Tonight’s Evening Fete is Canceled


Oh how I wish I had come up with this myself, but I didn’t. Click the image to see the original on

With another birthday just a few days away, it’s time for the annual airing of my cranky old lady persona.

I’ve broken out the cat-themed jigsaw puzzles and thanks to the Smithsonian blog, I am ready to beat on kid’s music today with the authority of a cranky old lady 1.3 times my age. It’s not just my opinion that music today is worse than when I was in my prime, missy, it’s science.

Now get off my lawn. The sod can’t take it.

And no, I won’t help you climb that tree. If you can’t get up there on your own, you don’t belong there at all.

Kids these days.

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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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