Casting Call for the Bunnies and Other News of the Week

All set for tomorrow’s Rabbit Farewell Event

Aoife Barrington-Haber sent in this photo yesterday of the Dedham bunnies gathered on stage at First Church, Dedham in advance of tomorrow’s “Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow!” Rabbit Farewell Open House. Thanks, Aoife!

“Makeup!” (Photo: Aoife Barrington-Haber)

Rumor has it that the preschoolers from the Dedham Community House got an advance peek at all 15 bunnies on Thursday afternoon. The Five-Year-Old is suitably jealous, and has already informed me that we will be reporting for the Rabbit Farewell Event tomorrow at 12 p.m. sharp.

Speaking of the Rabbits, there’s still time to bid for one of these beauties. When this post went to press (so to speak), the opening bid of $1000 was still available on Avery Oak and Not So Silent Spring. The highest bid placed so far was $1600 on Lady Bugs Bunny.

C’mon people, let’s show these rabbits some love. Wouldn’t these rabbits look great on the lawn of your favorite local elementary, library, playground, or small business?

Have you seen this week’s Angry Birds Red Planet Update?

Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, has teamed up with NASA to produce a series of 2-3 minute videos updating children across the country on the Mars Rover Curiosity mission. We heard about it from WebProNews, which posted the first four videos yesterday. More information on the Mars Rover Curiosity mission, including the results of the Curiosity’s first soil analysis, is available at

The Salt Standard

Before there was the gold standard, there was salt. Vasil Nikolov, the archaeologist excavating Europe’s oldest urban settlement–a prehistoric town near Eastern Bulgaria that dates back to 4700-4200 BC–reports that the residents of the village paid for their purchases with bricks of salt. Salt was so precious that the inhabitants of the town built massive stone walls to protect it. According to Nikolov, the 10-foot high, 6 1/2-foot thick walls are some of the earliest (and largest) fortifications in Europe’s prehistory.

Hurricane Sandy

No news roundup would be complete without mention of Hurricane Sandy. Photo collections and news articles abound, but I think my favorite may have been Josh Marshall’s fascinating account of what it was like to live through Sandy in Manhattan (Talking Points Memo).

And then there’s this: Manhattan Evacuation Plan Reveals Island’s Old Contours (Manhattan Past)

What caught your eye this week?

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, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-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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