- A great piece that talks about why Twitter has been good for people of color. Twitter Made Us Better.
- Studying digital politics and online activism. On Digital Disinformation and Democratic Myths
- Another example of Trump tearing down long-held environment laws. A Trump Policy ‘Clarification’ All but Ends Punishment for Bird Deaths
- Something on topic for me this year. What ‘Harry Potter’ Teaches Us About Mental Illness and Empathy
- A positive story about my former City, and on a topic that I love. San Francisco’s Sci-Fi Renaissance
- How to Start Being Kinder to Yourself
Settle in for a few long reads of interest this week.
- Excellent piece on how we teach writing to students. I found it thoughtful and reflective. Good for anyone who teaches writing or uses writing in their classroom – Is Writing to Text the Only “High-Quality” Curriculum?
- A local (Ojai) piece on the ongoing journey of fires, dams, history and floods – Matilija Hot Springs to be leveled
- A deep discussion on mental health and Buddhism from a master. From 1975!? – Make Your Mind an Ocean
- This one is definitely making the rounds and I encourage everyone to take the time a read this investigative piece from The NY Times – Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy
- Another great investigative piece on where fascism lives both in America and internationally – Transnational White Terror: Exposing Atomwaffen And The Iron March Networks
- A short piece for those teaching mindfulness – Why Mindfulness And Trauma-Informed Teaching Don’t Always Go Together
Six tracks that I’ve enjoyed and valued this week. Mostly quiet and peaceful. Give it a listen.
- Hollywood, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Ghosteen. A nice long track that begins on the PCH and includes a quote from the sutras. Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube | Amazon Music
- Snitches Brew, Kamaal Williams, DJ-Kicks. Smooth. Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube | Amazon Music
- Jazzversuch, Vilod, The Clouds Know. A mixture of ambient and jazz. Bandcamp
- We Live Too Late, Black Nite Crash, Conflict of Disinterest. Simple rock and roll. Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube | Amazon Music
- My Work, JFDR, New Dreams. The delicate voice coming from Iceland. Can’t wait for the full release in 2020. Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube | Amazon Music
- General Tzu Names the Planets for His Children, Joe Henry, The Gospel According to Water. Always love my Joe storytelling. Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube | Amazon Music
Here’s a few stories and articles I’ve been reading this week. Most of these are longer reads, so settle back and take some time – or bookmark for reading later.
- “Further Exploration Needed in Women”—the Hidden Sexism in Scientific Research
- Is Eating Meat a Net Harm? – includes a good discussion on consciousness.
- Modernism’s Not for Everyone—Least of All Penguins: A Cautionary Tale About Universal Solutions + Ideas About Redesigning Poverty – a design article covering zoos.
- Why are Librarians Concerned about GetFTR? – one for the professionals in the field.
- The Nobel Prize for Climate Catastrophe – do we agree with this economists approach to global warming?
- Why American and Britain are Self-Destructing – or why we need Bernie!
Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5) [Live at Knebworth 1990] [2019 Mix] Pink Floyd The Later Years: 1987-2019
I Still Miss Someone (Take 5) Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash The Bootleg Series, Vol. 15: Travelin’ Thru, 1967-1969
Love You To Bits (Bit 4) No-Man Love You To Bits
Beograd SebastiAn Thirst
Dark Night of the Soul Van Morrison Three Chords and the Truth
No Surprises McAlmont & Webb The Last Bohemians
Learning to Lose (feat. Willie Nelson) Margo Price All American Made
Hentai Cigarettes After Sex Cry
This is part two of a talk I gave at the Vista Buddhist Temple on November 9, 2019. You can listen to part one here. In the second part, I explore what mindfulness means, how to practice mindfulness, how to maintain mindfulness, and the Five Mindfulness Trainings.