- # 47768 pts - Scout: billPegeen11 hours ago
Perspective is everywhere and a gateway to extreme gratitude if you care to look around. And I care to, every day, because there is always something bright and beautiful in the storm of sadness and overwhelm. Right when the sheltering in place happened, I heard an owner of a business, that I frequent, just got diagnosed with breast cancer. It has stayed with me, this perspective, and the many others I have viewed/read about since. It could always be worse - always. It could be dying alone in a hospital. Surrounded by others dying alone. Read this article if you are having a bad day.
- # 114714 pts - Scout: chrissetianaOrganizer Sandbox | Gabrielle Sloss | 5/20/20 | 7 min4 reads3 comments10Organizer SandboxGabrielle Sloss|5/20/20|7 min4 reads10Pegeen1 day ago
I have personally found all of this to be true. Accepting, leaning in, opening to discomfort/pain and uncertainty help it to move through me. It’s a process that requires being alone in silence, allowing the time needed for transmutation.
- # 133827 pts - Scout: chrissetianaThe Guardian | Afua Hirsch | 5/21/20 | 4 min17 reads6 comments7.8The GuardianAfua Hirsch|5/21/20|4 min17 reads7.8Pegeen2 days ago
I tend to agree with Rajoelina’s estimation that many nations have a patronizing attitude towards African innovation. “If it was a European country that had actually discovered this remedy, would there be so much doubt?” Their numbers are impressive and speak for themselves. And I, for one, would LOVE a herbal remedy. I have a functional medicine doctor who uses pharmaceutical grade herbal remedies and they work exceptionally well without all the harmful side affects of lab made drugs.
- # 183006 pts - Scout: chrissetianaThe New York Times Company | CHRISTINE HAUSER, Derrick Bryson Taylor, Neil Vigdor | 5/26/20 | 8 min5 reads3 comments9.3The New York Times CompanyCHRISTINE HAUSER, Derrick Bryson Taylor, Neil Vigdor|5/26/20|8 min5 reads9.3
My husband I watch the 6:30pm channel 7 world news with David Muir most nights. We saw this video last night and both of us were SO freaked out! It was beyond horrifying. I had to look away, it was that disturbing. There is NO way the police should get away with this one - caught on camera; other officers standing by watching; bystanders pleading for the officer to release his knee hold; the poor victim gasping for air, pleading that he could not breathe. There is NO justification. Even if this man was armed - which they say he wasn’t - it doesn’t justify the brute force. He was already on the ground, handcuffed and not a risk. I honestly could hardly fall asleep last night with the image in my mind. I feel SO badly for the family and friends of this man. I know the officers in question have been fired. They should be charged with murder. The FBI is investigating.
- # 251950 pts - Scout: SEnkeyThe New York Times Company | BENJAMIN MUELLER | 5/25/20 | 8 min3 reads2 comments7.5The New York Times CompanyBENJAMIN MUELLER|5/25/20|8 min3 reads7.5
WOW! This is such an outrage! And in a pandemic, you do not get to physically check on your loved one. It’s a heartbreaking situation. This is such a truism: “It’s money before care all the time.”
- # 28740 pts - Scout: chrissetianaHuman Parts | Vanessa Smith Bennett | 3/20/18 | 4 min20 reads6 comments9.1Human PartsVanessa Smith Bennett|3/20/18|4 min20 reads9.1
Emotions as messengers - yes! I agree, they should never be suppressed. The journey to knowing oneself is both fascinating and humbling. And well worth the effort.
- # 118514 pts - Scout: PegeenScienceAlert | Peter Dockrill | 3 min2 reads1 comment7.5ScienceAlertPeter Dockrill|3 min2 reads7.5
Complicated, to say the least! North and south poles “flipping”? A vast dense rock under Africa called the African Large Low Shear Velocity Province - amazing the mysteries of Nature!
- # 77269 pts - Scout: billPegeen4 days ago
Ha! Foreplay rules! It’s the “wanting,” the tension of not having, the delay of any gratification, that’s hot - in my humble opinion. The slow build up, the nuanced gestures, really creative dialogue - all of it matters. Being present, in the moment, attending to each other. I remember a male friend complaining that his wife was frigid and she, when alone with me, confessing that her husband was a terrible lover and “taking matters into her own hands.” It’s an art, for sure. And foreplay should be an everyday way of living, not just prior to the “main event.”
- AOTD on 5/26/20 - Scout: pandemiaPegeen5 days ago
I found this author’s subject matter and his analysis fascinating. Sex is an interesting topic but is not one I care to read about when a writer is not coming from a place of self love. There’s too much to be “worked out” psychologically when one is abused young in life and so the relationships tend to further the punishment and shame. I find that difficult to endure as a reader - no matter how well constructed and poetic the writer is.
