Sunday Reads (2019-12-29)

  1. A great piece that talks about why Twitter has been good for people of color. Twitter Made Us Better.
  2. Studying digital politics and online activism. On Digital Disinformation and Democratic Myths
  3. Another example of Trump tearing down long-held environment laws. A Trump Policy ‘Clarification’ All but Ends Punishment for Bird Deaths
  4. Something on topic for me this year. What ‘Harry Potter’ Teaches Us About Mental Illness and Empathy
  5. A positive story about my former City, and on a topic that I love. San Francisco’s Sci-Fi Renaissance
  6. How to Start Being Kinder to Yourself

Sunday Reads (2019-12-22)

Settle in for a few long reads of interest this week.

  1. 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?
  2. A local (Ojai) piece on the ongoing journey of fires, dams, history and floods – Matilija Hot Springs to be leveled
  3. A deep discussion on mental health and Buddhism from a master. From 1975!? – Make Your Mind an Ocean
  4. 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
  5. Another great investigative piece on where fascism lives both in America and internationally – Transnational White Terror: Exposing Atomwaffen And The Iron March Networks
  6. A short piece for those teaching mindfulness – Why Mindfulness And Trauma-Informed Teaching Don’t Always Go Together

Music Wednesday (2019-12-18)

Six tracks that I’ve enjoyed and valued this week. Mostly quiet and peaceful. Give it a listen.

  1. 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
  2. Snitches Brew, Kamaal Williams, DJ-Kicks. Smooth. Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube | Amazon Music
  3. Jazzversuch, Vilod, The Clouds Know. A mixture of ambient and jazz. Bandcamp
  4. We Live Too Late, Black Nite Crash, Conflict of Disinterest. Simple rock and roll. Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube | Amazon Music
  5. 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
  6. 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

Sunday Reads (2019-12-15)

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.

  1. “Further Exploration Needed in Women”—the Hidden Sexism in Scientific Research
  2. Is Eating Meat a Net Harm? – includes a good discussion on consciousness.
  3. Modernism’s Not for Everyone—Least of All Penguins: A Cautionary Tale About Universal Solutions + Ideas About Redesigning Poverty – a design article covering zoos.
  4. Why are Librarians Concerned about GetFTR? – one for the professionals in the field.
  5. The Nobel Prize for Climate Catastrophe – do we agree with this economists approach to global warming?
  6. Why American and Britain are Self-Destructing – or why we need Bernie!

Music Wednesday (2019-12-11)

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


Sunday Reads (2019-12-08)

Here’s some things I read this week.

  1. A record 75-foot wave off California coast was produced by big storm
  2. House Dems refresh Nixon-era impeachment report for Trump
  3. How Chinese SciFi Conquered the World
  4. Everything You Wanted to know about Fire
  5. Meet the Immigrants who took on Amazon
  6. The Abolitionists
Buddhism Dharma

Buddhism in Everyday Life

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.