lqb2weekly #155 (14 june 2021)

hey,

happy almost solstice. hope you made it ok through eclipse season. it’s almost summer and i’m already busyyyyyyyy. the shift into this new “let’s all be around each other” phase of covid is very real and very fast (too fast if you ask me) but here we are! anywho, here’s a bunch of things happening that feel exciting/relevant or that i want to share. then you can head on to the rest of the things i’ve been consuming.

  • life radio Season 2 Episode 08: Thriving in Pandemic is here for you! check itttt

  • my friend chris is hosting an event on saturday called restoring family through writing. the seed of the event was to do some healing and using the process of writing our father’s obituaries (on the day before father’s day). it’s probably not for the faint of heart but if you feel excited to face hard stuff knowing how beautiful the other side can be, join ussss.

  • first light and knoll farm is hosting lula wiles on july 24, a wabanaki band, for a benefit concert to raise money for indigenous-led land back work. the goal is $25k! check it out.

  • check out this Donor-Activist Engagement Group (DEG) to support transnational Black movements globally

  • my friend, nisha, is embarking on a crowdfunding campaign to support her development as a liberatory coach! support her details here.

  • my friend, allen, had a birthday recently and is raising money for his creative art home, zeal! zeal creates spaces for Black artists to thrive and is already doing incredible work. gogogo.

  • check out these dope cambridge jukebox project story cards made by local cambridge artist, elisa hamilton!

  • baxter, a friend of my ex, is looking for a penpal. baxter is a gay white man, a writer, voracious reader and you can learn more about him here. if you’re interested, let me know.

  • lily song, a friend of mine who just departed her teaching position at harvard, has published the final website for one of her project: CoDesign Field Lab: Black Belt Study for the Green New Deal. it’s incredible. it’s “A sister collaboration between the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Destination Design School of Agricultural Estates"…

  • my friend, grant jones, just released a 4 song EP called Constellations and it’s incredible. worth an immediate listen.

on to the things!

(!!) pick of the pack


writing

some things i’ve written since the last newsletter:

quotes

there is nothing new under the sun…

How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god. — Alan Watts

A dream we dream alone is only a dream. A dream we dream together is reality. — Yoko Ono

The less a man is in touch with his true talents and abilities, the more he will envy others. If we envy a lot, we are denying our own realistic greatness, our own Divine Child. What we need to do, then, is to get in touch with our own beauty, and our own creativity. Envy blocks creativity. — Douglas Gillette and Robert L. Moore, King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

We will survive this era as we did the eras before: using the skills we have, inventing the ones we need. — Mark Gonzales

Saying no saves you time in the future. Saying yes costs you time in the future.
No is like a time credit. You can spend that block of time in the future.
Yes is like a time debt. You have to repay that commitment at some point.
No is a decision. Yes is a responsibility. —
James Clear

What do you love doing so much that the words failure and success essentially become irrelevant? — Elizabeth Gilbert

Convincing someone to change their mind is really the process of convincing someone to change their tribe. If they abandon their beliefs, they run the risk of losing social ties. You can’t expect someone to change their mind if you take away their community too. You have to give them somewhere to go.
Nobody wants their worldview torn apart if loneliness is the outcome.
— James Clear

Never cut what you can untie. — Joseph Joubert

poetry

again by park no-hae

reads

some things i’ve read since the last newsletter:

listens

some audio and/or podcasts i’ve listened to since the last newsletter:

watches

some videos i watched since the last newsletter:

jams

some things i’ve been (aurally) enjoying since the last newsletter:

jobs

upcoming events

$$ (fun-raising)

other opportunities

newsletters

right now i’m learning…

to let it actually sink in just how impactful people around think my work is. #blindspots 😅🤪

mood