Hello, Friends. How’s it going? How was your week? I know the school year is just ending for some of you — and others are already deep into summer break.
Today is my birthday! Sunday is Father’s Day! So Ben Blair and I are thinking we’ll do a combo celebration and go spend a night at the famous (and fancy!) Claremont Hotel.
Of course, I’m also thinking about my dad this weekend. The photo above is his grave. My mom put out some yellow flowers when she was in St. George on Memorial Day (yellow was his favorite!). I hope all the good dads in your life get some extra love this weekend.
Before I sign off, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:
-“The belief that races have natural genetic propensities runs deep and segments of the scientific community fuel that dogma with flawed and mendacious research.”
-The only known recording of Frida Kahlo’s voice.
-States spend welfare money on a lot of things that are not direct assistance to families. Instead of giving cash assistance to poor families, states are widening the racial divide.
-Hah! Every Nimby speech at the town meeting. (Nimby stands for Not In My BackYard.)
-They found a way to convert donor blood into a universal type.
-Haiti Partners — an organization we love to support (Ben sits on their board), is doing a big push for a #strongfinish as they close out their fiscal year. Thanks to a very generous supporter, through June 30th, all gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000! Go see what your donation can accomplish — $40 provides two months of schooling for one student; $1000 pays for one year of teacher compensation.
-Igloo has a new biodegradable cooler that’s an alternative to styrofoam coolers. It’s reusable, holds 75 pounds, and can keep ice frozen for 15 hours. You can currently find it at Target.
-As insulin prices have skyrocketed, diabetics have had to find creative ways to get insulin — from going to Mexico, to Instagram, to buying from strangers they meet on Craigslist or OfferUp. (NYT)
-To prevent a competing hotel from locating near his DC hotel, the President blocked the relocation of a new FBI building. The estimated cost to renovate the FBI’s current location exceeds the cost of a new building.
-New York, the epicenter of a measles outbreak, bans religious exemptions for vaccines. (WP)
-My sis-in-law Liz just launched The Huddle — small retreats for female business owners. Check it out. It’s so cool!
–Four of the most disturbing details in the Mueller report that you might have missed. (NYT)
-Did you watch the NBA finals last night? The Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors to win the championship. I’m not a big sports fan (as you probably know), but was interested in the game because it’s the last time the Warriors will ever play in Oracle Arena here in Oakland. They are moving to a new home in San Francisco.
My Oakland Pride has me pretty upset about this. Come on San Francisco! The Warriors are awesome, so now you steal them from Oakland? Can’t you just leave Oakland alone? And the idea of Steph Curry in SF isn’t nearly as cool as Steph Curry in Oakland. It makes me want to curse the team with an endless string of losses until they come back to Oakland to regain their magic. : ) (Related: Some say last night’s loss was karma for leaving Oakland.)
I hope you have such a great weekend. Sending love to all the fathers-of-the-year out there! I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.