[ UPDATE: Good news! After 5 very sick days in bed, my mom seems to be getting her energy back. I know Covid can be tricky, so I know she’s not totally out of the woods, but I feel very optimistic. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments and notes. I sincerely appreciate it. ]
Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? I’m feeling worried right now. My Mom, who lives in a very small town in Utah, tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week and has been sick in bed. Will she pull through quickly? Will things go south? Like everyone else who has gone through this, all we can do is wait and see how her body reacts.
I’m seeing tweets from friends in Utah about their over-70 parents receiving the vaccine, and it feels like she was so close to staying safe, you know? How are you doing? What has the vaccine rollout been like so far where you live?
If you’re in the mood for a link list, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:
-Hoo boy. So many conflicting feelings after reading this article about “Instagram Face“. I may need to do a whole separate post on this topic.
-Ivanka and Jared wouldn’t let their Secret Service detail use any of their SIX bathrooms, so they had to go to neighbors (including the Obamas!) to find a toilet. Finally they had to rent a $3000/month studio, at taxpayer expense.
-If you have trouble imagining a world without police, start by imagining a world where police are not in charge of traffic violations — which would eliminate 24 MILLION police interactions each year.
-According to NASA, 2020 was the hottest year ever recorded.
-I’m reading The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton. Have you heard of it? It teaches a different way to think about the economy and the national debt.
–This pig painting is at least 45,500 years old. (Gosh I love stuff like this.)
–The Capitol Rioters Weren’t ‘Low Class‘. “The business owners, real-estate brokers, and service members who rioted acted not out of economic desperation, but out of their belief in their inviolable right to rule.”
-Oh my word how is Thomas still on the Supreme Court?
Here are some tweets I saved for you:
-Downplaying it is the more dangerous risk.
-A recent, very clear example, of white privilege in action.
-They are never not projecting.
-People use the phrase “cancel culture” but what they really mean is “consequences”.
–It’s a short thread (6 tweets), but worth reading.
-A powerful 5-tweet thread on Grace.
–These kinds of stories are my favorite. Worth clicking through to read.
–Using politeness to stop confronting hard things.
-Does this feel true for you?
–Something charming to end our list.
I hope you have a happy and healthy weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.