April 22, 2022


6yo, getting dressed for school: hold on I just need to do one thing
me: ok
6yo: *crawls back into bed and pulls blanket over his head*
--meghan, @deloisivete

trail tip

Gas prices are pretty astronomic at the moment. And, sadly, not likely to come back to earth anytime soon. Check out these strategies for making that full tank (and your full wallet) last a little longer…

trail talk

There was dramatic news this week about the future, and likely end, of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in this country. If you’re trying to make sense of it all, this episode of The Daily podcast might help.

So Elon Musk is buying Twitter. If you’re anything like us, you’re wondering how exactly he has $44 billion on hand to do this??? We knew he was rich (the world’s richest, in fact), but, whaaaat? Well, turns out the deal is an unconventional one, according to this piece in the New York Times. But that’s no surprise really, it’s Musk, the quintessential industry disrupter, after all. He’s using a mix of cash—raised by selling Tesla shares and offering them as collateral for personal loans—and about $13 billion in borrowed money, which is “more debt than Twitter may be able to handle, given its patchy profitability,” the article notes. Whether Musk’s move is a brilliant one, or doomed to failure, is too early to say. But it will be fascinating to watch.

Here's an interesting story: the fate of Black-owned businesses during the pandemic. According to a recent story in the Washington Post, in early 2020, as covid came barreling into our lives, Black-owned small businesses “closed at twice the rate of other businesses, with 41 percent shutting down, according to April 2020 census data.” But by 2021, Black-owned small businesses roared back and were “created at the fastest clip in at least 26 years.” And, yet, that same business boom is facing another hurdle now: staffing shortages, supply chain woes and inflation. The roller coaster of these last two years doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. And, as one business owner quoted in the story said of her many covid-induced pivots, “I felt like I had created a business four times during the pandemic.”

And now for a bright spot of news. A three-legged dog fighting cancer who dove into an icy river to save a baby otter. That’s all.

trail matters

Ever wonder or worry about how much sleep you’re getting, if it’s enough, how you could get more and why you don’t? Join the club. But it may be that your sleep woes are really an evolutionary issue sort of out of your hands. Scientists are still figuring out why humans only sleep six or seven hours a night while our primate cousins sleep so much more. In the meantime, rather than worrying so much about how many hours we’re putting in, maybe we shouldn’t be aiming for a certain amount at all. As one researcher suggests, maybe we should “just sleep.”

Yes, India is often hot. But in the last month temperatures have soared to record numbers, topping 114 degrees Fahrenheit in Delhi just last week. Whether or not this is the result of climate change is now, according to one scientist quoted by the New York Times, an “obsolete question.” Projections show that these heat waves are only going to become more intense and more frequent. So, what needs to be done? Well, another scientist said, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which cause temperatures to rise, as well as create policies and guidance for schools, workplaces and the like that better help the population to cope with the heat.