Weekly Link Love — Edition 91

Research of the Week

Humans were breeding sled dogs at least as far back as 9500 years ago.

High-carb meals depress postprandial energy expenditure.

Antidepressant effects of ayahuasca may be linked to its anti-inflammatory effects.

Among senior men, low protein intake is deadly.

Taking glucosamine linked to lower mortality.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 435: Jennifer Fulwiler: Host Elle Russ chats with Jennifer Fulwiler, a best-selling author and standup comic.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 70: Laura and Erin chat with JR Burgess, who shares an incredible number of health coaching insights, techniques, and innovations.

Media, Schmedia

How minor are the “minor side effects” of proposed COVID-19 vaccines?

Humans have been in the Americas for far longer than previously suspected, according to new evidence.

Interesting Blog Posts

Why Athenian apartments have stood the test of time.

Where are all the preemies?

Social Notes

Salt.

Everything Else

New Canadian mask deactivates 99% of coronavirus.

Gut bugs convert type A blood to universal donor blood.

Are kids actually getting more nature these days?

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Interesting results: How has the Paleo community changed over the years?

I hope this ends up working: New blood test promises to show cancer 4 years before symptoms appear.

Cool map: Accelerating use of iron across the world.

Interesting line of research: What slows you down when training—pain or effort?

Good news: Exercise fights the coronavirus blues.

Question I’m Asking

What do you think of this video? Should we change our relationship with nature?

Recipe Corner

  • Looking for something to do with all that canned tuna you bought during the pandemic? Make spicy tuna cakes.
  • The meatball knows no national or ethnic boundary.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jul 18 – Jul 24)

Comment of the Week

“It is indeed warm in Hawaii, but most people here like to avoid the heat as much as those in any other warm region (such as Florida), so it’s not clear that Hawaii’s lower infection rate is largely due to the weather.

While isolation from other states and quarantine rules surely do play a role (though many break quarantine as it’s largely unenforceable), a likely bigger factor is that the vast majority of people in Hawaii consistently wear a face covering and provide distance when around others.

This may be due in part to Hawaii’s culture, where the concept of “family” (?ohana) extends to the entire community and caring about elders and others is fundamental, but I am glad for it nonetheless.”

Mark’s comment illustrates the near-limitless range of potential confounding variables.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Mark after reading over how the Paleo movement has changed over the last 5 years it appears that white folks over the age of 40 (I am 38) appear to primarily be the ones following Paleo. There seems to be a few niches out there some folks could go after.

    You have any ideas how we get the younger generation on board? What about low-income folks?

    With the sale of Primal Kitchen in some ways it seems to be going more mainstream but that report left me to believe things may be headed the other way.

    1. I am young and low (zero) income. I and my children are primal and have been for years (since they were babies). I can say that it won’t be easy or maybe even possible to get young and/or low income folks on board, specifically the latter group. It really is hard and I’ve struggled many times with too few calories. But my children have not (they’re also VERY lean and tall now despite having been super fat babies). Low income makes it hard to eat any healthier diet while eating sufficient calories, except maybe vegan because beans are cheap, but no… It is possible, but too hard for the many people struggling with low income to take on the stress of, I would think. My resolve is strong because of my children, before them I ate crap and nothing but it. Anyway, that’s my take on it.

      1. I think that when they mean the Young population, they don’t mean a parent with children old enough to have its height measured (you called them ).

        1. Think tall for their age. You didn’t grow up with a door frame where your height, and your siblings, was recorded?

        2. Re: Primal not so young
          I’m 23, I had children young. And yes very tall for their ages (5 and 3).

      2. It’s such a sad state of affairs that paleo (real) food is unaffordable while ultraprocessed frankenfoods are the only things accessible to low to moderate income folks. If we can figure out how to fix this, and convince people to buy and eat the real foods, we fix SO. MANY. PROBLEMS.

      3. My mother said children were put on earth to make the parents behave. I am not sure she meant how we feed out children but I think she would have agreed that including that aspect would be a plus. Good for you TG.

