Hello, Friends. How are you doing? Did you have a good week? We’ve been traveling this week during the kids two-week school break (we’re currently in Prague), and will head home on Monday.

I just woke up (half of the kids are still sound asleep), and we haven’t made plans for the day yet, but the city is looking lovely out my window and I’m excited to go explore.

This coming Thursday, Oscar and Flora are hosting Halloween parties. They are so excited!! But it feels so abstract to me right now. Are we really heading into Halloween week? The holiday so different here that I’ve hardly given Halloween a thought. Usually we’re deep in to finishing costumes at this point, but this year, we haven’t even started. Feels so strange!

How are your Halloween plans coming along? Any brilliant/wonderful costumes this year? I want to hear. But first, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

-Every two minutes, a woman dies from childbirth or pregnancy-related causes. Many of those deaths are preventable.

-The Chinook Nation is fundraising to purchase their historic treaty land.

-How New York could become the first American city to end solitary confinement.

-Projections say by 2020, no single race alone group will make up more than 50% of the population of children in the U.S.. (Sounds like Oakland! And I’m here for it!)

-Senate Republicans confirmed another lifetime federal judge who earned a rare and embarrassing “not qualified” rating by the American Bar Association. The appointee has never tried a case!

-I did not know that most women entirely lose sensation in their breasts after their mastectomy and reconstruction.⁣ Here’s an instagram post talking about new methods that are changing things for the better.

-For those curious about the democratic society that was being built in northeast Syria before Turkey attacked.

-Motherhood is hard. You’re doing a great job.

-“After years of decline, a spike in air pollution may have taken the lives of almost 10,000 additional Americans over two years. Following a 24% drop between 2009 and 2016, particulate matter air pollution in the U.S. increased 5.5% in 2017 and 2018.”

-Will you be reading (or listening to) Ronan Farrow’s Catch & Kill?

And here are some funny and heartwarming tweets I’ve saved for you too:

-A really wonderful thread about an unfinished embroidery project. I love this so much.

-Hah! How people got picked up at the airport before cell phones.

-How the new French Olympic logo spends the day. : )

A list of salutations.

-A thread on the goodness of communities.

-Made me laugh!! Such a well written tweet.

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

kisses,
Gabrielle