Beet Burgers Beat Burgers

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My first job out of college was yanking vegetables out of the ground on a little organic farm on the northern edge of Yamhill Valley. We grew a lot of beets, which are a regal vegetable in their own right, but even better when mixed with other things. Beet burgers, for example, combine shredded beets with cheese, nuts, and parsley, and as far as I'm concerned, are much tastier than regular burgers.

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Oren at Nine Months

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Dragging himself across the floor and pulling himself up to stand. This is Oren at nine months.

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Idara at Three and Three Quarters

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When I last wrote about Idara we were only ten days into lockdown. As a family, we'd already started to say goodbye: Goodbye to her school, goodbye to my teaching in person, goodbye to Rachael driving into work. Except without any actual goodbyes. One day these things were a part of our life and the next day they weren't.

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Learnings on Online Learning

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One of my favorite movie scenes comes from “Up in The Air.” George Clooney plays a man who’s hired out by other companies “who don’t have the courage to sack their own employees.” When Clooney lays these people off, he tells them, “This is a rebirth.” And how could it not be? Something new will grow from being laid off, he tells them, whether they’re ready for it or not. I think that this mindset is especially valuable right now.

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Charting the Coronavirus

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There is no shortage of excellent data journalism related to Covid-19, but I couldn't find the graphs I was looking for. Using a few JavaScript libraries and a few hours of free time, I built them myself.

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Idara at Three and a Half

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She sees the good, takes pictures, and sings her favorite song.

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Oren at Six Months

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Loving jokes, recognizing people, eating food, etc. This is Oren at six months.

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Where Our Donations Went in 2019

Last year I wrote a post about where we donated money. I started off with a few paragraphs justifying sharing this information at all, given its self-aggrandizing nature. But now I don’t need to justify it at all! Research has shown that when you tell people you’ve donated time or money they’re more likely to do it themselves. That’s right, doing good and then telling people about it is its own form of doing good.

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Oren at Three Months

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After a week in the hospital, we were ready to come home. Rachael was healing well, Oren was eating and no longer quite as jaundiced, and Gordy and Suellen, who had been watching Idara since the beginning, were ready for a break.

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The Books I Read in 2019

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This year I set out to read about one book per week. I came close to meeting my goal, but then toward the end of September things fell apart (check out my other posts for an idea why). I’m back at it, though, and hope to continue the trend next year. At least for me, there’s hardly a more rewarding leisure activity than reading a book.

Stars (★) mark the books that I liked the most. Please let me know if any of these resonated with you, too, or if you have recommendations for what to read next.

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