July 10, 2020

Summarizing a mountain’s worth of stories, current events,
creative ideas and stuff that makes us lol

#sh*tkidssay

“Hmmm, I guess I’ll have that”
- My 10yo after I told him what I was making for dinner like he’s got a choice in the matter
Robert Knop, @FatherWithTwins

weekly survival tip

Most of us aren’t going very far this summer. Sigh, we know. We miss traveling too. But, these films shot in France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Mexico, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, are ripe with scenery beautiful enough to transport you, at least momentarily. 

trail talk

The growing movement to end systemic racism and police violence against BIPOC has a new and powerful partner: the WNBA. The women’s basketball league and its union have agreed to honor women killed by police or in other racially-motivated incidents by wearing warm-up jerseys emblazoned with the words “Black Lives Matter” on the front and “Say Her Name” on the back. The jerseys, which players will don beginning this month when the season resumes, will specifically honor Breonna Taylor. The 26-year-old emergency room technician was shot and killed by police in March in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, while she slept. None of the officers involved have yet been charged in her death. The jerseys are part of the league’s larger effort called “The Justice Movement” aimed at highlighting social justice.

In other major sports news, a woman has become head of the U.S. Soccer Federation for the first time in the organization’s 107-year history. Cindy Parlow Cone, a former national team player, comes to the helm at a challenging time, to say the least. Not only is there a global pandemic to contend with that has wrought financial uncertainty to the Federation as the sports world remains almost completely shuttered. But Parlow Cone will also now oversee the organization in the midst of a high profile gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it by members of the world champion U.S. women’s soccer team. Here’s hoping she can find a way to navigate these complex issues and forge a stronger, more equitable future for U.S. Soccer.

trail matters

The Dakota Access pipeline has been shut down temporarily, pending further environmental review, and the lesser-known Atlantic Coast pipeline has been canceled in two big wins for environmental and racial justice advocates. The news came in on consecutive days earlier this week. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have long opposed the Dakota pipeline arguing that it “poses both a cultural and an environmental threat to the land it runs through.” Some residents of communities along the 600-mile route of the proposed Atlantic Coast pipeline, which would have passed through parts of West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, had opposed the project over concerns that things like compressor stations built in their neighborhoods would harm their health and degrade their air and well water quality. Opponents included small farmers, Native Americans and other residents, many of whom are Black. Advocates for both projects say this most recent turn of events will cost much needed jobs, tax revenues and financial health to local economies. But Ella Rose, 72, a Black retiree who lives close to one of the proposed compressor stations for the Atlantic Coast pipeline in Buckingham County, Virginia, was literally sighing a breath of relief. “’I feel good — I can sleep better at night,’” she said. “’And now I know I'll be breathing clean air.’”

trail mix

Hiking with children can be great fun. It can also be really, really hard. With babies, there’s not as much to it, once you have a good hiking pack to carry them in. With older kids and teenagers, well, they can muscle it up on their own and, by that age, they might even do so with pleasure. But it’s those in-between years, when children are too big for the pack but too small to go terribly far, that feels especially tricky. This Outside Magazine piece by one outdoorsy mom offers some practical tips. Sure, bringing treats is key. But so too is not telling them you’re hiking. We know, sort of odd, but she’s found that not calling the activity anything at all, just tossing the kiddos their shoes and heading out the door, is a much better bet. Give it a try and let us know how it works out. Did they take the bait??

yard sale

When getting food from the fridge becomes an epic morning of parenting…