    2. When I started out c. 2012, it seemed like it was mostly 20-and–30-somethings, usually those with more advanced educations. At least, that’s what the forum and limited in-person interactions made it seem like.

  2. Hi Mark, Why do you frequently link to articles that require a subscription to other publications?

    1. Hi Jen, I know you didn’t ask me, however, you can email the authors of the studies and most of them will happily email you a copy! I’ve done this a few times. It’s great, and might help so you don’t have to pay for a publication. Just an idea.

  3. The nature video is another thinly veiled attack on capitalism by a young social justice warrior.

    1. And it saddens me as a christian myself how christianity is attaqued freely on all front. It is western society who must be condemned not christian faith. Personally I am a christian who loves nature and who is primal since many years and I don’t understand why they put paganism on a pedestal like it is the way. My God created the universe and his creation is good and I love it because it is full of beauty and goodness and it elevate my soul to noble things.

  4. “Some later premature births also might have been avoided during lockdowns simply because doctors weren’t inducing mothers for reasons like high blood pressure….”

    What?

  5. The first Protea blooming. Bijou the cat walked with me for 10 mins. The Tung nut tree has no leaves. The epidendrum Snow White has one flower and many buds. Walking 2ks every afternoon is getting easier and faster

  6. The Little Things.

    1. Waiting for the sun to rise (sic) a bit more to light up my cat Snooze who is lying atop a bale of hay.
    2. Noticing the resemblance between the black, round eyes of my 5 yr old grand niece on holiday in Greece and the plate of black, round olives on her plate.
    3. Not long after seven cats were gobbling up their breakfast of kibbles and cream, they were suddenly all gone. Disappeared. Back to bed I suppose.
    4. A convalescing cat with her nose close to an upturned chair leg soaking up the information contained on the arris of the two planes. Flat surfaces don’t interest them, but where the surfaces meet, that does. We will never know what they’re reading.

  7. Hi to all from Wales in the Uk
    My five things this week were:-
    1. Listening to the sound of the foghorn in the morning as we did as children knowing it would be another wonderful day at the beach when the sun burnt the mist off the water .
    2 Sitting with my coffee on the beach watching what we use to call sea diamonds – the sunlight glancing on the water .
    3. The loving look in my partners eyes as he laughed when I told him about my latest domestic disaster – we were FaceTiming as he works away .
    4. Sitting in the sunroom at my mother s house looking at her roses in the garden – she passed a few months ago and her flowers have just come out .
    5. Waking up in my childhood home for one of the last times and appreciating just being able to be here still .

  8. I love your piece on the little things. During the pandemic I have been lucky enough to have a beautiful green space to go running. I live close to central London but Hampstead Heath can make you forget all the busyness of this city. I have enjoyed listening to birds, to rain fall on leaves, to feel that rain cool my skin and taste it as it falls on my face. I’ve seen squirrels, foxes, every possible breed of dog. I’ve had conversations with celebrities and strangers and have had the gift of seeing the seasons change in a way I never had time for before. While the important stuff still goes on, I have learnt these little things are actually the big things that make my life better.

  9. Those little things are actually our connection with life and life’s connection with us. The question is are we noticing? The way the grasshopper hops, the shape of flowers, the movement of water sprinklers, the haze around a half moon.

  10. Rainbows
    Smell of the grass being mowed.
    My granddaughter saying ..weee on the swing
    The feel of the wind in my hair as we go boating

  11. Little things:
    The first mug of hot, steamy coffee.
    Hugs from your 13 yr old son (ok that’s a big thing)
    Salad we made from farmers market trip.
    Getting lost in a book

  12. photo’d a pair of cooper’s hawks
    photo’d a black snake in the yard
    enjoyed the rain as it flowed over the driveway
    watched my grandson find joy in lifting weights

  13. I get up long before dawn to spend time with God alone!
    I love watching the early morning Sunrise every day,
    It helps me dance and sing a celebration of life.
    I make a gratitude list every day finding different things that I am grateful for every day. I start every morning with a large mug of Super Coffee! I watch the birds eating in my feeders. I watch the squirrels play every morning. I celebrate my alone time in the morning to celebrate every day alive! Some days there are deer in my back field. Sometimes fox! We had a mom fox & 3 baby fox for a while. The farmer left 1 bail of hay in the field. The babies had a great time playing king of the bail. They would knock each other off and scramble to be the one on the hay bail!

