Ben Blair in Stockholm

Image and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends. How are you? Was it a good week? I’m so glad to be here in Sweden with Ben Blair. I’m just pinching myself I feel so lucky! But at the same time, it’s been such a heavy week. I’m sick about the shooting of Mike Brown. So troubled. I can’t get it out of my head. I’m also heartbroken about the suicide of Robin Williams, and angry at the helplessness people feel against depression. And I was an emotional wreck leaving the kids as Ben and I went to the airport. They are in excellent hands, and I travel often enough that I should be an old pro, but it feels so different when both Ben and l leave them together.

All that heaviness, and yet, here I am in tourist mode, holding hands with my husband as we leisurely wander the old streets of Stockholm. Life is strange. The amounts of happy and sad that can be held in one head at the same time is beyond bizarre.

We’re off to do some more sightseeing, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

– An important essay from Kristen Howerton on race, police brutality, and the dangerous act of being black.

– The advice new moms need. Thanks, Molly!

– I think this is fantastic: A free new cookbook aimed at helping America’s 47 million food stamp users create healthy meals on $4 per day.

– What not to say to a step-parent — or in front of a step-child, for that matter.

– Kids today have less freedom than we did. Is this true in your home?

– Coloring pages from contemporary art.

– What you wish someone had told you about miscarriage. Thanks, Jenny.

– A really cool explanation of how optical illusions work. Thanks, Ryan!

Norm MacDonald on Robin Williams.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! I’ll be Instagramming from Sweden like crazy if you’d like to follow along. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.