Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? Having a holiday on Wednesday totally threw me off. You too? I woke up yesterday convinced it was Sunday. Hah!

I’m hoping to get back on track this weekend — catch up on some email, and make progress on a few ongoing projects.

What else is on the calendar? Oscar heads off to Scout Camp in the morning, and we won’t get to see him till the following Saturday. He’s a really fun kid to have around and he will definitely be missed.

Now that I’m thinking about it, I should really go help him pack up. But before I do, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

– Our preoccupation with foreigners “taking advantage” of Americans could usher in an Australian-style future. (NYT)

Rare color photos of Paris shot 100 years ago. I especially want to know what’s happening in #21. (And it’s scrollable — not a slideshow.) Thanks, Laurie.

– The #SeeHer campaign put together an awesome one-sheet to be used in writers’ rooms to help avoid bias when writing female characters.

– A 4-step plan to navigating a special needs encounter with your child.

– I just heard about Roadie, but haven’t tried it. It’s an app that allowing people to make extra money (up to $600) on road trips, by delivering packages along the way. If you try it, let us know what it’s like.

– Hawaii becomes the first state to ban harmful chemical sunscreens.

– Have you noticed how good the cherries are this year? I can’t get enough. Here’s a Cherry Crisp Recipe for Two.

– Remember Lizzie Heiselt’s Brooklyn home tour? She has a kickstarter going for a beautiful wooden tile game called Out of Sorts.

– America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time. (WP)

One of my best parenting tricks.

– My sample of Bio-Oil ran out, and I decided I like it enough to buy more.

– A new study says the test for HPV is more accurate than getting a Pap smear at detecting cancerous cervical changes.

– The Dayton library ended late fees. Here’s what happened.

A Public Place Meditation Exercise. “Life feels like a race. It’s easy to ignore the uber driver, cashier, or person next to you in line. But, one positive interaction can make a day for someone.”

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

kisses,
Gabrielle

P.S. — I heard today was National Fried Chicken Day. I think my favorite fried chicken in Oakland is from Bakesale Betty’s. Do you have a favorite in your town?