- AOTD on 5/23/20 - Scout: turtlebubblePegeen5 days ago
This IS a very emotional topic, which is where I would like to enter the conversation. When I think about my own journey and experience with diet/food consumption, what I’m remembering is how much love I felt when eating and preparing food for myself and family. Whether I’m vegetarian or not is no longer the issue - more, it’s my feelings about my choices. I agree that any form of animal abuse is not good. There is no doubt that I would be taking in all the horrors and abuse, energy wise, from the food sourced in that environment. Which is why I always endeavor to choose only organic, humanely certified food sources. I do care about the animals, our environment and what’s best for all concerned. I am mindful of love in my choices - of loving myself, my family, my planet, my Source. There is such joy and celebration in food and I want that joy in all areas of the process.
- # 232200 pts - Scout: turtlebubbleThe Guardian | Hermione Hoby | 7/28/14 | 7 min6 reads4 comments9.3The GuardianHermione Hoby|7/28/14|7 min6 reads9.3Pegeen6 days ago
Just listened to Baby and felt transported back in time, so innocent and mesmerizing. I could hear this in a David Lynch movie. What a captivating story, one with heart and delayed gratification.
- AOTD on 5/20/20 - Scout: chrissetianaOrganizer Sandbox | Benjamin Hardy, PhD | 4/9/20 | 14 min26 reads5 comments7.6Organizer SandboxBenjamin Hardy, PhD|4/9/20|14 min26 reads7.6
I think this article is about discipline. My parents were strict and I was raised within its structure - household chores, studying and good grades in school, working a job each summer etc. Of course initially I resented it but as I grew into an adult, I realized how it helped me to be organized and to prioritize. Discipline actually gave me more time, flexibility and freedom. It’s so valuable and I’m glad I learned it early, as a child, otherwise this article would seem overwhelming and impossible!
- # 173044 pts - Scout: Alexa
This is a depressing article. Even if/when this pandemic ends, another will be around the corner waiting. The line about bodies stacked “like cords of wood” really put the visual in gear, as did the pus oozing from sores that clung to sheets that, when the person is turned, rips all their skin off!
- # 291874 pts - Scout: jbuchanaThe Atlantic | McKay Coppins | 5/8/20 | 4 min32 reads3 comments8.4The AtlanticMcKay Coppins|5/8/20|4 min32 reads8.4
- # 86745 pts - Scout: TripleGscitechdaily | 5/13/20 | 3 min7 reads4 comments9.2scitechdaily5/13/20|3 min7 reads9.2
Fifteen years ago I was alerted by my Integrative Health Doctor that Vitamin D was the new star on the horizon for many essential health concerns such as immunity and bone density. My husband and I got our blood levels checked and started on a regimen. Vitamin D is a hormone and must be regulated by yearly blood screening. It is a myth that being in the sun for short amounts of time will get you the amount of D that you need. It would take so much more than that and you’d risk overexposure.
- # 221229 pts - Scout: Pegeen
The tone of this article allowed me to breathe, take in the author’s words, feel his compassion. Yes, our educational institutions are going to go through huge changes. They have essentially ignored the problems for too long and now that is no longer an option. Covid 19 is making sure of it.
- # 179305 pts - Scout: deephdaveThe New York Times Company | DAVE ITZKOFF | 5/4/20 | 13 min6 reads3 comments9.7The New York Times CompanyDAVE ITZKOFF|5/4/20|13 min6 reads9.7
I love Seinfeld - can still watch episodes that I’ve seen several times and laugh out loud. Definitely a favorite show from my past, a past that was as alive as Jerry’s material. I essentially grew up with him. Many of my life experiences contained similar characters and situations depicted on Seinfeld - so relatable. I hope Jerry continues to share his brilliant gift. I like looking at the world through his eyes. His partnership with Larry David, another favorite, was a dream team. Intelligent humor reflecting our unintelligent selves. Laughter is one of the best releases.
- # 185294 pts - Scout: sylvieo
I truly embrace this way of life and practice it. I know the power and stability it brings. However, I am very compassionate to those who find this as new information and have lost their jobs and have young kids at home. This is an unprecedented time for us - with much uncertainty. Having acknowledged that, it is important to realize that change is certain and that it’s wise to learn skills to befriend it. Living in fear is hell. So I would hope that people would be willing, at some point, to try simple practices to deal with uncertainty like deep breathing, meditation, EFT (tapping) - all available for free on line. And can be done in as little as 5 minutes to start. Build from there. This is life and life will always be unpredictable. Because this is so important in life, I think we should be teaching these skills in grammar school - make it fun, easy and normal.
- # 224219 pts - Scout: kurpelsAtlas Obscura | Shoshi Parks | 5/8/20 | 12 min6 reads4 comments10Atlas ObscuraShoshi Parks|5/8/20|12 min6 reads10
I can’t get past the idea of shells and corn cobs as wipes! Fascinating that bidets were not mentioned. We bought one before the pandemic and there is no comparison. Any other means of cleansing now seems archaic. Long live the trees!
