Hello, Friends. Happy December! How are you? How was your Thanksgiving? And your Black Friday? How about your weekend? We’ve had such a full happy week since I last checked in with you. My sister Jordan and her husband Paul, and their three kids, trekked all the way to France for Thanksgiving and oh my goodness it was such a treat to be with family for the holiday.
We made a full Thanksgiving feast with a gorgeous table, we took the Ferneys to see the new house(!!!), we decorated our rental house for the holidays, we picked up a Christmas tree, we went to the holiday markets in Rouen, and we made a simple advent calendar too. (All of this was detailed on Instagram Stories, and you can find the expired stories in the Instagram highlights if you’re curious.)
I didn’t get a chance to publish my link list on Friday, but I saved so many good ones for you that I still want to post them. Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:
-A growing number of public libraries are ditching late fees after finding that the penalties disproportionately deter the people who stand to benefit the most from free library resources — low-income residents and children.
-That uplifting post you just shared? A Russian Troll sent it. “Professional trolls are good at their job. They have studied us. They understand how to harness our biases (and hashtags) for their own purposes…”
-The philosophy of The Good Place is almost as wonderful as The Good Place itself. (Are you a fan of the show?)
-A measles outbreak in Samoa has left more than 50 people dead, most of them children. The government has banned children from public gatherings and mandated that all 200,000 people living on the South Pacific island get vaccinated.
-We have the tools and technology to work less and live better. We can produce more stuff with less labor. So why are we still working?
-“With guns off the menu in other countries, terrorists have to find alternative ways of killing people. The London Bridge attacker was armed with a kitchen knife.”
-Half of the Trump administration’s latest trade-war bailout for farmers went to just a 10th of recipients in the program. “The farm rescue is now more than twice as expensive as the 2009 auto industry bailout, which ultimately cost taxpayers $12 billion.”
-UCLA scientists have discovered a link between a protein and the ability of human blood stem cells to self-renew.
–Elon Musk is damaging the night sky. His satellites interfere with astronomers’ observations of stars and potentially harmful near-Earth asteroids, leaving streaks on images. No regulations require him to fix the problem. Soon it may be unfixable.
-Too many gifts? How many gifts do your kids get for Christmas or other winter holidays?
And here are a few tweets I’ve saved for you:
–What do you splurge on? It’s fun to read the responses.
-He put red dots on the founding fathers who owned slaves.
-Where do you go if you just want to be left alone? Interesting responses.
-A thread on the minimum wage.
-Amazing to watch. I’m so grateful to the people who grow and harvest our food.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I missed you like crazy. I’m glad I get to connect with you today.