Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week? We have been tackling lots of renovation tasks and learning new skills, like brick laying and making limewash paint. It feels good to learn new things.
We don’t have big plans this week — possibly a day trip to Le Mans, or maybe a visit to the reclaimed building materials yard. How about you?
Ready for your weekend link list? Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:
-Great news! “Pregnant and breastfeeding women have a robust responses to the Pfizer & Moderna COVID vaccines and pass the immunity on to their babies.”
–Just 12 anti-vaxxers are responsible for almost 2/3rds of anti-vaccine content circulating on social media platforms. (They must be de-platformed!!)
–An essay about King Arthur stories that I enjoyed.
–How to Collect $1.4 Trillion in Unpaid Taxes.
–Being snobby about romance novels.
-The only plank of the GOP platform that all factions agree on is making voting more difficult.
–The Secret Life of the White House. This is about the residence staff.
-Apryl Stott, the illustrator who created our birth announcements, has a best-selling children’s book — it has 300+ five-star reviews! It’s about kindness and it’s so good.
Here are some tweets I saved for you:
–I want answers too. The price of insulin in the U.S. is ten times more expensive than other countries.
-If Stacey Abrams says it’s cowardice, I believe her.
-There is nothing special about that number.
-It’s a good question.
-Our priorities are so weird.
-When are we allowed to talk about gun control?
–Now go look at 2019 coverage.
–You’re not doing a damn thing to protect them or us anyway.
-Remember what minimum wage was supposed to do?
–Money absolutely does buy happiness.
-The comments and retweets on this are pure delight.
I hope you have such a good weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.
7 thoughts on “A Few Things”
Love your blog and have been moved to comment for the first time to say *thank you* for the info on the pregnant/lactating moms vaccine study. Have been waiting for this news and haven’t seen it anywhere else so am really grateful you shared. Have a lovely weekend!
That cop/gun violence report is enlightening and infuriating.
The tweet about Ramona and Her Father reminded me that we lost Beverly Cleary just last week. What an icon of children’s lit! Her characters are so true to life and timeless.
Whenever I see media coverage about the “surge” of migrants from Central America, I think about how meaningless figures are without context, and I think about how sensational the photos are. Photos of caged poor people may make a lot of Americans feel inundated and threatened, rather than compassionate and charitable (here’s a good example). In February 2021, there were 100,441 migrants who attempted entry. But CBP has 58,000 employees. And the U.S. has 400,000 kids currently in foster care. On one particular day last month, there were 2,800 unaccompanied minor kids waiting to get into shelters that only had 500 beds. But we already know putting these kids in jail-style shelters is bad for them psychologically, dangerous during a pandemic, etc. So let’s not freak out that now we are being pushed to find better solutions, like changing the rules so these children’s own relatives aren’t afraid to identify themselves and seek temporary custody. We aren’t resolve the constant pressure driving illegal immigration just by throwing up more tent cities, so we need to think bigger.
Le Vieux Mans is BEAUTIFUL and have a chocolate crêpe in Le Roy d’Ys crêperie! It is so delicious, I spent my whole life trying to redo the same one in my kitchen.
I love that article about the King Arthur legends! In college I did a semester-long project on Arthurian legend and how it evolved from its origins to the present. It’s a story that won’t die: for literally 1,000 years or more, almost every English-speaking generation has retold the Arthur story, but with a new twist. Everyone was using the story to say something about their own world.
Meanwhile, the original-ish Arthur stories are frequently not what we think. Did you know that in one of the earliest versions, Arthur had 3 wives, each of them named Guinevere?
How is vaccine distribution going there? Have you guys been able to get yours yet? Here in CA its finally picking up speed thank goodness.