- AOTD on 5/14/20 - Scout: kurpels
- # 204243 pts - Scout: AlexaThe New Yorker | Sarah Blackwood | 5/11/20 | 5 min15 reads7 comments9.4The New YorkerSarah Blackwood|5/11/20|5 min15 reads9.4
Oh Alexa, what an incredible gift you have given to me!!!!!!!!!!! What a treasure, a discovery, an absolute gem! You have NO idea the impact this has had on me. I have been a devotee of the female nude for as long as I can remember. I find the female form interesting in all respects. As an artist, I have celebrated her in my own abstracted way over and over. I was a personal trainer and massage therapist and felt such admiration and awe in the many expressions of the female form. How miraculous our bodies, to endure all the complications of our hormonal rhythms and, of course, the grand opus, giving birth. It is disappointing that some men may never fully appreciate our deep complexities, our worth beyond the outward flesh. Thankfully we have each other. I’m truly blown away by how far ahead of her time Brigman was - a true visionary. What arduous work just to get to the locations to shoot. What strength, what devotion and passion.I LOVE the sepia tone of her photographs, the astounding sensuality, the blending of her subjects with the natural surroundings. I truly can’t say enough. This is a keeper and one story I will delve further into. I want to know more about Brigman and view more of her work. This has made my day! And Readup is SUCH a wild ride - yesterday I was having coffee with the Deadly Hornet and today wowed by an artist that I never heard of!!! Readup, you are a treasure, a bringer of delightful gifts and I pray each day for your success. You are SO needed!!! Can you feel my enthusiasm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- # 204243 pts - Scout: jeff
OMG, This is INSANE! As a person who is allergic to bees, my heart was pounding out of my chest. I started this article by first watching the link that Jeff supplied - it’s a horror! But like any horror, I could not stop watching! Then reading about Coyote Peterson calmed me down. It’s a real old fashioned success story of boy meets nature, falls in love and wants to share it with the world. The networks say no repeatedly to Coyote’s pitches for a show and so he perseveres, takes to the wild with his own crew in Ohio, his home town, and shares his adventures on YouTube. The rest is history. Love this story.
- AOTD on 5/10/20 - Scout: deephdavefs.blog | 4/28/12 | 20 min15 reads6 comments10fs.blog4/28/12|20 min15 reads10
Wow, this speech had such a heavy, conflicted undertone. One of DFW’s own struggle to have his mind be the servant instead of the master. I can feel his pain and knowing how he chose to end his life, perhaps he just couldn’t live the kind of freedom he felt was really important. “The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad, unsexy ways every day.”
- # 31297 pts - Scout: PegeenThe New York Times Company | TAFFY BRODESSER-AKNER | 5/6/20 | 41 min1 read1 comment10The New York Times CompanyTAFFY BRODESSER-AKNER|5/6/20|41 min1 read10
Really enjoyed reading about the iconic Method Actor Val Kilmer and what he has been up to since leaving Hollywood in 2015. I admired him as an actor, especially his portrayal of Jim Morrison. Seems he is obsessed with Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and Mary Baker Eddy (founder of Christian Scientist Church) - two individuals I know little about. I was never a fan of Mark Twain. Found it really painful to read any of this adventures. I know nothing about Mary Baker Eddy but will certainly check her out. Val Kilmer’s memoir sounds promising.
- # 142410 pts - Scout: Alexa
Excellent article. I agree with this observation: “In the decade after the Great Recession, American cities became very popular - and very expensive. Neighborhoods that were once jewel boxes of eccentricity became yuppie depots. Wealth elbowed out weirdness, and rents soared to suffocating levels that pushed out many of the families and stores that made cities unique.” That will be a silver lining - bringing back the weirdos - artists and counterculture! And cheaper rents.
- AOTD on 5/9/20 - Scout: bill
I was lost while reading this, totally carried along, seated across the isle from this couple. That’s what great writing is about - forgetting it’s words on paper and somehow feeling inside of it.
- AOTD on 5/5/20 - Scout: jbuchana
Interesting article. My father was the carbon copy of the dad in the movie A Christmas Story. He was involved in our lives but begrudgingly so. There was a level of tension that was disconcerting and made me fearful. Plus, he was the one who dealt the punishment, my mother warning me, “Wait till your father gets home!” However, in hindsight, he did teach me very important lessons: discipline; how to handle money; the value of education; how to study; do everything with excellence; respect others; how to clean and paint a home; be on time; drive; ride a bike. He did occasionally read to us at night, a time that softened him and that was special - to see him in a more sensitive state. I missed knowing him as a person. To engage in conversations of meaning as I got older and was on my own in the world. I had that relationship with my mother, who was much more nurturing, loving and fun. My first husband, the one I had children with, was an excellent father - very involved. My children have the kind of relationship with him that I wished I had with my dad. And I’m so glad they do - it’s awesome. I hope this is the coming trend - a blending/balancing of yin and yang in both parents. Equality in partnership and all roles of parenting.
