Dear Daily readers: This waning week of 2018 has been a maelstrom all its own. President Donald Trump landed in Iraq to visit U.S. troops stationed there. The avenues to asylum for migrant children arriving at the U.S. southern border continue to narrow. The U.S.-government shutdown continues, while markets swing down and up. An overnight tsunami has killed hundreds in Indonesia—the second major tsunami to hit the island in the past few months, adding to an expanding global tally of ever more unprecedented natural disasters.
In our final few newsletters of the year, we take stock of the year, in all its heartache and hilarity, its madness, its transcendence.
What to Read
These are the silliest, most unique winter holiday rituals submitted by our readers
We asked you about your family’s unusual traditions, and you shared with us some truly wild ones. We illustrated some of our favorites. → Read on.
I used to write for Sports Illustrated. Now I deliver packages for Amazon (Austin Murphy)
“There’s a certain novelty, after decades at a legacy media company—Time Inc.—in playing for the team that’s winning big, that’s not considered a dinosaur, even if that team is paying me $17 an hour (plus OT!). It’s been healthy for me, a fair-haired Anglo-Saxon with a Roman numeral in my name (John Austin Murphy III), to be a minority in my workplace, and in some of the neighborhoods where I deliver.” → Read on.
“The separation was so long. My son has changed so much” (Jeremy Raff)
“If officials thought she had crossed the border for better work opportunities or family reunion or anything short of a life-and-death situation at home—she would most likely be deported. Quite possibly without Jenri.” → Read on.