Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week? Looking forward to the weekend? We’ve got some good stuff on our calendar, including a show & tell at the end of #SkateLikeAGirl Camp today, a swim meet in the morning, and three performances of Ship Brooklyn.

How about you? Anything you’re looking forward to?

One of the biggest things that’s been on my mind this week is the murder of Nia Wilson. She was 18 years old, a student at Oakland High, and was stabbed to death by a white man at the MacArthur BART station (BART is the train/subway in the Bay Area). Our city is in mourning and seeking justice and peace for her family. Olive attended a vigil for Nia at the station where she was killed. Protesters have filled the streets. Artists have been responding with portraits (the illustration above is by @broobs.psd). Writer, Elizabeth Gilbert, worries Nia’s story won’t get the attention from newsrooms that it deserves.

It’s a tragic, disturbing loss. Let’s say her name. Let’s remember why the message of #blacklivesmatter is so important, and sadly, still so needed.

Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:

– Related to the conversation we’ve been having this week, here’s an essay where the author argues that “don’t feed the trolls” is really bad advice. Thanks, Amy.

– Hah! This is how to take photos to sell a house.

– Love this idea. A researcher wrote 270 Wikipedia pages in a year to get female scientists noticed.

– White Americans’ negative attitudes toward immigrants are driven overwhelmingly by racial prejudices, not “economic anxiety,” according to a new study. (WP)

– As I’m working on getting the boys’ room ready for Ralph’s return, I remembered the Napoleon Dynamite mural.

– What are your thoughts on lavish pet care? (NYT)

– A little story about how we try to ease each other’s pain.

A case against empathy?

– I bought a cordless vacuum. I chose the V8 Absolute and it arrives on Monday. I’ve been told I will love it. Do you use a cordless version?

– I’m still thinking about this NYT profile on Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop.

– Blessed are the Unemployed, Unimpressive, Underrepresented.

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

kisses,
Gabrielle