Farewell to the Bunnies and Other News of the Week

The Five-Year-Old meets Big Bunny Rescue Rabbit at the Farewell to the Rabbits Open House on Saturday. (Photo: Shala Howell)

I know, I know, News of the Week is a Friday thing, not a Saturday one. Saturday is for Funny Stuff My Daughter Says.

What can I say? Yesterday got away from me, and as it’s a three-day weekend, I decided to pretend today is Friday and Monday Saturday. Got that?

Farewell to the Bunnies

Last week we bid a tearful goodbye to most of the wonderful Dedham bunnies at the Farewell to the Rabbits Open House at the First Church in Dedham. While The Five-Year-Old had her face painted and Daddyo got some last minute pictures of the rabbits,  Mommyo slyly acquired a set of miniature bunny replicas (shhh! Don’t tell The Five-Year-Old, she’s getting them for Christmas).

We also had a chance to say hello to Martha Taylor, SarahJane Cassie, Cathy Gruetzke-Blais, Susan Hoy, Mike Glowacki, Jill Barry, Big Bunny Rescue Rabbit, and Monika Wilkinson and Jennifer Barsamian of Dedham Shines.

Of course what you really want to know is, what’s going to happen to the bunnies? Leroy the Peace Rabbit will stay in town (location TBD). Ellen Dockham of Dedham won the raffle for the Bengal Bunny. The other thirteen were auctioned off online. The auction raised $42,639, which Dedham Shines plans to use to foster future art projects in Dedham.

More news about the Rabbit Farewell:

WWII carrier pigeon found in chimney

From long-time friend and Caterpickles reader David Bowles comes word that David Martin of Surrey uncovered the skeleton of a WWII carrier pigeon while renovating his chimney. Even better, it had a coded message still attached. The message has been sent to code breakers at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire and GCHQ in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Rubber chicken becomes NASA celebrity

This week The Five-Year-Old’s Aunt Victoria introduced us to Camilla Corona, NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory’s Mission Mascot and rubber chicken. So far Camilla has taken five hot air balloon trips to the uppermost levels of the atmosphere, tagged along when astronauts flew a rolling NASA T-38 Talon, and gotten lots of attention at space-related conferences around the world.

Other stories that caught our eye this week:

What have you been reading about?

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 Farewell to the Bunnies and Other News of the Week

  1. Victoria says:

    My favorite part was her twitter account! Glad to hear the bunnies were a success and you got the miniatures for the 5 yo. She is going to be over the moon!


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