this edition is about a week late! i took several days off this week after a death in my family. things are still unfolding for me but if you want to know more, i wrote about it in the blog post linked below named ‘some thoughts on grief while grieving.’
that said, welcome to lqb2weekly on substack! i hope i/we like it here! i am open to any and all feedback about how this platform works to get this newsletter to you. please write back, leave a comment, or text/call (if we got it like that ^_^).
due to my tending to my grief, the only other thing i want to say before diving into the all the things it that i need to retract my sharing of a link in the previous newsletter. i shared about a documentary about medical racism. i didn’t realize that the documentary was anti-vaxxer content. i have since read up a bit about the host/funding organization (children’s health defense) that has long been a spreader of misinformation. sorry about sharing that and thanks to the person who pointed it out (i didn’t get consent to share your name so i hope it’s ok that i did it anonymously - happy to make a direct attribution if that feels better!).
ok that’s it for now. probably will write more in the next newsletter about my grieving and the lessons emerging from it. if you want to contribute financially, the gofundme is funded but extra funds won’t hurt. if you want to contribute spiritually/energetically, send me a photo of a candle or incense burning and i’ll share it back to the family. thank you.
on to the things!
(!!) pick of the pack
Mar 30, 2021 | some thoughts on grief while grieving
Mar 22, 2021 | book review: african religions by jacob k. olupona
Mar 21, 2021 | book review: love and rage by lama rod owens
there is nothing new under the sun…
In absolute reality, there is no separate entity that is the target of our anger, or the object of any emotion. In reality, there is no reason to get angry at all. We create the story, the projections, and the anger at the same time. — Tenzin Wangyal
The person who doesn’t read lives only one life. The reader lives 5,000. Reading is immortality backwards. — Umberto Eco
The events of your past are fixed. The meaning of your past is not.
The influence of every experience in your life is determined by the meaning you assign to it.
Assign a more useful meaning to your past and it becomes easier to take a more useful action in the present. — James Clear
Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry. Go into details; it pays in every way. Time means power for your work. Mediocrity is always in a rush; but whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with consideration. For genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly. — Amelia Barr
I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try. — Nikki Giovanni
my beloved kin, emet ezell, is a published poet! check out their (first?) published poem
some things i’ve written since the last newsletter:
some audio and/or podcasts i’ve listened to since the last newsletter:
some videos i watched since the last newsletter:
some things i’ve been (aurally) enjoying since the last newsletter:
a story for alexis — adrienne maree brown
MONTERO (call me by your name) — lil nas x
cleared out the jobs ‘cause it was getting long.
note - any recipient of this newsletter is welcome to send me job postings to share in future editions. however, i only share job descriptions with listed salary ranges.
Solstice newsletter: newsletter #3 (!!)
building belonging: Social justice has a leadership problem
emet ezell: there is no happier world
astroradicals: THE MOOD: Reckoning and Release
right now i’m learning…
about death and dying from elisabeth kübler-ross. one thing: she created the five stages of grief but says in the chapter immediately following the five chapters where she discusses each stage, “We have discussed so far the different stages that people go through when they are faced with tragic news—defense mechanisms in psychiatric terms, coping mechanisms to deal with extremely difficult situations. These means will last for different periods of time and will replace each other or exist at times side by side.” nonlinearity forever.