A Few Things

Hello, Friends. Happy October! How was your week? Are you doing okay? What’s on your mind most? Trump having Covid-19? Trump’s criminal tax evasion and money laundering? The embarrassment that was Trump at the debate? (How are Trump supporters not exhausted by him about this point?)

The news came so fast and furious this week — I feel like I could barely keep up. And Monday feels like it was a month ago. Will things slow down over the weekend? We’ll find out.

Speaking of this weekend: I am trying hard to finish up the details of our kitchen design. My goal is go through each future cupboard and drawer and figure out what is going to go where, so that I can see if any of the cabinet configurations needs to change. Beyond that, I’m sure we’ll watch a Halloween movie or two.

Ready for links? Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:

-A must-read investigation about the far-right militant group that’s recruited thousands of police, soldiers, and veterans — and what they’re preparing for.

-Learning about sexism in America from Reddit’s AITA (Am I The A**hole).

If Amy Coney Barrett was a Muslim.

-“There’s an authority figure and voice that has been missing from the COVID-19 conversation since day one: a mental health commissioner or czar. In other words, a mental health version of Anthony Fauci.”

-“Own the Libs” Is Gradually Morphing Into “Kill the Libs”.

-A conversation with Sarah Kendzior, scholar of authoritarianism and vindicated alarmist.

-Trump is mafia boss. “The Agriculture Department last week began mandating that millions of boxes of surplus food for needy families include a letter from Trump claiming credit for the program.”

-He is the worst possible president. A new study analyzing 38 million articles finds the ‘single largest driver’ of false information about the pandemic is Donald Trump.

-Whoa. Is this for real? “Did you know that study after study finds most people don’t seem to transmit COVID at all? That a small percent is responsible for almost all infections?

-Channel 4 in Britain shows, in detail, how Donald Trump and Russian intelligence worked to keep Black Americans from voting. “A historic scandal — and an act of war.”

-New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster.


-Ben Blair brought home lots of American junk food and comfort food (pictured above — the first things we gobbled up were the Take 5s). He also brought me a fresh pair of Levi’s 501s (my old pair are so thrashed and stained from all the renovation work).

Here are some tweets I saved for you:

Terrific thread that gives more understanding into what’s happening with Trump’s taxes.


-The governor of Texas is trying to prevent citizens from voting.

-An important thread about miscarriages. Please read.

-How countries are handling Covid is a choice.

-The country is not better off now than it was 4 years ago.

Interesting take.

This is so disturbing. White ladies, we have to be better than this.

I read this the morning after the debate and it stuck with me.

-The terrorists were born and raised here, support Trump, and very much want a civil war.

Of course it’s radical. It needs to be radical. We all need to become radicalized.

-I faxed my ballot today. Woo hoo! Have you voted yet? Checked your registration? Made a voting plan? Please make it a priority — the GOP would not be trying so hard to prevent you from voting if your vote wasn’t super important.

Two different worlds in the same America.

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


15 thoughts on “A Few Things”

  1. I saw a few of our favorites in your pile. We definitely have a bring back list for when my husband visits the States. It also includes brownie mix, sour patch kids, and Swedish fish. Even though we are LDS we skip the jello.

  2. Hope you have a cosy and warm week-end reunited with your family. Here in Paris it’s sad and wet but we will put our offering for the day of the dead this week-end, as mexicans.

  3. Pauline Campbell

    What’s that saying? When someone shows you who they are, listen.


    This is a little chat on FOX with Trump in 2014, the short main point I am glaring at is at 2:00 minutes, where he proclaims the only way to “solve it” and get us back to “great” is through chaos, riots, and when the country goes to total hell… and by “great” the topic of the show is pretty much how to get “those folks” off of welfare and back to work, because you know, they just like not working and the Democrats are fine with that.

    That clip should be broadcast on every network every day and night.

    Needing a little history on how we got here? – https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250245397

  4. So much craziness! Thanks for the glimpses into your life and the helpful links. How is church working over in France with Covid? Do you end up watching General Conference live at weird times or just catch replays? We attended a ward in Blois the Sunday before everything shut down in March, and it was so sweet to see the French locals trying not to greet each other with the traditional cheek kisses and try to do elbow bumps instead.

  5. That twitter thread on miscarriage was very powerful – informative and, sadly, important for people to learn more about. Quick thought – it would be useful to add a trigger warning since it is a particularly graphic read. Thanks again for sharing!

  6. These articles, though important to read, scared me to death. I am so worried about the future of this country. Gabby, what do you honestly think the future holds? Will we ever make it out of this mess? Genuinely interested in your perspective.

  7. OOOOO! That Twitter clip about the women not wanting low income housing in her neighborhood made my blood boil. I wish people’s natural reaction was, “I would love for people with fewer economic and educational opportunities to move into my neighborhood because then I could really serve and learn and have my eyes opened to the struggles I don’t even know are happening around me. I have skills and excesses that I could be using to help lift others, but I’m too scared to physically go where they are needed.” I wish we saw it as an opportunity to serve, and not a threat to our “class.” That word makes me vomit in my mouth.

    1. God, I want to slap that woman. “I’m not a racist, I’m not a bigot…It’s sounds bad, but I don’t mean it in a bad way!” YES YOU ARE, and YES YOU DO (the woman in the video, not you, Summer).

  8. The tweet you shared about the debates affecting people who ‘grew up knowing to be terrified the minute you heard an angry man yell’ made me sob. I am one. Thank you for sharing.

  9. The thread about miscarriages. The terror of an angry man yelling. The sexism shown through AITA posts. The tweet about periods…

    Being female is so f*cking hard.

    Thank you for sharing these links, helping me learn, and giving me a sense of solidarity.

  10. While looking for a very-part-time job, I found myself on Freelancer.com. I noticed there are lots of American WordPress experts you could hire there. Have you tried it yet for your WordPress problem?

  11. I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful, helpful and insightful blog posts all these years. I have learned and gained so much from you.

    But I’m voting for Trump and so I’m not welcome here anymore.

    Thanks for sharing your talents and all the best!!

    1. Oh geez Barb. What a pathetically passive aggressive comment. You’ve known for 8 weeks that you are not welcome here. You commented on that post so you know it too. And clearly you’ve just kept reading anyway; kept trying to take part in a community, to benefit from a community, that wants nothing to do with you and your commitment to indecency. You’ve already read my thoughts on the subject of you leaving, but I’ll copy them here because it sounds like you’ve forgotten:

      “Do you think I care about losing you as a follower? I do not. Not one bit. I will actively block you on Instagram if I know you’re a Trump supporter. You unfollowing me doesn’t hurt me in any way. I literally — in the true sense of the word — won’t notice you are gone.”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top