It’s the Sound Stupid, and Other News of the Week


Stonehenge (Photo credit: nyaa_birdies_perch)

Just a quick set of links this morning as The Four-Year-Old is headed to the kitchen to begin her morning science experiment with or without me. So far she’s collected some sugar and salt.

Personally I’m hoping she’ll add a couple of bananas, some flour, oatmeal, a little vanilla, and some nuts and make that batch of banana bread I’ve been meaning to construct all week.

But it’s not looking good, so without any further ado this week’s links:

Now, I’m off to rescue my kitchen. The Four-Year-Old’s experiment supply list has gotten dangerously off track. I can’t think of a single banana bread recipe that requires glitter and glue dots.

Happy Friday, y’all.

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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