Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week? Mine has been really domestic — it was full of stuff like laundry, mending a Christmas stocking, baking an apple crisp, organizing shelves. Stuff like that. How about you?

This weekend I want to tackle the last “moving in” tasks on my list, like hanging artwork in our bedrooms, and figuring out mounting hardware for our bedside lamps. Flora June also has a swim meet this weekend — her first here in France! We’re very curious to see how it compares to our swim meets in Oakland.

In other news: Oscar’s Eagle Scout paperwork was approved! Which means his Scout Leaders are now working to set up an Eagle Board of Review — which will be conducted via Skype or something similar. If Oscar passes the Board of Review, then it’s official: He will be an Eagle Scout.

It’s been a big week for headlines as well. Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you.

-I Thought Being a Health Care Reporter Would Make Cancer Easier. I Was Wrong.

-Remember the Razr flip phone? Well it’s back, in a Smart Phone version (though it’s really pricey). How would you feel about a phone that actually fits in your pocket?

-The first generation of child sexual abuse victims whose anguish has been preserved on the internet, seemingly forever, are becoming adults. And it’s all so awful. (NYT)

-New research finds that young girls and boys have “indistinguishable” math abilities — contradicting the idea that men largely dominate STEM fields because their brains are wired that way.

-“I was shocked to learn of the little-known history of incarcerating girls for immorality and similar minor status offenses such as incorrigibility and subjecting them to disturbingly long sentences.” (NYT)

-A super cute DIY no-sew kids apron from a $1 dish towel.

-“More than 30 influencers told me that the Saudi government blackmailed them with material obtained by hacking their phones. They were given two options: Tweet propaganda or have your private content, including pictures, released on Twitter.” (WP)

-The cold weather has arrived and I keep craving one of those Irish fishing sweater pullovers.

-The prisoner abuse detailed in a 2014 Senate report on the CIA’s torture program “probably represents 30% of the reality,” says one former attorney for a Guantánamo prisoner. “The reality is far more brutal and far worse than what is known to the public.”

-Gun law reform is so necessary, and not just because of school shootings. Please reacquaint yourself with these suicide statistics. And please, please do not keep guns in your home.

-The first map of America’s food supply chain is mind-boggling.

-Thousands of Twitter ‘bots’ targeted Kentucky with fake news on election night last week. They spread misinformation about the election being rigged.

-What happens when birds get drunk.

Here are a few tweets I saved for you:

-This 9-year-old drummer who loves Nirvana made my day.

-A thread on how to have hope in dark times.

-The idea of being an ugly-beautiful woman resonates with me.

Good statements for women and girls to practice.

-Woody Guthrie singing about Trump’s racist father.

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

kisses,
Gabrielle

P.S. — I know there are several NYT and WP links and that those publications require subscriptions. If you don’t have a subscription, talk to your local public library — often, they can give you an access code.