  14. My little things
    – walking Early morning on woods with a coffee and watching squirrels

    -sitting outside home after sunset and watching the clouds

    – talking to old friends about all memories
    – sitting on a tiny coffee shop and reading news paper

  15. I had the rare opportunity to be with family from out of state last night in our home. My wife’s niece turned 10 and we celebrated together her milestone. I was reminded how much family matters. Thank you for today’s entry. It helped me greatly. (Sunday July 26)

  16. I listened to the neighborhood owl as I was walking the dog, found sleeping bumblebees on my black eyed Susan’s and watched a little lizard blow his little red throat out like a balloon ( I think he was flirting with me) the little things help me with things like COVID-19.

  17. The little things are the best things! Practicing mindfulness and gratitude on a daily basis for years now I notice many more “little things”. This daily practice is a daily routine and natural for me and what Mark said is spot on!
    Watching birds build a nest in a tree in my yard
    Feeling the morning breeze on my face on an early morning walk.
    Being blessed with the gift of being here another day
    Holding my husbands hand as we walk
    Watching nature’s animals outside in the early hours of the morning sipping Matcha tea.

  18. Sometimes irony is rewarding. Funny you point out that the little things in life are what continue to give some of us hope, meaning, joy … you choose your feeling/adjective. I have been suffering the affects and persistent symptoms of coronavirus-19 since early April. The sense of smell and taste has yet to return completely. But the thing I noticed was that I can smell flowers and floral type odors, and I can taste sweet, salty and spicy seasoning. I have been a person who tends to enjoy the simple things in life, and through a horrible experience with covid19, I realize how much more I want to enjoy the scents and scenery, the moments and the time … the time is really something that is very easily taken for granted. The simple things in life are the treasures that are worth holding on to. I will close by saying that one of the last photographs I took, with deep meaning only to me, was of a spiderweb that was woven into a window of a west side wall … the sunlight is what caused the web to be noticeable, as it was setting. It caused me to pause and reflect on the world we live in today. It allowed me a moment to reflect on how important the time we are blessed with each day is, as that day was coming to an end. As the phrase in one of my favorite movies, Home Alone II, goes (in part): “I won’t forget to remember …”

  19. Five “little things” that I enjoyed this week…
    1. Hummingbirds at my feeder.
    2. Feeling of contentment after training.
    3. The friendless of a worker at my favorite bookstore.
    4. A good cup of coffee this morning.
    5. The sense of discovery that I had when I came across some words of wisdom in a book that I was reading.

  20. I loved that you were appreciating that spider’s web! Natural magic at it’s best. How do they know how to do it, so perfectly? As I sit in my flower garden, recovering from Covid I stop typing and feel some cool breezing hitting my face, birds chirping and enjoy my faithful dog, relaxing at my feet. Stopping to “smell the roses” can only happen when we just slow down, enough to notice. Covid is nasty, so stay home and stay safe. I have been following you for many years, love your frankness and wisdom, thank you.

  21. I felt a very warm breeze on my face.

    I watched the neighbor’s tree wave at me as a breeze blew through it.

    I listened to the quiet as I lay in bed awake in the wee hours of the morning.

  22. Every morning while I am reading my Bible, I notice the dawn creeping up over the 2 tallest spruce trees.
    I watched the dragonflies dart back and forth over my west meadow.
    I sat in amazement watching my dog roll in the wild thyme because it’s scratchy and that feels so good to him!
    I marvel at the succession of blooming wildflowers in the meadows as the season marches on.

