Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? It was a good one at our house. Mostly regular, but one unusual thing was that on Tuesday morning, a local news team filmed us at the market, and then interviewed us in our home about why we love Normandy, and why we chose to move here from the Bay Area. It was a lot of fun!

We haven’t fully put together this house — because we don’t expect to live here too long and are putting our house energy into the remodel — but I did try to spiff up our rental for the interview. Hah! We haven’t seen the footage, but if we get a link, I’ll be sure to share it.

And now it’s the weekend! No big plans, but hopefully lots of email. : ) Let’s get to the link list. Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

-Why? Why? Why would anyone think this is a good idea? The Trump administration removed millions of miles of streams and roughly half the country’s wetlands from federal protection. It’s the largest rollback of the Clean Water Act since the modern law was passed in 1972. What American is like Yay! about this?

A thousand free audiobooks you can download.

-Immigrant kids were tied to chairs with bags over their head as punishment for misbehaving in custody. Some peed themselves while tied to the chairs. This is how our country treats immigrant children.

-For centuries, scholars assumed that Greek myths about fierce warrior women called “Amazons” were just that — myths. But new archaeology confirms that Amazons were very much real — and they were actually Scythian nomads.

-Are you following Brexit news? This is the most helpful article I’ve found outlining the challenges with Brexit and trade.

-Is the Myers-Briggs personality test bunk?

-A handful of billionaires have now accumulated more money than the poorest five billion people on the planet. Women and girls come off worst putting in 12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work every day. (Don’t miss the related tweet below.)

-Fascinating peek into an afternoon of a Pawnbroker. (NYT)

-Neither half of all luxury condos in Manhattan are empty.

-Based on information like this, do you think this election will be free and fair?

-How McDonald’s infiltrated black America.

-I learned a ton from Peggy Orenstein’s Girls & Sex (see our discussion about it here), and now I want to read her new book, Boys & Sex.

Here are some tweets I saved for you:

Old English animal names.

-I see this a ton anytime I talk about the wealth gap — people can’t seem to comprehend the vast difference between the very wealthy (like Obama) and the megawealthy (like Gates). They are in different universes.

This job description is intense! (And yet, still doesn’t quite cover all the things expected of a mother on any given day.)

-I love following the Women’s Art Twitter account. I keep thinking about this piece, Pinned Shoes.

-A short thread on how Facebook’s political ad-checking system is actually being implemented. It’s…. really bad.

-As you’re watching the impeachment trial, don’t forget: A majority of the Senate represents only 18% of the population.

-Hah! He’s right. This kind of thing makes grownups gasp with delight.

-You can text SFMOMA and they’ll send you art.

Public libraries are radical.

Thanks for all the excellent discussion this week! I really enjoyed it and love hearing your perspectives. I hope you have a marvelous weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle