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Something Good

1. Things to Look Forward to: An Illustrated Celebration of Living with Presence in Uncertain Times, Disguised as a Love Letter to the Future“Caldecott-winning children’s book maker Sophie Blackall…coped the way all artists cope, complained the way all makers complain: by making something of beauty and substance, something that begins as a quickening of self-salvation in one’s own heart and ripples out to touch, to salve, maybe even to save others — which might be both the broadest and the most precise definition of art.”

2. Caren Baginski’s YouTube Channel, “restorative yoga, yoga nidra, and guided meditation.”

3. Recipes I want to try: Vegan Roasted Tomato Soup, and Strawberry and rhubarb, buttermilk and honey: A simple cake, and strawberry cornmeal griddle cakes.

4. Detroit Woman Set To Be First Black Woman To Hike Bruce Trail Since Underground Railroad“A 20-year-old woman is on her way to complete the Bruce Trail in Southern Ontario, making her the first woman since the Underground Railroad to complete the hike.”

5. Toni Morrison’s Novel Sula to Become New Limited Series at HBO.

6. ‘I’d carry the misery around with me all day’: Sissy Spacek on acting, grief and her sci-fi debut at 72.

7. Her Novel Was Pulled for Plagiarism. Her Explanation Was, Tooon The New York Times. “An online essay in which the writer Jumi Bello explained copying others’ work for her novel was itself removed after further plagiarism was found.”

8. The World’s a Mess. So They’ve Stopped Saving for Tomorrowon The New York Times. “Many adults under 35 are throwing financial caution to the wind. It’s all about saving less, spending more and pursuing passions.”

9. A man died of a heart attack while burying a woman he killed, S.C. sheriff saysSometimes, karma is swift like that.

10. Humans Of New York Posts Tearjerking Story About Man Who Fostered Deep Connection With Childhood Teacher.

11. Ornate Jewel-Toned Stitches Embellish Common Household Objects Made From Textiles.

12. I’m a man of facts and science, but I know this – what dogs feel is not just attachment, it’s love“Yes, I used the L-word. How else to put it, as evidence stacks up for the inherently social nature of our closest companions?”

13. I Lost My Baby. Then Antivaxxers Made My Pain Go Viralon The New York Times.

14. The Strange Afterlife of George Carlin on The New York Times. “Nearly 14 years after his death, his provocative humor has been embraced by people across the political spectrum. What happens when comedy outlasts the era it was made for?”

15. Woman Walks Out Of Tattoo Session After The Artist Shamed Her Body.

16. Researchers Pinpoint Reason Infants Die From SIDS“Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) accounts for about 37% of sudden unexpected infant deaths a year in the U.S., and the cause of SIDS has remained largely unknown. On Saturday, researchers from The Children’s Hospital Westmead in Sydney released a study that confirmed not only how these infants die, but why.”

17. Open Air with Cheri Huber, a podcast archive. “Cheri and Michael are on the air to facilitate a conversation to support the practice of conscious, compassionate awareness.”

18. From cheap to priceless: Roman bust isn’t the only treasure that’s been uncovered at Goodwill.

19. Selma Blair gets candid about childhood alcoholism, abuse, and her MS diagnosis in a new memoirI preordered this.

20. “How to Be Alone” by Pádraig Ó Tuama, A Poetry Film by Leo G Franchi(video) On Being has a whole collection of these videos, “our ‘Poetry Films’ series, which features animated interpretations of beloved poems from our archive.”

21. This dog broke into a Tennessee couple’s house and snuggled her way into their bed

22. Isaac Fitzgerald’s newsletter, Walk it Off, in which he goes for a walk with somebody and recounts their conversation.

23. The Honeymoon Phase Is Not Always A Mirage from Andrea Gibson. “How to return to seeing our partners as sublime.” Going to see Andrea perform next week and also have tickets to a show in November. They are one of my very favorite performers, poets, humans.

