Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? This week for sure turned out differently than I expected. The wrapping-things-up portion of Altitude Summit has taken longer than it’s ever taken before. Hah! Oh well. It happens.

The best part of the week was getting concentrated time with our three youngest, while Maude & Olive are in France. We’ve been able to go to have some lunch dates and go on adventures that the older kids wouldn’t really be into. It’s so interesting how the family dynamic changes when one or more of the kids is gone — for a week, a semester, or a even longer. The kids remaining at home end up stepping up in different ways and taking on unusual roles.

For example, Oscar and Betty woke up early to make Ben Blair breakfast in bed for his birthday. Pancakes, scrambled eggs with spinach, kielbasa, and a smoothie. I was impressed!

Anyway, totally unrelated, but I found a ton of great links this week. Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

– There’s a chart that shows how little speaking women do in Oscar-winning movies and it’s pretty hard to look at.

– What are your thoughts on Daylight Savings Time?

– A good primer and overview of the Opioid Epidemic. Worth your time.

How biased is your news source?

– Rethinking work-life balance for women of color.

– My brilliant friends just launched Feed our Democracy. “We’re here to encourage and empower you to come together in small groups to expand your social circles, talk about issues you care about and proactively participate in effecting change.”

A Mullet Festival in Australia.

Our anger is poisoning us. (WP)

– I need to replace a couple of pillows. A few years ago I tried Kapok Filling in lieu of down and I really like it.

– There are 21 million “unwanted” girls in India due to parents favoring having sons instead of daughters.

– Another tragedy that hits too close — 3 hostages and a gunman dead at Yountville veterans home. A friend of mine, Helen Jane Hearn, lost her dear friend in the killings.

– Chuck Feeney: the billionaire who gave it all away.

I was assaulted. He was applauded. (NYT)

– Don’t miss the ABLE Leather Bag Design Contest. You should totally submit a design! Submissions are due March 15th, so don’t delay.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I hope it’s so good. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.



Photo by Justin Hackworth for Altitude Summit.