Bits and Clips for November 2016

Bits and Clips for November 2016


This is a monthly feature of the best I read, saw, or listened to on the internet each month. This month sadly has been very much colored by the events of our recent election, which feels devastating to me beyond September 11, or the shootings at Sandy Hook, which both hit very close to home. So for those of you that feel differently, you will have to excuse me once more, because many –but not all– of the articles in the “ideas” section below are related to that. As usual, I have the links separated out topically for your convenience, so you can find what you want, or avoid what you wish. Meanwhile, it is my earnest hope you remember I love you all and that you find something here that is interesting, helpful, enlightening, thought-provoking, or inspiring:


On Starting and Finishing a Painting with Lyn Asselta

Artist Hyunmee Lee: Gesture and the Flow (video)

Nancy Wood’s Fluid Color (video)

No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear: Toni Morrison on the Artist’s Task in Troubled Times


Susan Boyle make me a channel of your peace (audio)

Advent: A Permanent Blessing

Thankful in a Tumultuous Year

Universal Power of Gratitude


Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded

Story behind Norman Rockwell’s Golden Rule (video)

Interactive Periodic Table (videos)

First, Lord, No Tattoos

This is Your Brain on Nature

Today. Tomorrow.

Here’s Why We Grieve

The Letter Aaron Sorkin Wrote His Daughter After Donald Trump Was Elected President

Teach Your Child to Not Interrupt in One Simple Step

The Danger of a Dominant Identity

Sen. Bernie Sanders: It’s time for Democratic ‘soul-searching’

President Trump’s First Term

The Reason Your Feed Became An Echo Chamber — And What To Do About It

A New Approach to Regulating Student Behavior in School

Why I’m Renouncing ‘Evangelicalism’

76 of Trump’s Many Campaign Promises

Trump Voters Will Not Like What Happens Next

What the @#$% Do We Do Now?

From Inside the Darkness

Forget Canada. Stay and Fight for American Democracy

Let’s Not Do This Again

A List of Pro-women, Pro-immigrant, Pro-earth, Anti-bigotry Organizations that Need Your Support

Never underestimate how much America hates women

Don’t Mourn, Fight Like Hell

Voted for Trump? I have only one Plea

Homeless in America

An American Tragedy

How do I explain this to my children? (video)

What Happened on Election Day

The Average American Throws Away 82 Pounds of Clothing per Year

Now Everything Counts

What Does A Trump Presidency Mean For Climate-Change Education?

I Choose Love (video)

Beating the ‘Fake News’ Trap

Cheryl Strayed’s response to Trump’s victory

A 12-Step Program for Responding to President-Elect Trump


Amazon Prime Nailed this ad

This Mom Has Had Enough: It’s Time We Stop Saying ‘Boys Will Be Boys’

Dan Rather sounds the alarm: ‘Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent’

The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President

The Constitution lets the electoral college choose the winner. They should choose Clinton.


Staying Alive: Mary Oliver on How Books Saved Her Life and Why the Passion for Work Is the Greatest Antidote to Pain

Best 30 Young Adult Books


Recipe: Autumn Glow Salad with Lemon Dressing (add cashews and grilled shrimp)



The World Once Bereft

We are Saying Thank You Faster And Faster

JFK on Poetry, Power, and the Artist’s Role in Society: His Eulogy for Robert Frost, One of the Greatest Speeches of All Time


These are Tesla’s stunning new solar roof tiles for homes

With a Stroke of His Pen President Obama Permanently Protects Planned Parenthood

One small sign of progress: the number of women of color in the Senate quadrupled

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I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Lindsey 8 years ago

    What a great list. Honored to be included. xox

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      Polly Castor 8 years ago

      Lindsey, I love your blog. We have many similar interests, perspectives, and convictions. You might like my blog as well. Anyway, I am delighted to include you. xox

  2. Joe Herring 8 years ago

    That Sorkin letter was a gem!

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