Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? I just landed from a 24 hour trip to Utah for a wedding. It was lovely — the bride’s family is English-speaking, and the groom’s family is Spanish-speaking, and the whole ceremony, and the toasts, and all of it were done bi-lingual. Just delightful — the event was full of love and so inclusive.
We’re looking forward to a summery weekend. We have another wedding reception on Saturday (this one is local), a swim meet, a scouting event, and a few other odds and ends. How about you? Any plans for the weekend?
Ready for your link list? Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:
–A Dallas-born citizen was put in a cell for 3 weeks by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with no phone and no shower. He lost 23 pounds while detained. He had his passport, and birth certificate on him when he was detained.
–On women and writing and time to oneself. “Researchers have also found that many women don’t feel that they deserve long stretches of time to themselves, the way men do. They feel they have to earn it. And the only way to do that is to get to the end of a To Do list that never ends.”
-A remarkable letter written by Amelia Earhart to her soon-to-be husband on their wedding day. “…for I cannot guarantee to endure at all times the confinement of even an attractive cage.”
-After a public school district in Pennsylvania threatened to place children in foster care over their school lunch debt, offers poured in to cover the entire debt. But the school district declined. (My take? It’s not about the money, they just want to shame, torture and punish people who are already struggling.)
–Interesting research on brains and gender. It turns out much of what we’ve been told is a lesson in bad research practice.
–An article on Nadia Marcinko, the teen Epstein called his “Yugoslavian sex slave” and who he claimed to have straight-up bought. She became his accomplice, and then got free and became a daredevil pilot.
–Unmarried Women with No Kids Are the ‘Healthiest and Happiest Population. “If you’re a man, you should probably get married; if you’re a woman, don’t bother.”
-The New York Times collected a whole bunch of life advice from readers. Some good stuff.
-What if it was illegal to keep your maiden name?
-“I am sorry my doing genealogy has opened up Pandora’s box.”
A few Twitter threads you might enjoy:
-He asked users to describe a historical event like you’re writing an episode description for Netflix. The responses are smart and interesting and clever (and sometimes sad).
-A surprising thread about health insurance fraud.
-A fascinating thread (with tons of sources) about gerrymandering in Ohio.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.