We go high! (& Friday links)


“With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their most important role models.”

“When they go low, we go high.”

I was listening to that one candidate (who, like Voldemort, shall not be named lest he be legitimized) in the car a few months ago. He was getting mad (as usual) at a reporter from The Washington Post who had questioned his claims of donations to Veteran groups, and he started calling the reporter names.

Hudson and Skyler were in the car with me and Hudson immediately asked me about the word “sleazy.”

I have to turn down the radio a lot in the car these days—too many stories about violence around the world that they don’t need to hear yet—but I found myself stunned to think how I would now need to turn the radio when a would-be political candidate spoke. I can’t imagine a world in which I have to censor the president’s speeches.

What a contrast to Michelle’s moving, articulate, powerful speech a few nights ago. Here’s the whole thing. It’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it.

In the meantime, we’ll be talking to our kids about name-calling.

Here are some more links of note…

First, more politics:

A historic day! (So why are all the major newspapers only running images of these guys?)

John Oliver on all the feelings being felt at the RNC last week.

“Get in the arena!” “Democracy is not a spectator sport.” President Obama’s full speech (cue the waterworks!) and Hillary’s (which, while watching, someone on Twitter likened to watching a moon landing—what a thing to witness).

But also:

Thank you for all the amazing suggestions! A passionate topic!

Good tips for dealing with unsolicited advice.

How to stay active if you have a desk job. I need to be better about this!

Pre-ordering this!

From earlier this year, a look at some of the (very stylish) dogs of the Westminster Dog Show.

Stop eating out on Saturdays and 7 other Restaurant Secrets That Make Eating Out Way Better

Table linen advice from my friend Emarie (an expert host) on Goop! 


Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? The viral campaign raised $100 million (!) to help fund crucial research that lets scientists identify the gene linked to ALS.

Such a lovely idea for (and honest post about) a children’s birthday party. (And I’m not just saying that because she mentions Hudson’s party—that was a nice surprise!)

A former colleague and fantastic book editor just opened up Her Bookshop in East Nashville! Locals, check it out!

And finally, did you check out my Instagram Sale? Ends Monday, August 1st, at 8pm PST.

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