Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, but the good news is that we’re all in this together ladies and gentlemen. As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Each Monday, we’ll link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you. Be sure to check in each Monday morning for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

The Last American Baseball-Glove Maker Refuses to Die
In a small town outside Dallas, niche manufacturer Nokona is hanging on. How?

Instagram’s Kevin Systrom Wants to Clean Up the &#%S@! Internet.
The CEO of Instagram was at Disneyland last June when he decided the internet was a cesspool that he had to clean up.

Letter of Recommendation: Gum
In all the places I have lived and written, in Volda and Bergen, in Stockholm and Malmo, I have known which shops stocked Juicy Fruit.

Is Mindfulness Meditation a Capitalist Tool or a Path to Enlightenment? Yes.
It’s hard to put your finger on the point when the Western stereotype of Buddhist meditation flipped.

Putting Down Roots
Many of us will have given serious thought to starting our own business in beautiful surroundings but how many will actually get there?

In Search of Fear
Notes from a high-wire artist.