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’ve turned my attention to a much more complex problem — fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. My parenting blog, Caterpickles, has had more than 100,000 visitors over the past five years. The first book in the 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, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018.
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 and research than the current one), my writerly self can be found sifting through the stacks in my church’s archives looking for a few good stories to tell, blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old here at Caterpickles, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.
Why a blog on exploring the world with a (now) fifth grader?
Over the many years I’ve worked as a professional technical writer, people have paid me to explain how everything from genetic testing to networking security works (with a subset of people paying me to explain how to do things like manage an access point for a 3G wireless network or use a Christmas tree to regulate the flow from an oil well).
Then I had a child. And though she doesn’t really want me telling her (how) to do things, she does ask a lot of interesting questions. Really interesting questions. So I started this blog. She doesn’t pay me much for it, but that’s ok. When I started this, she couldn’t read (much) anyway.