Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott. Also, 7 other things worth knowing today.
It would have been terrible for a couple worth a gazillion billion dollars to be seen publicly fighting over who gets the crystal candle holder. I'm glad they took the high road. Are you listening Tom and Giselle?
I saw the Kenyan reporter video on local news this morning and almost fell out of my chair laughing.
Because I wrote about it several times in comments last August, I will report that NASA'S Artemis launched at 1:47am EST. As USA reports: The Artemis I launch will send a new, empty capsule around the moon for the first time in 50 years. The purpose is to test the ship’s propulsion and navigation systems, and Orion capsule’s life-support systems, according to NASA.
The $4.1 billion mission will allow NASA to verify the capsule’s heat shield during reentry. If successful, four astronauts will be able to strap in for the next moonshot in 2024, which will be followed by a lunar landing of two astronauts a year or two later. This first test flight is expected to last for four- to six weeks and will end with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
It's been 50 years since NASA sent astronauts to the moon in December 1972, on the Apollo 17 mission. This launch was scrubbed and delayed four times this year — twice due to technical issues, once for a hurricane and once for a tropical storm.
I noted that Artemis is the goddess of the moon.
On giving. My mother and I decided early on to give with an open heart. Even with research, sometimes we were taken advantage of, then instead of beating ourselves up, we just learned something. But to take it one step further. I love the phrases “pay it forward” (so the person doesn’t have to pay you back) and “tithe to the universe” (let that good open heart energy go where it can do the most good). These phrases have changed my life. Giving back and helping others is such a wonderful feeling, especially when you can let it go freely.
I think because divorce can be such a horrible experience to go through, seeing couples such as them worth so much money and an opportunity to drag one another through the mud but not do that, often makes people feel good. In their case, who knows if it was initiated because of his now GF. My experience has showed me that many times, both people have or sometimes one person has already checked out the marriage in other ways (mostly emotionally) but have yet to physically leave the marriage. Once they do that, they are further along the way through the process of divorce. It seems IMO (and from a very lay person's perspective) that MacKenzie has used the divorce in what I think is a critical way - she is using her voice to make profound change in other people's lives (including her own) that resonates with who she is and probably always was. So cheers to that.
The idea that they intentionally paid tribute to their wedding day and expressed such care and respect so moves me -- especially in the face of all the online comments about rich people and their relative inhumanity. Tears came to my eyes -- I love the sentimentality experience of being human and sinking into just feeling, caring, acknowledging and fully experiencing all the range of emotions. We all have them, but so many of us express just the anger or vengefulness in situations like this. We miss the moment in doing that. Loved that you wrote about this. THIS is why I read your newsletter every day.
Gotta say, I love your romantic view of the Bezos-McKenzie post-divorce relationship but even more than that I LOVE that baby elephant and the reporter's helpless giggle.