Hello, Friends. How was your week? To me, this year felt like it was inching along, and then suddenly it seems to be in high gear. I can not believe we’re halfway through October.

Our kids have a two-week school break starting today, and we are all looking forward to the non-school-day morning routines. Last year for the October break, we went to Prague, but this year, we haven’t made any travel plans at all.

The thing that is exciting us the most is progress on the renovation. Bathroom wall tiles started going up today and they look incredible! We’re thinking that a fun weekend project would be to plant a tree in the garden — and maybe some strawberries for next spring. What about you? Any weekend plans you’re looking forward to?

In the mood for some good links? Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

-Almost all of the US kids and teens who’ve died from COVID-19 were Hispanic or Black.

-“Bigotry should have a social cost.”

-After the Great Depression, FDR put 250,000 young unemployed men back to work through the newly-created Civilian Conservation Corps. Will national service be part of our COVID-19 recovery?

-“Trump dropped $10M into his campaign in the final days of 2016…and it looks like foreign money. A bribe. From Egypt. It is simply unbelievable that investigators were too chicken sh*t to subpoena his finances.”

-“A person who is looking for a full-time job that pays a living wage — but who can’t find one — is unemployed. If you accept that definition, the true unemployment rate in the U.S. is a stunning 26.1%

-A post about getting visas to move to another country.

-Hah. How to Throw Yourself a Middle-Age-Reveal Party.

-Americans Are Dying In The Pandemic At Rates Far Higher Than In Other Countries.

-I picked up a dwarf kumquat tree at a local shop the other day. I want to create a little citrus plant collection to bring some cheer thought the winter.

Here are some tweets I saved for you:

A thread with 3 steps to get back to almost “normal”.

Building bridges in the Middle Ages.

-Have you followed this side story at all?

-Here’s a quick summary thread on the nonsense-bizarro-story from the NY Post.

-I’m done with the mainstream-press-is-left-leaning baloney.

-If our government hadn’t messed this up so badly, we wouldn’t have had to shut down entire industries.

Good to know.

A thoughtful, compassionate response by Pete Buttigieg about “late term abortions”.

-I love that people are talking about this.

-Barrett’s non-answers were answers too.

-“It’s fraud and you will for sure go to jail.”

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