Friday, December 14, 2018

Afternoon Tea (12/14/18)

Oh happy day! Queens of Infamy: Zenobia

ALWAYS MY FAVORITE: The 2018 GFY Holiday Gift Guide Is Here!

This exhibit sounds amazing: Armpit Pads, Petticoats, and Porcelain: How Stylish Dolls Taught Girls to Be Victorian Women

This story is WILD: How one man's quest to spread Christmas cheer led to a miserable four-year war with his neighborhood

Eight Dazzling Toy Train Displays to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Morning Coffee (12/14/18)

FRIDAY HAPPY LINKS.

!!! Get a first look at Netflix's Carmen Sandiego animated series

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Here's When the Mr. Rogers Documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Premieres on HBO (and PBS!)

Ooh, Taylor Swift's Reputation tour movie will be on Netflix on New Year's Eve!

Tegan and Sara are writing a memoir!

Olympic figure skater Eric Radford is starting a gorgeous music career

This sounds great! Announcing IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY by Claire Kann!

Have a Gouda Time: There is a cheese theme park in South Korea with cheese wheel buildings and it’s just as glorious as it sounds

Fug Nation Loves Super Cozy Jammies!

Time-wasting quiz of the day: Which Dewey Decimal Number Are You?

Okay, one more: Which Ice Dance Team Should You Check Out?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Afternoon Tea (12/13/18)

The Dangers of Mothering While Black

Brexit Could Drastically Change English Soccer

On Junk Science, Pop Forensics and Crime Fiction

A Cave for Mithra

Yo-Yo Ma's Days of Action

Morning Coffee (12/13/18)

Michael Cohen was just sentenced to 3 years in prison

Just evil: Trump Moves to Deport Vietnam War Refugees

Pelosi puts an ignorant, irrational president in his place

Congresswoman, Interrupted

Incoming New York attorney general plans wide-ranging investigations of Trump and family

I'm not committing to a candidate yet but I like him! Julián Castro exploring 2020 presidential bid

Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing

Tribune, Tronc And Beyond: A Slur, A Secret Payout And A Looming Sale

Why Not Now—Let The Muppets Host the 2019 Oscars

Love is dead: Irish woman who married ghost of 300-year-old pirate says they have split up

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Afternoon Tea (12/12/18)

Elizabeth Rowe has sued the BSO. Her case could change how orchestras pay men and women.

Why Netflix could have lost Friends — and what it means for the future of streaming

As an Indian Bride-to-Be, Seeing Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Break Tradition Took My Wedding Stress Away

A ‘Honking Big’ Cave in Canada Lures Geologists to Its Mouth

The 20 Best Crime Novels of 2018

Weekly Rec: Starbucks Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

I am very susceptible to trying new seasonal drinks, but honestly, most Starbucks drinks are way too sweet for me to have more than once. However! I finally tried their Peppermint White Hot Chocolate on a whim and somehow . . . it's SO sweet that it comes back around to being okay? I'm not sure why - science? CHRISTMAS MAGIC? (I also have a higher sweetness tolerance for hot chocolate than for coffee drinks, I guess.) And when I say okay I mean RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS. It's not something I'd get often, but if you need to, say, have a big hit of sugar to get through a bunch of holiday shopping and deal with crowds? TRY IT.

Morning Coffee (12/12/18)

Time got person of the year right this time.

The fiery meeting between Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi about the border wall, explained

Trump Can’t Stop Confessing

Paul Ryan's long con

Not to be a buzzkill, but that viral story about gay WWI soldiers buried together is fiction.

Ooh, good finalists for the Morris award!

Investigation of generic ‘cartel’ expands to 300 drugs

British politics has worst record for antisemitism in Europe, poll says

The Arctic Ocean has lost 95 percent of its oldest ice — a startling sign of what’s to come

Putin's East German identity card found in Stasi archives – report

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Afternoon Tea (12/11/18)

At 70 Years Old, Raffi Is Singing New Songs and Fighting New Fascists

A Former Plantation Begins To Tell A Fuller Story Of Slavery In America

The 10 Best Crime Books of 2018

Gmail Smart Replies and the Ever-Growing Pressure to E-mail Like a Machine

Edith Thompson: The Innocent Woman Who Was Executed in Part Because of Her Writing Talent

Morning Coffee (12/11/18)

Theresa May halts Brexit deal vote to avoid defeat, throwing British politics into chaos

And DRAMA: MP causes uproar in parliament by grabbing mace in Brexit protest

To Protect Migrants From Police, a Dutch Church Service Never Ends

Phew: Supreme Court sides with Planned Parenthood, declines to take case

This is an important read: The Hardest Glass Ceiling in Politics

Good riddance to John Kelly

Rosanell Eaton, Fierce Voting Rights Advocate, Dies at 97

Good: YouTube Bans Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes

!!! John le Carré’s Next Novel to Land in 2019

Oh no! Change Brewing in Harvard Square: Tealuxe to Close by End of Month