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.

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 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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