[MONDAYS ARE FINE] NOVEMBER 14

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1. On this particular Monday, things don't really feel fine. And at the tail end of a traumatic year, last week's election results are too depressing to process. We'll move forward because we must, but let's not pretend to ourselves that this is anything short of an American tragedy.

2. Now more than ever, we have to wield our personal power resources in a positive and proactive way. Donating to Planned Parenthood is a good place to start. More ways to protest, donate, and volunteer via The Fader here.

3. "Everyone has something valuable to share. We should start each day by consciously asking ourselves, “What can I do today to appreciate the gifts that others offer me?” We need to make sure that global brotherhood and oneness with others are not just abstract ideas that we profess, but personal commitments that we mindfully put into practice." Soothing and encouraging words from the Dalai Lama.

4. Some of my favourite women writers weigh in with their personal responses (and calls to action): Ann FriedmanHeather HavrileskyTaffy Brodesser-Akner.

5. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie eyerolling at American Spectator's editor on BBC Newsnight will bring a smile to your face (even as his comments reduce you to despair).

6. There's always solace to be found in art. Listen to the new Tribe album. Go to see the Kerry James Marshall exhibition at Met Breuer. Read one of the 21st Century's 12 Greatest Novels.

7. When art won't cut it, comfort yourself with the most perfect scrambled eggs...

8. ...then watch a few episodes of Issa Rae's Insecure or Donald Glover's Atlanta...

9. ...or plan an escape somewhere tropical by taking advantage of one of the incredible discount deals from Scott's Cheap Flights.

10. And if none of that works, let's just be thankful for Dave Chappelle.

 

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