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Something Good

Giant Apple Pie Cinnamon Roll

1. Giant Apple Pie Cinnamon Roll, a recipe we tried this weekend, (i.e. my husband cooked it and I ate it). It’s as delicious as it is ridiculous.

2. Righteous Rage: Exploring The Origins and Uses of Women’s Anger, “If you are struggling to articulate your rage and transform it into a productive force for personal, political, and social change, I invite you to join me for a 4-week writing journey beginning October 22.” TODAY ONLY she is offering an early bird discount.

3. The Little Handbook for Getting Stuff Done on Zen Habits. Also on Zen Habits, Paring Down Your Life.

4. Why Many Introverts Are Drawn To Writing (And Are Really Good At It).

5. Dad Has Diarrhea In Public Toilet With His 4-Year-Old, Her Reaction Makes Man In Another Stall Cry From Laughter.

6. White women in positions of power and privilege behaving badly: Rose McGowan Calls #MeToo Movement ‘Bullsh*t’, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Kaepernick protests: ‘I think it’s dumb and disrespectful,’ and Elizabeth Warren’s Claims of Indigeniety are a Slap in the Face to Indigenous People, and Hillary: Bill didn’t abuse his power because Lewinsky ‘was an adult’.

7. Hijabi Women Dressed Like the “Avengers” at Comic Con.

8. Good stuff from Austin Kleon: No time for despair and Be the light or reflect it.

9. My amazing daughter. Alternate title: I don’t think you’ll have a problem with this at all but if you do you can fuck all the way off. From The Bloggess.

10. ACLU Short Film Series Highlights the Resilience of the Trans Community.

11. I Was Reported to Police as an ‘Agitated Black Male’ — for Simply Walking to Work. In related news, ‘Becky Blocker’ Calls The Cops On A Black Man For Entering His Own Apartment Building And Lies That He Choked Her, and Cornerstore Caroline Finally Apologizes for Falsely Accusing 9-Year-Old Boy of Sexually Assaulting Her, but Not Before Lying Some More, and Ex-Firefighter Found Guilty After Shooting At Black Teen Looking For Directions To School, and Kansas Man Handcuffed for Attempting to Move Into His Home Late at Night, and #BabysittingWhileBlack: White Woman Calls Police on Black Man Riding Around With White Kids, and 74-Year-Old White Man With A Criminal History Shot Seven Cops And Was Taken Into Custody Alive.

12. It’s Okay to Disconnect From Toxic People to Protect Yourself.

13. Hi, Dad, I’m In (Twitter) Jail from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds. In related news, also from Chuck, In Which I Am Fired From Marvel. “To conclude: this is really quite chilling. And it breaks my heart. I am very sad, and worried for the country I live in, and the world, and for creative people all around. Courage to you all. I have a dire fear this is going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. P.S. Vote in November like your life depends on it. Because it just might.”

14. 12 Things People Do That Actually Mean ‘I’m A Highly Sensitive Person.’

15. Wisdom from Ragen Chastain, “The problem isn’t that fat people exist. The problem is the way that fat people are stigmatized, stereotyped, bullied, marginalized, and oppressed.”

16. Man Filmed a Tree In The Woods For a Year and Captured Things Most People Will Never See.

17. Exploding Good Shit: Volume I on Renegade Mothering.

18. The white southerners who changed their views on racism. Confession: I dig though stories like this looking for the secret of how to turn people. I never really find it.

19. Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir’s obituary, which is devastatingly honest.

20. Trump’s 60 Minutes interview once again reveals gross ignorance and wild dishonesty.

21. You shall not pass, cute video of a giant dog trying to get through a dog door only to be blocked by a tiny kitten.

22. Tarana Burke, (video) “founder of the Me Too movement, says she ‘practiced deeply listening to little black girls when they told me the truth about their lives’ and she’s watched how it’s transformed lives. ‘The idea that somebody who you look up to, that somebody who you respect believes you changes everything.'”

23. A Mexican Man’s Fatal Journey to Reclaim His American Life on The New York Times.

24. A Dublin janitor wins the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature from the university she cleans.

25. Mob of white nationalist ‘Proud Boys’ brutally beat several men: ‘Are you brave now, faggot?!’

26. Artist embroiders the beauty of nature. (video)

27. From decorating cookies to making pizza, this adorable 2-year-old chef can cook it all. (video) He’s back!

28. The best conversation you can see today, mother to son. (video)

29. Babies visit eldercare. (video) In related news, Mike left his well-paid city job in London to set up a charity to combat loneliness in the elderly community. (video)

30. For White Women Learning Calculus in a School Building On Fire. A very helpful list on a very important topic.

31. Many Native IDs Won’t Be Accepted At North Dakota Polling Places. Can you say “voter suppression”? More than 53,000 voter registration applications, a majority of them from black voters, are on hold in Georgia one month before the midterm election. How about now?

32. Education, Not Discrimination: NAACP Legal Defense Fund Asks Florida Schools to End Biased Hair Policies.

33. Cool dance videos: this one and this one.

34. Billionaires Are the Leading Cause of Climate Change. In related news, Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says. This is why trying to spin the issue as an individual problem causes by the choices of individuals is bullshit. Is it a good idea to drive a hybrid car and recycle, for example? Absolutely. Will your individual choices be able to turn the tide? Probably not. Related to the related news is this: Capitalism’s Final Solution Is Nothing Less than Complete Ecological Collapse.

