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Hanging out on this morning has made me want to get an AlphaSmart, even though I hadn’t even heard of it before today.

Been drinking this wild rose moonlight white tea all weekend and it has brought me immense joy and serenity.

Ready for a lovely week ahead.

I’m pretty passionate about electoral reform, so this past Friday night, I participated in the Ranked Ballot Roadshow and talked about why changing our electoral system is an important for systemically marginalized communities.

📚 Last month, in recognition and celebration of Black History Month, I posted a book recommendation every evening . I’ve collected all 28 book recommendations here, if you’re interested in checking them out.

Have decided to do all my work in front of the fireplace today. The crackling of the wood and the warmth of the flame are excellent ways to inspire me on a snowy day.

Got my new calling cards today, and I’m smitten. (The paper stock and weight, and the letterpressing, are truly things of beauty.)

If you’re looking for gorgeous calling cards, I can’t recommend Hoban Cards enough. (Here’s a link to $10 off your first purchase.)

The amazing people at the Young Women’s Leadership Network are launching a Sexual Violence Support Toolkit to encourage consent culture and adequate support systems in our political institutions.

I’m not usually one to post about campaigns here, but if you have a few dollars sitting around, this might be a good one to support.

Got a pretty sweet postcard in the mail yesterday. Thanks, @jw!

The first song I listened to on my 36th birthday was Janelle Monáe’s “Make Me Feel” so I know this is going to be a good year.

Going to consider this music video my early birthday gift from Janelle Monae and no present this year is going to be able to top it.

And this. Also this music video.

It is truly a blessed day.

This piece on anxiety and how it defines our lives (negatively and positively) by Samir Chopra is particularly salient this week as my anxiety has been quite heightened recently and I’ve had a few panic attacks:

Anxiety is insidious, more than just a simple fear. It is, all at once, a fever and an occupation, an affliction and a constitution. An anxiety is a lens through which to view the world, a colouration that grants the sufferer’s experiences their distinctive hue. The Buddha alerted us to a fundamental metaphysical feature of this world, the ‘co-dependent arising’ of all that we experience and know. That is, nothing possesses existence independent of all else that makes it so: an anxious person inhabits a world coloured and contoured by their own, highly individual anxieties; it is a world co-constructed by the sufferer and his or her anxieties. Anxiety is therefore a perspective, a hermeneutical relationship with the world, whose text now gets read in a very peculiar way by this anxiety-laden vision. Things and persons and events fall into focus depending on their interactions with our anxieties: that man in the corner becomes threatening, this chair becomes unstable and unbalanced, that food becomes the agent of a fatal illness, my family – my wife, my daughter – appear as targets for cruel twists of fate. I live in a distinctive world shaded and illuminated by an idiosyncratic anxiety. […]

Anxiety is not singular; individual anxieties make up a sufferer’s full complement. An anxiety might be a distinctive suite packaged for application to a particular situation of time, place, circumstance and connotation. To know oneself is, very often, an injunction to know one’s anxieties – individually, distinctively – and to know how they change and morph as we do. I have learned, partially, which environments provoke and sustain my anxieties; my future steps are circumscribed by this induced caution. My trajectory through the world is thus informed, at every step, by the anxieties that afflict me.

Well worth reading. Now, I’m off to meditate for a while and then play some Alto’s Odyssey.

Last night, we celebrated two full years of living in London, Ontario. Coming from a bigger city, the transition has been an adjustment and a big change, but we’re so happy to be here.

Thank you to everyone in this great city who has been so welcoming, warm, and wonderful.

Really hope that the sequel to Alto’s Adventure has the “zen mode” from the current version. I hadn’t realized until recently just how much I use that zen mode to decompress and calm down when my anxiety is acting up.

Just unsubscribed from all 324 podcasts I was trying to keep on top of every day; starting with a clean sheet, again. If you have one or two podcasts you think are must listen, please do let me know. (Looking for endorsements, more than just recommendations.) Thanks!

Completely forgot it was my birthday next week; only remembered a few minutes ago as I was updating my /now page. I’m getting forgetful as I age, it seems.

No matter how many times I see the Rivera murals at the DIA, they still take my breath away every time. Such a wonderful weekend in Detroit; can’t wait to go back again soon.

Happy to announce that Black Panther lived up to my incredibly high expectations.

Just watched the mixed doubles curling gold medal game with a bunch of strangers at the station while waiting for our train and by the end of it we were all high-fiving and hugging each other like we were best friends. 🥌 🥇🇨🇦

About seven minutes until I get a juice box and some cookies.

The Kehinde Wiley official portrait of President Obama is absolutely stunning and positively delightful. WOW.