The Very Hungry Caterpillar


126 Responses to “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

  1. May 19, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Good afternoon! Nerdy, thanks for this breath of fresh air!

  2. May 19, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Good afternoon all! Great help for busy mothers.

  3. May 19, 2020 at 5:23 pm

  4. May 19, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    We enjoy listening to Michelle (and Barack) read kids’ stories. They are so animated and enthusiastic! On pins and needles today because it’s our primary election day in Oregon. I have volunteered hundreds of hours for a state representative race and am cautiously optimistic that my friend will win.

  5. 8 jer44
    May 19, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    • May 19, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      Great discussion going on…

    • May 19, 2020 at 8:31 pm

      This so, so very timely. Chock full of ideas and real reporting on what is happening with food and where we need to go with food in America. This is GREAT. Well done interviewers, VP Joe and Chef José !
      –Look forward to rewinding these topics tomorrow.

  6. 11 jer44
    May 19, 2020 at 6:55 pm

  7. 13 marleysperson
    May 19, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    No kidding.

  8. 16 marleysperson
    May 19, 2020 at 7:36 pm


  9. 17 nena20409
    May 19, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Good Evening, TODbots.❤💙💜😍🤗

  10. 18 nena20409
    May 19, 2020 at 8:00 pm

  11. 19 nena20409
    May 19, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    • 20 marleysperson
      May 19, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      One of my fondest memories is meeting and talking to her when I lived in St. Thomas and she was married to Aristotle Onassis:)

  12. 30 nena20409
    May 19, 2020 at 8:08 pm

  13. 37 nena20409
    May 19, 2020 at 8:32 pm

  14. 41 marleysperson
    May 19, 2020 at 8:35 pm


  15. 42 Dudette
    May 19, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    The cruelty continues

  16. 43 Dudette
    May 19, 2020 at 9:00 pm

  17. 44 pkayden
    May 19, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    • 45 todjey
      May 19, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      I think at this point … even the Devil would be afraid of Turtle. His evil knows no bounds.

      • 46 pkayden
        May 19, 2020 at 9:51 pm

        I really hope that Democrats impeach Trump again. He has committed more crimes since his last impeachment.

  18. 47 jer44
    May 19, 2020 at 9:13 pm

  19. 48 jer44
    May 19, 2020 at 9:16 pm

  20. 49 tnmtngirl1
    May 19, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Did any of you here the interviews on PBS Newshour? First one was Toomey(R). Second one was Sherrod Brown. I wanted to throw something at the TV during Toomey’s. He had every R talking point — how obvious it is that the older people are the group most vunerable and the largest group of deaths. The way he said it was just so “off putting”, no emotion or regret. He also had all the talking points about the economy, getting people back to work. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?! S. Brown was all about caring about the people, He talked about bus drivers, housekeepers and janitors, all the front line health care workers, grocery store stockers and checkout folks. Such a stark difference.

    If anyone can find a link and share it, that would be great. Thanks.

    • May 19, 2020 at 11:49 pm

      We had our chance to get rid of toomey, but NO, they voted for him rather than the smart girl…


  21. 51 Dudette
    May 20, 2020 at 12:10 am


  22. 52 Dudette
    May 20, 2020 at 12:37 am

  23. 53 Dudette
    May 20, 2020 at 12:39 am

    In the word of our greatest President: Vote

  24. 54 Dudette
    May 20, 2020 at 12:46 am

  25. 55 Dudette
    May 20, 2020 at 12:48 am

  26. 56 Dudette
    May 20, 2020 at 12:54 am

  27. May 20, 2020 at 7:43 am

    tRump : It doesn’t have to be true; just SAY it!!!

    Listening to Clair McCaskill talking about the meeting the Orange Oval Office Occupant (OOOO – No!!!) had with senate Republicans yesterday telling them to tell lies about Barack Obama and Joe Biden to help him win re-election. Even though she doesn’t believe many of them will go along with that — especially those that are good friends with Biden — there are still those that are “full-throated” loyalists of OOOO-No!!! and will do and say whatever he tells them to.

    • May 20, 2020 at 8:31 am

      Not to mention that his campaign is soliciting doctors (probably concierge/boutique doctors) who are willing (can be paid) to say that it is okay to re-open businesses and go back to life as usual.

      Are these the same doctors who are willing to write prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine against the advice of scientists and the medical community?

  28. May 20, 2020 at 8:23 am

    As colleges and universities are broadcasting their plans for the fall semester, I’m wondering what the return to classrooms for our children will be like.

