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Welcome to In an Auscape! What's an auscape? It's a word my friend Katie came up with that means "The sensation of a second stretching into a minute, a mile, or a year." Is that fresh or what? This newsletter is where I'll describe my (bi)weekly minutes, miles, and years. Thanks for coming along for the ride.
What I'm About
It's late Saturday night as I'm writing this, so I'll keep it short: Every week in the United States it feels like we have big wins and big tragedies. This week, we won our Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in Virginia. A few items were stripped out, but it's still a win, a start, and it feels great.

I had some baking triumphs and tragedies this week too. I successfully met one of my goals for the year by reviving the sourdough starter I dehydrated before we moved, and it's looking gorgeous and healthy—maybe now I can finally figure out how to properly bake a loaf of bread.

But I also butchered an attempt at hamantaschen, which I've made many times with no major issues! The dough came out feeling right, they went into the oven looking like the perfect triangles they're supposed to, and then the whole thing looked like a massacre scene in the end.

They still taste great, though, and just making the effort to push policy, or try something new, or celebrate a holiday in a special way, that matters. That's how we get to the next step.

I'll be back with something more substantial next time, but for now, I hope you're getting up to something that matters today.
As you read this: I'm feeding my starter for the last time before I'm ready to bake! Cross your fingers for me!
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