Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week? I felt like the news this week was emotionally hard. Lots more details are coming out about the detention/concentration camps and it’s hard to comprehend. But I did find the first debates for the democratic presidential nominee really hopeful. It was wonderful to hear all these intelligent people talking about real issues, and real solutions.

Our weekend plans include the first swim meet of the year, and a big planning session to figure out the rest of the summer. : ) How about you?

Ready to jump into the link list? Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

-A new poll shows about half of America had no idea that the president was credibly accused of sexual assault last week.

-Related, did you hear The Daily episode where E Jean Carroll’s two friends corroborated her story?

-These videos of old Tonka Truck restorations are so satisfying to watch.

-A breakthrough in the mystery of why women get so many autoimmune diseases.

-The federal government has received more than 4,500 complaints about the sexual abuse of immigrant children who were being held at government-funded detention facilities. (NYT)

-A concrete thing you can do to help detained immigrants? Post their bail.

-Another concrete opportunity. The Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition in Del Rio, Texas transitions refugees upon release of federal custody. They need help with supplies. This is being organized by my friend Laura Mayes who is in Texas and has gone directly to the facility to find out what they need.

Sloth pool float? Yes, please.

-The shocking rape trial that galvanized Spain’s feminists – and the far right.

-I’m keep thinking about this essay discussing Miriam Toews’s new novel, Women Talking. The essayist talks about “structures that can only sustain themselves if they pretend women have no inner lives.”

The strange phenomenon of the hero wife.

-Instead of kicking famous people/politicians off its site, Twitter plans to label tweets that break its rules. (I’m not impressed. This feels like a bandaid.) (WP)

-How much does it cost to hire a babysitter where you live?

-A federal judge announced that James Alex Fields Jr., the man who rammed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

-Big news for my sister Jordan — she sold her party supply shop!

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


P.S. — No churn berry ripple cheesecake ice cream.