  23. Things I noticed this week:
    A pair of hummingbirds have set up a nest in one of my trees.
    When the sun comes up, I see a light through a crystal that hangs in my window.
    Morning coffee tastes so good when everyone is still asleep.
    Since I’m. It working (Covid), I have no stress….

  24. We live on what’s left of our farm, 12 acres with a large pond. I’ve been amazed at all the spider webs that are highlighted in the morning dew. I can’t help thinking man if I ever thought I had a bad day at this moment when I realize every time my husband mows these spiders have to totally start over. A weekly event for them. I am content to live out here in the country. To see the fox, turkeys, deer and what ever else that wants to flow through my corner of the world.

  25. I noticed the way the sun sparkled on my pool water. The sparkles looked alive and dancing on top of the water. It brought me joy! Great post! Those moments are EVERYTHING!

  26. Great observations Mark!
    – Real blackberries are ripe right now and I savored their wild, mouth-puckering flavor on the bike trail this morning.

    – Playing toys with my one year old nephew at a birthday party yesterday. Offer him a million dollars and he couldn’t care less…now offer him a wooden stick, that’s a different story.

    – Picking fresh carrots out of the ground earlier this week. The sweet smell was phenomenal.

    – Having the opportunity to sit outside in the sun and read. I’ll be missing it in January!

  27. Thank you for the lovely thoughts this Sunday. I have been doing the same thing theses days and it is special
    Liz

  28. I had an opportunity to stay at a beach house for free overlooking a sound on topsail island and as I drank my coffee on the deck overlooking the inland water way this morning I watched 2 ospreys hunting and feeding on their catch of the day, silently and independently satisfying the needs. They were totally focused and living in the moment, probably not thinking about yesterday or tomorrow.

    It reminded me that I will chose to live today moment to moment and reach out to those I love and let them know I love them.
    It was my “spider web”
    Thanks
    Chuck

  29. This is PERFECT, sir. It might just be one of those little things that are such treasures to us, and so necessary. Thanks for writing it.

  30. 1- my neighbor lending me her paddle board at 6 :30 am for a glassy lake paddle on Monday morning
    2-hugging my 16 hear old son for a long time because it had been a long time since we hugged
    3- my husband taking a walk with me when he usually takes a pass for a walk
    4- a hand written card received from an old neighbor
    5- Taking a full shower in cold water

  31. I watched the fish in my pond as I fed them, saw bumblebees feeding on my butterfly bush, watched as an Oklahoma thunderstorm blew huge clouds thru our area, watched my pups play out in the yard, then walked thru my garden and was amazed at the wonder of growing our own food! I try to take the little things in as blessing right now!

  32. If these are “for you,” then are we supposed to be sharing?

    Gazing into another’s eyes while engaged and immersed in conversation.
    The quiet, (though invisible to the eye.)
    The way her hair falls upon her shoulder.
    Hummingbird studiously at the flower, it’s seemingly untiring search for nectar; its heart beating like fire, not even matching the rhythm or speed of its wings.
    *Last week, good point on “invalidating feelings” Mark. However, what you missed was that you’re stating to the readers “to stop!” is to miss that you ironically, albeit with the best of intentions, were paradoxically guilty of the very action you were professing others to not.

    You must just not have noticed this or you might have suggested to your readers simply that “you’re not noticing that your invalidating his or her feelings.” Hence, this would be the first step by encouraging another to become self-aware. Final point: Intentions vary when invalidating another’s feelings in that one could be wanting another to not hurt all the way to the other end of the spectrum of trying to shut them up from complaining.by telling them to stop
    In any case, you’re column was well intended so I appreciate that!

  33. Reading your Mark’s Daily Apple takes just a few minutes but it is an indulgence that matters in a large amount of my time as it leaves thoughts that linger through the day. Thank you!

  34. I saw a baby bunny scamper around in my garden, a large black wasp seek moisture from my watered plants, a happy, older, dog wag it’s tail, turtle doves stare down at me from a branch…as I relished the heat from our nearby star, the sun.

