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For the past 20 years, we’ve been attending the Women’s Prison Book Project fundraising breakfast on Valentine’s Day weekend. And donating books while enjoying pancakes. This year things moved online with a brunch & learn event. It wasn’t the same, of course, but there were some great speakers and that same feeling of community. Donate money or books, if you can. And watch this short documentary, No Way Out: COVID-19 behind bars in Texas. And read this: Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind.

Many years ago, my divorce was finalized on Valentine’s Day. Most of the time I forget about that. I do find it funny my ex-husband went on to marry a lovely woman whose birthday happens to be on Valentine’s Day. At this point, they’ve been together much longer than we ever were. And I am glad to call them both friends.

Five good things:

As usual, I am single on this strange holiday. But that’s for the best in a pandemic during an extended polar vortex. Last night I had a hankering to rewatch Killing Eve. And found myself listening to the playlist this morning from the band Unloved. Apt. I was treated to my kind of valentine from The Allusionist podcast. Tonight I’ll watch the latest episode of American Gods (this season has been better than the last) and the pilot episode of The Luminaries.

Olive looking regal while bathing in the sun

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