Hello, Friends. How are you? Any fun plans for the weekend? We’ve got the usual kid stuff happening. June has a birthday party to go to. Oscar is babysitting for another family. Olive’s headed to a play. Betty has a rescheduled clarinet lesson. And on Sunday, Ben Blair is heading to San Diego for a few days. It’s for an accreditation conference — which reminds me, I haven’t updated you on Teachur in ages, but there’s tons of cool stuff happening. I’ll work on a post about it.

Other exciting things: Olive spent yesterday lobbying California politicians at the state capitol in Sacramento. Today, she helped organize the school walkout at the high school, and Oscar helped organize the National School Walkout at the middle school. The Walkout commemorates the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shootings, and is a call to end gun violence. I think it’s all happening right now as I type, and I’m sitting here hoping everything goes smoothly, and dying to hear a report when they get home.

How about you? Anything interesting happening at your house this weekend? While you’re making plans, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

– Yikes. Since 2016, HALF of all coral in the Great Barrier Reef has died. That’s two years.

This is what 1000 balloons looks like.

On memorable smells from childhood. (NYT)

Best Rube Goldberg Machine ever?

– Holy cow. I laughed, I was terrified, and then I wept.

Do you have a favorite side of the bed?

White gangs are less covered by the media, and less punished — even though 53% of gang members in Mississippi are white.

– Over the holidays, Maude and Olive got me trying new scents. Lately I’m into Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. What are you wearing these days?

Have you ever tracked how you spend your time?

– Fascinating strategy. “Telling a lie so cosmic that people believed that some kernel of it had to be real.” (WP)

A cancer survivor’s case for cannabis.

How to handle racist jokes.

Everything Is Fine.

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


P.S. — Great comments still coming in on the post about naming your kid the wrong name.