  35. This has been a common theme for me this week (also one of those little things that your article mentions this) and it started with a quote from a documentary “The things we see out of the corner of our eyes are the things that are most important.” – Hank Virgona

    1. While sprinting, a 17 year old athlete walks up to race with me.

    2. Redirecting my lunch walk in a new unfamiliar path and discovering the perfect shady street to walk while it is 95 degrees and humid.

    3. Meditating at the park at sunrise and feeling the intensity of the rising sun on my skin.

    4. Hiking to a waterfall and immersing my head into the gushing falls and cold water and rising into the sunlight. Repeat 4 times!

  36. Thank you!!!
    This is my new favorite Sunday with Sisson post.

  37. My daughter is visiting, but sleeping in tent in backyard – social distancing as she is physician.
    Got backyard bonfire going off of last nights embers, cooked our breakfast like we were camping in wilderness.
    Picked fresh from our garden and had awesome conversation….. all in our backyard.
    Have a great day everyone.
    ???????

  38. Looked at a comet
    Hunted for rocks with my kids
    Cooked a steak over an open fire
    Watched shooting stars
    Sat in a rain storm

  39. Nice topic! I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, probably as a result of spending more time within a 1 mile area. Every evening I put down my screens and go for a bike ride. I look up a lot and get that same sense of peace and joy from watching trees in the wind, noticing all the different greens that make up our woods and prairie landscape, and the impossible technicolor sunsets out here. Those are some of the best moments of any day, and put me in a better space to appreciate the laughter and sweetness of time with my husband and daughters as well.

  40. I too have watched sunlight through a spider’s web. They remind me of dreamcatchers.
    Other little things this week:
    A pair of hawks sitting in the top of a tree in my front yard.
    Wild turkeys roosting in the trees
    House wrens snatching wasps from they’re nest under the eaves
    A butterfly drying it wings after the morning rain
    A late season fawn playing in the rain while his mother grazes nearby

  41. Beautiful email newsletter this morning, Mark. Thank you. The little things. Those feel true. Those unite us.

    The older I get, the more humble and suspect I become about what I know. My 20-something self was sure of things. My 30-something self was sure of others. Now in my mid-40s, I imagine my mid-50s self will look back at these present musings and cringe a little – hopefully with acceptance, compassion and deeper, wiser knowing. A knowing born of more life, more practice, more seeing, more listening, more time.

    Here’s to lots of that – life, practice, listening, seeing. Taking it all in. Taking all the time we need. Taking time to notice the way light plays off a spider web.

    And…here’s to nurturing love and consciousness along the way. And showing up for simple, ultimately clear choices that are a kindness to our own body, mind and soul…and the bodies, minds and souls of others. Though details and places of knowing may shift, this thread is a through line. Let’s be present. Be kind. Love more. Always.

  42. The 40+ hummingbirds coming to our feeder, the sunlight on the “rose” of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, the beautiful lilies blooming here when we are far too north for where these lilies are “supposed to” bloom, baby chipmunks active all over the woods, and a text from a granddaughter with a picture of a “different” caterpillar “because Dad says Grandma can always find the answer”…and I did. Many thanks for your posts.

  43. I heard Eastern Narrowmouth Toads singing in the pasture – they sound like little goats! Saw an awesome sunset off the deck on Friday. Cardinal Flower is about to bloom in the garden, and the Joe Pye Weed is going full bore.

  44. I watched geese hop up stones to get to the top of the hill. I saw Holly hocks in a deep purple almost black in color!
    I took my new dog (15 yr old pomchi) out for a 6am walk which I hadn’t walked a dog in a few years let alone at 6am. I stood under a tree in the pouring rain that caught me off guard, it was deafening and so beautiful! I picked out my engagement ring and at 56 thats a first for me! ?

