Signs we may have been watching too much Star Trek

The Six-Year-Old, politely: “Mommyo, can I tell you something?”

Mommyo, warmly: “Of course.”

The Six-Year-Old, informatively: “Spaying works on tribbles, but not neutering.”

Mommyo, carefully: “OK.”

The Six-Year-Old, disgustedly: “Yeah. Had to find that one out the hard way.”

Still from the Star Trek episode, The Trouble with Tribbles. (Image via Pollyanna Rainbow Sunshine and the Needles of Doom, aka Best Blog Title Ever.)

Looks like Captain Kirk had to find out the hard way too. (Image via Pollyanna Rainbow Sunshine and the Needles of Doom, aka Best Named Blog Ever.)

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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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4 Responses to Signs we may have been watching too much Star Trek

  1. Sheila says:

    I don’t know what to say…


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