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Pandemic Diary 17 August 2020: My Shelter-in-Place Birthday

My birthday looked pretty different this year due to shelter-in-place, but I still loved every minute of it.

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Pandemic Diary 16 March 2020: Shelter in place order issued for the Bay Area

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that as of midnight tonight, a shelter-in-place order will be in effect for six Bay Area counties, including San Francisco, Santa Clara (where we are), San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda. Why the new restrictions, and what’s it like to live with them so far?

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My OcTBR Reading Challenge – Update

The more targeted approach to tackling my To-Read pile inspired by the folks at The OcTBR Challenge has resulted in me reading a ton of great books this month. In today’s post, I’ll tell you about four of them.

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Introducing the Caterpickles Bookstore and a word about affiliate links on Caterpickles

As this pandemic rages on, it’s come to my attention that while Amazon will be fine, independent booksellers are suffering. That’s why I decided to become a Bookshop.org affiliate. Starting today, my book reviews may contain affiliate links to Bookshop.org, an online bookstore that provides financial support to independent bookstores nationwide. I’ve also added a new Caterpickles Bookstore Learn more about Bookshop.org, affiliate links on Caterpickles, and the new Caterpickles Bookstore.

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Affiliate Links & The Caterpickles Bookshop

Both of the books I’ve published so far are natural extensions of all the writing I’ve done about fostering curiosity in children (and their parents) here on Caterpickles. What’s That, Mom? provides 15 accessible, practical strategies for using public art to spark conversations with children between the ages of 3 and 10 — no artistic talent or insight required. And its accompanying journal (What’s That, Mom?: Field Notes from Your Encounters with Public Art out in the Wild) is designed to offer families a structure for exploring public art together.

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What was Dr. Hess’s Poultry Panacea?

One of the side effects of having wildfires reach within a dozen miles of your home is that it tends to focus your mind on completing those projects you’ve been putting off while you putter away at things that feel more urgent. For me, it’s the collection of old family…

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Election 2020 is upon us. Do you have a plan to vote?

I promise not to make political posts a regular event on this blog, but voting is a civic duty, not simply a political one. In this post, I’ll tell you about some resources that can help you make voting as easy as possible for you and the other voters in your family.

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What a difference air quality makes

The wildfires in Northern California have sent a ton of smoke our way this week. While talking to my uncle this week, I found myself unable to explain adequately how weird the light has been as a result. Fortunately, my habit of taking multiple pictures of every flower I manage to grow means that I have a couple of photos that capture it.

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What are we going to do about school?

There are as many opinions on when and how to reopen schools as there are people in the discussion. How can parents parse all of this competing information to figure out the least imperfect option for their families when it comes to sending their kids to school this fall?

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Wordless Wednesday: Wear a mask, y’all

My husband spotted this little piece of public art, thoughtfully updated for the pandemic while biking about town this past weekend.

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