I’m still trying to balance my staff job against the very long queue of freelance work that I signed up for before that job came along. Which means, sadly, no time for blogging. I haven’t given up the idea, though (I really love this blog). I just need a few more months to clear my plate. … Continue reading Happy New Year! I miss you! Here are some pictures from Alaska!
You were a most beloved pet and one of the great loves of my life. In six years, across five homes, four cities, and countless tears and laughs, you saw me from the very worst days of my life straight through to the very best days. I am grateful for you, and for the time … Continue reading Max. 3/20/08 – 3/3/16. RIP.
Sneaky little buggers that they are, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), those global overlords of chemical nomenclature and measurements, verified the discovery of the four missing elements on the periodic table, just a day before New Year’s Eve, when we were all too distracted to notice. (And by we all, I mean me). … Continue reading OMFG: THE PERIODIC TABLE IS FINALLY COMPLETE!!
We chose some passages from For Whom the Bell Tolls, to read at our wedding. We considered a few others (Kundera; Garcia-Marquez), but Hemingway’s the one we both love equally, so. Eric worried about the non-sequitor-ish-ness of it, but I really wanted something from this book specifically because it’s the one Hemingway dedicated to Martha Gellhorn, and … Continue reading Words to marry by…
1. Some of the best stories I’ve reported never made it to print. 2. Once — in the summer of 2008, I think — I went to Puerto Rico for a vacation, and ended up reporting a story on the Arecibo Radio Telescope and how it was struggling to remain open (and relevant) amid a … Continue reading The Earth’s Hearing Aid
Photo credit: Elinor Carucci for the New York Times Magazine Earlier this month: The battle of oncoming traffic: keeping him safe in the weeks leading up to hospitalization — won mostly by luck, but also by hero sister who spent every morning for two weeks straight talking him off ledge. And hero mother who gave … Continue reading Bipolar Chronicle 2: notes on the current war
“Tell your mother, I’m sorry I hid the remote control on her. And I’m sorry this is happening again. But I need my dentures and my wig, because I want to go dancing tonight.” And then: “She won’t mind. She knows I like to dance.” Continue reading Bipolar Chronicle 1: things my dad says when he’s manic