  45. I live in Georgia and right now its hot, so recently, I’ve been giving my plants a little extra water with the hose vs. sprinklers. As I was spraying my Dogwood tree suddenly a humming bird appeared and began to bathe, fluttering its wings as the mist of the water dripped onto the leaves. It was a magical moment. Now i keep watching for him to return.
    I love those Simple unexpected moments interacting with nature!

  46. I learned the difference between happiness & joy this year. Happiness can be addictive, people cling to wanting to be happy all the time but happiness doesn’t last. When happiness is gone one looks for external things to bring it back. Joy on the other hand happens in the present moment. A baby laughing, a big dog running after a frisbee, a drive down a country road, etc…Joy is an open door to presence.

  47. I love this post. I have spent more time these past months doing exactly this and I think it is a great thing to share with others. When I do share many share back similar items or reflect on how great the simple wonders of life, love and nature can be. The ladybug on my plant, roaming through my garden each morning in amazement at what I can produce, the sun on my back, the laughter of my children and the comfort of my dog walking beside me as I take in the morning air and walk around our back yard. We are so very blessed when we choose to stop, look, listen and feel our world. Thank you for sharing.

  48. I decided to try my hand at container gardening this year. Every morning I’m excited to wake up and see what produce is ready for harvest. It’s a very peaceful way to begin my day as I am just in the moment watering and spending time touching each of my plants. There’s always some sorts of pollinator buzzing about to greet me and on my really early mornings(4:00am) I even catch my toad friend out finishing up its nightly hunt. I’m very thankful for all that my plants have produced for me and haven’t had to buy much grocery store produce at all. Not to mention all that unfiltered morning sunshine I get while spending time with my container garden!!

  49. Mark, your :Sundays with Sisson” are always a welcome appearance in my inbox, but this week’s was especially poignant. I don’t often comment, but this come compelled me to.

    Things have become so incredibly polarized and *angry* in the nutrition world the last few years. People I once respected have gone in directions and have been using language that are not (in my opinion) appropriate for professionals of their standing. Not that I am the self-appointed tone police…just saying that I have pared down the number of people I pay attention to these days and am more selective about whom I devote time to reading, watching, etc.

    You are among the top people who help me maintain faith that being in this industry is still worthwhile. Among voices of anger, contention, judging, vitriol, and closed-mindedness, you have always stood out as a much, MUCH needed voice of reason, sanity, understanding, empathy, honesty, and gentleness. You have never waivered in this, and this is why you remain one of my favorite and most trusted people in this “space.”

    As for your message this Sunday about the little things: Indeed, during my long walks, I *do* take the time to literally stop and smell the roses — and yes, it makes a difference in my life. You could not be more right about the little things. They are, after all, the big things. Piles of money, fancy cars, summer homes in exotic locales — you know what they say — “You can’t take it with you.”

    On the other hand, the awe of seeing a beautiful sunset, the simple joy in chopping vegetables for a meal (whether for yourself or a group of loved ones), the deep, abiding pleasure of a board game night with friends and a middle-of-the-road wine… THIS is the stuff of life.

    Thank you, my friend.

  50. Little things: the new buds coming on the Columbine plant on my patio. Rain. Thunder! Sweet little birds outside. An inspirational talk on our church website that answered a question.

  51. On my morning walk I realized the evaporation of body water (sweat) would, in time become rain. Also, while walking through oak and elm trees, we are exchanging breath. We Belong in a self sustaining, nurturing bio culture. The fragrance of freshly fallen rain is such a reminder of life’s little blessings. Great to feel so alive and connected.

  52. Little things in life…
    … a text or email or phone call from one my the millennial relatives
    …a surprise bouquet of sweet peas from my neighbour
    …in this isolation a contact with my wonderful relatives
    … making banana bread and smelling it baking
    … reading the back-log of my large stack of great books
    … contact with my terrific neighbours who, in this pandemic isolation, have just been an incredible help with all things.
    I am life is full of small things.

