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I’m a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve covered a wide range of issues over the course of my career. Recently, I’ve been writing about my family’s experiences living in Germany which is also the topic of my  upcoming book, Achtung Baby. I’ve also covered many technology and science topics. As a former staff reporter at the San Francisco Examiner and Independent, I wrote on development, schools, homelessness, and transportation as well as health and human services. Below are a few samples of my writing:

 

PARENTING

How to parent like a German
Time.com
The first time I went to a playground in Berlin, I freaked. All the German parents were huddled together, drinking coffee, not paying attention to their children who were hanging off a wooden dragon 20 feet above a sand pit. Where were the piles of soft padded foam? The liability notices? The personal injury lawyers? Read more

The Non-Pushy Parent  (PDF)
The Times (UK)
In her school notebook, my daughter Sophia has set two goals: to write better letters and to walk home alone. Unfortunately, she’s probably not going to reach that second goal — because I won’t let her.

A Mom’s view of the connected kids trend
RCR Wireless News
When I was a kid, Saturday morning meant watching cartoons on the television. For my kids, it means Kindle time. They play games and flip through e-books while we sleep in. I don’t see too much difference in our childhood experiences. It’s an indulgence on a school-free day, just a different technology. Read more

TECHNOLOGY

refugeesmAs more refuges reach Germany, here’s how its tech community has responded
ZDNet.com
With asylum seekers struggling to settle into life in Germany, the country’s IT community has tried to create technological solutions to help them.

web_bundestagsqWhile US and UK governments oppose encryption, Germany promotes it
ZDNet.com
Germany wants to become a global encryption leader–but the reasons for its stance are complex

 

siemensambergproduction1Germany’s vision for Industrie 4.0: The revolution will be digitised
ZDNet.com
Industrie 4.0 has become a favourite theme for the country, with Siemens among automation’s chief cheerleaders. Read more

VanGoghRoosegaarde11-351x185A few ways Europe is getting smarter
RCR Wireless News
Smart solutions are being used for a range of projects in Europe, from the fantastical—like Van Gogh-inspired bike path in the Netherlands. Read more 

THE ENVIRONMENT

Save the Soil to Save the Earth: Q&A with Ron Amundson
Aeon
Ronald Amundson is professor of environmental science at the University of California, Berkeley, and dirt is his life’s work. He grew up on a farm in South Dakota and credits a great high‑school teacher for inspiring him to look at the more ‘intellectual aspects of soil’. Read more

The Hidden Life of Art Supplies
Sierra magazine
Vincent van Gogh was a brilliant painter. He also went mad, cut off half his ear, and committed suicide at age 37. Historians may never know what caused his long illness, but some attribute it to the toxic materials he used. And art can still be a dangerous business. While professional artists and children face the most serious health risks, even adult dabblers should choose and use their tools wisely. Read more

 

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  1. Pingback: How to Parent Like a German | Sara Zaske

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