Blind spots (& Friday Links)

We walked out of dinner last night to the smell of smoke and ashes in the air. California can’t seem to catch a break from the wildfires. It’s absolutely devastating. Here’s are the current updates on containment and the news on the Camp Fire in Northern California as well as the Ventura County Fire.  Currently wishing for lower winds and some serious rain.

It’s a three-day weekend for the kids: we’re celebrating some birthdays, making plans with friends, and doing some fall cleaning. What’s on your your list?

Lots of links of note, in the meantime… 

Moved (and stunned) to learn of this blind spot in ballet, finally being addressed. (Top photo from story.)

Really hard to watch, but I think it’s important that we don’t get desensitized to these mass shootings and continue to put names and faces to them.

Did the White House share a doctored video to remove a journalist?

Catching up after the election: The good news!

Still following the race in Georgia. (How to check whether your ballot was counted.)

With recounts looming, a Florida lawmaker on his vote not being counted. 

Are white women voting against their own interests?

Research says: don’t spank your kids.

A beautiful home tour with my beautiful friend Melissa—who opens up about parenting and asking for help.

Cinnamon toast crunch pancakes for those cinnamon cereal fans.

Are you the go-to house for kids? Would you like to be? Here’s how. 

What successful people do about time management.

A beautiful acorn squash salad.

Michelle Obama opens up about her miscarriage.

Homemade beeswax (birthday) candles. Could be a fun thing to do with the kids.

An old story I just learned of: Sunita Williams ran the Boston marathon is space! 

Academia is a cult.

Chronology has a simple concept: you arrange cards with historical events described on them into a timeline. What came first? Surprisingly fun and could be good for Thanksgiving gatherings.

Fun series for foodies: Price points—Guess which is more expensive.

The original 3D printer? How hot glue can replace everything.

Bon Appetit published a pre-Thanksgiving guide to weed.

My kids love the Kitty Eggs.

One of the most satisfying $10 I’ve spent lately: Hudson was thrilled! I mean, do you see the detachable cape!?

[Photo: An Rong Xu for The New York Times]

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