Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? I have an exciting weekend in front of me. I’m flying to Utah this morning! My brother-in-law Paul Rodgers (he’s married to my sister, Rachel), is being promoted to the rank of Colonel in the Army. Such a huge accomplishment! The whole family is super proud of him. Paul is an incredibly hard worker, a born leader, a father who truly loves hanging out with his kids, and he reads so much that he has encyclopedic knowledge of more things than I can count. I consider myself very lucky that he joined our family. I was only in middle school when Rachel and Paul were married, so Paul’s been in my life for a long time. What a great man he is.
Three cheers for Colonel Paul Rodgers! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!
The ceremony is on Saturday, and I’m arriving today so that hopefully I can help my sister with set up. While I’m in Utah, Ben Blair will be taking the kids to the Women’s March in Oakland. Of course, I’m bummed to miss it, but I’m so glad the kids will be able to participate. They are making signs today after school and possibly t-shirts too. I made them all promise to take tons of photos.
Are you marching? If yes, which city? There are tons of marches across the country — the New York Times shared a map with all the locations if you’d like to look one up. It feels like such a historic event to me, I’ll be watching coverage as much as I can!
I’ve got to head to the airport, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:
– Ashley Judd’s TED talk about online abuse. Wow.
– Brené Brown has a new online class called the The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: A Wholehearted Revolution. It looks really good to me. If it looks good to you, too, let me know. Might be fun to take it as a group and discuss lessons together.
– A teenager’s guide to spotting fake news written by an AP History teacher.
– An inverted aquarium! (The video is a little slow, but the idea is so cool! Skip to the end if you need to.)
– Men confess what feminine things they would do if stereotypes didn’t exist.
– Bamboo tumbleweeds that clears mines.
– The Divided States of America. I’d like to watch this over the weekend if I can. It’s long — 4 hours — but it’s been highly recommended to me by a few people. Have you seen it?
– Elephant protein destroys human cancer cells.
– What? Shark in captivity gives birth without male.
– For those who are marching this weekend, here are some awesome downloadable protest posters. From Ladies Who Design. From Samantha Hahn (tons of designs including the one above). From Refinery 29. You can download the files then send them to your local copy shop for printing.
I hope you have such a good weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.