    I assume that digital instruction will be a required college/continuing education course and will be utilized more. What about areas where internet connections are non-existent or unreliable at best? What about families who cannot afford the tools required for digital learning.

    What considerations are being pondered regarding class sizes? I know that is a major issue in many schools. I’ve seen teachers having to be creative in their classroom layouts/arrangements to be able to even move around the room. Social distancing will be a challenge.

    What about teachers and students who have conditions that make them more susceptible to this virus?

    Will masks be a requirement? Will hand sanitizer be provided? As it is, teachers go into their own pockets to provide supplies like sanitizer, tissue, and paper towels for their classrooms. Sometimes parents also contribute supplies.

    I’m just trying to imagine how a return to the classroom will be facilitated. Has anyone heard what educators are being told by their school districts?

    • May 20, 2020 at 9:46 am

      My nephew teaches high school. He’s also in charge of curriculum development. I spoke with him last week and he’s clearly distressed about how to proceed. Parents are up in arms. Teachers are frazzled. But it looks increasingly like they may not open in the fall. This means he and his colleagues will have to revamp the entire curriculum. No matter what, it’s going to be difficult for everyone.

      • May 20, 2020 at 10:08 am

        No matter what the bureaucrats decide or what pie in the sky ideas they come up with, teachers are expected to make it work. [sigh] Lord, give them strength.

        • May 20, 2020 at 10:19 am


          My nephew is a very calm person, a very balanced, healthy guy. But I could hear stress in his voice. There’s so much responsibility for all this. He also has two young daughters who are going through this, who are in grammar and middle school, old enough to understand, but miss their friends and teachers and sports activities. And his wife is a high school district administrator, so ditto for her.

          I cannot imagine what all this is like for single parents. And when they are expected to work, there will be no child care available to them.

          It’s all very, very crazy.

    • 64 Betsy
      May 20, 2020 at 11:03 am

      My school district has a committee to prepare us for what going back in late August would look like, but haven’t even had ONE meeting. There are so many issues to discuss that you mention swbluega, and the consensus so far, among us teachers, is that whatever they decide it will be up to us to make it work regardless if it affects our own personal health. I have several risk factors, and we are not in a position, because of the student debt of our children, to be able for me to retire. I am worried. I work in a very Republican district near drumpf’s golf course. Because my city has had several terrible encounters with our “president”, they hate him and the majority of the city voted for Clinton because of that. Many are still GOP, however, and so they’re all about saving money and getting back, yet many believe the science and are worried about their kids exposing each other, being exposed by others, by going back to school. Can you imagine social distancing among a bunch of 13-14yr olds?? Not going to happen.

      I hope the committee meets soon because it already seems a bit late to decide on things for the fall.

      • 65 Obama Grandmama
        May 20, 2020 at 12:35 pm

        I am so sorry. As a retired teacher now living in a rural area mostly among Republicans I feel how difficult it is for you. I was speaking on the phone with another retired teacher the other day about this current situation in education. We both were glad we were not in this current impossible situation. Again I am sorry and pray for answers to help you.

        • 66 Betsy
          May 20, 2020 at 9:09 pm

          Thanks Obama Grandmama. It will be a challenging year, for sure. I could certainly use the prayer.

      • May 20, 2020 at 1:27 pm

        Sounds like no one really wants to take responsibility.

        I would think the State BoE would set the guidelines and each school district would have to fine tune it for their district. Unfortunately, it can’t be a one size fits all as some districts are larger and have access to more resources. I suppose politics (state and local) will come into play.

        I agree that it seems a bit late to decide things for the fall. But unfortunately, if there is enough pressure to re-open schools, there may be an irrational/unreasonable plan put into play and let the chips fall where they may. I’ll remain hopeful that common sense and rational minds will prevail.

  29. 69 marleysperson
    May 20, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Morning everyone

  30. May 20, 2020 at 9:40 am

  31. 71 marleysperson
    May 20, 2020 at 10:08 am

    WTF is wrong with these people???? That’s rhetorical.

    • May 20, 2020 at 10:12 am

      What. If they say they’re going to wear masks then he’ll decide not to go? Where’s the punishment in that?

      I guess companies don’t care about their employees anymore.

    • May 20, 2020 at 10:45 am

      UGH, I cannot even stomach this.

