I thought about you today. For the first time in a long time. I tried to remember your voice. I couldn't. There was a time when I thought I'd never forget. Are you happy? Would you even know? You were so very good at giving the world what they wanted. Many people only saw what, … Continue reading I thought about you today.
Have you ever have an experience where you happen upon an idea that seems so right you wonder why you haven't had it before? A word or phrase suddenly makes sense in a new way. Thoughts that have been swimming around in your head start to connect in different ways. A lightbulb goes on and … Continue reading aha?
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.
At the beginning of this year, 2020, there was one word that really resonated with me. I thought it would carry with me through the year -- vulnerability. This word has not let me down. However, the way I thought vulnerability would influence my life is different than what I imagined. At the beginning of … Continue reading vulnerability.
Dear friends, The last few months have required change for all of us. For some, the changes have been big -- hospitalization, death, job and income loss, housing and food insecurities, and more. For others, the changes have been smaller -- unexpectedly without childcare, working from home, and a change in daily routines and habits. … Continue reading thank you for letting me see you.
For us, Covid-19 is like a tornado that you watch from afar and wonder if it's coming straight towards you or if it will veer off in another direction. We began following the Coronavirus outbreak of Wuhan, China in January. It was unbelievable how fast the virus was spreading. The communist government ordered a lock … Continue reading Balancing Risks and Rights
Schools in my area started closing down first, before any businesses or even bars. While it unnerved me, my son was in daycare. I was still going to work and as a single mom whose family is on the other side of the country, I rely on daycare entirely. Before this I'd sometimes work from home so I could get certain errands done, … Continue reading Just me, my toddler, and a pandemic
Many, many years ago when I was in first grade, I came down with scarlet fever. I was the oldest of three and my mom was pregnant with her fourth child. Our house was put under quarantine with a sign stating so at the end of our long driveway. My dad worked away and stayed … Continue reading Quarantine Prayers.
I think my opinion may be an unpopular one. Many people are dying. Medical personnel are working without full protection. Workers are facing unemployment. A few of my friends are distressed about their mental health. Not to diminish the gravity, these are all examples of people experiencing great pain and suffering through the pandemic. Their … Continue reading Thriving in the Lockdown.
Written on 3/30: The Tuesday that Harvard announced they were sending students home, when suddenly things seemed very serious, my husband got a cough. We thought it was unlikely that it was COVID, but started quarantining in our house, and him within our house. We are lucky that we have an extra room. As the … Continue reading Things are okay in the moment.