Who I am
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 — how parents can foster their children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them, without being a scientist, artist, or linguist themselves.
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- “A charming, practical, and thought-provoking book.”
- “Simple, practical, inexpensive, & doable.”
- “Great book for enjoying arts with your kids.”
- “…as an art teacher of young children and a mother, I love this book!”
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On a recent roadtrip through Nevada, The Ten-Year-Old spotted a lot of vultures. So many she wanted to know: “Is the vulture the state bird of Nevada?” Continue reading
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
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
As you remember, yesterday The Nine-Year-Old and I tried to reset our storm glass, with rather surprising results. A couple of hours after the official experiment had ended, I wandered into the office to find the once-clear storm glass looking like … Continue reading
Last week, we tested our storm glass to see whether the crystals were forming (or dissolving) in response to changes in temperature. Short answer: Yes. But as you’ll remember, at the end of the experiment we were left with a pretty … Continue reading
Hint: When she woke up the next morning the first words out of her mouth were “Mommyo, have you made me a trophy for climbing my first tree yet?” Here she is, posing Caterpickles style with her tree-climbing trophy on that … Continue reading
The Nine-Year-Old has a day off from school today, and she asked me if she could spend it having a writing day with me. It promises to be an exciting day for her, sitting across from me at a table … Continue reading
Remember last year, when The Nine-Year-Old went to Grandma and Grandpa Summer Camp and sent back a photo of her snuggling a spry young alligator named Mr. Cuddles? Well this year, she insisted that Daddyo and I tag along. So … Continue reading
Always keep two paws in the sunbeam. Rotate paws as necessary. And ignore the paparazzi. Ah, summer.
Just a quick Caterpickle today, as Snoopy is in dire need of rescue. According to The Nine-Year-Old, Snoopy and his Sopwith Camel have been trapped behind electrified enemy lines. The Nine-Year-Old needs someway to draw off all that electricity so … Continue reading