Hello, Friends. What’s up? How has your week been? Our school starts on September 1st, so we’re still in summer mode, but we did tackle the school supply lists for Betty and Flora June this week.

French school supply lists are epic and legendary — and I find them very intimidating. I rely on Google Translate quite a bit and it’s incredibly helpful. But the supply lists are so specific and use such technical words, that Google Translate doesn’t seem to work. So it’s a bit of a treasure hunt trying to figure out what to buy. Hah!

In August, a lot of French businesses shut down, and pretty much all of the tradespeople who work on our house are gone for the next two week. So we originally scheduled a trip to the South of France. But that particular trip has been put on hold — without Ralph and Maude it didn’t feel quite right. We may do an alternate trip instead, but if we do, it will be last minute.

What about you? Are you still in summer mode?

I’ve got a great list for you today. Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

-Documents from an internal Facebook investigation into Qanon show, for the first time, the massive scale of the conspiracy theory’s community on the platform. We’re talking thousands of groups, millions of members.

Nearly nine out of 10 Democrats approve of Kamala Harris as their party’s vice presidential nominee, and she is more popular than presidential candidate Joe Biden among women and young voters.

-If you eat fruit, you need to read this article. These are the superhuman struggles of the immigrant workers who put peaches and cherries on your tables.

Their mail was not delivered for days.
(Are you watching what Trump is doing to the Post Office?)

The days of secrets are over.

-The number of U.S. residents who have died since March is now more than 200,000 higher than it would be in a normal year. We are vastly undercounting pandemic-related deaths.

She Faces Life in Prison After Allegedly Buying Red Protest Paint. This story gives me a headache.

-After an extended break, my sister Jordan has started blogging again at Oh Happy Day.

-I just ordered Kate Manne’s Entitled and Stephenie Meyer’s Midnight Sun. What are you reading these days? (You can also check out the New Yorker’s review of Entitled.)

Here are some tweets I saved for you:

Put this on a t-shirt/poster/billboard please.

I keep thinking about this.

-Would you agree to a six-week nationwide phase-one-or-stricter lockdown?

-A really good thread about the realities of [non]-support white people gave the Civil Rights Movement.

-The fact that we’ve tied NFL recruitment and training to universities is super weird.

This is horrifying.

-Put Warren in charge of the post office, schools, the banks — pretty much anything. She’s a productive, compassionate, justice-seeking, problem-solver.

-This made me laugh so hard.

The Democratic party is currently center. If it feels left to you, then you’re not looking at how far right the right has moved.

Hah!

I hope you have a lovely weekend. I’ll meet you back here next week. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle