Author Archives: Shala Howell

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.

Wordless Wednesday: Spring!

A cherry tree in bloom on the Wooded Isle in Jackson Park (Chicago, Illinois). Continue reading

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old watching this week?

This week, The Ten-Year-Old and I are headed out to see Disneynature’s Born in China. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales between April 21 – April 27 will go to support the World Wildlife Fund’s efforts to restore habitats essential to the survival of the wild pandas and snow leopards featured in the film. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The Ten-Year-Old met Chewbacca over Spring Break

This is what happens when The Ten-Year-Old meets a hero of the Rebellion. Continue reading

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“How does a Galileo thermometer work?”

Too many weeks for a toddler to count ago, I promised you that we’d talk about how a Galileo thermometer actually works. I fully intended to answer this question at the time, but somehow kept finding one reason or another to put … Continue reading

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups by David Wisniewski The Ten-Year-Old doesn’t want me reading this book. Apparently the stash of secret knowledge it gave her about the reasons why grown-ups make up all those rules is too important to share with … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: “What kind of tree is that?”

No, seriously. We want to know. We saw these Monster Pollen Buds while wandering through Hollywood Studios at DisneyWorld last month. None of us knew what kind of tree this was. If you do, please leave a comment or send me an … Continue reading

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Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Jupiter, again

Just after sunset tonight, glance up at the full moon. That bright star immediately next to it is Jupiter. Enjoy the view. Related Links:  Top 7 Must-See Sky Events in 2017 (National Geographic)

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll For her tenth birthday, The Ten-Year-Old’s aunt and cousins sent her an Alice-in-Wonderland party in a box. When The Ten-Year-Old opened it up, she found two cousin-made chocolate chip cookies labeled “Eat Me,” a shelf-stable … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: That tree has eyes

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“Cotton Candy: Clothing fiber or food?”

Last week, Daddyo introduced The Ten-Year-Old to the faux nutritional miracle that is cotton candy. He got her to try it by casting it as a scientific experiment: “Cotton Candy: Clothing fiber or food?” They ate most of the bag trying … Continue reading

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