35. White Women: Stop Waiting For Black Women To Save You.

36. Trans student barred from shelter during Virginia school’s mass shooter drill, “School administrators couldn’t decide whether the student should be sheltered with boys or girls, so left her outside.” WHY do kids need to be separated by gender for this?!

37. Coming To The Right Answer By Themselves: Talking With Boys About Sexual Assault and Consent.

38. Christine Blasey Ford cannot return home to due “unending” death threats.

39. How a mom’s “This Is My Son” anti-feminist brag went viral — and completely backfired.

40. Trump Didn’t Win In Spite Of The Access Hollywood Tape. He Won Because Of It.

41. Homestead In The City? How This Chicago Mom Embraced Living Off The Land On The Far South Side. “Natasha Nicholes wanted her neighbors to get out of their houses and talk to one another — and through her farm, she’s made it happen.”

42. Dolphins enchanted by squirrels. (video)

43. My parents are hoarders from The Moth. (video)

Something Good

1. Embracing My Righteous Rage, a blog post from my friend Carrie announcing her new writing class, Righteous Rage. I love it when someone you love and admire lands on an idea that is so perfectly suited to their talents and interests, and is also so timely.

2. Wild Writing Teacher Training. This doesn’t start until January 2019, registration is open with special early bird pricing.

3. Yoga for All Training. It starts today, but you might still be able to sign up if you are interested. “Yoga For All is an online yoga certification that teaches you how to adapt yoga asana for plus-size yogis, seniors, and those with physical limitations so that you can reach more students and confidently teach more classes.”

4. Wisdom from Anna Guest-Jelley‘s recent newsletter, “The way you take your practices deeper isn’t by doing more, increasing complexity, or doubling down on yourself. Most of the time it looks like doing less. Listening more. Being guided from within more. Letting the practice come off the mat or the journal and into your life, too. Being open to what comes (and what doesn’t).”

5. A fist in search of a face, a good reminder from Seth Godin.

6. Good stuff from Lion’s Roar: She Who Hears the Cries of the World (“By putting others first, we loosen the bonds of our self-fixation, and in doing so, inch closer to our own liberation”) and Our Opportunity to Include All Genders in Buddhist Communities (“As a trans practitioner, Ray Buckner has struggled to find a sense of belonging in Buddhist spaces. They offer suggestions for how we can better support sangha members of all genders” – actually, I feel like the suggestions here could be applied to more spaces, that they apply to how we might be better humans supporting other humans of all genders).

7. Good stuff from Karen Walrond’s this was a good week list: The Art of Japanese Funeral Floral Arrangements, and Dressing for confidence and joy | Stasia Savasuk | TEDxPortsmouth (video), and Larkin Poe | Phil Collins Cover (“In The Air Tonight”) (video).

8. Wisdom from Francis Weller (by way of Erin Geesaman Rabke), “Grief is not always about tears. It’s also about outrage, when the soul is insulted. Rage is the voice of pain at having been violated. All of this is grief.” Also by way of Erin, this wisdom from James Hillman, “The sure sign of a soul awake is that it is outraged.”

9. The Problem That Has No Name. “For women, the national reckoning on sexual assault — and its backlash — isn’t just a political moment or a cultural shift. It’s an unraveling of the lies this country tells itself about women’s progress. It confirms feminists’ worst fears about men in power and how poorly they think of us.”

10. Hang it on the refrigerator from Austin Kleon, who has a new book coming out. His books are always some of my favorite on the subject of creativity and being an artist, and I could really use the inspiration and encouragement right now. More good stuff from Austin: When people show you who they are, believe them.

11. Abigail Rose Clarke talking with Staci Jordan Shelton in a Facebook live video “about the lies of white supremacy, the truth of our own power, and how we’ve collaborated on Dismantle over the past year.”

12. Weight Watchers has dropped ‘weight’ from its name. But that’s not enough. In related news from Dances with Fat, Weight Watchers By Any Other Name Would Still Be A Fraud.

13. 51 Ways to Make the World Less Hostile to Fat People.

14. The Body Positivity Movement Both Takes From And Erases Fat Black Women.

15. Republicans don’t care what you think. In related news, Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In As Newest Supreme Court Justice, and If Brett Kavanaugh makes it through, women’s anger will be unstoppable, and Trump Pushes Due Process For Some, ‘Lock’ Them Up For Others, and Republicans don’t care if Kavanaugh is guilty because they don’t think what he did was wrong.

16. If You’re Doing These 11 Things At Night, It Could Be A Sign Of High-Functioning Anxiety.

17. These smart glasses could be a game changer for hearing-impaired theatergoers.

18. A Young Activist’s Advice: Vote, Shave Your Head and Cry Whenever You Need To.

19. Bette Midler Claimed ‘Women Are The N-Word Of The World’ And Now We Have To Cancel ‘Hocus Pocus.’ So many ways to discuss the plight of women in the world, so many opportunities to be intersectional, to decenter our whiteness – pick just one, Bette, and stop this nonsense. In related news, Ain’t I a Woman? The Unbearable Whiteness of Allies.

20. Maxine Waters Blasts GOP Rep Who Told Her to ‘Stop Talking About Discrimination. (video) This to me seems like the best example of how our government “works.”

21. 17-Year-Old Ohio Teen Is Killed By Ex-Boyfriend Days After Posting About How He Made Her Feel Unsafe ‘In My Own House.’

22. Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story. (video) “If you’re not racist, why is racism still America’s biggest problem? While the idea that racism isn’t voluntary creates some cognitive dissonance in the minds of many who consider themselves allies, it’s this exact defensiveness that white America needs to deal with in order to move the country forward.”

