Issue 1

April 18, 2018


Hi Mom,

Thanks for agreeing to try this newsletter experiment. I hope that by sharing a handful of links each week, we'll have the opportunity to talk about life and the world in new ways. Let’s see where this goes.

Here’s the latest:

  1. Bruised Fruit Everyday, grocery stores throw out tons and tons of food. A new study shows that Wal-mart is doing the best at reducing food waste among national chains. Meanwhile, lots of fruit and vegetables still get discarded before even making it to shelves. We recently subscribed to Imperfect Produce, a company that sends you discounted produce that doesn’t meet stores’ cosmetic standards. We like it so far.
  2. Teacher Trendsetters The teacher strike in West Virginia has inspired teacher groups in other states to hit the pavement. Oklahoma, Arizona and Kentucky have all protested for more funding, pensions, health insurance and raises. Quick learners!
  3. Teen Moms A new report shows that girls in the Texas foster care system are five times more likely to become pregnant as teens. The group issuing the report suggests that a lack of loving and supportive relationships may contribute to the higher rates of teen pregnancy.
  4. Pig Poop Power Farms in North Carolina are now generating energy from hog waste. The state has mandated that .2% of energy to come from hog waste by 2023.
  5. Queen B Beyoncé headlined the Coachella music festival and gave “what fans are calling the greatest show in history.” The performance celebrated black culture, referenced HBCUs and included a version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing."
  6. Pinwheels for Prevention April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. You may have noticed some pinwheels on display in your neck of the woods. I was happy to see one of my former classmates, Brandi Murray, and the team at The Lighthouse helped organize the local awareness campaign.
  7. Shanghai Singles This short documentary video gives a glimpse into a park in Shanghai where parents advertise their single children for marriage. Luckily, I’m taken and will not need your services, Mom.
  8. Antidepressant Withdrawal Getting off of antidepressants is hard. Thousands of people responded when the New York Times ran a story about withdrawal symptoms for people trying to get off these medications.

Hope you enjoy some of these articles. Talk to you soon!

I love you, Chris

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