24. The War on Our Bodies: the Phase of Cold Clarity“This draft remains a draft and in most states abortion is legal, unincumbered (looking at you, Texas) and is rooted in the worst of our past. It represents regression, racism and tyranny. But this draft provides us the gift of cold clarity. We don’t need to wonder. Our bodies, our families and our communities are on the line. As many have noted, the privacy rights afforded through the Roe v. Wade decision underpinned many modern decisions that impact our daily lives. The right to contraception, interracial marriage, and gay marriage are left vulnerable through a majority opinion like that of Alito’s draft.” This post ends with a “what do we do?” section. In related news, Peaceful protests outside Supreme Court justices’ homes is good (“The Supreme Court should not be considered immune to citizen feedback”), and Groups fighting vaccines and masks fail to see hypocrisy in opposing abortions (“Judges are ignoring medical associations and scientists in favor of organizations pushing disinformation”). 

25. 24 Ideas To Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month (2022).

26. 101 Ways to Get Outside This Spring.

27. 10 Practical Ways to Help a Friend During a Chronic Pain Flare-Up.

28. Instagram video“a discussion about how the pandemic has been affecting our mental health and what kind of relief is possible through mindfulness” with Rev angel Kyodo williams, David Perrin, jylani ma’at, and Ramsay Wing Okano Pierce.

29. Radical Self-Care Dharma Podcast with Lama Rod Owens, “author, activist, and authorized Lama in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, invites us to a radical self-care, based not on cutting ourselves off from the world, but rather on engaging with it fully. We do this through the recognition and practice of spaciousness, first by waking up to the space between thoughts within our own minds, and then offering this spaciousness to others.”

30. 30 Depression Poems That Are Raw, Real, and Powerful.

31. Shift your vibe! 60 quick ways to make yourself slightly happier.

32. The Trevor Project’s 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health. “These data provide critical insights into some of the unique suicide risk factors faced by LGBTQ youth, top barriers to mental health care, and the negative impacts of COVID-19 and relentless anti-transgender legislation. This research also highlights several ways in which we can all support the LGBTQ young people in our lives—and help prevent suicide.”

33. The Unlikely Ascent of New York’s Compost Champion on The New York Times. “An ad led to Domingo Morales falling in love with compost. A windfall is helping him spread the word.”

34. Nepali Sherpa breaks her own record for most Mount Everest summits by a woman.

35. Pet owners can now sleep in giant dog beds: ‘It’s a need’. Yup, need it, along with a pile of sleepy puppies.

36. A Cook Who Never Used a Cookbook Now Has Her Own on The New York Times. “Emily Meggett, the keeper of centuries-old culinary traditions in the Carolinas, has spent her life feeding others. At 89, she shares her kitchen wisdom.”

37. How to tell if you’ve been emotionally abused by your parents: 6 things parents do that are extremely harmfulI read something related the other day, that “you can have a good childhood in a loving family and still have trauma.”

38. Actor Fred Ward dies. He had the right stuff in movies from ‘Tremors’ to ‘The Player’.

39. Controversial Influencer Company 7M Films Examined In HBO Max Docuseries“7M Films, a management company that represents social media stars and TikTok dancers and is at the center of a controversy accusing it of being cult-like, is set to be the subject of a new documentary series.” In related news, 9 Top Signs of a Cult Leader.

40. Ashley Judd speaks about her mother’s passing, puts spotlight on mental health.

41. The Lost Americans on The New York Times. “Nearly one million people have died from Covid in the United States. Many of the loved ones they left behind are grieving in a nation that wants to move on.” In related news, Dr. Fauci on the state of the pandemic as the U.S. marks 1 million COVID-19 deaths.

42. Joy Oladokun – Purple Haze (Official Lyric Video)

43. BBC Earth Has Been Quietly Uploading 10 Hour Loops of Calming Nature Scenes.

44. These Memories Shaped His Journey Into Hospice Work on Story Corps.

45. Here’s how much meat you should be eating if you want to save the planet“New research outlines exactly what sustainable meat consumption looks like.”

46. More than fame and success, Rosie Perez found what she always wanted — a stable home.

47. ‘I told Jackie Chan, your loss, my bro!’: how Everything Everywhere gave Michelle Yeoh the role of a lifetime“The action superstar shines in a new multiverse comedy. She talks about her high-risk, low-budget Hong Kong days, why you can be a superhero in your 60s – and whether she could kick James Bond’s butt.”