23. Not A Single Black Woman Can’t Relate To This Video Of A Strange White Lady Touching This Woman’s Braids. *Spoiler alert*: that title is sarcasm.

24. The Cruelty Is the Point. “President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.” In related news, ‘I can’t understand it and I’m embarrassed that the President of the United States would do that to this woman.’ — Kamala Harris just clapped back at President Trump for mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, (video).

25. He decided to learn how to knit instead of clean the house. (video) *tee-hee*

26. The performance of change and why it fails: A note to my white sisters. “Despite the surface changes we have made as a society, we are indeed here again because very little has changed in terms of the structures that keep privileged white men in charge.”

27. A Dunkin’ employee was fired after pouring a pitcher of water onto a homeless man who was resting in the store. (video) I hope the guy who did this never finds himself on the other side of the same situation. And if he does, I hope he’s treated with kindness – not because he deserves it, but because we all do.

28. Two hispanic women were approached and verbally assaulted by a racist white lady for speaking Spanish in store. (video) “Another white woman who saw and heard this happening immediately stepped in to defend them.”

29. Recipe I want to try: apple pie cookies from Smitten Kitchen.

30. This Photographer Photographs Farm Animal Like No One Else.

31. The Story Of The Worst Mass Execution In American History.

32. Border Patrol Agent’s Gender-Reveal Party Sparked Arizona Fire, Lawyer Says on The New York Times.

33. The Republican candidate who said he might have to ’round up criminal illegals and take ’em home myself’ in a campaign ad won his gubernatorial primary. (video)

34. White Social Studies Teacher Fired For Teaching a Racist Slavery Lesson Wants to Sue for Reverse Racism. Reminder: reverse racism isn’t a real thing because racism = bias + power, and as a white person, you are in the ultimate position of power, male or female, so racism against you is just bias, no more harmful than if someone prefers vanilla ice cream over chocolate and you don’t.

35. During a press conference, President Trump tells ABC News’ Cecilia Vega, “I know you’re not thinking. You never do.” (video) It’s becoming more and more clear to me that my primary issue with him is he reminds me of every bully I’ve ever dealt with, every abusive boyfriend or boss or family member, and IT IS UNACCEPTABLE for a person in a position of such power and authority to be so blatantly abusive to people. And let’s face it, his policies and the way they sustain white supremacy and the patriarchy aren’t just his alone, (just look at the collection of dude bros behind him in this video). There are many, many people who are happy to have their egos, their power, their positions, their wealth and their comfort protected, even if it means other people suffer.

36. Black Women Are Love. “This brand is about debiasing our culture of all the negative beliefs it holds about black women.”

37. My dog can jump over anything. Except… (video) 🙂

38. Indianapolis Woman Opening Yoga Studio, Providing Access To All. (video)

39. When Asked About Pith Helmet, FLOTUS Responds: ‘Focus On What I Do, Not What I Wear.’ You’ve got to do something worth talking about first, and what you wear is often tone deaf and representative of how little you care or think of people and their suffering – stop doing that and we’ll find something else to talk about.

40. Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father on The New York Times. “The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s.”

41. 5 Tools for Surviving Your Anger Under a Trump Presidency. This post is from early last year, but it’s worth revisiting.

42. Blissfully unaware reporter mistakes mountain lion for a dog. (video) This is terrifying, but she has absolutely no clue!

43. This hospital in Idaho does a “Walk of Respect” for organ donors. (video). I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Something Good

1. How We Thought It Would Be from A Design So Vast. “It feels like this is all going to happen anyway – what isn’t as we thought it would be isn’t, and what is, is – so the only question is how gracefully we can allow these things to be.”

2. 4 Essential Introvert Truths That I Learned The Hard Way. In related news, 13 Things People Do That Actually Mean ‘I’m An Introvert.’

3. Pema Chödrön apologizes for dismissing allegation of sexual assault from young woman.

4. Wisdom from Eugene Gendlin, “What is true is already so. Owning up to it doesn’t make it worse. Not being open about it doesn’t make it go away. And because it’s true, it is what is there to be interacted with. Anything untrue isn’t there to be lived. People can stand what is true, for they are already enduring it.”

5. Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Thought Bubble: Kindness. “We teamed up with New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, to create this Thought Bubble on the power of kindness. Winner of Best Animation at the Peace On Earth Film Festival 2011.”

6. A letter from the Southern Poverty Law Center opposing Brett Kavanaugh’s supreme court nomination. (pdf)

7. Instead of Disappearing from Jena Schwartz. “As an alternative to erasing your face, what if you took this as an opportunity to show up?” In related news, The “Female Blackout” Is Spam And Erases Women.

8. The drawbacks of being known from Paul Jarvis.

9. The Greatest Showman | “This Is Me” with Keala Settle. I haven’t seen this movie, because I’m not okay with how it whitewashed what a horrible person P.T. Barnum was and how much suffering he generated for people and animals, BUT…I do love this song.

10. You Could Say We’re Pissed. “The women you know are walking around like they got the flu at a funeral because we are ill and grieving and questioning the meaning of anything at all.”

11. Like a Lifetime of Paper Cuts from Rita’s Notebook.

12. Matt Damon Is A Sniffing, Shouting Brett Kavanaugh On ‘SNL’ Season Premiere. I still haven’t been able to watch the real thing, so I’m starting with this.

13. Everything You Know About ‘Obesity’ is Still Wrong.

14. This “Sexy” Handmaid’s Tale Costume Has Been Removed After Backlash. Maybe next they could get rid of their “Sexy Native American Costumes“?

