Calls Skateboarding Teen ‘Mexican Piece Of S**t,’ Admits He’s Being Racist, and A Day After Report, Violent White Supremacist Loses Job With Defense Contractor, and This mother was separated from her children and detained more than 2,000 miles away — so volunteers banded together and drove cross-country to reunite them (video), and White Driver Who Fatally Struck Black Man, Called Him Racial Slur After Death, Cleared of All Fault in Collision, and President Trump attacked Sen. Elizabeth Warren with a racist joke that culminated with a punchline about sexual assault, and Racist idiot cuts in line in front of Arab American woman at supemarket, then tells her, “go back to your country” (video), and A tearful reunion for this mother and her 8-year-old daughter who were separated for 55 days after crossing the US border because they were fleeing Guatemala (video), and Police arrested a woman in NY for going on an aggressive, racist, anti-immigrant tirade on a bus (video), and ‘Newport Nancy’ Called The Cops On Her Black Neighbor For Smoking A Cigarette In The Parking Lot, and The way this couple reacted to this petty Patty on the shuttle bus is hilarious (video), and South Carolina police object to high-school reading list, and Black Oregon legislator says campaigning in own district triggered 911 call, and #MourningWhileBlack: Priest Calls Cops on Black Funeral-Goers, Tells Them to ‘Get the Hell Out’ of Church, and Self-described Nazis and white supremacists are running as Republicans across the country.

5. Therese “Patricia” Okoumou, the woman who climbed onto the Statue of Liberty on the 4th of July, spoke outside a New York City courthouse. (video) In related news, Black Women Are People. Expecting Them to Be Our Saviors and Superheroes Is Killing Them.

6. Dad to orphaned wildlife from 60 Second Docs, (video).

7. Mr. Rogers used his show to fight racism in so many ways. (video)

8. This man successfully infiltrated white supremacist groups and caught it all on hidden camera — this is what he found. (video)

9. When the Fourth of July Was a Black Holiday. In related news, Responsibility Day.

10. Kids always have the funniest things to say. (video)

11. A one-year-old boy became the star of Jackson Square after he hopped into a French Quarter band’s performance. (video)

12. Cops were called on him — for mowing a lawn. Now his business is booming.

13. You’ve heard the one about the tortoise and the hare…BUT have you heard the one about the tortoise and the herd of cows? (video)

14. These adorable babies will make your day. In related news, Baby adorable reactions compilation. (videos)

15. These U.S. industries can’t work without illegal immigrants.

16. What is your dream? from Alexandra Franzen.

Something Good

Disclaimer: This list isn’t about making you feel good, but rather inspiring you to be good, do good, spread the good around.

1. A bunch of really good stuff from Rachel Cargle. In particular, the first link in the list, which gives you the option to buy and download her recent “Unpacking White Feminism” talk.

2. The Belly Love Podcast from Rachel Cole.

3. Can’t Stop Binge-Eating? Here’s WHY and how to stop from Isabel Foxen Duke.

4. The Four Noble Truths Of Love, a new book from Susan Piver. She’s been teaching this topic for a few years, and it suggests such an important shift in how we “do” love, so I’m really excited to read the book.

5. The jerk fallacy, wisdom from Seth Godin. More wisdom from Seth: The two simple secrets to good ideas.

6. Koko The Gorilla Dies; Redrew The Lines Of Animal-Human Communication. In related news, Koko The Gorilla Has Died And People Are Sharing Their Favorite Stories. I loved her kindness and sense of humor most.

7. Living Radical Dharma, a retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center that I might really need to attend.

8. 40 Summer Journaling Prompts from Marc and Angel Hack Life.

9. Should we expect more from health & wellness professionals? Wisdom from Melissa Toler.

10. Hannah Gadsby’s comedy special Nanette is streaming on Netflix. I finished watching this last night. It’s amazing — so heartbreaking and smart and raw and yes, funny.

Here’s her recent appearance on Late Night with Seth Myers.