48. History Professor Dismantles Notion That All Babies Ate Breastmilk Before Modern Baby Formula Was Invented.

49. Margaret Atwood: The Court Is Making Gilead Real“I thought I was writing fiction in The Handmaid’s Tale.”

50. The late Norm Macdonald left fans a surprise stand-up special“Actor and comedian Norm Macdonald, who was well known as a Saturday Night Live star in the 1990s, shot a secret standup performance in his living room before he died last year at 61. His producing partner said Macdonald wanted to have another appearance for his fans should his health take a turn for the worst.”

51. The Free Black Women’s Library/Reading Room I“The Free Black Women’s Library is a social art project that features a collection of over 4000 books written by Black women, as well as workshops, readings, film screenings, & critical conversations. The Free Black Women’s Library is opening a Reading Room in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn that will serve the community as a literary hub and creative co working space. All ages, race and genders are invited to use this space to read, write, dream, rest, create and connect. Money from Reading Room T shirt sales is being raised for renovations labor and materials.”

52. Baby Rhino and Baby Zebra Form a Unique Bond at South African Sanctuary

53. Buffalo Massacre: Systemic Racism Led To Killing SpreeWhite supremacy is a death cult and the foundation of U.S. culture. In related news, What we know about the victims of the Buffalo shooting.

54. Beach Houses on the Outer Banks Are Being Swallowed by the Sea on The New York Times. “A neighborhood of vacation homes off the coast of North Carolina has become a symbol of the effects of rising oceans.”

55. Mother Teresa: For the Love of God? review – damning testimony from a killer witness“Did the nun really deserve her saintly reputation? She inspired a craze for self-flagellation among her ‘sisters’, says one woman in this shocking three-parter, while a street doctor is even more scathing.”

56. Knee Pain — What Really Helps Lessen Your Pain“Background, Causes, Symptoms, Tips and Exercises from the Pain Specialists Liebscher & Bracht.”

57. Laura Pritchett: Graduates, embrace that wonderful “catastrophe” called life“Here are 10 observations about what lies ahead that might prove more helpful than another traditional commencement address.”

58. Homework every night for the rest of your life from Austin Kleon. “Filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan once said, ‘Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.'”

Something Good

1. More reasons why I love living in Colorado: Juneteenth is officially a state holiday in Colorado and Colorado braces to become refuge for abortion access if ‘Roe’ is weakened.

2. What I Wish I Knew About Grooming: India Oxenberg Reflects on Her Experience in Nxivm. This is an older post but gives a list of seven warning signs that are super important to watch out for, whether it’s a relationship with a single person or a whole group.

3. It’s Time to Rage on The New York Times by Roxane Gay. “Without the right to abortion, women are forced to make terrible choices. These burdens disproportionately fall upon poor and working-class women without the means to travel across state lines to receive the care they need. Despite promises from the anti-abortion movement to support pregnant women and children, the ‘pro-life’ lobby appears to be invested only in the unborn. The same mostly male politicians who oppose abortion so often do everything in their power to oppose rights to paid parental leave, subsidized child care, single-payer health care or any kind of social safety net that could improve family life.” In related news, Here’s how Americans can fight back to protect abortion rights by Rebecca Solnit. Also, this site is helpful for directing your help: Abortion Funds in Every State. And, check out this Twitter feed that gives some answers to the questions “what do we do now/how do I help?”

4. The U.S. now says Russia is wrongfully detaining WNBA star Brittney Griner

5. Woman adopts two dogs who have perfect panda markings — then she finds a homeless puppy who does too! (video)

6. Recipes I want to try: Wonton Soup, Gilgeori Toast (Korean Street Toast), and Cinnamon Butterflake Rolls.

7. Watch hilarious turtle courting ritual(video) “Why is this turtle slapping another turtle? CNN’s Jeanne Moos reports on hilarious turtle foreplay that went viral.” In related news, a video of a flipped over turtle getting help from his friends.

