Irony. Defined.

Shala, working on a post on her other blog: “Michael, how do you spell onomatopoeia?”

Michael: “I don’t know. Like it sounds?”


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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7 Responses to Irony. Defined.

  1. tirane93 says:

    not unlike the time i ran across the word ‘autodidact’ in someone’s blog. i spent a couple of seconds thinking about asking them what it meant and then decided, screw it. i’ll go figure it out for myself.

  2. All I can say is that Richard Castle would approve.

    • Shala Howell says:

      I enjoy that show too. Have you read the books? I passed one last night in Barnes and Noble and was tempted, but am a little afraid of a book written by a fictional character.

      • I have all three of his books. If you like mysteries, I would recommend them. They are kind of your standard murder/mystery written by a guy. Nikki Heat has no personal looks description about her, just like most guy books are written. The second and third books are a bit more ‘grusome’ but I have enjoyed them, partly because of the link. Hey, maybe a library would have them that you could see first. Who knows. I would recommend them, and I’m not a mystery person. 🙂

      • Shala Howell says:

        Conveniently, the Caterpickle and I have plans to romp around the children’s library while she’s on vacation this week, so I’ll check one out then. Thanks for the recommendation!

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