- AOTD on 5/17/20 - Scout: deephdave
- # 286141 pts - Scout: AlexaPegeen4 weeks ago
I always read the comments on Readup - as fun and interesting as the articles themselves. Many times readers have recommended a book or link related to the article and I happily dive further into the subject matter. I’m not familiar with other reading sites but Readup seems to be an intelligent community intent on sharing and learning from one another. There are no trolls or combative, snarky comments. I feel safe and heard here.
- # 305107 pts - Scout: Alexathat seems important | 4/30/20 | 11 min4 reads4 comments10that seems important4/30/20|11 min4 reads10Pegeen4 weeks ago
Some really excellent points. I always found the first wave of feminism, my era, disturbing for the reasons given - women behaving like men to get ahead. It totally devalued women. This quote from Anne Marie Slaughter: “I suggest that real equality, full equality, does not just mean valuing women on male terms. It means creating a much wider range of equally respected choices for women and for men. And to get there, we have to change our workplace, our policies, and our culture.” This Corona Virus is forcing this change - wiping the slate clean. Picasso said all creation begins with destruction.
- AOTD on 5/1/20 - Scout: jeffSlate | Scott Douglas | 3/12/18 | 5 min32 reads19 comments9.5SlateScott Douglas|3/12/18|5 min32 reads9.5
I want this AOTD - it’s that important! My health care “team” of doctors all know about diet and exercise as a form of self care and “medicine”. They understand how movement, especially in nature, is essential to health. How what you eat, how you think, impacts all the trillion of cells in your body that are “listening” to you - that are the recipients of what you choose to feed them. When I broke both bones in my wrist 4 years ago (roller skating), my young doctor told me he would try his best to put it back together for me. I said that I NEEDED to be able to do pushups, since I did not like lifting weights. He never even questioned such a request, instead, he looked at me and said, I think I can guarantee that you will be able to do them on your knuckles, like in Karate (straight wrist). On the morning of my surgery, he came into the surgicenter with his nap sack on his back, having just left the gym. He said he felt great and was ready to give me back the use of my left hand, my dominant hand. I can now do full push ups, with no residual arthritis. I love feeling responsible for my health and for choosing a team whose values mirror my own.
- # 139434 pts - Scout: deephdaveJames Clear | 10/1/18 | 7 min46 reads8 comments8.4James Clear10/1/18|7 min46 reads8.4
- # 45635 pts - Scout: Alexa
I became physically ill after Superstorm Sandy. A side affect of my many infections was extreme anxiety. It felt as debilitating as the physical diseases. I had never been an anxious person, so this completely upended me. It also confused my many family members and friends. I was fortunate that they were all loving and compassionate during this time as I slowly found my way through this darkness. It has taken me 5 years of a multi-pronged approach to bring myself back to myself - albeit, a more expanded version of the former. I have found many practices to deal with my anxiety, namely EFT, meditation, different breathing techniques and Reiki sessions. It has felt like a miracle, a transformation and an awakening. I have complete compassion for anyone dealing with illnesses and anxiety. That is the silver lining that wraps around my heart. Just reading this article brought it all back and I could barely finish it. Each morning my Reiki group gathers virtually to send love and peace to the entire planet and all inhabitants. I believe in the calming, loving intent of group prayer. I can feel the energy pulsing in my hands and body. Wherever I manage to go during this sheltering in place, namely the food store, I look people in the eye, smile, say hello, engage in conversation - at a distance. It’s simple but powerful. And it makes me feel good to see others respond in like manner. Love and kindness will see us through. And must continue. We have to allow this experience to change us. If not, we are truly missing out on a great opportunity to heal globally.
- AOTD on 4/24/20 - Scout: casst0wnThe New York Times Company | Gabrielle Hamilton | 4/23/20 | 31 min22 reads17 comments9.9The New York Times CompanyGabrielle Hamilton|4/23/20|31 min22 reads9.9
I remember walking the streets of the East Village, that the Prune owner describes, over 40 years ago. Unique, exotic - a creative tapestry of weirdness that thrilled and delighted me. To have this jewel just an hour outside of Trenton, where I grew up, was amazing. I went often, first with friends, then my husband, then our children. Of course, over the years, the changes were glaring and disappointing - as most are when you covet the “character” of the individuals and businesses that create such an authentic stew. This was heartbreaking to read. - up close and personal. It’s insane to sit here and imagine my 24 year old self relishing this sacred place and not knowing today how NYC will look in the coming years. This pandemic has wiped the slate clean in a brutal, cold hearted way.