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Scenes from Mother’s Day (& Friday Links)

How was everyone’s mother’s day? The kids ran in to wake me up around 8am, so excited about the things they’d made and the breakfast they’d set up outside. Our internet had been out for a few days, so just as we sat down the AT&T guy arrived, so he was there, too. Then, once everyone was dressed, we drove out into the Capay Valley for their mother’s day garden tour. It was such a beautiful day—which happened to be our wedding anniversary, too. I’ll include a few favorite photos below.

Today, I’m traveling with friends to North Carolina to see our friend who moved away and I can’t wait to catch up. She lives in Winston-Salem, which is a completely new destination for me. In the meantime, Aron and the kids get to enjoy some unusually rainy weather—and maybe even some more snow in the Sierras. And then, of course, I’ll make it back in time to watch the Game of Thrones finale with Aron. How are you feeling about this ending? I’ve actually tried not to talk about it too much, because I loved the show and I feel like I’m a bit of a killjoy about the plot this last season.

Until then, some links of note for you… 

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Listen Close: Sex Appeal and the Equal Rights Amendment

As we react today to watching states like Georgia and Alabama vote to strip women of their reproductive freedom, I sense that some of the shock comes our belief that times have changed and that our equality is actually safeguarded. For example, according to The New York Times, “By some estimates, 80 percent of Americans mistakenly believe that women and men are guaranteed equal rights, but the only right the Constitution explicitly extends to both men and women is the right to vote.”

Molly Coyne and I were recently talking about our shock at learning that not only is this not a guarantee, but that the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a proposed amendment to the Constitution that would guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex was not ratified by enough states to be added—as recently as the 1980s—and that five of the 35 states which did ratify it have since requested to rescind:

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5 Things: A Local’s Guide to San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Travel guide, 5 things

In “5 Things,” we ask some of our favorite insiders in cities all over the world to share local travel tips: where to eat, shop, stay, and play in their neighborhoods (plus, what to pack to make the adventure complete). We’re excited to feature picks from ER doctor, military veteran, and mother-of-two, Emily Fleming today. Emily is a natural at sharing beautiful truths on Instagram and we’re always inspired by her honesty when it comes to balancing hard work and family. She takes us behind the scenes in her hometown of San Antonio—a city of colorful zest and warm hospitality—and shares plenty to bookmark for your next trip to the Lone Star state.

We never expected to make San Antonio our home after I completed my military service, but eight years and two kids later, we’re still here. This town is full of color and culture, and is remarkably well-suited for young families. I am proud to share my favorite parts of it with you!

5 Things: San Antonio
by Emily Fleming

My husband and I were newlyweds when we moved to Texas for residency training. We’d come from opposite coasts when we first met during medical school in Chicago, and San Antonio happened to have a military Emergency Medicine training program for me, and a civilian Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation program for my husband.

We never expected to make San Antonio our home after I completed my military service, but eight years and two kids later, we’re still here. This town is full of color and culture, and is remarkably well-suited for young families.

I am proud to share my favorite parts of it with you!

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