Did you miss me?

Wow, it seems like ages since I had a chance to sit down and spend some quality time with my blog. Just to explain: I’ve been working on a very complicated and high-profile project at my office, involving transferring both our American and (eventually) our European labs to a brand new computer system. The development has been a long and… Read more


I’m sorry that there hasn’t been much new to read here in a while. I’m battling The Cold of the Century, dealing with consultants and emissaries from The Corporate Office and trying to get ready for a 2-week business trip to Europe, so I am behind in my reading and my reviewing. In the next few weeks, you can look… Read more


My blog isn’t a political place, but I’m really excited about the upcoming election. I haven’t been able to volunteer as much as I have in the past because of my crazy travel schedule, and that schedule is keeping me home from the big event today: a rally in Cleveland with Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Bruce Springsteen. As much… Read more

Tony Hillerman

Sad, sad news today. Tony Hillerman, author of a number of mystery novels set in the American Southwest, died Sunday at the age of 83. I’m a big fan of mystery and detective novels and I have read a number of the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee books. There are few authors who were as skilled at bringing a region to life… Read more

Review: Arsenic Soup for Lovers: When Chicken Soup Won’t Work by Georgia Z. Post

When Georgia Post says short stories, she means it. None of the 25 stories in this volume are more than about 2 pages long. They are all on the same theme: marriage or the lack thereof. There are wives who want to hang on to their husbands, husbands cheating on their wives, widows who want desperately to be remarried and… Read more

Review: Descartes’ Bones by Russell Shorto

In 1666, sixteen years after his death, the bones of Rene Descartes were dug up in the middle of the night and transported from Sweden to France under the watchful eye of the French ambassador. This was only the beginning of the journey for Descartes’ bones, which, over the next 350 years, were fought over, stolen, sold, revered as relics,… Read more