8. Memoirs with Benefits: A Reading List of Hybrid Narratives“Courtney Maum Recommends Memoirs That Seesaw from Past to Present, Personal to Universal.”

9. Curious Squirrels and Rambunctious Hares Form a Miniature Menagerie of Felted Wildlife.

10. 30 Of The Most Spine-Chilling Things Kids Have Ever Said, As Shared In This Viral Twitter Thread.

11. Roxane Gay Brief But Spectacular take on effective ways of being heard“Roxane Gay has used writing as a means to untangle and communicate her own trauma since childhood. Now a successful author, professor and mentor to many, she advises young women and aspiring writers on how to harness their voices. Gay shares her Brief But Spectacular take on effective ways of being heard.”

12. Karine Jean-Pierre will become White House’s 1st Black press secretary“She will be the first Black press secretary in White House history and the first openly gay person in this high-profile role, speaking for both the president and the U.S. government in press briefings that are watched by the world.”

13. New Study Shows Trans Youth Are Extremely Unlikely to Detransition“94% of trans youth in the sample identified as trans five years later.” Compare that to the “success” of dieting: “In a meta-analysis of 29 long-term weight loss studies, more than half of the lost weight was regained within two years, and by five years more than 80% of lost weight was regained.”

14. Ada Limón Makes Poems for a Living on The New York Times. “On tour for her sixth book, Limón talks about how poetry, in the end, is ‘just telling somebody something.'” In related news, In her new poems, Ada Limón argues for turning a delicate attention to the world.

15. The end of Bitch Media and the paradox of mission-oriented media“Between money and mission, one will always win.”

16. American Bluebird builds nest(video)

17. How Native Americans Are Keeping The Bees Alive.

18. Dementia Made a New Man Out of My Dad“Raised in Apartheid-era South Africa, my mixed-race father had no shortage of scars. But as dementia overpowered his brain, I met a man I never knew existed.”

19. ALOK on stand-up comedy, love as ‘daily practice’ and non-binary joy.

20. In Grief Is How We Live Now on The New York Times. “Any therapist will tell you that death is not the only occasion for grief. We can mourn the loss of anything to which we have become attached: a pet, a job, a home, a way of life. In bereavement, what is best about us — our ability to love — becomes the source of our suffering. It’s a wonder that all grief isn’t prolonged and that anyone is able to love again rather than wander through life stunned by its cruelty. And it’s surprising that anyone actually believes that there are stages and time limits to grief or that we know enough about how it works to know what to expect of it.”

21. Goodwill Sold a Bust for $34.99. It’s an Ancient Roman Relicon The New York Times. “Its 2,000-year journey to Texas remains a mystery, but the buyer is returning it to the German state of Bavaria, its pre-World War II home.”

22. Poetry FAQ on McSweeney’s.

23. New Report: The global decline in democracy has accelerated“Freedom in the World 2021 finds that the annual gap between losses and gains widened in 2020, and fewer than a fifth of the world’s people now live in fully Free countries.”

24. A Week Into The Lindo-pocalypse.

25. 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. Introduction by Lion’s Roar’s editor-in-chief Melvin Mcleod.”

26. “Don’t Let Anyone Say I Was The Best At Anything” from Andrea Gibson.

27. Color Story: Lilac Season on SFGirl.

28. 200 Years of Great Writers and Artists on the Creative and Spiritual Rewards of Gardening“Here, drawn from a lifetime of marginalia on great writers’ and artists’ letters and diaries, essays and novels, is a florilegium of my favorite exultations in the rewards and nourishments of gardens.”

29. Houseplants as a Means of Black Joy and Queer Resistance.

30. 103 Bits of Advice I Wish I Had Known“Today is my birthday. I turn 70. I’ve learned a few things so far that might be helpful to others. For the past few years, I’ve jotted down bits of unsolicited advice each year and much to my surprise I have more to add this year. So here is my birthday gift to you all: 103 bits of wisdom I wish I had known when I was young.”

31. Watering the garden from Austin Kleon.

32. The ones who didn’t help from Seth Godin.