15. Bitter, Brown, and Femme: Meet the Founder of Popular Feminist Page Xicanisma.

16. At the U.N., Trump finds the world literally laughing at him.

17. When liberal orgs tell QTPOC to “bring your full self to work,” it’s a lie. I know because I fell for it.

18. I am a horse. I know horseplay. That’s not what this is.

19. Word Vomit Wednesday – Stop Kavanaugh. In related news, Julie Swetnick, new Brett Kavanaugh accuser, comes forward with disturbing affidavit, and The man who vetted Obama’s judicial picks says there’s a massive cover-up to make sure Brett Kavanaugh sneaks his way onto the Supreme Court (video), and Senator Kamala Harris said what most Americans were thinking of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (video), and George W. Bush Is Whipping Votes for Brett Kavanaugh, and Christine Blasey Ford’s Opening Statement For Senate Hearing, and Brett Kavanaugh Thinks Being a Virgin Means You Can’t Sexually Assault Anyone, and Kavanaugh Says ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’ Following 2nd Accusation. And this:

20. Loving kindness meditation for victims of abuse, (video) from Susan Piver, which includes “Spiritual Rituals of Resistance, Resilience, and Sustainability” By Rod Owens.

21. NJ Sheriff Caught Making Racist Remarks About ‘The Blacks’ Resigns. In related news, White Mother Accidentally Sends Racist Text to Her Black Nanny Then Fires Her For Possibly Being Offended, and But First, Let Me Take a Racist Selfie: Detroit Police Officer Out of a Job After Snapchat Goes Viral.

22. Trump Jr.: Women who can’t handle harassment ‘don’t belong in the work force.’ This is actually two years old, but still worth remembering.

23. ‘I Don’t Have Time To Be A Woman, I’m Too Busy Being Black’. “‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’ correspondent Dulcé Sloan gets real about living in a highly polarized time in the U.S.”

24. This high school assistant principal was put on leave after saying girls ‘ruin everything.’ (video)

25. Trump anti-discrimination official once called most hate crimes hoaxes.

26. It Ain’t Worth It: Only Black Woman in Vermont Statehouse Resigns After Sustained Racial Harassment.

27. Donald Trump Gave a Rambling, Marathon Press Conference. It Was Not Good. In related news, Trump Defends Kavanaugh But Says He’ll Watch Testimony Thursday.

28. Octavia Butler Is Finally Heading to TV, Thanks to Ava DuVernay.

29. Mike Pence becomes first ever vice president to speak at anti-LGBT group’s summit. Or as I like to call it, “why impeaching Trump ain’t gonna fix anything.”

30. Dog vs Cat compilation. (video)

31. Are Today’s White Kids Less Racist Than Their Grandparents?

32. Did this cat really cuddle up to a video of his former owner – or is it a hoax? Too bad. Such a cute video.

33. That’s why I love baby goats. (video) Super cute, and not a hoax.

34. Cats and mice and dogs… Oh my! (video)

35. Nike Donates Millions to Republicans While Making Billions From Kaepernick Endorsement.

36. A white man and a Black man are both charged with murder. The differences in how their stories are told are astounding. (video) Well, I’m not astounded because this nonsense happens all…the…damn…time.

37. Instagram’s Co-Founders to Step Down From Company from The New York Times.

38. Weight Watchers changes name and shifts focus to wellness. No. No. No. No. In related news, Requiem for a Weight Watcher.

39. The Diet Industry Takes It All from Dances with Fat. “If we let it, diet culture will use the empty promise that we could be smaller (and the messed up culture that convinces us that’s a good thing) in order to take everything it can from us – time, energy, and money that could be used to live our best lives in the bodies we have, to fight injustice and dismantle oppression.”

40. Callie Brownson is the first ever female football coach at Dartmouth College. (video)

41. Interview with Janelle Hanchett. “Janelle Hanchett created the website Renegade Mothering in 2011 because she needed to know if the rest of the mothering world was crazy or she was…Her memoir of addiction and recovery, I’m Just Happy To Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering, was published by Hachette Books this year.”

Something Good

1. The Tiny Project Challenge from Alexandra Franzen.

2. A Drive, a Dog, and a Question from Jena Schwartz. Also from Jena, Thoughts on Arriving.

3. What Trauma Feels Like—Then and Now from Carrie Lamanna. “Rather than add my political and social analysis to the pile of others, I decided to tell my story of how the trauma of sexual assault feels in the mind and in the body. How it can make some details bright and clear and obscure others—then and now. How the memory can return, unannounced and uninvited, and make you relive what you have tried so hard to forget. How it never goes away, but lives in your muscles and bones.”

4. #WhyIDidntReport, a powerful Twitter thread.

5. 8 Signs Your Yoga Practice Is Culturally Appropriated – And Why It Matters. I’m pretty sure I already shared this, but it came up again this week, and it’s worth sharing again.

6. Kombucha With A Side Of Fat Shaming.

7. I vow not to burn out. This is one of my favorite articles from this past year, in which “Mushim Ikeda says it’s not enough to help others. You have to take care of yourself too.” And, this:

When I get desperate, which is pretty often, I ask myself how to not be overwhelmed by despair or cynicism. For my own sake, for my family, and for my sangha, I need to vow to not burn out. And I ask others to vow similarly so they’ll be around when I need them for support. In fact, I’ve formulated a “Great Vow for Mindful Activists”:

Aware of suffering and injustice, I, _________, am working to create a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. I promise, for the benefit of all, to practice self-care, mindfulness, healing, and joy. I vow to not burn out.

