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 Nine-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at

Wordless Wednesday: How to Speak Cat

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“Why did that President use a wheelchair?”

Originally posted December 13, 2011. In talking with The Four-Year-Old about wheelchairs the other day, I happened to mention that Franklin D. Roosevelt had used a wheelchair, although he was notoriously shy about being seen in one. Although the fact … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rembrandt (Art for Children Series)

Tax season is still underway, but now my life has been complicated by the onset of Spring Break. Must be time to remind The Ten-Year-Old about this series of Art for Children, which she first read in August 2011. Harmensz. Van … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: How to make your own leprechaun money

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, so it seems like a good time to rerun this Classic Caterpickle from March 19, 2012.  Those of you with more than five St. Patrick’s Day celebrations under your belt will hardly be surprised to learn … Continue reading

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Some bunny’s 10!

Hint: Here she is, as a mere five-year-old, making a few preliminary sketches of Gary Koeppel’s Bunny in the Clouds during the 2012 Dedham Public Art Project. You can see the photographs The (then) Five-Year-Old took of Bunny in the Clouds on that … Continue reading

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Tax season cometh

Hey there — it’s tax season again, so I’ll be taking a few days off from blogging to pay my dues to Uncle Sam before spring break hits next week. I’ve set up a few short posts and some of our … Continue reading

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

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson What the book’s about: The Nine-Year-Old read this book as part of her school’s Global Reading Challenge. I think I may have mentioned this before, but in case I haven’t, for the Global Reading Challenge, the … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Even I can’t believe The Five-Year-Old just said that

Seeing The Nine-Year-Old tucking Rusty in for the night this week, reminded me of this gem from March 2012… The Build-a-Bear Lady, preparing to sew up The Five-Year-Old’s new dachshund at the store’s stuffing station: “Do you know if your … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Isis the snake

Another in a long list of pets I’m glad that The Nine-Year-Old’s teachers keep at school, so we don’t have to keep them here at home. Isis the snake, The Nine-Year-Old tells me, is the sweetest snake ever. The Nine-Year-Old visits Isis faithfully every … Continue reading

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“How do I use a Galileo thermometer?”

As you can see, our storm glass still isn’t back to normal. So Mommyo has declared that this is the week The Nine-Year-Old and I finally learn to use the Galileo thermometer Daddyo gave us all those years ago. Let’s start with … Continue reading

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