Houses and Homes

Perhaps my favorite quote from any book is towards the end of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: He sat down on a grassy bank and looked at the city that surrounded him, and thought, one day he would have to go home. And one day he would have to make a home to go back to.…

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Super Shorts 2: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

It wasn’t until I was a graduate student that I had any real exposure to Indian culture. One of the things about it that raised a lot of curiosity in me was that it was a culture that even in the late 20th century seemed to function pretty seamlessly with a good deal of arranged…

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Help! Help! A Giant Squid!

One of the things that a pale, befreckled person looks forward to during a beach vacation is reading. Reading on the shady deck in the morning, reading on the couch at midday and reading under an umbrella while out on the sand. And the book that I was most looking forward to reading was one…

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30 DoB, Day 22: Favorite Book You Own

We’re going to go in a slightly different direction for the next subject in the 30 Days of Books list: Day 22 – Favorite book you own I suppose that the obvious answer for this sort of question would be something like a family Bible that’s been passed down through Betzian generations, or perhaps some dusty first…

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Bad Project

I know that I’ve posted a couple of these before, but I thought that this send-up was exceptional because of the lyrics (which everyone that has gone to grad school in the sciences can attest to), and (truly inspired by Lady Ga-Ga) the costumes which ingeniously used serological pipettes, bio-hazards bags and lab diapers. Well…

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The Kind of Better Looking Game

The last time I can remember playing soccer was in graduate school.  I was a pretty reasonable scholar-athlete at the time and used sports as a good stress reliever from having a lot of work, not a lot of money and the occasional crazy girlfriend.  I played softball, volleyball, tennis and racquetball pretty regularly –…

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Booking Through Thursday: Grammar

In honor of National Grammar Day … it IS “March Fourth” after all … do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books? More importantly, have you read them? How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy? That’s probably a pretty easy question for anyone that got their degree in chemistry…

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Vox Hunt: Celebrating National Pecan Day, Ex-girlfriend style

Today is National Pecan Day. To celebrate, show us something nutty. Last week, I put forth the hypothesis that my unusually aggressive knee pain was caused by an unhappy ex-girlfriend using a voodoo doll.  You might have noticed that I have assigned my ex-girlfriends de-personalizing monikers (e.g. Broken Hand Girl, She Who Must Not Be…

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Get Your PHD Today!

No –  I’m not advocating carving out 4+ years to work like a dog for a sub-minimum wage salary in laboratory settings that would make an OSHA inspector blanch.* I’m talking about getting your own Diabetes PHD (Personal Health Decisions) analysis using a new interactive tool developed by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).  The PHD…

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M&MM Quiz Answers

Well, it looks like Java Janie goes to the head of the class with 2 correct answers on yesterday’s M&MM nickname quiz, Grandma-P also came pretty close on two explanations.  DaveB is disqualified even though he got them all correct because it’s my quiz and he’s known me for nearly 30 years. The answers (in…

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