8. How to Be a Bodhisattva.

9. White people are still raised to be racially illiterate. “If we don’t recognize the system, our inaction will uphold it. The question is not whether I have been shaped by and participate in the forces of racism, it’s how I’ve been shaped by them.”

10. Photos of Humans and Dogs Who Look Strangely Alike.

11. While I was doing them, I had no idea, a great quote from Neil Gaiman shared on A Design So Vast.

12. Wealthy L.A. Schools’ Vaccination Rates Are as Low as South Sudan’s. “Hollywood parents say not vaccinating makes ‘instinctive’ sense. Now their kids have whooping cough.”

13. Stop body shaming Jameela Jamil, and the rest of us. (video)

14. Death threats and doxxing: That’s what Christine Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is going through. (video)

15. 2 Native American Teens Were Reported to Police for Joining a Campus Tour. Now We’re Stepping In. from the ACLU. Have I mentioned lately I’m quitting my job at CSU?

16. Wisconsin Assembly Candidate Had Police Called on Her for Campaigning While Black. In related news, Police were called on this Black candidate while he was knocking on doors to campaign. (video)

17. Trump admin moves $260M from cancer research, HIV/AIDS and other programs to cover custody of immigrant children costs.

18. Colin Kaepernick To Receive One Of Harvard University’s Highest Honors.

19. Man Who Strangled Woman Unconscious Won’t Serve Jail Time Because Judge Thinks It Won’t Happen Again.

20. Footage shows a Walmart employee’s Islamophobic rant after a Muslim customer asked to use a changing room. (video)

21. When you hear this 13-year-old sing, you’ll know why she got a FOUR-CHAIR TURN. (video)

22. Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong. “For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives. It’s time for a new paradigm.” P.S. Save yourself the heartache and DO NOT read the comments section.

23. The Botham Jean shooting exposes a major problem with discussions of police and black victims. In related news, Nine People Who Protested Botham Jean’s Death Have Been In Jail Longer Than The Officer Who Killed Him.

24. ‘It’s Just Draining’: 14-Year Employee of University Gets Cops Called on Him for Looking ‘Agitated.’

25. A Home DNA Test Told This Man He Was 4 Percent Black. Now, He’s Demanding To Be Recognized As A Minority Business Owner. He might have tested 4%, but he acts 100% privileged whyte male.

26. Supreme Court nominee faces sexual assault allegation. A collection of reporting from CNN. In related news, Ford is accusing Kavanaugh of a violent crime, not “sexual misconduct” and GOP woman on Kavanaugh allegations: ‘What boy hasn’t done this in high school?’ and Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from Brett Kavanaugh’s College Years.

27. This veteran struggling with PTSD shared a heartfelt voicemail that Beto O’Rourke left for her to show the country his true character. (video)

28. ‘Survivor’ The Kitten Flees Hurricane Florence Floodwater Clinging To Man’s Neck.

29. Disrupting Systemic Whiteness in the Mindfulness Movement. “A Q&A with Dr. Angela Rose Black on the omission of the voices and wisdom of people of color in mindfulness research, teaching, and practice.”

30. Here’s Proof That Don Jr. Is Just As Vile As His Dad, as if any of us needed proof.

31. 13 Problems Only Highly Sensitive Introverts Will Understand.

32. Kevin Hart is terrified of Robert Irwin’s animals. (video)

33. Cat sees his owner who died years ago and can’t hold it in when he sees the video. (video)

Something Good

0. Karma Yoga Class: Benefits Susan G Komen. I’m teaching this yoga class next Saturday. I know most of you aren’t local, so can’t come, but I thought I’d mention it because you can still donate. Whether you want to come or just donate, here’s what to do: Go to the site. Make donation, (search term ‘Om Ananda Yoga’). Register for class. You can also search to see if a class is happening near you.

1. Write to Get Free, a six-week writing course with Melissa Toler that starts September 23. “Over 6 weeks, we’ll be writing about truth, pleasure, and body diversity. We’ll explore our own feelings about the process of unlearning. We ALL have a lot of unlearning and re-learning to do when it comes to body size and weight. I believe that writing is one of the best ways to help us get free from harmful ideas about beauty, health, and the way we’re taught to value bodies, especially in health and wellness spaces. I believe writing has the power to heal us.” I really, really, really wish I had the time to do this class.

2. Defining Myself For Myself: Why I Won’t Be Selling The #MeAndWhiteSupremacy Workbook from Layla Saad.

3. Keep Going: A guide to staying creative in chaotic times, Austin Kleon’s book, coming in April 2019. The link is to a post about the new book, but it also shares the video for the talk he gave that inspired the book.

4. Acting ICE Director attends annual media event of anti-immigrant hate group FAIR. In related news, Border Patrol Officer Suspected of Killing Four Women in Texas, and Border Patrol Supervisor Arrested In Texas, Held In ‘Serial Killing Spree’. Also, Is Trump using hurricane relief money to fund ICE? Not exactly, and Trump Administration Transferred $9.8 Million From FEMA To ICE. Go ahead and tell me again how these units are “keeping us safe.”

5. 6 Reasons Why Introverts And Pets Are Perfect For Each Other.

6. 5 Ways Meditation Enriched My Creative Career on Lion’s Roar. “Artist and film director Ivan Cash shares five ways the practice of meditation has benefitted his life, creativity, and career.”

