Ms. Haft Was Wrong: Words Have Meaning

I haven’t a clue how she kept her job… I was a junior and in love with writing and with science and, along with every other testosterone-sick guy in school, with Ms. Haft. She was freshly graduated from college and giddy. She wore her hair long and her skirts short. It’s still a mystery to … Continue reading Ms. Haft Was Wrong: Words Have Meaning

The Bucket List Lost

Weeks before my Father died, he called me to the couch. "Denn," he said. "My whole life I've had these things that I would do if I knew I had only six months to live." He went on. "Now I've got two or three, and I can't muster the energy to do anything. Even if … Continue reading The Bucket List Lost

Did Vietnamese Children Ruin the Fabric Patch Industry?

Do you know what this is? It's a fabric patch. I'm using it to repair a butterfly net but it is made to repair holes in jeans or tears in shirts when you slip under a barbed-wire fence and catch your sleeve on one of the barbs because Rocky is chasing you with a big … Continue reading Did Vietnamese Children Ruin the Fabric Patch Industry?

The Most Valuable Lesson In Doing Science

A brief story about figuring things out for yourself: I was an undergrad and had my first research grant. I would continue unfinished work from one of my professors doing chromosome mapping.  I was thrilled. Who wouldn't be? Surely a Nobel couldn't be far off? When all the other kids went home from school for … Continue reading The Most Valuable Lesson In Doing Science

The stupidity of boys – and men

I can't claim to be representative of all males but here's a quick story about just how stupid boys can be. I was maybe twelve and a voracious reader. I loved sports and sports stories and read a biography of the great football quarterback Johnny Unitas. I was fascinated to learn that he was blind … Continue reading The stupidity of boys – and men

Caring for family – Knausgaard

I've got a list of things I wanted to do today (I'm a bit of a list fanatic) but I'm sitting here with one of the girls at urgent care. It's another earache with another fever and another day of administering meds and comfort. And isn't it funny? I was just looking at the top … Continue reading Caring for family – Knausgaard

Career Questions? Do You Have Options?

I didn't give graduate school much thought. I was doing research as an undergrad and had already received a grant for the work I was doing. I assumed all along that I would go to grad school and then set up a lab to do amazingly fantastic and exciting work. The drudgery of wet biology … Continue reading Career Questions? Do You Have Options?