Blame Tree Sexism. That’s It. That’s The Subject Line.
Good morning, my doves! It’s Thursday morning and I just realized I somehow got maple syrup on the keyboard of my personal laptop, as if I need another demonstration of my being a walking, talking caricature of myself. And if you’re asking how maple syrup got anywhere near my laptop, it should be known that maple syrup is, hands down, the best sweetener for your morning coffee.
TO THE INTERNET!
Did you know the 2020 election is less than six months away? Now, once you’ve scraped yourself off the floor from your panic attack—don’t worry, I’m right there with you—remember that there are groups out there in spite of the pandemic, working hard to preserve our ability to vote: Vote.org founder launches VoteAmerica, a nonprofit using tech tools to help Americans vote by mail.
Wonderful person Tony Stubblebine and the team at Better Human have compiled their favorite 256 articles on self improvement, and there are lots of great pieces on how improving your habits can improve your life. For example, I send this one out to friends and colleagues at least once a month: How to Configure Your iPhone to Work for You, Not Against You.
Mum of the Missive would like you all to know that, if we end up going back to our offices, cubicles are making a comeback. And you know what? Good. I’ve always disliked the open office concept because I am easily distracted like a prairie dog.
Google is releasing tools to help people organize, color code and sort their open tabs in a browser, which for some of us is kind of like attempting to herd a brush fire, but hey! Anything’s possible!
And finally, I sneezed this morning, freaked out because OMG WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, then realized that the tree pollen count is off the charts in San Francisco. Which led me to finding this amazing piece entitled Why Are Your Allergies So Bad? Tree Sexism. Basically, landscape designers have mostly only planted male trees, because they don’t shed fruit but they sure shed their seed (ick.) And if we’d only planted female trees, they wouldn’t have been pollinated and would therefore be less allergenic AND not shed fruit. TOXIC CULTURAL MASCULINITY RUINS THE (HORTICULTURAL) PARTY AGAIN.
You’re awesome. So down that hot beverage, put on some pants, and grab today by the tail. And be kind to each other, per usual.