Looking at Kittens Makes You Work Harder and Other News of the Week

Feeling more productive yet? (Image via Funny Animals Zone)

A new study released this week in Plos One suggests that looking at cute images may actually help your concentration.

And since we all could use a little help this Friday morning, might I suggest you spend a minute or two looking at this: Neglected ducks learn to swim.

(Less cute: This blog post explaining where the ducks came from.)

For those of you who would like to reap the daily benefits of having a cute image permanently stationed in your own back yard, Dedham Shines announced this week that it will be raffling off Sal D’Antona’s Bengal Bunny. Raffle tickets are $10 each. You can buy your raffle tickets:

  • At the Dedham Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays, 12-6 p.m., at the First Church and Parish at 670 High Street)
  • At the Fall Fair and Pumpkin Festival (October 21, 10-2 p.m., Dedham Community House at 671 High Street)
  • Online through the Dedham Shines website.

The Bengal Bunny (Photo: Dedham Shines, Bengal Bunny (c) 2012 Salvatore D’Antona)

The rest of the bunnies will be auctioned off online. Bidding starts Oct 20, and ends November 3. Place your bid here.

Also, save the date for The Rabbit Farewell Open House on November 3. Come see all 15 sculptures assembled in one location, take a few last minute photographs, meet the artists, and learn who won the bunnies at raffle and auction (you do not have to be present to win). The open house will be held at the First Church in Dedham on November 3 from 12-4. Suggested donations: $5/person, $10/family.

Finally, Bugs is back. This week he’s making friends with Ear Ye, Ear Ye: A Tail of Dedham Pottery. We are going to miss these bunnies too, Bugs.

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 Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to Looking at Kittens Makes You Work Harder and Other News of the Week

  1. Tamara says:

    Okay Shala, your cute video brought tears to my eyes–something about our true natures shining through, if we can just remember who we really are and what we are really meant to do in this world…maybe I’m reading too much into it but there you go…blessings!


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