Hello, Friends. How are you? Are you ready for the weekend? Any fun plans? (Quick reminder: Memorial Day is meant to honor women and men in uniform who died in service to our country. Veterans Day, which happens in November, is for ALL who have served.)

We’ve got good stuff happening. There’s a grave dedication on Saturday for the first Black Mormons in Oakland. We have friends and family coming to stay — they don’t want to miss the Temple Open House. And on Monday, Oscar will don his Scout uniform and play his trumpet on the U.S.S Pampanito — a retired military submarine, docked at a San Francisco pier, that the public can tour.

I want to tell you, I really appreciate all the encouragement, on my earlier post this week, to apply for a TED talk. Applications are due next week and I’m working on my video. Woot! There’s also a link where you can nominate someone — so if you’re in the mood to nominate me, I would certainly be grateful for the support. The nomination form asks for a bunch of info, I’ve included everything you need in the P.S. below. : )

Ready to jump into weekend links? Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

-“The popular misunderstanding, even among educated people, that Islam and Muslims are recent additions to America tells us important things about how American history has been written. Muslims were in America one hundred years before the puritans.”

-Samsung researchers have released a model that can generate faces in new poses from just a single image or frame — like a portrait painting. Click to see what it would look like if the Mona Lisa was talking.

-The struggles of America’s red regions, and practical ideas about how to help them, are barely mentioned in right-leaning policy circles.

-Did you watch the Game of Thrones finale? I like this essay on how the show changed from a sociological story to a psychological story. Despite strong female characters, I was always left with the feeling that the writers and show runners don’t think much of women. Related, female characters in the show speak about 3 times less than male characters. Also, I really enjoyed this Twitter thread with a suggested all-black casting of the show.

-Bummer. New higher tariffs on Chinese imports will cost the average household $831 annually(which cancels out any tax cut most families will have received).

-28 things I have learned about the general public whilst working at the library. This Twitter thread made me surprisingly emotional.

-Researchers just confirmed that the remains of the The ‘Clotilda,’ the Last Known Slave Ship to Arrive in the U.S., long rumored to exist but elusive for decades, have been found along the Mobile River. Slavery in the U.S. was really not very long ago.

-Ben Blair and I went to a late showing of Booksmart last night. Oh my gosh I loved it so much!

-A reader sent in this story and I’m so troubled by it. An ex Air Force colonel, who allegedly abused his 6 year old twins repeatedly, ended up receiving sole custody in 2018. Then, the mother died last week in what appears to be a suicide.

Accidental family traditions.

-It’s been suggested that the country needs a “unity ticket” like Biden-Romney. This essay argues “Bringing the country together” is not the job of a presidential campaign.

-Hah. The grandkid strike.

-Will you grilling this weekend? Here’s our favorite grill tool set.

I hope you have the best weekend. I’ll meet you back here next week. I miss you already.


P.S. — Here’s the info you need to nominate (thank you!!!):

First Name: Gabrielle
Last Name: Blair
Email: designmom@designmom.com
City: Oakland
Country: USA
Gender: Female
Occupation: Blogger/Writer/Conference Organizer

Law/Human Rights

Spoken Publicly:
Yes, at Alt Summit, BlogHer Conference, Mom 2.0 Summit, Feminist Writer’s Forum in Australia, UN Foundation Moms+Social Good Conference, Mormon-Feminist Conference

Links to speaking:
https://vimeo.com/100335888 (starting at 6:00 min mark)
https://vimeo.com/85736977 (starting at 2:50 min mark)

Links to articles or web pages:
Design Mom About Page — https://www.designmom.com/about-lifestyle-blog-design-mom/
Alt Summit About Page — https://www.altitudesummit.com/about-4
Twitter Thread — https://twitter.com/designmom/status/1040363431893725184
Essay Version on Medium — https://humanparts.medium.com/men-cause-100-of-unwanted-pregnancies-eb0e8288a7e5
Blog Version — https://www.designmom.com/twitter-thread-abortion/