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
This is where we are now-- L: why do you call it tuna fish? T: because that's what it is honey. L: no it's tuna T: yes, tuna fish L: as opposed to tuna bird or tuna mammal? Fish is the only tuna. It's tuna. T: yes. Tuna. The fish. Tuna fish. L: parrot, the … Continue reading A (lighter) quarantine story.
Source: Lightspring (Shutterstock) "The United States is about to endure a collective trauma unlike anything in recent memory." - David Scharfenberg I am no stranger to trauma. Right now though, I feel like the least capable person when it comes to managing the experience of trauma. My city, my state, my country, my world is … Continue reading collective trauma.
I'm a Marine Corps veteran. I faithfully served this country from 2001-2006 as a communications technician and I cherish the time I served. One thing that not many people know about me is that I struggled with addiction before and after my service. In fact, one of the reasons I joined was because it provided … Continue reading an essential job and life on hold
I had a fever last week, cough and deep pain in my lungs. Shortness of breath. My husband has it now too. We called our primary doctors. My regular doctor said I should go to my primary care clinic and get tested, but did not put in an official order. I didn't find out I … Continue reading No tests available.
March in the mid-Atlantic states is glorious. Dissatisfied with the quality of C’s preschool and the annoyances of weekly commitments, the COVID school cancellations were a bit of a relief. Sure, museums and other places were closed, but as long as we can go outdoors and explore, it would feel mostly like summer vacation without … Continue reading Protecting my family from COVID-19.
My story is one of many chapters. None of them are unique to me: every problem that I have many, many other people have as well. At the moment, these are my thoughts on two of my own problems, as they relate to one another in unexpected and sometimes heartbreaking ways. One week ago, both … Continue reading Corona & Cancer
yesterday i broke one of my favorite mugs. it shattered. slowly i collected the pieces and, as i did so, i knew they would never go back to the way they were. there would be no fixing this beautiful, one-of-a-kind treasure that was so recently gifted to me by a friend. the mug was broken; … Continue reading broken things.
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