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Hello, friends! Hope you’ve had a good week, and a good end of August. Even though it’s my birthday month, it tends to be one of my least-favorite months, what with the staggering Texas heat and the rush to end the lazy days of summer. Time to tear off a page of the calendar and bring on the fall, eh? I’ve got cans of pumpkin waiting in the pantry for me.

• We’re a year-at-a-time, kid-at-a-time family, so some years we homeschool, some years we participate in a local school. If you’re homeschooling this year, you might like this list of top five ways to simplify your homeschool approach. I resonate with every one of them. via No Sidebar

• I loved this conversation with Bea Johnson (of Zero Waste Home fame) on Jess Lively’s podcast. In it, she talks about how her family accumulates a quart-sized jar of waste per year. Yep. via The Lively Show

• This news was the highlight of my week: an Italian street becomes more neighborly simply by starting a Facebook group. I’d love to see this happen everywhere. via NY Times

• Also, this one: a village in Spain has started a Solidarity Fridge, where people can communally share their leftovers and anyone can partake. Brilliant. via NPR

• And finally, even though school has already started for many of us, this is still an important conversation to have with your kids. Choose to be brave and kind. via Momastery

Have a good weekend! Whether you’re enjoying the tail end of summer before the school year or reveling in the first full weekend after a week of early morning drop-offs—relish it, friends. I know I am.

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” -Nora Ephron

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We’re in Oregon right now, and after a bit of time in Texas, it’s downright weird—it’s hotter up here than it is in the Lone Star State. How’s your summer faring these days? (If you get my personal newsletter, the email from this past week explains in a bit more detail our family’s current plans.) (read more…)

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I‘ve had so much fun re-launching my podcast this week! Thank you, all, for your support and enthusiasm—because of you, The Simple Show made it into iTunes’ New & Noteworthy within just a few days. That’s sorta wild! I really appreciate it. One day, when the dust settles and we have answers to many of (read more…)

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Happiest of July Fourths, fellow Americans! (Though I suppose it is July 4 everywhere, and I hope you all have a good one.) Enjoy your weekend—light a sparkler or three and spell your name in the night sky. Why Inside Out is the best TCK resource of the year :: Small Town Laowai Somewheres :: (read more…)

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What a week, no? Let’s get right to it. • President Obama breaks into Amazing Grace at Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral :: YouTube • What I told my children about Charleston :: HuffPo • A new hymn for Charleston :: The New Yorker • What overparenting looks like from a Stanford dean’s perspective :: Mind/Shift (read more…)

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