7. Classic English Kitchen Gone Rogue on SF Girl. Our hardwood floors have been waiting to be redone for about 15 years now. Last year, we got as far as getting a bid, but didn’t go through with it, got the outside walls insulated instead. I look at the floors in this kitchen and think to myself, once again, that maybe we just sand and oil them, leave it at that. I like the clean distressed look, and it seems so much more dog friendly.

8. A Guide To Cultural Appropriation Vs. Appreciation.

9. Nearly 150 people lined up to foster dogs displaced by Hurricane Florence. (video) In related news:

Picture from An Escape from the Noise

10. Halloween is coming! (video – make sure you turn the sound on)

11. Painting a different picture of homelessness. (video)

12. Woman destroys anti-abortion argument by proving men cause 100% of unwanted pregnancies.

13. The Dark Side Of The INFJ Personality Type. Yup, I’ve got a dark side. In related news, 5 Strengths Of The Rare And Often Misunderstood INFJ Personality.

14. 2 Different Versions of Amber Guyger’s Story Appear on 2 Different Warrants Related to the Shooting of Botham Jean. In related news, Botham Shem Jean’s Killing Reveals A Deadly American Lie.

15. Revolve Releases, Then Pulls Lena Dunham-Designed “Being Fat Is Not Beautiful” Sweatshirt.

16. 10-year-old Anose has been singing all his life. (video) “But after being traumatically displaced from Myanmar, his songs are no longer the same.”

17. Joe’s Violin (2017 Academy Award nominee) (video). “In this Academy Award-nominated film, a Holocaust survivor donates his violin to a local instrument drive, changing the life of a schoolgirl from the nation’s poorest congressional district.”

18. 7 of the Best Episodes of Levar Burton Reads.

19. White Artists Need to Start Addressing White Supremacy in Their Work on LitHub.

20. Naomi Osaka Tells Ellen DeGeneres What Serena Williams Whispered To Her.

21. John Bunn was wrongfully convicted of murder as a teenager, “and exonerated after 27 years of fighting for his freedom. He says the power of reading saved him. Now, he’s building libraries in prisons.” (video)

22. Writer Perfectly Explains Why Children Of Mentally Unstable Parents Overthink Everything So Much.

23. Eric Trump: Woodward earned ‘three extra shekels’ with CNN appearance. “Want to know why it’s important for social platforms to enforce their rules regarding hate and advertisers to stop funding shows that promote bigotry? This man just used a term (making “extra shekels”) only used by Nazis on the Internet on a show seen by millions. And he’s the president’s son.”

24. These college friends have no idea that they’re about to be reunited for the first time in 3 years. (video)

25. Dwarf Pit Bull Doesn’t Look Like Anyone Else In The World. (video)

26. This man flashed his gun while blocking a group of Black students from visiting a classmate’s apartment. (video) In related news, A police officer shot and killed this man during a traffic stop (video), and video shows a white Portland woman going off on a disgusting racist rant against a woman of color. Two out of three of these people lost their jobs for their behavior. Guess which one didn’t?

27. Police Accidentally Tweet Screenshot Showing That They Monitor Anti-Racism and Anti-Police Brutality Groups.

28. Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, comes forward in the Washington Post. In related news, The case for delaying vote on Kavanaugh gets a lot more obvious.

29. The State of Things – Weight and Health from Dances with Fat.

30. This queer teacher was suspended and reassigned after parents accused her of ‘promoting her lifestyle’ in class — now she’s suing the school district. (video)

31. Sheillah, the 9 year-old Kenyan artist painting from the heart. (video)

Something Good

Blue Lakes Trail, image by Eric

1. Danielle Ate the Sandwich and Andrea Gibson. One writes folk songs and plays the ukulele, and the other writes poems and has the cutest dog ever, so why would I put them together? Because on Saturday night, I saw Andrea perform in Boulder, and on Sunday night, I went to Danielle’s show in Fort Collins, and it reminded me just how much I adore both of them, as humans and artists. So, if you didn’t already know about them, I felt compelled to tell you. They both have tons of stuff on YouTube, Danielle has a new album and Andrea just released a new book, so even if you can’t get to a show, you should totally check them out, (but a show is even better).

2. ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ Final Episodes Trailer.

3. How to Establish A Home Meditation Practice – That Isn’t A Total Drag from Adreanna Limbach. In related news, What Meditation Isn’t and What Meditation Can’t Cure. Also, did you know I am a certified meditation instructor? I can help you start a practice, restart or deepen one you already have. We meet online for sessions using Zoom, so we don’t have to be in the same location. A session looks something like this: we “sit” together, me giving meditation instruction as necessary, for 15 minutes (shorter for sure if you are just beginning), and then we chat for 15 minutes about all things practice, and I leave you with a plan. We can meet once a week, once a month, once in awhile, or just once. My current rate is $25 per session. Send me an email if you want to know more, have questions, or want to schedule a session: lifewholehearted@gmail.com

4. Sometimes It’s Okay To Quit Writing The Thing You’re Writing from Chuck Wendig on Terrible Minds.

5. Colin Kaepernick Was Right About Us from John Pavlovitz. In related news, Here’s a refresher on what exactly Colin Kaepernick is trying to change (video) and The Real Patriots are the Protestors (video), and This Mayor Just Banned Nike Products From His City’s Recreation Facilities, and Nike Founder Phil Knight Writes a Million-Dollar Check to Republican Candidate for Oregon Governor Knute Buehler.

6. I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration on The New York Times. In related news, The crisis isn’t Trump. It’s his Republican enablers.

