x100: Facebook

Facebook is to time as Doritos are to calories: a waste of.

I can't quit either.

Except for summer. From the last day of school until the first, I quit Facebook. (I never quit Doritos.)

Facebook makes me anxious. So many pictures requiring likes. So many dead pets with owners requiring sympathy. For summer, I quit.

I get invited to no parties. I get no feedback on vacation photos. But I get time.

This summer I counted books read while off FB. TWELVE BOOKS! And I'm not done!

I should quit Facebook for good. I won't. Pass the Doritos.

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x100: Healthcare

Of all the privileges I possess, healthcare is among the greatest. My children delivered. My minor health issues addressed before they ignited into major issues.  My healthcare keeps me moving.

I have struggled to understand the intricacies of the House plan vs. the Senate plan, how each affects this, that and the other.

What it boils down to?

House: 2018 = 14 million fewer people insured. 2026 = 23 million fewer people insured.

Senate: 2018 = 15 million fewer people insured. 2026 =22 million fewer people insured.*

Call!

*All figures = estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Read more.

 

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x100: Say Pretty!

My daughter and I waited behind a slew of boys for her turn for a T-ball photo. The female photographer arranged each boy in a batting stance none of them ever achieved during a real game.

The photographer offered sporty words for each player to say while the camera clicked. Say "strong!" Say "fast!" When my daughter stepped up, the woman arranged her, then prompted, Say "pretty."

The WTF that blinded me must be akin to that Smithsonian science writer Rachel Gross feels when she searches for images of female scientists. The WTF that prompted her to write this poem.

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x100: Miss P at The Vet

My parents have a kitten, Miss P. She is the Cutest Kitten Ever. (All kittens are the Cutest Kitten Ever.) I took Miss P to a new-to-me vet, who greeted Miss P with a crunchy treat.

After each poke and prod, Miss P received another treat. For the grand end-of-visit finale, the vet offered Miss P a spoonful of Mushy Yum. Miss P loved the vet.

The next day I read this article by my former W&M professor Barbara King. Making animals feel secure at the vet is now a thing. Should have happened forever ago. Glad it's happening now.

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x100: Ming Doyle

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Where's Waldo? There. There. There!

Waldo turns 30 this year. Cabot Street Books, up the road a town, convinced retailers to let Waldo hide among their wares. Kids and I spent time Sunday seeking.

Favorite stop? Paper Asylum. The comic book shop offers a curated experience, including shelves highlighting local creators. I knew artists Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline of Adventure Time lived in Salem.

I did not know artist Ming Doyle lived in Somerville! Doyle illustrated The Kitchen, about four 1970s wives who get badass when their mobster husbands are jailed. Doyle's amazing, and now I know she's local.

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