Monthly Archives: December 2014

Yes, but is it significant?

Whenever you write a grant or ask for a promotion in an academic setting, you’re required to justify the significance of your research. Problem is, most of us are so embroiled in our work that we don’t question it: we … Continue reading

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Transparent worlds, murky words

My sweetheart and I started a new tradition during our travels by taking in the work of local artists. A few years ago, our Turkish friends urged us to visit the Istanbul Modern, where we saw splendid work of regional … Continue reading

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Fitting the data to your theory  

In the 19th century scientists thought personality was a function of the brain’s landscape. Today psychologists scan images of the brain, looking for areas that map feelings and sensations, trying to draw linkages between thoughts with the physicality of the … Continue reading

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Something about Jersey

When we travel my husband and I like to pick out the accents and guess homelands of strangers. We can ferret out Dutch in a snap (we’ve both spent time in Holland) and Brits and Aussies are easy to identify. … Continue reading

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Clearspeak

Most folks shake their heads and slowly walk away when I begin complaining about poor writing. Folks agree, but shrug their shoulders. Not worth their time. My Old School ways are woven through my core, thanks to feisty newsmen and … Continue reading

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Part 2: Packing values into value

The card on the snack bar announced our local grocery store’s campaign to link values with value. So I tried to untangle the meanings beneath value and values. Value means you get your dollar’s worth. But what do values mean … Continue reading

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Part I: Packing values into value

Our local grocery store has launched a strategy to link values with value. Usually when you hear a store talk about value the idea is that you get your dollar’s worth. In this case, the grocery store is an upscale … Continue reading

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When dinners were frozen

When did we get caught in the foodie era? Maybe it’s the Portlandia culture but somewhere along the cooking path, I took a turn to foodiedom. My friends and family adore Bittman and Pollan, Kasper and Katzen. Weekends are highlighted … Continue reading

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Synecdoche Moms

Remember the Mom Jeans fauxmercial on Saturday Night Live? In case you missed it, the clip shows a clutch of women wearing elastic-waisted blue jeans necessary for the woman who needs some give in her tummy and derriere. The poochy … Continue reading

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Pie Five Days

We started a new tradition in November. I call it Pie Five Days. My symbol for Pie Five Days is an open hand: the symbol Osages use to adorn clothing and blankets, and the same symbol school children use to … Continue reading

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