Hello Friends. How are you? How was last week? And how was your weekend? It’s Sunday night, and I’m just now writing my Friday post. I’m sorry I kept you waiting! On Friday I was in Texas attending a funeral. I intended to write my post on Thursday evening when I arrived, but: 1) I forgot my laptop, and 2) I stayed up into the wee hours of the night talking with the amazing Laura and James Mayes (the funeral was for Laura’s wonderful father).

On Saturday I was back home, and thought I would make time to write my Friday post sometime that day, but Alt Summit preparations took over. In fact, I’m writing to you right now from Palm Springs where the conference is taking place. I flew down earlier today and am working on final preparations for the big week ahead. Attendees will be checking in on Tuesday!

Planning Alt Summit in a new location has been refreshing and inspiring, but also challenging — we’ve reinvented the schedule, reconfigured the meeting rooms, and we’re trying a whole bunch of new things, like a live pitch session and a Big Boss car rally. Please send me calming vibes — I get so nervous before each Alt Summit! I want so badly for it run smoothly and for attendees to have a really fruitful, memorable, and enjoyable week. At the very least, hopefully we will all enjoy the balmy 70+ degree weather. : )

I’m off to fix some typos in the conference agenda, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

– 7 common myths about refugee resettlement in the United States.

– Related: A Syrian family of refugees who has settled in Boston describe the vetting process they went through.

Sweaters for Elephants.

– I did not know this: Solar employs more people in U.S. electricity generation than oil, coal and gas combined.

– Super interesting: How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By ‘Individual Choices’.

– Did you watch 120 Minutes on MTV as a teenager? You might like this archive with the playlist of every show.

– Gene-editing therapy saves two baby girls with leukemia.

– On being a Christian and being a feminist.

– Confessions of a closeted brown woman.

Obsessed with Bright Box!

Worried you’re living in a bubble?

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend. See you back here tomorrow. : )

kisses,
Gabrielle