(Photo: Michael Howell)

(Photo: Michael Howell)

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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6 Responses to flowers

  1. This is beautiful. (And, again, I am so sorry for your loss).


  2. rayworth1973 says:

    There are pink and white dogwoods. Magnolias have huge flowers and huge leaves. I mean really big, at least all the species I’ve ever seen. we have some right outside the building where I work. They also like the sidewalks along Ball Road going to Disneyland.


    • Shala Howell says:

      Yeah, I think you’ve hit upon what’s confusing me. I’m used to the giant magnolia flowers and equally giant leaves of the white magnolias we had growing up in Texas. These trees have tulip-sized pink flowers, but their leaves aren’t gigantic, as far as I can tell. Not sure how to categorize them. Every spring I tell myself I really should get that field guide to local trees, and every spring I fail to do so. Guess I like looking at trees, but am at the same time, resigned to never actually knowing what I’m looking at.

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