Hello, Friends. How are you? What was your week like? Ours was an odd one because we only had Ben Blair at the house for two days — he got home late on Tuesday night from one trip, then had to leave again this morning for another. Happily, he’ll be back Sunday night — which is good news because everything seems to run more smoothly when he’s around.

Our plans for the weekend are low-key. I need to return some shoes, do some car maintenance. Stuff like that. The weather has been lovely, so it’s also probably time to power-wash the outdoor furniture. What about you? What are you up to this weekend? I hope your plans include some reading, because here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:

-What modern practices will be unthinkable in 50 years? Eating meat? Letting kids play football? Using Facebook?

-According to a new intelligence report issued by the FBI and DHS, the Russian government attempted to hack election systems in all 50 states during the 2016 election.

-Are you fan-girling over Dr. Katie Bouman from MIT? She wrote the algorithm that allowed scientists to photograph the black hole. Good news — she has a wonderful TED talk.

How we let American schools re-segregate.

-Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Batman as indigenous people.

-Representative Katie Porter challenged big bank CEO Jamie Dimon (a man who receives a $31 million paycheck) to pay his workers a living wage by literally showing him the math.

-An essay supposedly about millennials, but mostly about how we all reckon with the never-ending convenience available to us via apps and instant deliveries.

Tips for traveling with a big family or a group.

-A great article comparing universal healthcare systems across 12 countries — including breadth of benefits, extent of cost-sharing in public insurance, and role of private insurance.

As many people in the U.S. have criminal records as have graduated from four-year colleges.

-When millionaire tech bros do it, we call it “biohacking.” When women do it, we call it an eating disorder. (WP)

DIY painted bricks for the garden.

-“Wouldn’t it be freeing to admit that most people are not beautiful? What if we stopped prioritizing pleasing aesthetics above so much else?” (NYT)

-I must be in spring cleaning mode because I ordered dryer balls this week, and a new dustpan too.

Small mistakes, big mistakes.

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

kisses,
Gabrielle