7. Bodycam Footage Shows Cincinnati Cop Scolding 11-Year-Old Girl He Used Taser On. In related news, This 11-year-old was handcuffed at gunpoint despite new police policies encouraging alternatives (video), and Black Teen Driving with White Grandmother Handcuffed by Police Because Bystander Said He Was Robbing Her, and School Resource Officer Uses Taser To Wake Up Sleeping Student.

8. Good stuff from Karen Walrond’s This Was a Good Week list: We Became McDonalds Poster Models (video) and Green Day Concert Crowd Singing Bohemian Rhapsody.

9. Why I’m Retiring from Personal Blogging. I get it, and yet…It’s mildly (or maybe more so) problematic to write a blog, use it to build an audience and get a book deal, etc., and then when you outgrow the situation and decide to do things differently, shift your position from content creator to critic of content overwhelm.

10. A Simple Technique for Launching Your Project in 20 Minutes from Zen Habits. I like the notion of feeling fear and doing it anyway, also doing things in small chunks rather than letting the full measure of it overwhelm you. This seems to be related news to me, How do you get people to notice your business?

11. The Meaning of Serena Williams: On tennis and black excellence. From The New York Times Magazine. In related news, Competition, Compassion and the Stories We Don’t Hear About Black Women Athletes, and J.K. Rowling And Thousands Of Others Blast Wildly Racist Serena Williams Newspaper Cartoon, and Serena Williams’s US Open fight with umpire Carlos Ramos, explained, and The World Owes Serena Williams an Apology.

12. The Plaid Shirt Guy From The Trump Rally Reveals His Identity.

13. The Debt. “When terrible, abusive parents come crawling back, what do their grown children owe them?” I’ve seen this work the other way too, good parents who end up with terrible, abusive kids who are grown, but still have expectations of attention and support.

14. Wanda James went from Obama’s financial aide to a dispensary owner after seeing the racial disparity in weed arrests. (video)

15. Newsflash––black labor built this country. Here’s your Labor Day black history lesson. (video)

16. Meet the table busser who’s worked at the same Wilmette pancake house for 54 years. You should be shocked what he’s paid after so many years. In related news, Her six-hour commute each day seems crazy, but her affordable rent is not.

17. White Baseball Players Kneel in the 50’s to protest Black Lynchings.

18. Karma Yoga Class: Benefits Susan G Komen. I’m teaching this one on September 22. Check out project:OM’s page to find out how to donate or find a class in your area.

19. Quitting My Job To Freelance Was The Right Move For This Introvert.

20. Nearly 90 Elephants Found Dead Near Botswana Sanctuary, Killed By Poachers. In related news, Poachers killed 87 elephants in a mass killing spree in Botswana. (video)

21. Roseanne Barr Says She’s Moving To Israel When ‘The Conners’ Premieres. Bye.

22. How to disagree well: 7 of the best and worst ways to argue.

23. Anicee was born with Brittle Bone Disease and raised in an orphanage. “At age seven she found her forever home when adopted by parents who are both diagnosed with the same condition. Now thirteen, Anicee truly understands the value of family.” (video)

24. Levi’s is taking a huge stand against gun violence. (video)

25. Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley Moves Closer Toward Becoming Massachusetts’ First Black Female U.S. Representative.

26. Why Black And Brown People Will Never Be Safe In States With ‘Stand Your Ground’.

27. This Father Doing His Daughter’s Hair On The Subway Is The Cutest Thing You’ll See Today.

28. She got a message at 2am and dropped everything. Her former student needed her help. (video)

29. Branson and his friends went to Breaux Mart for groceries. He was not prepared for what happened next. (video)

30. A white female Dallas police officer killed a black man, walked in to the wrong apartment thinking that it was her own. If the sight of a black person would scare you so badly that you’d shoot to kill, you need to do some serious work. If you do shoot and kill them, that’s murder, (not manslaughter, murder). And consider this, what is wrong with our culture that fear, warranted or not, is enough of a reason to KILL someone?! #BlackLivesMatter In related news, Family, Mourners Remember the Life of Botham Shem Jean, Killed in His Own Home by a Dallas Cop.

31. During the curtain call of Broadway’s “Frozen,” an actor snatched a pro-Trump banner. (video)

32. Women Share The Horrifying Things That Happened When They Rejected A Guy. In related news, Violently Fragile Man Stomps, Shatters Woman’s Windshield After Having His Advances Rejected.

33. Two White Moms. Six Black Kids. One Unthinkable Tragedy. A Look Inside the ‘Perfect’ Hart Family.

34. Why Do the Bad Men Think We Need Them? “As the ‘comebacks’ start, remember that we’re doing just fine without these guys.”

35. Memos That Brett Kavanaugh Lied to the Senate About. “He should be impeached, not elevated.” In related news, Science Does Not Support Claims That Contraceptives Are ‘Abortion-Inducing’ from The New York Times.

36. This Artist Is Reclaiming Black Crowns One Brushstroke At A Time.

37. To The Non-Racist White People, Please Just Be The First.

38. Florida Man Who Shot and Killed Black Man Over Parking Space Dispute in ‘Stand Your Ground’ Case Claims He Was ‘Very Scared’.

39. Michelle Obama opened up about the racism she endured as first lady. In related news (as in he’s related to her), If you still don’t think the midterms will affect you, Barack Obama is back to spell out just how important they are. (video)

40. Allegations of racism at Orange County high school football game underscore broader tension in the Trump era.

41. 8 Reasons Successful People Are Choosing to Wear the Same Thing Every Day.

