Understanding Failure

Just a couple days ago I was reading a New Yorker article on Mo Willems. Mo Willems is most famous for his Pigeon books, his Elephant and Piggie series, and for Knuffle Bunny. The Pigeon books started it all with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. But what he points to in his interview with Rivka Galchen […]

The Science of Deduction

Yes, I’m writing a mystery novel. No, it’s not progressing well. I’ve hit upon the stumbling block that I haven’t done forensic research in a while, so I’m frustrated and reading as many books as I can get my hands on. Apparently my mind has come up with a victim, and a motive. But I […]

Eerie Silence

The world stood still. It was quiet. We could feel the shock. It was one thing at three am. But the world held on. The tears would not come any longer. The train station was quiet. The train car was quiet. No cars honked on the way into work. And Boston wasn’t alone. Arriving at […]

Discovering a New Talent: Food

I have been cooking for myself too long. And by “cooking” I actually mean shopping for cheap frozen dinners and microwaving them. Yes, I have a pretty good handle on the quickest, cheapest, and most delicious (in my opinion, anyway) of the food. The last time I had to cook for more than myself, I […]

Girls CAN Code and I am Proof

I always think it’s weird that more girls aren’t encouraged to go into STEAM careers. And then I remembered the fact that I grew up in a very different household from most of the other girls in my generation. I put emphasis on STEAM and not STEM because that is the kind of household we […]

Living with Kosmimaphobia

When I first looked it up, it was listed several places as “gemnophobia”, so the first most common reaction I would get when I told people I had gemnophobia was, “Oh, so do you Lysol your entire house?” Ah… So I guess I should explain… “Not germophobia, gemnophobia. I have no trouble with germs. I […]

Things I’m Thankful For

I was nominated by my aunt to do one of those things that you have to do continually for a week. This one is to post three things you are thankful for every day for a week. As usual, I decided against posting (most of it) on Facebook. Why post on Facebook over the course […]

The New Body Shaming of the Thin

I remember being maybe nine or ten years old and going into the doctor’s office for my annual physical. It was probably about the first or second time I had an annual physical with the nurse practitioner instead of my actual pediatrician. It would also be the first time I would hear this question. “How […]

100 Happy Days: The Final Installment

100 Happy Days, Part 1 100 Happy Days, Part 2 100 Happy Days, Part 3 Last time on 100 Happy Days: Day 75) March 27 Knowing I have friends who can keep me in good humor even if I’m so tired I’m practically falling off my chair at work is amazing. Thank goodness for friends. […]