A couple of weeks ago I submitted a scientific manuscript for publication. It was the first manuscript I’ve ever submitted, the first time I was the first author. For those of you not in science or academia, let me try to explain. In science, publications are a necessary part of the academic journey. As a … Continue reading first author publication.
I wanted to write a post about Good Friday during the pandemic. About the meaning of Good Friday and how it is so fitting during a time like this. Nothing seems quite right though. My words can't quite describe the feeling. Around 2000 years ago a man named Jesus hung on a cross at 9 … Continue reading Good Friday
Four years ago I embarked on a new journey: using fMRI to understand how the baby mind works. Do babies see and experience the world the same way we do? Using fMRI, I took pictures of Hope’s brain while she watched movies of kids, toys, and places. A new image of her brain appeared on … Continue reading 4 years.
My daughter was sick. For three days her little body fought temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Caring for my daughter when she is sick is emotionally and physically exhausting. Her body is the one going through hell so, why does it drain me so much? A three day fever meant four days of … Continue reading family, science, and community
Hi friends, I have embarked on a new journey. Well, it's actually a journey I've been on for a long time but, it's a new leg of that journey. This time I want to be vulnerable and share the process with others. To understand where I am now will require understanding a bit of my … Continue reading is god real?
Blogs. Books. Tweets. Facebook posts. Words. Some are beautiful and give you chills. Some are relatable. Some are practical. And some are downright hilarious. Words. Thoughts. Ideas. Images. A way to just say, "see me? I am here!" I just finished the written portion of my qualifying exam for grad school. 12 pages of words. … Continue reading Words.
The last few weeks I have been learning a lot about family and what family does and doesn't mean. The next few posts will be a reflection of this journey. "We are family." It was a phrase that was chorused by members of this group continuously through the night. As I walked around and talked … Continue reading science family
I recently watched this video of Marcio Donaldson's performance on American Idol. His backstory transported me back to my own story of how a baby transformed my world. Like Donaldson, my mother did the best she could but ultimately my siblings and I ended up in the system. I was 11 and my sister was … Continue reading A better Life.
"Mommy come here!" my daughter called from the bedroom. "What is it sweetheart?" "Mommy look, I have a big bruise here and it hurts. What can I do to make it better?" I looked and sure enough Hannah had a big bruise just below her knee. "Honey, there's nothing you can do for a bruise. … Continue reading pain and healing
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