A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? Are you ready for the weekend? Any fun plans? (Quick reminder: Memorial Day is meant to honor women and men in uniform who died in service to our country. Veterans Day, which happens in November, is for ALL who have served.)

We’ve got good stuff happening. There’s a grave dedication on Saturday for the first Black Mormons in Oakland. We have friends and family coming to stay — they don’t want to miss the Temple Open House. And on Monday, Oscar will don his Scout uniform and play his trumpet on the U.S.S Pampanito — a retired military submarine, docked at a San Francisco pier, that the public can tour.

I want to tell you, I really appreciate all the encouragement, on my earlier post this week, to apply for a TED talk. Applications are due next week and I’m working on my video. Woot! There’s also a link where you can nominate someone — so if you’re in the mood to nominate me, I would certainly be grateful for the support. The nomination form asks for a bunch of info, I’ve included everything you need in the P.S. below. : )

Ready to jump into weekend links? Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

Thirteen links! Really good stuff.

What City Wins Best Weather?

I was in Palm Springs last week on a short work trip, and it was hot. About 100 degrees. Then yesterday, I saw a headline that Denver had a huge snow storm this week — it’s late May for goodness’ sake!

Some people are smart and live in San Diego, but the rest of us live someplace where we are likely too cold or too hot for most of the year. I’ve tried both. I grew up in St. George, Utah which is quite hot (though there are much hotter places!). St. George hovers around 100 degrees for at least 4 months of the year. I’ve lived in Normandy, France, which gets deeply cold and our pipes would freeze. I’ve lived in New York which is unbearably cold for a way too long winter, and also has a good month or two of unbearably hot summer.

Something a little lighter to discuss. Come join in.

Another Twitter Thread on Abortion

I’m sure you’ve seen the abortion news over the last couple of weeks. Missouri passed a bill to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Alabama’s bill is an outright ban on abortion. And Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi and Ohio passed heartbeat bills that prohibit abortions after six to eight weeks of pregnancy.

Because abortion has been in the news so much, the Twitter thread about irresponsible ejaculation that I wrote last September (you can find the blog post version here), went viral again. It was liked and retweeted another 40,000+ times. If I’ve been posting a bit less around here, it’s because I’ve been pulled to Twitter to discuss and defend what I’ve written.

Which reminds me, if you’re not a big Twitter user, but you’re curious about what I’ve been writing on that platform, you can go directly to a feed of my Tweets & Replies. Click on any individual tweet there to find full conversations.

Anyway, today, in an attempt to clarify my thoughts, I wrote a new thread on the subject of abortion and responsibility. I’m going to copy and paste it here.

The new thread, plus 11 ideas for next steps, straight ahead.

Living With Kids: Gina Lee

You know when you watch Gilmore Girls and all you want to do is move to Star’s Hollow? A picturesque New England town with a small town feel and street festivals and quirky neighbors and great scenery everywhere? Well, that is exactly what Gina Piombo’s home town sounds like!

She and her husband both work in advertising in New York City, and they are raising their two daughters in the village of Lynbrook on Long Island. She’s a working mom with two toddlers and she shares some great advice about being great at your job, keeping the house clean and organized, and maximizing time with your kids. Welcome, Gina!


A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How’s it going? Are you counting down to the last day of school yet? May always has fun-filled weekends at our house and this one is no exception. Today, we’re hosting the high school badminton team potluck, tomorrow Maude is hosting a brunch (her second this month), and Oscar and Betty have performances at the middle school Open House. Stuff like that.

And I’m also just wanting to put the house in order — I haven’t totally unpacked from our Yosemite trip last weekend, and I also haven’t unpacked from a two-day trip to Palm Springs this week, where I was checking out additional hotel options for Alt Summit.

What about you? Anything fun going on at your house this weekend? Ready for the link list? Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

Thirteen links! Come and read.



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