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  1. “Monotony Is a Luxury”: A Reading List of Black Writers and Journalists

    Read powerful writing from black writers and journalists in this reading list.

    Authors
  2. Roxane Gay

    Roxane Gay is the bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Difficult Women, among other books. Her writing has been published in numerous publications, like Oxford American and Tin House, and she is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.

    Uncategorized
  3. Art of Friendship

    In this photo essay, photographer Steve McCurry shares inspiring quotes and stunning images of friendship from around the world, including India, France, and Afghanistan.

    Exploration
  4. 1000-Word Philosophy

    1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology is a growing archive of 1000-word essays on philosophical questions, figures, and arguments. “Our goal in writing and sharing these essays is to provide high-quality introductions to great philosophical questions and debates.”

    Academia
  5. Appalachian Trail Redemption

    “I’ve come to believe that a long hike has a biological cycle. Like almost everything—life, relationships, civilizations, songs, stories, stars—it is born in explosive uncertainty.” At Appalachia Journal, Ben Montgomery writes on divorce, loss, and taking his kids on a 244-mile walk to make sense of it all.

    Essay
    Photo via Ben Montgomery
  6. Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

    “It’s The Summer Cake to End All Summer Cakes; you might as well just swan dive in.” Looking for a delicious sweet treat? Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen recipe for a hot fudge sundae cake will certainly satisfy your craving.

    Cooking
  7. “Unite & Represent”: Asian American Writers on WordPress

    We’re a sponsor of this year’s annual conference of the Asian American Journalists Association! Here’s a showcase of Asian American writers that have built their online presence with WordPress.

    Authors
    The WordPress website of Esmé Weijun Wang.
  8. Meriah Nichols

    “I ‘pass’ as non-disabled, but I’m disabled.” The goal of Meriah Nichols is to “unpack, empower, and share disability through stories, photos, opinions, resources, and reviews” on her website.

    Diversity
  9. Thyme Roasted Peach and Mascarpone Ice Cream with Toasted Brioche Crumbles

    “Behold: my attempt at a fancy, cheesy, artisan ice cream.” At If the Spoon Fits, Lindsay shares her recipe for a rich mascarpone and vanilla cream with thyme flavor, a ripple of summer peach, and swirls of toasted brioche crumbles.

    Food
  10. Surfers Against Sewage

    “One marine mammal or sea bird dies every 30 seconds due to plastic pollution.” Surfers Against Sewage is an environmental charity focused on tackling plastic pollution and protecting the U.K.’s coastline.

    Environment
    Photo by Emiliano Arano from Pexels
  11. Think.Make.Share.

    The blog from the creative studios at Hallmark — the well-known greeting card company — shares DIY and craft ideas for parties, events, holidays, and more.

    Art
  12. Eight Tiny Stories, Translated From the Emoji

    James Hannaham and John W. Bateman play a game: one of them texts five random emoji to the other, and the recipient then creates a micro-story. Read some of their collaborations at Electric Literature

    Fiction
  13. The GroundTruth Project

    The GroundTruth Project is a nonprofit news organization focused on supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world. One of its initiatives, Report for America, places promising reporters into local news outlets around the country.

    Journalism
    Photo by brotiN biswaS from Pexels
  14. RAICES

    RAICES, the largest immigration legal services nonprofit in Texas, focuses on under-served immigrant children, families, and refugees.

    Nonfiction
  15. Find Us Lost

    Find Us Lost is Selena Taylor’s stylish, highly curated travel blog that features destination guides and inspiration for modern world travelers.

    Exploration
    Images via Find Us Lost