It’s hard to know what the next few days will bring…

But whatever it is, blogging is going to be one of the last things on my mind. So I’ve set up a few posts in advance for you this week–something old, something new, something borrowed (from one of my other blogs), but nothing blue. I’m not actually married to Caterpickles after all. The posts will appear on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Update: Just looked up the latest on Sandy, and now that Sandy has officially been declared the second largest tropical cyclone in the Atlantic since 1988, I’ve decided to enact the strict Caterpickles policy of No Blogging During an Actual Hurricane. So save your computer battery for The Weather Channel, Weather Underground, or whatever else you need to do to take care of yourselves out there. There won’t be anything happening here until at least next Monday.

Stay safe out there, 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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