Hi, Friends. The first headline I saw after we got the kids off to school was about the Santa Fe High School shooting. At least 10 dead.
I don’t know what your reaction was when you heard the news, but I noticed my emotions bypassed sadness and heartbreak and went straight to fury. I’m so angry. I don’t really have anything new to say on the subject. You can read a calm discussion on the topic of gun safety here. You can read an angry discussion on the topic of gun safety here.
I’m thinking of the high school students in Texas today. I hope they’ll add their voices and energy to the efforts started by the teens in Florida. Efforts that are supported by teenagers and their families across the country. I hope as a country we’ll listen to our children and demand our politicians do right by them. I pray we’ll learn to value our children’s lives more than our guns.
Need a distraction? Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:
– “The United States is on the verge of a new Golden Age of Manners. We just don’t see it yet. This will be the paradox of our society, post-Trump.”
– I enjoy visions of cities with fewer cars or no cars. (NYT)
– The class divide in U.S. is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. We’re probably part of the problem.
– Related: This Twitter thread on the difference between being broke and being poor is really good.
– David Letterman can’t figure out why he never had women writers.
– A new series on becoming a mother in your 40s.
– This $100 light meter is trying to disrupt America’s half trillion dollar industry for treating depression.
– Classicist Dr. Emily Wilson is the first woman to translate The Odyssey into English — and she found that many men before her added sexist or misogynist terms that never existed in the original Greek.
– James Harrison’s blood has unique antibodies that fight rhesus disease. So he donated blood every week for 60 years and saved the lives of 2.4M babies. Superheroes are real.
I hope you have a good weekend. If you’re feeling angry and need a place to vent, the comment section is open. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.