I’ve been remiss in my letter-writing recently. Need to catch up to my regular pace of correspondence, so started by writing two letters this morning. More to come this weekend, for sure.

Reading: “By forcing reporters to optimize every story for clicks and requiring them to race to publish follow-on articles on every topic, the clickbait economics of online media encourage carelessness and drama.”

The bad news is that I’ve been teetering on the edge of relapse for a few months now and I think I’ve tipped over to that side, today. The good news is that the cat is purring loudly on my lap and I have a delicious mug of tea in my hands and everything’s going to be okay.

Reading: “Every day, women across the country consider the risks. That is our day job and our night shift. We have a diploma in risk consideration.”

Reading: “There’s an unfair burden placed on people who experience oppression and discrimination to rise above it, or turn the other cheek.”

Reading: “The truth hurts white people. Colin Kaepernick has hurt white people, and that is why it’s convenient to banish him, because he holds America’s worst nightmare: the mirror.”

Reading: “I make things for the same reasons babies put things in their mouths: to better understand the world, to sooth ourselves, and learn what to say.”

Things to do when you are missing Portugal: open a few cans of Portuguese tinned fish, enjoy with a baguette and cheese, finish with natas.

Fascinating: “Between 1990 and 2014, visits to public libraries grew by a whopping 181%. For context, the population of the US increased by 28% during that period.”

Reading: “Fall is good and great, and it will come in time. But September’s summer days are wonderful: a kinder, gentler summer without the scorching heat waves.”