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The Are You Serious, Seattle School Board? Edition
Last week I linked to a podcast and a New York Times article about school integration issues. This week I found out there's a school integration issue happening in my district. In my neighborhood. The boundaries in question are the boundaries for my kids' school. There's nothing to link to (yet) and I'm not ready to do that anyway, so for now let's just read Nikole Hannah-Jones' reporting in last year's Atlantic about school segregation in Alabama and examine these charts about segregation in New York City. And here is a report called Housing Policy is School Policy that looks to be extra relevant, though it's still sitting in my bookmarks folder feeling lonely because 57 pages. But hey, when you are someone who generally avoids having opinions in public, when it looks like you'll need to use your timid little voice, you attempt to be as informed as possible.
And also: SERIOUSLY? THIS IS A THING THAT IS HAPPENING?
SHIRLEY TEMPLE MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER
Okay, so this is some horrible Facebook clickbait, but you guys, I love love love Shirley Temple and I bookmarked this link to show to my kids. My grandma had practically every Shirley Temple movie recorded on a neatly marked VHS tape and I saw every one of them, sitting on her living room floor eating an ice cream cone. Oh, now I miss my grandma. Dangit, Shirley Temple! (Oh, and watching this is super weird now that I have a seven-year-old girl.)
One of my favorite Twitter follows, LZ Granderson, on Faith: It's Not Just For Straight People Anymore.
I used to think (maybe still do think) that the absolute best job in the world would be a guidebook writer. This blog post from the Rick Steves site (but not by Rick Steves) maaaay take away some of my perceived glamour, but he still got to see The Last Supper, so whatever.
DON'T GET EXTRADITED
Speaking of travel, here are 25 Unusual Foreign Travel Warnings For Visiting The US.
CARDS AND CLEAVAGE
Phillip and I had a whole big conversation on this lady poker player and her feminine wiles the other night. Read the transcript or click the link to hear her story on All Things Considered.
and now it's time for!
This Week In Nazis: I really enjoyed this article about WWII obituaries, especially all the ones it links to! And here's a piece about all the gold rushers in Poland thinking they've found the hidden Nazi train and now a maze of tunnels.
This Week In Seattle: The head of the teacher's union is a tough guy in this interview. He came off as Mr. No Personality the one time I saw him on TV, but I suppose that could be the effect of staying up until 3 in the morning asking the school district for more recess.
Tonight I go to a meeting related to the above Boundary Madness and then the Cheungs escape to Great Wolf Lodge for the weekend. If you can call that an escape. My kids will certainly think so, but I may hide under the bed with a flask of wine and one of those Magic Quest wands, thwacking away anyone who tries to pull me out. I hope your weekend is just as exciting.