Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week? Do you feel like you’ve had a chance to wrap up your holidays? We managed to get the tree outside on Wednesday, but the rest of our holiday decorations are still up and hanging around. I admit, I’m having a hard time getting caught up with both work, and with life in general.

On the schedule this weekend? We want to plan Oscar’s (14th!) birthday, box up the Christmas stuff, and help Maude and Ralph make plans for their Spring term. How about you?

I know I’ve already published two lists this week, but here’s one more — a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

– We tried one of these geode jigsaw puzzles by Nervous System at my Mom’s house and we are obsessed. They are so cool! Beautiful, challenging, made of laser-cut wood. The puzzle pieces are so unusual. I’ve never seen anything quite like them.

– What if the way most of us think about the relation between equality and freedom—the very basis for the polarized, intractable political division of this moment—is wrong? I enjoyed this profile of contemporary philosopher, Elizabeth Anderson.

– Hah! Hallmark Christmas movie characters two weeks later — where are they now?

– A great read about an American in Paris learning about health care outside the US. (My family has also had many excellent experiences with affordable health care in France.) (NYT)

– The definitive list of every important technology ever, ranked by their importance.

– Could it be that the numbers reported online — video views, page views, traffic, etc. — are all completely fake?

Improve your listening skills. “Count to eight before you reciprocate.”

How Britain stole $45 trillion from India. And lied about it. (This was Al Jazeera’s most read article of 2018.)

– Eight of the most striking news images captured by satellite in 2018.

How to say no.

The Best Skin-Care Trick Is Being Rich.

– It’s not just you. Making close friends as an adult gets increasingly more difficult.

Love with all fonts.

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

kisses,
Gabrielle