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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Special Education

You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake, you are the same organic decaying matter as everything else. – Tyler Durden, Fight Club My sense of the rustling encroachment of my mortality has been a little keener over the past couple of weeks. Personally, I’ve been hampered by a torn muscle in my lower back,…

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The Girl That Drove to Mexico

When I think of my mother two versions tend to predominate. The first tends to be the Mom of my most recent memories – the last several years of her life after my father had died. She’s the mom that I visited either at home or at my sister’s, or the mom that came out…

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That Guy That Taught Chem-101

This morning, I received a chiding text from a friend “They passed you over for the Nobel AGAIN?!?!  WTF?!?!” Yep, every year, that’s a good joke.  But when I returned from our very cold and wet dog walk this morning (I think Penny was also thinking, “WTF?!?!”), I logged on to see who had won,…

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Me and My Old Hometown

For such a small state, I’ve spent a fairly significant chunk of time in Delaware.  I earned my undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware (4 years), worked as a chemistry technician for DuPont (1 year), and worked for the DuPont again after I got my PhD (3 years). As we were headed up to…

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A Mid(Atlantic)summer (fort)Night’s Dream

Alright – we’re off (very early tomorrow morning) for our summer family tour!  We’re heading back to the East Coast for almost two weeks.  The main reason to go is for the Beloved’s folks’ 50th wedding anniversary – we’re meeting them at one of their favorite places on the “Northern Neck” of Virginia on the…

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Welcome Back Heels and Hens!

Heels! This week, the NCAA basketball season got underway in earnest — always a fun time — full of hope and curiosity as you begin to gauge where your alma mater(s) are compared to the competition.  Who's going to be "tough" this year?  Can anyone be this year's George Mason?  et cetera.  And the best…

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Welcome Back Heels and Hens!

Heels! This week, the NCAA basketball season got underway in earnest — always a fun time — full of hope and curiosity as you begin to gauge where your alma mater(s) are compared to the competition.  Who's going to be "tough" this year?  Can anyone be this year's George Mason?  et cetera.  And the best…

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