42. Fidget spinners, weighted blankets, and the rise of anxiety consumerism.

43. Cutest 2-Year-Old Cake Baker. Seriously this is the cutest thing I think I’ve ever seen. I can’t stop watching it.

Something Good

1. Alisha Sommer, in particular her Instagram account and her “Ten” posts — I usually read these when she posts them to her Instagram stories, but have fallen so in love with them, the simplicity and the depth, that I dove into the full set on her website. To date, she’s published over 400 of them. I found the very first one, thinking she might introduce them, explain where the idea came from, because as a writer they fascinate me, but there is just the first, Ten.One. However, not too long before that, in her first post to her journal, she says, “This space, SOMMERSALT, is meant to be a space to house the simple, storied beauty that is life. It’s for the small and bright ways in which I find pleasure,” and goes on to say, “I believe in simplicity and beauty. I believe in the holiness of dark and the illuminating fullness of light.”

2. You’re doing a great job from Alexandra Franzen.

3. No One Is Safer. No One Is Served. from Dave Eggers on The New Yorker. “Most important, how is the United States made better or more secure by throwing away this family’s eighteen years of law-abiding life in Connecticut? The answer is that we will be no better and no more secure. We will only be more callous, less compassionate, less fair, and we will continue to spin so far from the moral center that we may never find our way back.”

4. Louis C.K. Performs First Stand-Up Set at Club Since Admitting to #MeToo Cases on The New York Times. In related news, Louis C.K. and Men Who Think Justice Takes as Long as They Want It To from Roxane Gay, also on The New York Times and Thank god my rapist wasn’t famous and Against the Stream Closes Doors as Investigation Finds Misconduct by Founder Noah Levine. In better news, Here are 51 comedians who never forced women to watch them masturbate.

5. Do You Know Your True Face? “Lama Rod Owens says we all need to look honestly at who we are, in all our complexity — and that includes those who teach the dharma.”

6. Fearlessness: How to Stop Running from Space from Zen Habits.

7. Meditation, a 60 Second Doc in which a Mindful Moments instructor, Ramon Dwayne Brown Jr., explains how he’s helping kids process anger and trauma through meditation and yoga. (video)

8. The Forgotten Black Woman Inventor Who Revolutionized Menstrual Pads. “Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner was a self-taught inventor who created the sanitary belt and filed five patents in her lifetime.”

9. Prison labor is modern slavery. I’ve been sent to solitary for speaking out.

10. Bank Of America Is Apparently Freezing Accounts Of Non-U.S. Citizens.

11. Why Is It Hard For Introverts To Share A Home With Others?

12. Colin Kaepernick – 1, NFL – 0. In related news, 4 Out of 5 Kennesaw State University Cheerleaders Who Protested During National Anthem Cut From 2018 Squad.

13. 160 people arrested by immigration agents in Texas workplace raid.

14. Am I a Racist? (video) “Judge of Characters has been calling out racists for a year. And now, host Danielle Young is calling out the racists who think she’s racist.”

15. Why Trump Supporters Believe He Is Not Corrupt. “What the president’s supporters fear most isn’t the corruption of American law, but the corruption of America’s traditional identity.”

16. Detroit is shutting off water to its public schools due to concerns about unsafe lead and copper levels. (video) In related news, The Water’s Been Turned Off In All Of Detroit’s Public Schools After Tests Found High Levels Of Lead And Copper Contamination.

17. Step Up 46: Fighting Extremism through Contemporary Dance. (video) I love this, so much.

18. Texas School Officials Tell Teen Fighting Brain Cancer: Take Off Your Wig.

19. Five Republican candidates are administrators for a racist Facebook group that pushes conspiracy theories.

20. This journalist was taking photographs on a public sidewalk. (video) “Then police handcuffed her and told her to ‘act like a lady.'”

21. Hurricane Maria death toll was just raised to 2,975 in Puerto Rico. (video)

22. A Toddler’s Death Adds To Concerns About Migrant Detention.

23. Details of horrific first voyages in transatlantic slave trade revealed. “As the world ignores the ignominious 500th anniversary of the buying and selling of slaves between Africa and the Americas, historians uncover its first horrific voyages.”

24. This Republican gubernatorial candidate used the term ‘monkey around’ about his Black opponent. (video) In related news, Andrew Gillum just fired back at Ron DeSantis, who just warned Floridians not to “monkey this up” by voting for a black guy. (video)

25. Former Texas police officer sentenced to 15 years for 2017 shooting of Jordan Edwards.

26. 9-Year-Old Takes His Life After Being Bullied For Coming Out As Gay At School. Nine. Years. Old.

27. Kelly Marie Tran: I Won’t Be Marginalized by Online Harassment on The New York Times.

28. Ashley Akunna on Lynching, Police Brutality, and Anti-Black Terrorism. (video) “Lynching and police brutality have striking similarities—both have driven terror into Black communities, and both deny victims the justice they deserve.”

29. She fatally shot an unarmed black man. Now she’s teaching other police officers how to ‘survive’ such incidents. Tone deaf.

30. Serena Williams Hits Tennis Court In Tutu Amid Catsuit Ban And People Love It.

31. Doxxing White Supremacists Is Making Them Terrified.

32. Things I’ve always wanted to say, but was too afraid to from Melissa Toler.

33. I just discovered The Wailin’ Jennys. So good.

34. 37 seconds of otters spooning in a hammock. (video)

35. She just discovered echoes. (video)

36. Best highlights from the snoot challenge. (video)

37. Woman drives more than 100 miles away to feed children in need every week. (video) “When a program that fed hungry school children didn’t service an area where many lived in poverty, this woman was committed to feeding them herself, regardless of the fact that it was 100 miles away.”