No Pink Bunnies!

May 2, 2018

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Hey Mom,

So far it's been an exhausting week, due mostly to a bout with insomnia. I've never experienced this before, but I keep waking up at 4am and fail to slow my brain back down and get some sleep. I suddenly have more sympathy for new parents! It's hard to think straight when you haven't had a full eight hours.

Anyhow, here's some bleary-eyed news:

  1. Parasites, man, parasites! More people in the U.S. are getting diseases from ticks and mosquitos. Luckily, there are simple things you can do, like wearing a hat, that can help. If you are looking for a hat for Matthew, I suggest this one.
  2. May Day Birthday May 1st is celebrated around the world as International Workers' Day. It also happens to be the 70th anniversary of Smithsonian Folkways, a record label founded to document "people's music," spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. With an archive of folks like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Lead Belly, being founded on May Day was no coincidence. Personally, I'm excited for the hip-hop anthology they are releasing later this year.
  3. Gas Up Just in time for vacation season, gas prices are going up. It seems that Russia and Sadi Arabia might be working together to control supply.
  4. Fake French For art museums provenance is everything. Well, it seems one museum in France dropped the ball on validating the authenticity of paintings. After an art historian looked at their holdings, the museum discovered that half of their paintings were fakes.
  5. Missing Migrants The U.S. holds promise for people who want a better life, unfortunately kids are sometimes caught in the mix. The federal government lost track of 1,500 children who were put in sponsor homes.
  6. Heroin Heartbreak This feature from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette looks at the challenges families face when a parent is suffering from opiod addiction.
  7. Parts Well-known Last week, Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" made a visit to West Virginia. It was a valiant effort to humanize the people in the state, though it did occassionaly succomb to stereotypes. More than anything, though, I wanted to eat what chef slash journalist, Mike Costello of Lost Creek Farm, was cooking up.
  8. Chicago Climate When we moved from Miami to Chicago, we thought we were escaping the frontlines of climate change. We might have been wrong.
  9. No Pink Bunnies When I was a kid, I loved books about weird facts and funny laws. WBEZ, our local NPR station, recently compiled a cute list of odd Chicago laws that my youngerself would have loved. (Okay, maybe I love it as an adult too.)

Well, I think it's time for a nap. I'll give you a call soon, I swear.

Love you,
Chris

 
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