A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week?

I am writing this from Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris. By the time you read the post, I’ll be in the air, headed to Palm Springs for Alt Summit. I’m always so nervous before the conference — it’s that feeling when you’re throwing a party and you hope everyone is going to have a good time. But it’s a party for 2000 people that lasts for 6 days and has hundreds of speakers and classes. Hah!

On Monday for the opening keynote, I’ll be interviewing Soledad O’Brien and Danielle Bernstein (it will be separate interviews). I love interviewing people and am especially looking forward to this. But holy moly interview prep takes so much time and research. Every time I write interview questions I come away with huge respect for journalists that do this for a living.

I’m going to head out now, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

-Scotland is now a big step closer to becoming the first country in the world to make tampons and pads free to anyone who needs them.

-Alabama blocked a man from voting because he owed $4.

The Bible that oozed oil.

-My Ex-Boyfriend’s New Girlfriend Is Lady Gaga.

-Harvey Weinstein is going to jail. Remember, this is the full list of his accusers.

-“Women who are not ambitious and who don’t threaten male supremacy have no idea how ugly it can get if you try to take just one tiny corner of the world for yourself.”

-The cruelty is so disturbing. West Virginia charges prisoners 3 cents a minute to read e-books from free library, despite earning less than $1 an hour.

-When your kids sue you for giving birth to them.

-She wants to purify capitalism so it works as it should. “Warren has an almost supernatural ability to identify problems before anyone else, and to work relentlessly to solve them.”

-It is often said that in times of crisis, people search for something to believe in. For a certain milieu of millennials, that something is astrology.

-I meant to order a wicker bag for my trip to Palm Springs, but I never did. This is the style (#01) I’m thinking of.

Here are some tweets I saved for you:

-A remarkable thread about stopping the cycle of abuse.

-A thread about growing older that’s different than the stuff that usually gets written.

-Thinking about U.S. History.

-Woah. This video. (You can find the writing here.)


-Now I want to watch this movie that doesn’t exist.

-Hah! This was definitely what design school was like for me.

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


7 thoughts on “A Few Things”

  1. Id love to see some articles highlighted by you on the foolishness of Mormons since youre emphasizing that of evangelicals. Christians make mistakes … doesn’t mean there aren’t miracles or that Christianity isn’t Truth. Not all trinity-believing people are Trump supporters (or vice versa) but you’re doing that .. categorizing them. Surest way to grow the divide, rather than unify.

    1. Are you talking about the link to the oil Bible? In what way does posting a straightforward link to a story mean Gabby is categorizing all “trinity-believing people are Trump supporters (or vice versa)”? The story actually goes out of its way to talk about how the people surrounding the situation were for the most part not drawing political parallels or rallying their believers to support Trump (or for that matter, to raise any money for the group itself, unlike every evangelical megachurch ever). The article doesn’t say all miracles are fraudulent, just that there is currently some question surrounding this particular situation. It’s actually a very good article that isn’t condescending or ridiculing. And even if it were, Gabby didn’t write it.

      One thing I really appreciate about Gabby and her faith is that she *does* call out Mormon guidelines and beliefs that are problematic for her. It is possible to be a follower of an organized religion and not agree with every aspect of it or every communication coming from the organization’s leadership. Gabby has written posts about that very topic, and I greatly respect her for that.

    2. Also, you seem to be categorizing all “trinity-believing people” as evangelicals or Christian right — traditional Trump supporters — when in fact the vast majority of Christian sects believe in the Trinity (not Mormons, as I understand it, however). I think a lot of “lefty” liberal Protestants, Catholics, etc. would disagree with that statement.

  2. My 18-year-old daughter sent me that video from Girls Girls Girls. Wow, I was floored. It’s so powerful.

    I loved the oped in the Times about why to choose Warren. As I saw on Facebook, she’s electable if you fucking vote for her.

    I haven’t had a chance to dig into the rest of the list yet. Safe travels to Palm Springs and have a wonderful time at Alt Summit!

    1. seems like such a waste to add more tampons to the ocean. why not just subsidise menstrual cups instead? You can use 1 or 2 for a lifetime.

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