Welcome to November

Just like any good Midwesterner, my favorite season is fall and I relish in the beautiful foliage and perfect hiking weather. I get my pumpkin candles out and burn them all day. But it’s all going by too damn fast this year and Christmas feels like it’s just a few moments away. I always viewed November as the “Welcoming to the Holidays” month. It’s like the opening act before the big show. When I was younger, I tried to rush it away and fast forward to the good stuff. Now I’m the opposite– I just want to make it last as long as possible.

Enough of the sentimentality. All I wanted to do is share some interesting things that have caught my attention this past week.

The China Connection: How One DEA Agent Cracked a Global Fentanyl Ring: As a mom, the opening story scares the shit out of me. As you continue to read, you’ll learn how easy the internet has made drug trafficking, the rampant/crazy business of shell companies in China and why Fentanyl is such a dangerous drug.

Why Teachers Are So Excited About the Power of SketchNoting: I didn’t even know SketchNoting was a thing but I instantly connected with the idea. It makes perfect sense to me and my visual brain. I can’t wait to read more about it. This article is a good introduction. Don’t skip the embedded video.

Life Will Be the Death of Me, By Chelsea Handler: I’ve read her other books but this is by far my favorite. If you want to read about someone coming to terms with their “shit”, opening up to new possibilities and laughing a little than this would be great book for you. Her other books were always funny but this makes her more human, likable and soft. I also started following her Instagram because of this book. I highly recommend her family meeting videos.

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