Hello, Friends. How are you? How has your week been? We are only a few days out of school and already feeling like we’re in the full swing of summer. Oscar and Betty just finished a week long sailing camp this morning, June is in daily swim lessons, and Olive and Betty are headed to a church Girls Camp on Monday.

As for the this weekend? It’s Father’s Day! We’re planning to celebrate at a BBQ with some friends. My own father, Michael Wayne Stanley, passed away when I was pregnant with Ralph (my oldest child). That’s my dad pictured above on a trip to Lake Powell. Sunday will be the perfect time to look through some photo albums and tell my kids a few stories about their Grandpa Stanley. (And I’m sending love to anyone out there who feels sad on Father’s Day. Parental relationships can be so tricky.)

How about you? Anything special you’re doing this weekend? I’m signing off early today to tackle a list of errands, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

– Have you given up hope for civil discourse? What would it look like in 2018?

– Related: “It is time to cease to behave with subservient politesse towards those who embrace barbarity with unfettered glee.” I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this one. Do you agree with the article?

– My sister Jordan’s latest project just landed at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in Manhattan. So cool!!

– It’s short, and it brought tears to my eyes. George Packer recalls a story Dr. Ruth told Henry Kissinger about being a refugee.

– I was thinking about how awesome it is that needlework is part of the basic school curriculum in France.

The new dynamics of mass incarceration.

Ten beautiful beehives.

It’s time to bring back boarding houses. (NYT)

– “The idea that girls and women must be nice is one of the more pernicious stereotypes holding females back in the workplace.”

– For my birthday, Ben Blair bought me tickets to see Phoenix in concert this fall, and a bottle of my favorite perfume.

Toys R Us didn’t have to die.

– Wondering if self-indifference is better than self-esteem.

– From New York Magazine: 15 favorite episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s shows, and why we love each of them.

I hope you have such a good weekend. Hugs to the dads! I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle