Let me explain what you are going to see on Caterpickles this week

Angel of grief, a 1894 sculpture by William Wetmore Story. The sculpture serves as the gravestone of the artist and his wife Emelyn at the Protestant Cemetery, Rome. (Photo: LuciusCommons via Wikipedia)

Angel of grief, a 1894 sculpture by William Wetmore Story. The sculpture serves as the gravestone of the artist and his wife Emelyn at the Protestant Cemetery, Rome. (Photo: LuciusCommons via Wikipedia)

The recent events in Newtown are crushingly sad. So sad that I didn’t think about Caterpickles after I heard about it, and you will have seen a couple of posts go up that I had already scheduled before I heard the news.

But now I am going to take a few days to be quiet and thoughtful and reflective and thankful to be at home with The Five-Year-Old. Caterpickles will be silent during this time.

It’s woefully inadequate, but it is what it is. It turns out that I need a place that isn’t the incessantly amplified echo chamber of Facebook, Twitter, online blogs, and 24-hour news. That’s what Caterpickles will be when we are back.

It’s not that Newtown isn’t important. It’s not that our country shouldn’t change because of this. It’s because I need Caterpickles to be that kind of a place.

But for now, the funerals have begun and I cannot bear to laugh.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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