A Loud Sigh (& Friday Links)


It’s been an interesting week. Like so many others, I can’t look away from what is happening in this election race right now. I’m so shocked and horrified by the persistence of the question, to be honest. Hudson came home the other day and told me that “that man Trump is a bully. He calls ladies pigs and slugs.” I find myself voraciously seeking out the humor pieces from pundits like Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Seth Meyers… and so on. But Michelle Obama, once again, was the one to frame the issue with more forceful clarity than anyone else: “This isn’t about politics, it’s about basic human decency. It’s about right and wrong.” If you haven’t watched the speech she gave in New Hampshire, it’s worth your time.

Also on my mind this week: I volunteer in Hudson’s classroom on Wednesdays and I was present for the school lockdown drill. I huddled in a dark little closet with 25 or so kindergarteners in complete silence while they hid from an imaginary “bad guy.” I felt like I was going to cry! In response I went home a read op-eds about common sense gun laws.

So, while I let out a loud sigh, some links with a bit more levity…

An ocean of golden leaves!
Legohead Bike Helmet (Just think of the possibilities. I could be Princess Leia! or Elvis!)
This might be the sweetest “shimmy” meme.
Interesting conversation about the lack of transparency in medical billing practices, sparked by a surprising line item.
If I ever get around to menu-planning, these tacos are going on the list.
On letting go of the baby toys and bottles (but keeping the high chair)
This is the chair, by the way. We love it, too.
Related: this is completely brilliant! What a smart addition to the market—especially for travel.
I felt moved just reading the description of this children’s book. Can’t wait for it to arrive.
Another great tool for becoming an informed voter. This one is for California.
Did you make a 30 before 30 list? (30 things to do?) What do you think of this one?
Copy editors killed in gang war.
Where you can still see tracks along the Oregon Trail
Get your loved one a new Mac for Christmas. For $24.
A guide to vintage denim.

Finally, if you’re one who does a lot of your shopping (holiday or otherwise) at Shopbop, they just announced a huge sale. Get 25% off your entire order with the code MAINEVENT16 until October 15th. (Or 30% if you spend over $500.) Their men’s site, East Dane, will have the sale up throught the 17th. I’ve been looking at wool coats and leather booties.


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