April, 2017

Usually these monthly posts are where I get philosophical. Here we go. In the last six months two older, distant European relatives of mine have died–the second just a few weeks ago. Their combined age was close to 200, so these deaths were unsurprising; my relationships with them had been somewhat muted the last few years, and so (at … More April, 2017

Coffee–a New Series of Blog Posts

This is an intro post. While I’ll still continue my mother’s desire to see more meals and fewer dishes, I’m also going to start talking about coffee and coffee drinks. A lot of academians are (coffee) snobs. It keeps us going. Energy drinks are too teenager/club-scene/21st-century. We go more for the classic old-school, French-intellectual, borderline-Balzac-levels-of-intensity … More Coffee–a New Series of Blog Posts

March 2017

I’m beginning to realize that I’ve been really lucky throughout most of my life, which might explain why the last 12 months have been so difficult: payback is a bitch. This month has been rough for reasons that I’m not particularly sure I can, or rather should, detail on this blog. Mostly it’s been the same old … More March 2017

February 2017

I’m a woman in academia. I’m a woman in science. And I’ve been very lucky that for most of my career I’ve been treated like “one of the guys”; there have been occasional misogynists in my pathway, but I’m sure that’d be true outside academia as well. Still, lately the whole “woman” issue has really been getting … More February 2017


Turkey Day to Christmas Eve of 2016 was definitely the happiest I was all year. It was amazing, and calm, and peaceful. It was warm and full of love and acceptance. I was with my immediate family (though my partner spent significant amounts of time visiting, which was nice). Many days, we did not leave … More Babka