      • 74 marleysperson
        May 20, 2020 at 10:56 am

        Thank you, meta. They are saying that appeasing this fraud is more important than their employees and their families and this community at large. He’ll use them and get on a plane and fly off, leaving them to deal with the possible aftermath. WTAF. GROW A PAIR, FORD! Tell him no mask, no enter!

        • May 20, 2020 at 11:22 am

          I’ll never understand the evil power this crook holds over people. It’s just unfathomable that no one stands up to him except Democrats. HE’S KILLING PEOPLE.

  32. May 20, 2020 at 10:32 am

    National Day of Mourning’ Protests This Week to Condemn GOP Failures Amid Mass Suffering
    Caused by Covid-19″
    “(Today) funeral-style actions in more than 20 states across the country
    will mourn the nearly 90,000 people who have died of Covid-19 and denounce President Donald Trump
    and the GOP for failing to take sufficiently urgent and bold action against the pandemic. The “National Day of Mourning” was organized by MoveOn, Indivisible, the Center for Popular Democracy, and other groups.
    In Washington, D.C., protestors are expected to drive a 200-car funeral procession from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) residence to the White House, passing the Trump International Hotel along the way. Participants are planning to lay down body bags in front of the White House and eulogize loved ones lost to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

  33. 77 Dudette
    May 20, 2020 at 10:37 am

    • May 20, 2020 at 1:38 pm

      Georgia did the same thing…the SoS mailed out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. But I guess it was okay for a state where he thinks he has a chance.

      Of course, this is just for the primaries. Haven’t heard plans yet for the General Election.

      • 79 Dudette
        May 20, 2020 at 2:09 pm

        I had to request an absentee ballot application from my county elections office. It was not mailed to me by SoS.

        • May 20, 2020 at 3:17 pm

          Actually, my request also went to my county elections office.

        • May 20, 2020 at 3:20 pm

          Just comparing the pushback/threats that’s been made to Michigan and Nevada for doing the same thing Georgia (and probably some other states) did.

          Again, still don’t know if this is just for the primaries or if it will extend to the General Election.

  34. May 20, 2020 at 10:42 am

  35. May 20, 2020 at 10:51 am

    “Today, we have a president who for fear of interfering with his corporate America ventriloquists
    has refused to fully invoke the Defense Production Act to produce all the materials necessary
    to effectively fight the pandemic.”

  36. 84 marleysperson
    May 20, 2020 at 10:58 am

    No. It’s not anything like a car crash. And don’t anyone at all ever, EVER be fooled into thinking these guys revere life. They don’t.

  37. 85 jer44
    May 20, 2020 at 11:09 am


  38. May 20, 2020 at 11:10 am

    ENDING ON DAY 89 = No benefits.
    Doom thanks the national guard for helping us fight deadly pandemic by cutting short their deployment by one day.
    “Trump’s Plan Would End National Guard Deployments One Day Before Benefits Kick In”
    “The decision would leave many workers one day short of the 90 days of emergency service needed to move up their retirement by three months and get 40% off tuition at public colleges and universities.’

    • May 20, 2020 at 11:11 am

      “A bipartisan group of lawmakers warned the administration in a letter in April that ending the deployments too early “could contribute to a possible second wave of infection.”
      “1,158 national guard members have tested positive for coronavirus.
      –please pay up.

  39. 88 marleysperson
    May 20, 2020 at 11:13 am

    He’s never STOPPED abusing this office. Impeach him again.

  40. 89 jer44
    May 20, 2020 at 11:15 am

  41. 91 marleysperson
    May 20, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Let’s put the nail in this coffin. VOTE !!

  42. 92 jer44
    May 20, 2020 at 11:22 am

  43. 93 marleysperson
    May 20, 2020 at 11:23 am

  44. 94 jer44
    May 20, 2020 at 11:24 am

  45. May 20, 2020 at 11:33 am

    PLEASE share this thread with your networks.

  46. 97 jer44
    May 20, 2020 at 11:44 am


    Virtual Rural Issues Roundtable with Joe Biden and Ron Kind in LaCrosse, WI

  47. May 20, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    In which
    Doom Defense Secretary Esper (over a boiling cauldron in the Rose Garden) spake thus:
    “We will deliver, by the end of this year, a vaccine, at scale, to treat the American people and our partners abroad.”
    Where did he get this information?
    –The Pentagon advises just the opposite, statement below:

    • May 20, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      Draft Pentagon memo obtained by Task & Purpose:
      Internal guidance from Sec of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security at the Pentagon:
      “The Defense Department should prepare to operate in a “globally-persistent” novel coronavirus (COVID-19) environment without an effective vaccine until “at least the summer of 2021”.
      “We have a long path ahead, with the real possibility of a resurgence of COVID-19: reads the memo…
      ”All indications suggest we will be operating in a globally-persistent COVID-19 environment in the months ahead…”
      Maddow: “That’s the actual advice inside the Defense department for the US military
      in terms of planning ahead: At least think about through next summer before you think about any vaccine being here to help.”

