The Weekly Digest

leslie mann

It’s been a rough week for our community. It made national news, so some of you may have read—we had a series of stabbings and, for about a week, no idea when the killer would be identified and caught. Until yesterday, when an arrest was finally made, just blocks from the kids’ school. The randomness and the closeness meant that we were all incredibly on edge. Businesses and the University cancelled all evening classes, sports leagues and families cancelled afternoon and evening activities, and we stopped letting kids ride their bikes to school or play in the park. The sound of news helicopters and sirens seemed a constant hum. It was awful. But of course as terrible as it was for those of us waiting, the worst is thinking of the lives lost. One man was an activist we all knew as “compassion guy” and the other was a 20-year-old Davis High grad and UCD student who had just posted about his excitement over his research and how he was going to help people—rest in peace David Henry Breaux and Karim Abou Najm. The third victim is recovering, thank goodness.

I’d hoped to finish that travelogue I’ve tasked myself with, but it’s been an all-consuming week. Of course it doesn’t mean I didn’t engage in some distracting scrolling, so I do still have a few links to share.

Hope everyone has a peaceful weekend. I’m looking forward to getting back to my walks!

So happy (and relieved) that reviews for Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret have been so good! I’m excited to see it as a family. NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour crew were gushing.

Intrigued by this convertible dress/skirt.

“We perform mothering online as a way of accessing meaning when, most days, the work of motherhood doesn’t seem to mean much of anything according to the many men legislating against paid family leave, universal preschool, and childcare subsidies. We perform motherhood for ourselves. We mother for others.”

As Skyler broke through the knee of her pants on the first day of wear yesterday… On Mending Clothes.

Roxane Gay’s powerful opinion piece on the killing of Jordan Neely.

I really enjoyed this David Sedaris interview. I’ve heard Sam Fragoso’s interview with Ethan Hawke is especially good. Will be listening soon.

A guide to all the streaming options.

The 20 Greatest Simpsons episodes of all time.

This made Aron and I laugh. Looking forward to trying on the kids today.

HypersKidsAfrica dance videos are so wonderful. Especially love this one! (They’re selling t-shirts, if you’re interested!)

Cottage cheese ice cream? 

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Sangrita anyone?

Also from the archives: Mother’s Day gift guide inspiration (one and two)… (after all, do the best options really change much?) Also, a last-minute source.

Finally, thank you for all the nice comments on my last post! I feel a bit rusty when it comes to actually writing posts since the pandemic and I appreciated the encouragement!

[Photo of Leslie Mann from her IG / Incredible raincoat reportedly by Gabriele Hearst]

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