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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Someone on Twitter commented that living through 2020 had given them a new appreciation for the relentless partying that broke out during the Roaring Twenties after WWI and the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. Living through 2020 also made me think about the Roaring 20s differently. I finally understand why so many women in vintage flapper photos are giving such achingly sad side-eye.

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Taking stock of 2020

It’s the quiet time between Christmas and New Year’s, when we are supposed to reflect on the year past and make plans for the year to come. I’ll do my best.

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“What was it like to get a mortgage in 1875?”

About 20 years ago, my grandparents gave me a set of old family journals from 1871-1952. Mixed in with all sheep, pig, apple, and pork accounts are surprisingly interesting narratives of daily life in upstate New York in the late 1800s. This week, my great-great-grandfather goes to Rochester for a second mortgage, and comes away feeling a bit… swindled.

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Hello, world!

What I’ve been doing this month instead of blogging: participating in NaNoWriMo, orchestrating a veggie-free Thanksgiving, and booting up the Christmas spirit.

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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

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it came to my attention that while Amazon continues to 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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