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Hi, guys. No long post today. I’m working on some paying gigs today. I also need to pop the hood on this blog and take care of some technical issues. But I do have some links to keep you busy.

In the history of this blog, I have probably never linked to a Tom Friedman opinion article. Well, you’re getting one today. In yesterday’s NYT, Friedman worries that the press’s fascination on “the Squad”, the new progressive congresswomen of color, which is being fed by the president, is going to derail efforts by more electable democratic candidates to get Trump out of office. Yeah, me, too.

There are two New Yorker articles that I’m planning on reading this weekend: “Kicked Off the Land” and “The AirBnB Invasion of Barcelona.”

Derek Thompson’s “The Future of the City is Childless” echoes some of the ideas that I wrote about last week about London.

From the archives: Can the computer and tech crowd disrupt higher education?


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One of Jonah’s big interests is agriculture. Specifically, he’s interested in how to make scientific and political changes to feed more people, more efficiently and cheaply. So, I sent him this article on the why the family farm sucks. Actually, it’s the most interesting thing I read all week.

There’s absolutely no way that any of you is going to make me read this article about professional decline after age 50.

I just shared this article with the Facebook page that I run for local families with special needs kids (350 members!), but I’ll share it here, too. Housing for people with disabilities has a 10+ year waitlist. The guardians of adults with disabilities — some who are getting on in years themselves — are struggling. We need more supportive housing like this. I actually wish it was much bigger. I’m a commune girl.

What does one pack for Scotland in July? According to the weather forecasts and local bloggers, layers, stockings, proper raincoats, and rugged footwear. So, it’s shopping time!! I’ve ordered two raincoats and will decide on which one is best when they arrive. I’m planning on getting a new warm sweater in Scotland. Do I need cute hiking boots, too? Maybe when I finish answering the editor’s queries, I’ll do a little more shopping.

Ian’s dream is to work at a place like Epic Games. Actually, he wants more. He wants to start his own company.

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This weekend at the Jersey shore by Ian N.

I have 3-1/2 articles in various stages of disrepair. I’m inching them towards completion, but right now, the parts are scattered hither and yon. The engine on one article needs a complete reconstruction.

Thursday, Ian starts his Finals Week. For you and him, that means tests. For me, that means half days of school, a lot of driving, and no more full days of uninterrupted work until September.

So, I’m in crunch mode trying to finish off some articles. Just some links tonight:

Nick Hanauer: “What I’ve realized, decades late, is that educationism is tragically misguided. American workers are struggling in large part because they are underpaid—and they are underpaid because 40 years of trickle-down policies have rigged the economy in favor of wealthy people like me.”

After reading Dreyer’s English for an hour at the Jersey shore this weekend, Laura spotted this.

A fascinating article about paint. Really! I followed Farrow and Ball on Instagram after reading the article, and changed my mind about painting the bedroom white.

I’m reading Dreyer’s English as I tinker with the draft that furthest along. It’s really a fabulous read. When one is writing, one should always be reading an excellent book. I ape good writing the same way as I lapse into a Southern accent when I talk with my friend from Alabama.

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I have a handful of annoying tasks to do this afternoon, so no long post today.

How do you guys like the new longer, regular posts? Is it working? I’m thinking through a book project by free writing on the blog. I hope I’m not boring.


This is hands down the best profile of Cory Booker yet. And it’s a sad tale.


I first met my best friends over thirty years ago at our first jobs after college. We were all editorial assistants on the 16th floor of Simon and Schuster at the Gulf and Western Building (now Trump Tower) in Columbus Circle. We’ve gone our own ways, but we talk on the phone weekly and get together every other month.

Typically, we aimlessly roam the streets of Manhattan window shopping and talking for two hours. Then we find a pub to drink and eat before getting on public transportation home. This Saturday, we’re going to start here and then explore that lower tip of the island. Check out the website for a little video about the downtown experience. Steve works in that building several floors up.


I really love this video that shows psychology students overcoming their prejudices over autistic people. They learn that people might be listening to them, even though they don’t look like they are listening.


Enjoy the weekend folks. Tonight at 11D, we have a high school percussion performance with Ian’s drum group. Tomorrow, I have run club and then friend/roaming/drinking club. Sunday, we have an extended family gathering for a niece’s high school graduation. At some point, Steve and I will find a moment to recognize our 22th anniversary.

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Education links: My education graph of the day is the percent of 9th graders in particular states that graduate high school in four years, go immediately to college, and then graduate from that college within six years. The WSJ reports that the College Board is compiling an “adversary score” that will accompany SAT scores, so kids will get two numbers – one will be their regular SAT score and another one that will measure how disadvantaged they are.

There’s a whole genre of literature aimed at rebutting the conclusions of Hillbilly Elegy.

Maybe when we’re in Scotland this summer, we should check out Prince Charles’s new bed and breakfast.

The new TWA hotel at JFK looks amazing!

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I’ve been using this blog as a brain dump for the past two weeks. I wanted to keep going, but I lost three hours to getting some evil malware off my computer today. I’ll pick it up tomorrow. In the meantime, here are some links:

I read Educated this weekend and absolutely LOVED it. I’ll do a post on it soon.

One of the kids caught up in the admissions scandal is suing Georgetown to bar expulsion. Of course, Georgetown knew, but it’s still pretty ballsy to complain.

In response to student protests, Harvard removes a law school dean for representing Harvey Weinstein.

I don’t talk about abortion on this blog, because so many people do a better job of it than I do. But wow. Alabama.

Fun Get X nostalgia.

I was trying to convince my smart, fashionable niece to become an influencer this weekend. She laughed and eye rolled delightfully. And she gave me some links to jewelry that she found for cheap on Amazon (links on the sidebar).

Wine tasting in the Botanical Gardens sounds like a plan for the weekend.