Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week? We are headed to Lille this morning. It’s a city in the very north of France — not far from Belgium and The Netherlands. We are taking a tour of the Winckelmans tile factory this afternoon, and we’ll be confirming our custom tile designs for the bathrooms. I LOVE factory tours and am really looking forward to this.

Lille is about a 4-hour drive from our town, and since we’ve never really been to that part of France before, we’re going to use the weekend to explore. Based on our searches, it’s a gorgeous place! Have you ever been? We’d love any recommendations you might have.

Before we head out, here are a few things I wanted to share:

-The Los Angeles Times wrote about my twitter thread on guns + god.

-Please, please watch the full speech of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in response to Representative Yoho. It’s nine minutes and it’s remarkable. She is so good at this. (Transcript is available here.)

Toxic masculinity is killing us.

-Elizabeth Warren: To Fight the Pandemic, Here’s My Must-Do List.

-Outstanding interview of one of my all-time favorite couples, Chris & Lisa Clark. (Christopher is my friend who died last month, just as this interview was going to press.)

What is the ideal marriage age?

-A new study of nearly 65,000 people in South Korea found that children between the ages of 10 and 19 can spread the coronavirus just as much as adults.

-“It’s as close up to the line as you can get to actual war without live rounds.”

-“Why did American policing get so big, so fast? The answer, mainly, is slavery.”

-My nephews’ super cool tween bedroom.

-I think the first time I ever wrote about #blacklivesmatter was July 2016. I re-read the post, and I was interested to see my thinking on police officers has changed.

-I lost of pair of earrings when we were in Brittany, and I replaced them with these (the Light Colorado color). What kind of jewelry have you been craving lately?

And here are some tweets I saved for you:

RIP John Lewis.

Do you agree?

-People with big noses (like me) unite!

-Important thread on motherhood in America. Click through to read the whole thing.

-I keep thinking about this tweet.

-A thread of companies doing massive layoffs but giving millions in bonuses to their top execs.

-I love this.

URGH.

-I am anti-death penalty.

-Did you know what sorts of jobs were out there? I hadn’t heard of graphic design until I was a sophomore in college, and it ended up being my major.

-I couldn’t stop laughing. Click through to read the responses.

-I thought I had a sense of corn in food, but this thread taught me otherwise.

-A thread that taught me about how museums overlap with white supremacy.

-Depression isn’t always being sad.

Hahaha.

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

kisses,
Gabrielle

P.S. — Haras du Pin (the photo at top) is the oldest horse breeding and training site in France. It’s about 20 mins from our house. Last week we got to visit the beautiful grounds to see an art exhibit. You can see a little report of our visit in my Instagram Stories.