  53. Little things in life…
    … a text or email or phone call from one my the millennial relatives
    …a surprise bouquet of sweet peas from my neighbour
    …in this isolation a contact with my wonderful relatives
    … making banana bread and smelling it baking
    … reading the back-log of my large stack of great books
    … contact with my terrific neighbours who, in this pandemic isolation, have just been an incredible help with all things.
    My life is full of small things.

  54. 1. Clearing out my rock garden and smiling to myself when I realize “I’m lifting heavy things today”
    2. Listening to the birds in my garden and telling them hello and that I hear them
    3. My daughter reaching over to hold my hand (she’s 14) while driving to the store
    4. The clock displaying 9:59 pm when I turn the lights out…then sleeping till 7:00 am

  55. In re: your 7/26 Sunday email, I think the smell of a flower and the glint of sunlight on the dewdrops on a spider web ARE the things that matter. I’m not interested in my life being a 100-year-long checklist.

    Loosely related, years ago I read a fantasy novel by Charles DeLint called “Svaha.” “Svaha”, according to the novel, was a Native American (I forget which specific language) word for “the time between the thunder and the lightning.” I’ve often thought about moments in my life like that — moments of tension or anticipation, or just times “between.” Leaning into those moments is important and valuable. It’s how we learn to remember to keep breathing through them. It’s how we remember not just to live, but to be alive.

  56. I was doing Yoga last week, standing in warrior pose, facing my kitchen window. When I heard a little “tap tap tap”. A little bird or more specifically a Carolina Wren was trying to get my attention, she/he did!! I went to the window and we locked eyes for approx. 5 seconds!! It was amazing, I mean really?!? Tapping on the window to get my attention? My thought was “Someone has died”. Later that afternoon as I logged on to catch up I saw that Charlie Daniels died and he was my father in laws favorite!!!

  57. This week when I walked by the Marina Del Rey Tern sanctuary I saw a dead gull. It wasn’t special that there was a dead gull on the beach. That happens all the time. It was that I could see it’s foot prints where it landed, where it meandered around a bit and then where it just stopped, tucked it’s wings in and died. I stood there for a long time looking at that track.

    I like that Tern Sanctuary. It’s fenced off so you can imagine what the Los Angeles dunes would look like without all the people. Inside the dunes have piled up several feeet crowned by native shore plants. You look at that and just imagine how pretty it could be.

    There was bait in the surf that morning. I knew because there was A cormorant surfacing inbetween the small waves.

    And I watched the Stand Up Paddleboarders so intent on their lesson that they didn’t notice the dolphin feeding in the same sets they were trying to ride just 20 feeet further down the from them. That’s ok. They looked like they were having a blast!

    I’ll have to give you column some further thought. I crush spiders all the time.

  58. I loved today’s Sunday with Sisson. I don’t do a lot of exciting things so those little things are really important for maintaining happiness. I’ve been having a rough time lately, joint pain flaring up, stressing out over wanting to eat bananas when I’m trying to do keto, wondering what’s worth it or what really matters. Thank you for the reminder to notice the little things. Earlier today, we and the little ones were in the backyard playing, I was sitting, and the sun’s rays felt so intense (i am very pale and have actually been getting frequent mild sun burns lately from making an effort to get outside more), and some thick clouds passed over the sun and it just felt so nice. Watching my children play is another little thing. Sipping hot ginger turmeric tea when my joints are aching. I know there’s more that I haven’t been appreciating, so thank you Mark for the lovely email today. Thank you. I needed it today.

  59. I noticed the rays coining through the morning ski with the clouds was so beautiful.

    Went and had a wine slushy at a winery on Sunday for 30 min. Have not done in two years. So fun with my husband. Great day.

  60. Completely agree! Sound of the wind in the pine trees + scent. Vast beautiful cloud formations. the way the candle flickers softly. perfectness of clean sheets. the way the futon couch hugs you.

  61. Amon those little things I notice: I recently looked across Lake Union at night and noticed one light on Queen Anne Hill was a bit bluer than the others. I looked through binocs to find they were a string of Christmas lights. There is something special about blue lights (especially deep blue) for me, especially while listening to some nice classical music for woodwinds.

