Archive for March 2016

Do you have cooking in your blood? A chance encounter with genetics

Here’s what I learned today while having my blood drawn. My phlebotomist wasn’t planning to talk to me I don’t think. All business. Getting out vials and needles and such. No eye contact. “Spell your last name for me.” I did. “What is your birthdate?” Done. That’s what I thought until I looked at her... Read more »

Brussels: Our old fears and our children's new ones

When baby-boomers like me were growing up, we knew that there was danger in the world, kind of. We knew about the Russians, our sworn enemies. We knew about fallout shelters. We knew that they’d won the space race and that we’d better get good at math and science so we could catch up. We... Read more »

St. Patrick’s Day: A day to ponder where we came from and why

I’ve got bigger ideas in mind this St. Patrick’s Day than green beer and Irish dancers. It’s got me thinking about how we all got here into this grand but troubled country, and how the rifts between us continue. I guess I’m Irish, but not in a South-Side-Irish way of clans that live in the... Read more »

What I learned at the estate sale: Some endings come at the right time

The signs went up overnight: ESTATE SALE. By the time I went out for my morning walk, cars were everywhere down the street and around the block, surrounding the severe Mid-century modern house, all concrete and corners. It was sidewalk-colored, and looked like it should have a loading dock. From the outside, it looked like... Read more »