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Today's A Huge Day For Dogs | Below The Fold Issue #1

Richie Crowley
Richie Crowley
I wasn’t sure if today would ever come.
Late last year, I lost momentum and any creative spark.
I had no interest in writing, anything.
Or even curating something.
Being back today is meaningful, and I wrote something completely original to celebrate: a satirical short story about animals.
This is my first real public dive into this realm, but won’t be my last.
My main character is a female Dalmatian named Adelaide.
Here’s the opening scene:
From the bench of an all-white Steinway & Sons grand piano, the centerpiece in a marble-floored foyer with ceilings resting 30ft above, Adelaide, the 7-year-old Dalmation, sat surveying the front lawn through arched bay windows, her tail hovering above the foot pedals.
She wears a fire engine red collar. Dangling off the front is a rose gold bone charm inscribed with her name and date of birth, May 9th, 2014. Her shoulders are peeled back, her paws neatly facing front. Her coat, as unique as any Dalmatian: short, fine, and dense, with black spots scattered from neck to rear.
In this piece, you’ll meet Beavers, Chimpanzees, Whales, an out-of-breath English Bulldog, and more.
It’s a 6-minute departure from any type of reality you may be in this Sunday.
I hope you enjoy the ending.

Domesticated Dog Named World’s Smartest Animal
More Popular Than Meatless Monday
I originally self-published The Movement More Popular Than Meatless Monday and then Gloria Cho, Senior Ideas Editor at Medium, reached out to bring it into Marker.
With 100,000+ readers, I’ve had my eye on this publication for quite some time, having unsuccessfully pitched it a dozen or more times.
Writers will say they write for themselves, but being recognized for an “Idea” is possibly the highest validation I’ve ever received with writing.
Meet the movement that reserves 37% of the days in a calendar year, nearly 3x as many as Meatless Monday.
We've Been Sleeping On Sleep My Friends
On a recent episode of his podcast, Rich Roll asked his guest why we sleep? What exactly happens when we sleep and why it’s so important?
His guest was the sleep diplomat, Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams.
This podcast informed me that we don’t know shit about sleep.
There is simply no replacement for sleep, and none of us are exemptions.
This Will 100% Make People Uncomfortable
I listen podcasts on walks and this one stopped me dead on the sidewalk.
The title of this episode says it all.
This Vox Future Perfect episode is with Climate scientist Kimberly Nicholas, author of Under the Sky We Make: How to Be Human in a Warming World.
Have You Ever Heard Of Neophilia?
In The Atlantic’s weekly column “How To Build A Life”, Arthur Brooks proposes not approaching life like a picky eater. His May 27th piece introduced me to Neophilia, love of or enthusiasm for what is new or novel.
The Happiness Benefits of Trying New Things - The Atlantic
Send This Thread To Your Boss
Chris Herd is the Founder and CEO of Firstbase, a company helping other companies go remote. His thread this week on remote work predictions by 2030 is based on more than 2,000 conversations on the subject.
Most of these predictions are already coming true.
A few predictions of what is likely to emerge in remote work before 2030 💻
Until next time
For the rest of June, I’m looking forward to attending a wedding, finishing Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant, and on July 16th, the release of ROADRUNNER: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, trailer below.
I also want to introduce you to What Is The What by Dave Eggers. If you’ve read A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah you may be curious to read this.
Thank you for letting me write to you!
With gratitude,
ROADRUNNER: A Film About Anthony Bourdain - Official Trailer [HD] - In Theaters July 16
ROADRUNNER: A Film About Anthony Bourdain - Official Trailer [HD] - In Theaters July 16
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