In sickness and in health

Daddyo, on finding me slumped in a fetal position on the couch, buried in cats: “Mommyo, do you want to go lie down? You look like you feel awful.”

Mommyo, beset by a migraine and an uncommonly severe allergy attack: “I’m a huge ball of misery and I’m bringing everyone else down.”

The Four-Year-Old, shoving a cat aside so that she can put her head on my hip: “You’re kind of bringing me down on your lap.”

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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4 Responses to In sickness and in health

  1. Sheila says:

    I hope you are feeling better.
    Love, mom


  2. zeuspro says:

    Hey! I found your blog very interesting. I got a blog about cats. Here is a lot of tips and guides, how to care about your cat. I’m doing my best to equip cat owners with useful information,


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