Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? I’m writing this from somewhere above 10,000 feet, headed back to Oakland from New York City. We had a fabulous time! What a treat to watch my kids get reacquainted with the city, and to see Maude confidently navigating her way around. You can see all my stories from our trip here.)

This feels like an important weekend. School starts on Monday so this is the official end of Summer Vacation. We were able to get Oscar’s class schedule before we left, but registration for Betty and June happened while we were in New York, so Monday could be a bit stressful as we sort things out.

One happy thing for Monday, while we were in New York, I took the kids on one-on-one back to school dates so they could pick an outfit out for the first day. So even if there’s some red tape to scramble through, they’ll be feeling confident. : )

Ready for your weekend links? The two biggest stories I was following this week were about the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, and about the ICE raid in Mississippi where 680 immigrants were rounded up. I have separate posts drafted on both of those stories, so watch for those. In the meantime, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:

-Jeffery Epstein was found dead in his cell this morning. I’m so furious about this. Now his victims will see no justice, and it’s more likely that the other powerful men connected to his crimes will not see consequences.

-“Free speech does not mean free reach. There is no right to algorithmic amplification.”

-Koch Industries has revenue of around $100 billion, “more than that of Facebook, Goldman Sachs and U.S. Steel combined.” Its workers are operating in terrifyingly dangerous conditions. Too many are dying. The people making the money know it.

-An in-depth investigation about a neo-nazi working at the U.S. State Department.

-In other nazi news, nazis blew up the home of an interracial couple in Ohio.

-But in happier nazi-related news, residents in the German town of Ostritz banded together to buy all the beer in town last week, to ensure the neo-Nazis arriving for a rock musical festival would have none to drink.

-French inventor Franky Zapata has become the first person to cross the English Channel via hoverboard. It took just over 20 minutes.

-Arctic permafrost is thawing 70 years sooner than predicted. Yikes.

-Related. New research suggests that some men avoid “green” behavior — like using a reusable shopping bag at the grocery store — because they don’t want to be perceived as gay. Sigh.

-Did you ever consider having a big family?

-You may remember the luggage we bought back in 2011. The big duffels (similar here) are still going strong, but our last carryon roller bags (we have 3 left) all went kaput on this New York trip. So it’s time to buy new luggage. But it’s been so long, I don’t know what’s good these days. Hardside? Softside? Expandable? Spinner wheels? Right now, I’m considering this one. Would love recommendations.

Five tweets I thought you might enjoy:

-Hah! She was mistakenly invited to speak at a dental conference (she is not a dentist), and should decided to sent in a few suggested ideas for her talk.

-There’s a lot more guessing/imagination in paleontology than I knew. 185 years of Iguanodon reconstructions.

-Who else is having a hard time creating these days?

Freaky! This arrow can’t point left.

Hahahaha! What will your ghost outfit be?

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

kisses,
Gabrielle