A random collection of articles, blog posts, books, and other things I think are worth sharing.

Be More With Less: Choose One Thing to Simplify Your Life (Just One) (Some great ideas here!)

Washington Post: Tax Cuts Were Supposed to Save the GOP from Trump. Oops.

“Tax cuts passed by Presidents George W. Bush (in 2001 and 2003) and Barack Obama (in 2009, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) were actually more  generous to the middle class than Trump’s were. Yet when Americans were surveyed shortly after each of those cuts was implemented, almost no one realized their taxes had gone down then, either.

Today, Americans have also noticed that the new tax law has blown another huge hole in the federal budget and is heavily tilted toward corporations and the rich.”

Marc and Angel Hack Life: 7 Lessons from 10 Years of Coaching People Through Depression and Heartbreak (I’ve never dealt with depression myself and so I find it hard to understand when I’m trying to help friends who are dealing with it. This article offers some insightful info).

Lit Hub: Rebecca Solnit: Whose Story (and Country) Is This? On the Myth of America That Just Won’t Go Away

“We are as a culture moving on to a future with more people and more voices and more possibilities. Some people are being left behind, not because the future is intolerant of them but because they are intolerant of this future.”

Washington Post: Why did the Accused Waffle House Shooter Get Back his Guns? (Spoiler: Because our country is controlled by a gun lobby…for now. The tide is turning.)

“That the AR-15 semiautomatic, along with three other guns, had once been confiscated from him by Illinois authorities who recognized the danger only compounds the failure — indeed the absurdity — of policies that make it far too easy to get guns. And that allow weapons designed for war to become everyday commodities.”