  62. I gotta be honest— if someone answered “what did you today?” By telling me about a really great spider web or the sun on their arm or a beautiful flower, I would be thrilled and delighted. :).

  63. 1. During my third day at a new job, I noticed a purple wildflower blooming at the side of a pathway at work. It felt reassuring in my new environment.
    2. My 15 year old dog has a new favorite spot to be pet! After all these years, he’s discovered a new “sweet spot”. Reminds me we are always changing.
    3. Savored a freshly picked juicy, sweet peach.
    4. A hummingbird flew to my window and hovered there, seemingly looking in at me while I admired it out there. We stared at one another for what seemed like a minute.

  64. Well said Markus. I notice the softness of my dog’s fur. The brilliance of the rising half moon. The laughter of my 2 beautiful girls. The stillness of RIGHT NOW. Beautiful. Thank you for reminding me about the “little” things.

  65. I notice the comforting way my dog smells. Yes, really.
    How delicious 90 and humid feels when stepping out of too much AC.
    The meditative fun of coloring.
    A satisfying bubble belch after kombucha.

  66. I’d share a comment but the little things in between are you ME, that’s the point , right ? ?

  67. I have noticed the beautiful green of my elderly cats eyes, the chipmunk and squirrels that feed on the ground of my bird feeder, the beauty of my Desert cactus that only blooms once a year in the summer, how brown my husbands neck has gotten, the color of the sky near sunset and the bright fireflies.

  68. It is the little things that bring such joy!
    The colors of the sunrise on my way to work.
    The smell of the air after a storm how it cleans up the heavy Midwest corn air.
    A scolding from a wren- so small yet mighty.
    Ripe tomatoes.
    Scorching hot scorpion peppers beginning to change colors in the garden.

  69. I enjoyed the way the Dragoon Mts turned dark and 3D when a cloudy monsoon storm rolled in. And the orange red sunsets over the mountains in the evening. And the gambel & scaled quail that come waddling over near the bird bath with their dozen or more “kids” to dine on whatever I’ve left out forth. Also the ants, the ants are so busy right now, so industrious, I love watching them. And it’s tarantula mating season so they’re on the march!

  70. The Little things:

    1- My Three month old baby’s constant smiles that light up her entire face
    2- teaching my 2yo to pedal his bike and watching him learn
    3- diving to touch the bottom of the pool with my oldest son
    4- watching my dad’s face brighten (and the Parkinson’s take a backseat for a moment) in the presence of his grandkids
    5- helping my daughter swim independently in the deep end of the pool

  71. Thank you for that article! I believe that you are talking about a totally essential part of life that is taking in the beauty of creation. I also believe that’s exactly what points to the uniqueness and the artistry of the of all things, Yeshua!

  72. Thank you for that article! I believe that you are talking about a totally essential part of life that is taking in the beauty of creation. I also believe that’s exactly what points to the uniqueness and the artistry of the of the Creator all things, Yeshua!

  73. One little thing: seeing my dog smile.

    I am looking forward to your posts on paleo for pets.

  74. Charlottes Web is an amazing story. Has everyone who reads Mark’s post read it ? I am in the “at least 10 times” bracket.
    Moment to moment attention, love, joy, life learning and planning. I think that is what Mark is saying.

  75. Charlottes Web is an amazing story. Has everyone who reads Mark’s post read it ? I am in the “at least 10 times” bracket.
    Moment to moment attention, love, joy, life learning and planning. I think that is what Mark is saying.
    Thank you!

  76. Talking to someone who’s been on the Keto diet for a long time, he tells me he breaks the diet like every so often for a day, and then goes back on it. I can’t remember if it’s every week or every 2 weeks. He eats pretty much what he wants too and then continues his Keto diet. Does this make sense to you?

  77. While mowing the grassy hills with my half-assed supposed self-propelled mower in mid 90s South Carolina humidity. I got a whiff of a magnolia blossom. Instantly lifted my spirits!