Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? Are you happy to welcome November? Or are you already missing October?

Ours was a good week. We got back from Prague on Monday. Can you believe I took that photo above? The whole city is magical. I can’t wait to tell you about our favorite spots there.

Are you ready for the weekend? We’re having friends over for dinner tonight, and then going to a showing of Downton Abbey. School starts again on Monday, so I hope the kids get to enjoy every bit of the weekend. Also this weekend: It’s National Authors Day! So me and 7 of my author friends are hosting a little Giveaway on Instagram and the prize is a $200 Amazon Giftcard. Go see! It ends Monday at midnight EST.

One thing that’s giving me a baseline of stress at the moment is all the fires in California. It is an odd thing to read those headlines while knowing my two oldest kids are right there — classes cancelled, no electricity, breathing the smoky air. And of course, not just my kids, but so many people I love and care about. Both Ralph and Maude report they’re doing fine, but I suppose it will never not feel strange to be an ocean and a continent away from my kids.

But really, you’re here for the link list. And I’ve got a good one this week. Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

Twitter is banning political ads. I see this as good news. A good effort. Will Facebook follow?

-Hah. Running Is My Therapy and My Nutritionist Is Kale.

-A black activist convinced a neo-Nazi he’d save him from legal ruin. Then the real plan began. (WP)

-Groups are pushing for the UC schools (like UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, etc.) to drop the SAT. How would you feel if standardized tests were no more?

-The Keystone Pipeline in North Dakota leaked more than 9,000 barrels of oil.

-You know what my kids are missing? Our $20 air popper. We left it with Maude for her apartment (the plug wouldn’t work here anyway). I think I better track down a French version.

-I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb.

-The Trumps are no longer New Yorkers?

-“There is a saying in Korea that ‘your beauty is your ability.’”

-How do you feel about the color purple?

Here are some tweets I save for you, too:

-BEST Halloween post. A report from Tokyo’s annual mundane Halloween costume party. So good!

-Interesting responses to this tweet. What do you think the lower and upper age differences should be for relationships?

Voting advice.

-I’d never considered how many children were on the slave ships.

-Recipes simple enough to fit in one tweet.

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