Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week? Happily, my mini-high school reunion stretched a bit and we ended up getting a third day together. So yesterday (Friday), we drove to Muir Woods National Monument (pictured above) so we could see some gorgeous redwood trees. I hadn’t been there in a couple of years and loved being back. It feels like a sacred spot to me.

Ben Blair flew to Utah very early yesterday morning — he’s speaking at the Sunstone Summer Symposium in Salt Lake City today. And Olive took care of everything during the overlap and beyond. Turns out I did not get enough sleep during the mini-reunion and was a bit wiped out when I got home. Hah! And Olive made sure the younger three made it to swim team practice, ordered pizza for dinner, and gathered them to watch a movie after dinner. Everyone stepped up and were such good sports. Gosh we have wonderful kids. I appreciate them so much.

I didn’t get much time online this week, but I was still able to gather some excellent links for you. Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:

A gorgeous essay titled The Crane Wife. Ten days after she called off her engagement, she went on a scientific expedition to study the whooping crane on the gulf coast of Texas.

-This is new: Plastic bottles sales banned at San Francisco’s airport. Are they banning plastic soda and juice bottles too (like Coke)? If not, are we just driving consumers to buy sugary drinks? Or will it be more like only allowing drinks they come in aluminum or paper containers?

-Oddity. Someone made a font out of gerrymandered congressional districts.

-This bums me out. The U.S. government has decided to allow off-road vehicles access at a Utah national monument that houses sacred tribal sites.

-Owning a Car Will Soon Be as Quaint as Owning a Horse. (NYT) Agree? Disagree?

-Auto debt is up. Student debt is up. Unsecured loans are back. The American middle class is drowning.

-Wait. What?? High-income parents are transferring legal guardianship of their children to friends, so the kids can claim financial aid.

Do your kids pretend play like in Toy Story?

-Well this is disturbing. A Trump aide submitted drafts of his 2016 “America First” energy speech to senior United Arab Emirates officials for edits.

-I’m getting lots of recommendations to watch The Great Hack. It’s a new Netflix documentary about the connections between Cambridge Analytica, the U.S. election and Brexit. Have you seen it?

-I feel like I talk about this all the time, but I really love our power sprayer.

An article in the Atlantic titled Women’s Work. “Domestic labor tends to be poorly regulated, rife with exploitation, and thorned with uneasy ethical entanglements.”

-Hah! She wants help naming a “bad male character”. Everyone responds naming their personal nemesis, or an ex-boyfriend, or an annoying uncle.

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

kisses,
Gabrielle