Author Archives: Brenda

Sling Dog

I broke my arm last week. I was rising from sitting on a curb in Palo Alto with one of my oldest and dearest friends, Jeff Schwamberger, preparing for a hike and full of awesome Mexican food When I tried … Continue reading

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Hyacinths in January

1.31.15 In “The News from Lake Woebegone” last night Garrison Keillor is complaining about the lack of a cold winter in Minnesota because it is diluting Minnesota’s claim to uniqueness as an extremely cold place. Garrison Keillor is a progressive. … Continue reading

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Here are some of my references for the genetics touched upon in my talk at QGCon last week (Oct. 25). Biesecker, Leslie G. and Nancy B. Spinner. “A genomic view of mosaicism and human disease.” Nature Reviews Genetics 14, 307-320 … Continue reading

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Isis is a name of the Goddess

I’ve been taken by the sensitivity of the Obama administration in using the term “ISIL” to refer to the gang that currently calls themselves the Islamic State. ISIL is an older name for them, back when they were the Islamic … Continue reading

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Going Home by Greyhound

On a bright January day I was making my way home from a doctor’s appointment. I’d had to fast the day before, so I decided to stop at a ratty-assed coffee shop and treat myself to a greasy breakfast. I … Continue reading

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Red Rock

When I was a junior in high school I traveled to the Grand Canyon by car with my mother and father and grandmother. It was a typical drive-by vacation for those days. I do remember that my grandmother found a … Continue reading

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Hard Lessons

Lessons that are hard to learn, not hard to understand. “Bodies age,” my mom used to say. “Things wear out.” This was how she saw it, and I’m grateful that there was no religious crap in the middle of that … Continue reading

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Let’s Buy a President

“We can’t win.” “They’re out-raising us.” “This is it.” Every day my inbox brings me messages from people with names followed by “Obama for America” or “Move On” or any of a dozen others delivering the dire news that we … Continue reading

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Wind Coming

Many decades ago I visited a park called Lake Hope in southern Ohio. It became one of my favorite places on Earth; I would like some of my ashes to be scattered there. The WPA-era lodge was built into a … Continue reading

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Granville Island

There’s an impressionistic wash of rain on Granville Island. I’m strolling around the place, getting my bearings, sniffing the air. In the foreground, houseboats form undulating row-houses in bright pastels. Beyond dull metal arches of bridge, almost-postmodern buildings of glass … Continue reading

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