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March 25, 2018
A quick lesson from a musk ox - Musk Ox

At times like this, I silently thank the taxidermists.

This is a life-size diorama of musk oxen at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. The musk ox embodies certain truths about the life of a writer. A musk ox lives in a harsh environment and survives with a shaggy coat and rounded feet that stay on top of the snow. A writer must develop a kind of thick coat against the realities of loneliness in the craft and obstacles to publication.

A male musk ox has horns. So does a female; the Arctic cannot support a double standard. A good writer is a good writer no matter the...

February 22, 2018
Searching for a Lyme disease test - IMG_2964

The Connecticut Health Investigative Team has released my story on the search for an accurate diagnostic test for Lyme disease. Check it out!

Part of the reason for the explosion in Lyme cases is the changing climate. Warmer falls and earlier springs have helped spread Lyme disease, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined four years ago.

Tick eggs lie dormant through cold weather, and adult ticks are very clever at surviving under buried leaves, in...

February 9, 2018
Moments frozen in memory - 05B5F803-DB27-4ED4-90D3-34DD013D334A

It’s the universal experience: aging. And yet this feels like my family faces unique fears. My mother’s physical universe is shrinking as she prepares to live somewhere where she can get the help she needs at any hour. Her mental universe, though, seems to expand, even if it goes to points unknown. My siblings and I draw closer together, and that feels right. Could we have done so if Mom hadn't fallen? Maybe not. Maybe so.

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