Secretions

I currently prove multiple times a day that I am a mammal. I’m feeding a living being through my secretions. That’s a weird thing for an animal to do–to take food and not just mush it up for our offspring, but to digest it and then create an entirely new substance that is enough for…

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Writing about Listening

I watched Magic Mike a few weeks ago, and found the film rather depressing. In part, because for most of the movie, none of the characters actually listen to what anyone else is saying. This is common, because listening is a hard skill. Most of us spend our time thinking about what we’re going to…

“And Then What Happened?”

I always loved The Little Prince. My favorite part was when the author explains how adults always mistook his drawing of an elephant being swallowed by a boa constrictor for a drawing of a hat. I identified with adults not understanding me. And in the end, he finds someone who understands his drawing. Or Harry…

Not the Paper Towels You’re Looking For

I love visiting bathrooms with automatic paper towel machines, where you just wave your hand at the machine. Hey, I’m a Jedi! (At least for the moment.) With all the travel I’ve been doing, I’ve really been honing my skill at appreciating the little things in life. I travel up to three weeks a month,…

Superpower Evolution

While going through papers recently, I found a number of my old IDs. This allowed me to provide proof of the superpower I discussed in last week’s post. For those of y’all who haven’t read it yet (And why not?), my superpower is that I look good in all of my ID photos. And here’s…

Superpowers

I’ve been thinking recently about careers and jobs, and how we choose what we want to do to make money. If life were like a comic book, it would be easy: “My ability to shoot sonar from my elbows, combined with the alien doohickey that I found under some old newspapers, obviously lead me to…

Thoughts on my Kindle

I recently bought a Kindle. More than once, as I’ve been excitedly showing off my new toy to friends, they’ve said “well, I just really love books, so I’m not interested in this.” Or even a more extreme version–that they’ll only be dragged into using this new technology kicking and screaming. If I point out…

Girl Genius Day!

I bought myself a Kindle last month. I love it. I don’t have to cart around the books that I finished on the plane the first day of a business trip, it’s pretty intuitive to use, and is easy on the eyes, since it’s not backlit. It weighs more than a mass market paperback, but…