A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week? I felt like the news this week was emotionally hard. Lots more details are coming out about the detention/concentration camps and it’s hard to comprehend. But I did find the first debates for the democratic presidential nominee really hopeful. It was wonderful to hear all these intelligent people talking about real issues, and real solutions.

Our weekend plans include the first swim meet of the year, and a big planning session to figure out the rest of the summer. : ) How about you?

Ready to jump into the link list? Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

-A new poll shows about half of America had no idea that the president was credibly accused of sexual assault last week.

-Related, did you hear The Daily episode where E Jean Carroll’s two friends corroborated her story?

-These videos of old Tonka Truck restorations are so satisfying to watch.

-A breakthrough in the mystery of why women get so many autoimmune diseases.

-The federal government has received more than 4,500 complaints about the sexual abuse of immigrant children who were being held at government-funded detention facilities. (NYT)

-A concrete thing you can do to help detained immigrants? Post their bail.

-Another concrete opportunity. The Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition in Del Rio, Texas transitions refugees upon release of federal custody. They need help with supplies. This is being organized by my friend Laura Mayes who is in Texas and has gone directly to the facility to find out what they need.

Sloth pool float? Yes, please.

-The shocking rape trial that galvanized Spain’s feminists – and the far right.

-I’m keep thinking about this essay discussing Miriam Toews’s new novel, Women Talking. The essayist talks about “structures that can only sustain themselves if they pretend women have no inner lives.”

The strange phenomenon of the hero wife.

-Instead of kicking famous people/politicians off its site, Twitter plans to label tweets that break its rules. (I’m not impressed. This feels like a bandaid.) (WP)

-How much does it cost to hire a babysitter where you live?

-A federal judge announced that James Alex Fields Jr., the man who rammed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

-Big news for my sister Jordan — she sold her party supply shop!

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


P.S. — No churn berry ripple cheesecake ice cream.

10 thoughts on “A Few Things”

  1. Just donated to Val Verde. It took about a minute with my Amazon account if that encourages others to do so. As usual, thanks for these links!

    1. I love the Val Verde links because it lets you feel like you’ve done something tangible to help people. Giving to the various organizations is great, but if didn’t make me feel as good as buying those shorts and knowing they would go directly to clothing little kids who really need them. I love the directness of it.

  2. Wow! Wow! Thank you for the easy links to donate. I’m not too active on social media and have found it tricky to know where to send funds. As always, you have been so helpful! xxoo from Provo!

  3. Thank you so much for the link to donate to Val Verde! I saw a mention of the Amazon wish list somewhere earlier today and couldn’t find a link anywhere. Just donating the little bit I can afford right now felt so good!

    1. Yes, I just contributed to their Amazon Wish List too, some underwear. Thanks for sharing this, and I’ve forwarded it on to my friends.

  4. Thank you for these links! Always so much food for thought. I’m adding Women Talking to my reading list and putting Val Verde on my donation list.

  5. As a woman with an autoimmune disease (Celiac) I am always interested in learning more about them especially what kickstarts the disease process. Interestingly, my Celiac (undiagnosed at the time) was almost in remission during my two pregnancies.

  6. The Wolf Pack story is sickening. There is an update in the news that on June 21 a higher court vacated the conviction and found them guilty of rape and they each got 15 years. They are in prison now.

    1. That’s great news! That story made me so depressed. I don’t understand how in this day and age some men can be so threatened because women are trying to gain basic rights. I suppose it’s the same story over and over again, from slavery to suffrage to segregation.

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