Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? It’s been an odd one at our house. With school cancelled today because of air quality, our Thanksgiving break has started a day early. Woot! We’re keeping it pretty chill and staying indoors. As I type, the kids are watching the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, and hoping to see the new one in theaters.

We’ve also got lots of Scrooge rehearsal on our schedule (tickets are free and the show starts next Saturday). How about you? Do you have lots of Thanksgiving prep on your mind? Maybe tackling a house project or doing some yard work? Are you traveling next week?

I’m planning to work on my gift guide this weekend. While I do that, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

The Statue of Liberty’s beguiling green. I was not expecting this essay to make me tear up, but it did. Especially when I realized it was written before the 2016 election. Thanks, Nora.

– Have you seen this ad featuring Elton John? I’ve watched it like 10 times. I bawl every time.

– In February, I shared an funny McSweeney’s piece called New Erotica for Feminists — and it’s now a book!

– Researchers say they found “evidence that marijuana use has a considerable, unintended, and positive effect on fertility.”

– Do you have a favorite movie reviewer? Austin Kleon (an artist I follow) recommends Stephanie Zacharek’s top ten movies of 2018.

The 8 most helpful Thanksgiving links.

– Still wondering if the mid-terms were a blue wave? Here are two charts, both depicting Red vs Blue. The difference? One shows land. The other shows people.

– Related. Fix the House of Representatives by expanding it to 593 members. (NYT)

Walking paintings.

– #MeToo and the spiritual struggle for gratitude. Thanks, Yvonne.

– Experts estimate that once the stricter sulfur cap for shipping fuel takes effect in 2020, it will prevent roughly 150,000 premature deaths and 7.6 million childhood asthma cases globally each year.

– The 70-Year history of how VA Loans changed the way we buy homes.

Ralph is making movies again. Makes me super happy. (And he’s so good!)

– Turns out jigsaw puzzle makers just use the same die to cut apart different puzzles, so you can mix and match.

I hope you have a really good weekend. Please stay safe out there. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle