Category Archives: Miscellaneous Musings

Caterpickles Central Update: Our time in Chicago is winding down

Caterpickles Central is packing up shop and heading west again. This time to Northern California. Moving day is in mid-September. Posting will be spotty over the next month or so, as we shut down the Chicago version of Caterpickles Central … Continue reading

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Wanted: A few good beta readers for the upcoming Caterpickles book

As some of you know, I’ve been working on a series of books on how parents can foster their children’s curiosity. The first book in the series, The Caterpickles Bunny Book, talks about how parents can use public art to nurture their child’s love of art, without being an artist themselves. I plan to release the book this summer, but first I need your help. I am looking for 3-5 Caterpickles readers to serve as beta readers for the Caterpickles Bunny Book. If you’re interested, please leave a comment or email me. Continue reading

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Do you know what day it is?

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Tax season cometh

Hey there — it’s tax season again, so I’ll be taking a few days off from blogging to pay my dues to Uncle Sam before spring break hits next week. I’ve set up a few short posts and some of our … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Parenting Fail

Dateline: March 28, 2012 The Five-Year-Old, under her breathe: “[mild expletive, mild expletive], our phone is broken. [mild expletive, mild expletive].” I knew the day when The Five-Year-Old started using that particular expletive was bound to come. Still, I wasn’t at … Continue reading

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Five years gone already?

Well, you’ve done it again. Spent another year reading Caterpickles, and I am profoundly grateful for it. It struck me this week that I’ve been writing this blog for five years now, and I thought an interesting way to close … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

We still can’t quite believe it really happened. Thanks for reading Caterpickles this year. Related Links: More Christmas posts on Caterpickles Santa posts on Caterpickles

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Classic Caterpickles: “Why do some people call Santa Kris Kringle?”

While we were driving through Orland Park one fine December day in 2014, we passed the Kris Kringle Haus, a holiday pop-up store specializing in European and American-made Christmas goods.* It was obvious to The (then) Seven-Year-Old that this merry … Continue reading

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It’s December, must be time for some Classic Caterpickles

I can always tell when Thanksgiving is over because the searches for my Santa posts go through the roof. Most years, I repost the Santa questions on Mondays as Classic Caterpickles, which let me get through the holidays without doing … Continue reading

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It’s hot

We were having an A/C outage and a heat wave on Friday when I sat down to prepare today’s post, and consequently I very quickly became too hot to hold a laptop as long as it would take to produce … Continue reading

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