There's a golf course a block from my house, and though my golfing skills are strictly "putt-putt on vacation" level, every so often lately I wander up there to watch the sunset. Even if I don't drag my family along, I'm never alone. People spread out picnics or gather in circles to do yoga. Kids run around and are chased by parents. It's a party.

I don't think there was this kind of audience for the sunset before covid, but it makes sense that now we find ourselves unconsciously gravitating toward this most primal of experiences. Because there's nothing better to do? Yeah, maybe. Also because we need to momentarily step away from all the chaos, loss and rage of this current period we're living through to remind ourselves that quite literally the sun will keep on rising and setting. Everything will be okay, eventually, even if it doesn't feel like that now. Beauty exists in the world, probably where you live.
Shameless self-promotion portion of the newsletter: This article I wrote for BYU Magazine about a couple with a devastating challenge makes me want to be a better person. I also wrote an essay about the challenges of front porches for Curbed (particularly acute for us introverts). If nothing else, look at it for the amazing artwork by Mary Kate McDevitt. And if you're moving anytime soon, consider buying my Relocation Recovery course—only $15 right now! 
7 items of interest
  1. How a Colorado restaurateur took care of laid-off locals during covid.
  2. A solution to slow Game of Thrones download speeds in a rural town: building your own broadband.
  3. Could your love for your town survive a Black Lives Matter counter-protest? This is a tough one.
  4. Support a friend's 3 favorite local businesses. Or level up with buying local and start a group like this one in Philly that provides small loans and grants to mostly minority entrepreneurs.
  5. What it's like when you find the right place for you.
  6. Everyone's freaking out how remote jobs will affect cities. If your job let you live anywhere, would you stay in your city? If not, where would you go? 
  7. "There is a tendency to want to spring into action when you have an idea." Sage advice from West Virginians on how to actually change your community for the better.
xoxo, Melody
P.S.—As always, random bonus material for reading this far: This makes me want a new email address just for laughs. Vintage book covers for movies that make me want to visit a used bookstore. There are still beautiful things in life as well as beautiful people. Be a secret allyThis post got me hard. The more you know. I have strong feelings for Richard Ayoade. I could not love this Humans of NY story more. Hamilton reality. Having my eyes opened lately by this book. Bought a real piece of art from this lady. So true.
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