The Joy of Books and Lifelong Learning

I remember pleading with my parents to let me read “just five more minutes” each night at bedtime. My clip-on booklight was an essential item on my packing list for overnight camp. During graduate school I would sometimes sneak off for lunch in a remote spot on campus so I could read uninterrupted. For me, … Continue reading The Joy of Books and Lifelong Learning

Do You Consider Yourself a Scientist?

“If only we had a scientist here,” my father-in-law lamented one Christmas Eve a few years ago. In the pre-COVID era, we celebrated amongst my husband’s big, gregarious Italian family, surrounded by fried fish, tins of butter cookies, and free-flowing wine. The questions at hand were something about whether, in the southern hemisphere, the toilet … Continue reading Do You Consider Yourself a Scientist?