  48. May 20, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Dr. Rick Bright:
    “I still think 12 to 18 months is an aggressive schedule, and I think it’s going to take longer than that to do so.”

    • May 20, 2020 at 12:13 pm

      “Bright is (now) the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), leading the authority from 2016 to 2020. In May 2020, he filed a whistleblower complaint, alleging that his early warnings about the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic were ignored and that he was illegally retaliated against by ousted from his role and being moved to a new position” (wiki)

  49. 104 sjterrid
    May 20, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Greetings, TOD!
    Thank you Nerdy and TOD for all the info you share. ❤️🌹

  50. May 20, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    “There is a coalition of doctors who are extremely pro-Trump that have been preparing and coming together for the war ahead in the campaign on health care,” GOP activist Schulze
    “President Donald Trump’s allies are recruiting “extremely pro-Trump” doctors to go on television and advocate reopening the national economy as speedily as possible. This would be “without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.” (AP)

  51. 106 Dudette
    May 20, 2020 at 1:05 pm

  52. 108 Dudette
    May 20, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    • 109 jacquelineoboomer
      May 20, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      I only heard a one-liner earlier of her “screaming” at trump for tweets about “Joe” – and I couldn’t tell if it were Joe Biden or Mika’s Joe Scarborough. I’m guessing the latter because she wouldn’t be fighting off trump slanders if it were Joe Biden, I’m thinkin’.

      She and Morning Joe are so tiresome.

  53. May 20, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    “Companies Are Quietly Pulling the Plug on “Hero Pay” for Essential Workers”
    “With the pandemic ongoing, companies are still putting employees on he the front lines – and the grocery chain Kroger is even asking employees to return the extra money they’ve received.” (GQ)
    “Grocery stores and coffee chains gave workers hazard pay. Now they’re taking it back” (LA Times)
    Starbucks $3 raises will end in May, same with Target’s $2 hourly raise, Kroger owned grocery chains will stop pay the extra $2 on Saturday. It was PR after all.
    —When exactly do these billion dollar tightwads trump-imagine this deadly virus will end?
    —hero pay smacks of fair pay…starvation wages exposed….Strike!!

    • 111 Obama Grandmama
      May 20, 2020 at 9:54 pm

      Striking with so many out of work would be futile. They would lose their job to someone looking for work. One of the problems when participating in a strike.

  54. 113 Dudette
    May 20, 2020 at 1:15 pm

  55. May 20, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    More than 116 nurses have died of COVID-19 in Brazil. (WSJ)
    Bolsanaro is another new virus denier (also pushing hydroxychloriquine) instead of providing critical PPE needed to save the lives of the nation’s medical personnel.

  56. 115 Dudette
    May 20, 2020 at 1:38 pm

  57. May 20, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    So rabidly sought by the trump party, it has now backfired on them big time.
    The newly declassified portion of the final email sent by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice to herself, with one cc, on the day of trump’s inauguration:
    Dr. RIce’s email:
    “Director Comey affirmed that he is proceeding ‘by the book’ as it relates to law enforcement,” Rice wrote.
    “From a national security perspective, Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. Comey said that could be an issue as it relates to sharing sensitive information. President Obama asked if Comey was saying that the NSC should not pass sensitive information related to Russia to Flynn. Comey replied ‘potentially.’ He added that he has no indication thus far that Flynn has passed classified information to Kislyak, but he noted that ‘the level of communication is unusual.’ The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said that he would.” (Politico)

  58. 119 Dudette
    May 20, 2020 at 2:08 pm


  59. 120 jer44
    May 20, 2020 at 2:08 pm


  60. May 20, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    To one degree or another,
    all 50 states have begun lifting restrictions despite COVID-19 cases rising in much of the country.
    “Only 16 states’ average new daily cases have dropped more than 10%, and as of Tuesday, at least 17 states have recorded a rise in average new daily cases of at least 10%.” (CNN)
    = If we don’t ALL wear a mask nobody is protected.

  61. 125 Dudette
    May 20, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    • 126 Dudette
      May 20, 2020 at 2:45 pm

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