A Few Things

Hello friends. How are you? How was your week? Planning anything fun for the weekend? I hope we can keep it low-key at our house — my goal is to finish unpacking the office and setting up our bedroom. And if the weather is decent, I’d love to go out walking in the countryside with the kids. How about you?

I’ve got lots of good stuff this week, so I’m going to jump right in to the link list. Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

-Over 5000 children separated from their families, many under 5 years old, with no records kept. This will be our country’s greatest shame for a thousand years at least. (WP)

-‘Never Delete Anything’ and Other Inbox Tips From 25 Famous Women.

-Wait. What? Electric cars developed at the same time as combustion engine cars. Fascinating article about the American car culture in general, and some of the reasons electric cars didn’t take off (apparently they were too feminine).

-In China, every day is Kristallnacht. (WP)

-Remember that crazy Airbnb story I shared last week? Today, Airbnb announced they will verify all 7 million listings over the next year, and starting next month, they’ll offer a 100% refund or nicer place if the listing isn’t accurate. Plus they’re instituting a 24/7 Airbnb hotline.

-There’s no such thing as virginity.

-This writer says the maternity clothes market is horrible. Do you agree? It’s been 9 years since I’ve been in the market so I don’t know what it’s like these days — but I do remember maternity clothes improved significantly between my first pregnancy and my last one.

-Mary Cain’s male coaches were convinced she had to get “thinner, and thinner, and thinner.” Then her body started breaking down. (NYT)

-The wet weather has arrived in Normandy (and it tends to stick around), so it’s time to buy some rain boots. Aigle is a dependable, well-designed French brand (fun fact: the town Aigle isn’t far from here). There are tons of Aigle boots. I think these are very cute — but I might want some that are taller, with a lower heel..

-It’s impossible not to notice that democracy has been severely degraded under regimes that Facebook’s election team helped achieve power.

-Hahaha. Tax calculator for the billionaires.

-Yikes. Colleges buy low-scoring SAT names from the College Board, and then encourage students to apply, knowing they will reject them, to boost their selectivity rating.

Here’s your Thanksgiving game plan.

And here are a few tweets I saved for you:

-I’d never heard of geosmin, but apparently humans are very sensitive to it.

-What’s a word you have a hard time spelling? (The responses are fun — and validating.)

-It’s Native American Heritage Month. Follow Rebecca Nagle for daily Native American history lessons.

Truck alphabet.


I hope you have the BEST weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.


5 thoughts on “A Few Things”

  1. When I was pregnant (10 years ago) I loved the LIz Lang line at Target – the clothes were stylish and reasonably priced. They don’t have that line any more (and not sure they even still carry maternity). I’ve noticed that younger colleagues who are pregnant hardly even wear “maternity” clothes – they just do stretchy cotton dresses and skirts.

  2. Was going to say the same thing. I wore a lot of Liz Lange for my first two pregnancies 15 & 11 years ago. Target’s quality and selection has declined overall – not just maternity.

  3. As a runner, I found the Mary Cain story heartbreaking. She put her trust and her career in Nike’s hands. It boggles my mind that Salazar only got a 4-year suspension. He should be banned for life.

  4. There is such an interesting article in today’s NYT front-page section: “ ‘Tragedy’ in France: Villages Without Bakeries.” You and BB and the kids might find it interesting. Best from Houston —

  5. Thank you for posting about the Uyghurs. I hope you continue to sound the alarm. I work with Uyghurs in helping advocate and provide legal assistance here in the US. As a Jew I am horrified by what is happening. As an American I am horrified what our country is letting happen.

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