Thoughts from Today: Handmaiden’s Tale, Tired, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, The Thirty Years War and Better Things.

 Finished Handmaid’s Tale season 1. Elizabeth Moss is a great actress – it didn’t dawn on me how much different June is than her Mad Men character until this morning, she did it so effortlessly. It is amazing how religious zealots doing “right by God” can oppress, rape and kill people so willingly. Can’t wait for season 2

 Very tired this week. Think from all the travel.

 Wife M and Daughter L made banana chocolate chip bread yesterday – I’ve had like 10 slices.

Studied The Thirty Year War: In 1618, The Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II began imposing Catholicism in Central Europe, resulting in uprising and igniting a major religious war that would last until 1648. The uprisings were crushed, but ignited a greater series of conflicts that eventually involved most of the major European powers over a 30 year period. The people of Germany – where the war primarily took place — were especially devastated through looting and civilian casualties, and by the war’s end there were more than 8 million casualties, there were major shifts of power, France emerged as the new world power and the Netherlands emerged as a new world power during what would be called The Dutch Golden Age.  
Wife M and I started watching Better Things, about an actress and single mother juggling her career and 3 teen-age daughters. It is endearing and hilarious.

Daughter L’s friend is struggling at her house again.  She will likely be living with us again soon.  I love that she has a safe house to come to, and that Daughter L and Wife M welcome her.  

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Thoughts from Today: Handmaiden’s Tale, Tired, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, The Thirty Years War and Better Things.