11. Why Are Doctors Trying to Guess Fat Patients’ Weight? on Dances with Fat.

12. Red Table Talk. “Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow, and mother Adrienne – three generations of women open their home for a series of candid conversations with family and friends. Follow Red Table Talk for new episodes, only on Facebook Watch.”

13. Sarah Sanders is upset because a restaurant wouldn’t serve her. She’s okay with it happening to gays.

14. This man with autism creates sculptures using Babybel cheese wax. (video)

15. More people should know about the awful bounty system that paid settlers to kill Native Americans. (video) This is who we are.

16. These activists blasted ICE on a billboard outside San Francisco. (video)

17. Melania Trump and everyone who claims there was no hidden message from her jacket can get the FOH. (video) In related news, Trump: Melania’s jacket ‘refers to the Fake News Media’ and Melania Trump, Agent of Coat Chaos on The New York Times, and A brief (fascist) history of ‘I don’t care’.

18. The Oppression of White America. In related news, White People Are Cowards, and 40 Ways White People Say ‘White People’ Without Actually Saying ‘White People’.

19. White Ohio Cop Fired for Detaining Daughter’s Black Boyfriend for No Reason: ‘We’ll Make Shit Up as We Go.’ In related news, A racist man just told a black doctor that she didn’t belong in her own community while blocking her from entering her home! (video)

20. Tiny dancer. (video)

21. I Transitioned From Female To Male In The Military. (video)

22. This Cherokee teen’s school would not allow him to wear official tribal attire at his graduation ceremony. (video)

23. Dogs on trampolines. (video)

24. Here’s What You Should Do If A Service Dog Approaches You Without Its Owner.

25. Free laundry day. (video) “Did you know having clean clothes has a major impact on how we feel? See how this 14-year-old is making a difference in her community.”

26. Trump Executive Order Makes Border Crisis Worse. In related news, This man begged ICE to stay in jail rather than be deported (video), and Fact-Checking Family Separation, and Immigration is being used as a tool to exert racism against those who want to come into the United States (video), and ‘Pro-Life,’ Pro-Family Groups Are MIA On Family Separations At The Border, and This is a devastated Rachel Maddow upon getting the breaking news that Trump has established detention centers for babies who’ve been forcefully taken from their parents (video), and The Outrage Over Family Separation Is Exactly What Stephen Miller Wants, and Stephen Miller was one of the main advocates for President Trump’s plan to separate immigrating children from their parents at the border — here’s how he seeped into the White House (video), and Hickenlooper signs executive action barring Colorado resources from being used to separate immigrant families, and ACLU Sues ICE For Allegedly Separating ‘Hundreds’ Of Migrant Families. Here’s another terrifying turn this has taken: Scanning immigrants’ old fingerprints, U.S. threatens to strip thousands of citizenship.

27. A police officer ended this 17-year-old boy’s life by shooting him three times in the back, even though he was unarmed. (video) Officer Michael Rosfeld, who murdered Antwon Rose, was FIRED in January from the University of Pittsburgh Police Dept. He was repeatedly violent and falsified reports. He murdered Antwon Rose three hours after being sworn in at another department.

28. This device turns a wheelchair into a scooter. (video)

29. Gun Chick Posts Beach Selfie Praising Trump While Unknowingly Disrespecting The American Flag.

30. Juneteenth. (video) In related news, Here’s why we should make Juneteenth a national holiday. (video)

31. A homeless, dying man is separated from his only family member – when a paramedic finds out who it is, she takes matters into her own hands. (video)

32. U.S. Announces Its Withdrawal From U.N. Human Rights Council.

33. People won’t stop trashing Mount Everest. (video) This is why we can’t have nice things.

34. We can literally name at least 100 Americans who needed the compassion and patience shown to this man in Thailand. (video)

35. Researchers have ditched the autism-vaccine hypothesis. Here’s what they think actually causes it.

36. This CPR-performing puppy is the most adorable life saver ever. (video)

37. “Auntie Debra” doles out a heaping helping of hospitality even after lunch hour ends.