Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week? We’re deep into protest season at our house. This morning, we marched with OUSD (Oakland Unified School District) Teachers, and our four youngest kids, to demand better wages, better resources, and smaller class sizes. We wore red (#redfored). Tomorrow, there’s the 3rd annual Women’s March. And Monday, Olive will be participating in an MLK march.

Also on the schedule this weekend? We’re doing a shift at ECAP (Emery Citizens Assistance Program) where we help serve meals and distribute groceries to anyone in need. Oh, and we’re joining friends for a delayed Christmas Eve party to welcome home their daughter — she just returned from a mission to Washington.

How about you? What’s happening at your house? I hear there’s a huge snow storm coming to the East Coast and more rain coming to the West Coast. Stay safe everybody.

If you need some good weekend reading, don’t miss the last few blog posts — tons of great comments about cussing, about the things we inherit, and about sexual desire (or the lack thereof). Plus, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

– Will you be marching in this year’s Woman’s March? One of the woman on the organizing board is being criticized, and there seems to be some complications this year — Rebecca Traister’s piece explains it well. Being party of the Woman’s March is one of my happiest memories. If you are planning to march I hope it’s as moving for you as it was for me.

– Is the real purpose of #10yearchallenge to train a facial recognition algorithm?

– Did you see the new Gillette commercial? I love it so much. I found the scene with the line of men at the grills really powerful. And I loved the reference to the original “best a man can get” commercials from when I was in high school. Apparently, the commercial got mixed responses.

– So horrible. Inside the GM plant where nooses and ‘whites-only’ signs hung — in 2018.

– Hah. Some Notes on Stephen King’s First Attempt at Writing Copy for L. L. Bean.

What will we do after machines take over our jobs? “We’re going to need something to do, something that gives us meaning…We need to find new ways to be creative, contribute to bringing order out of chaos, provide for our families, and be of service to others.”

– I don’t know if this ad for DNA discounts on Aeromexico is real, but it sure is brilliant.

50 norm-shattering moments that have defined the past 730 days.

– Do you approach big kid birthday parties differently?

– For the past few Sundays, Ben Blair has been cooking bread in our dutch oven. The loaves turn out gorgeous (and yummy).

– In 2018 Apple replaced 11 million phone batteries (they only expected to replace 1-2 million).

A ghost town of castles.

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

kisses,
Gabrielle