I’m busy. Also, a Poem about Cancer.

On Tuesdays, I normally write a post about evolution or science.  Unfortunately,  I’m swamped this week.  My in-laws, parents, and sister are all visiting for my graduation from UMD.  Consequently, my wife and I are cranking out lab-work right now so we can actually spend time with our families later.  So no new post this week.  I’ll pick it up again next week when I critique of my own recent paper in BMC Evolutionary Biology. Continue reading


Judy Wexler: World’s Record Holder for Human-Powered Flight

This is a photo of Judy Wexler, a researcher with our cichlid genetics lab at UMD and an accomplished cyclist.  She is now the world’s record holder for pilot of a human-powered helicopter.  She is also the first female human-powered helicopter pilot.  Congratulations Judy! Continue reading


Book Review: The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene

On Monday I finished reading Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory.  It is Graham’s masterpiece, the story of a nameless priest that is hunted by socialist “red shirts” after Catholicism is outlawed in Mexico during the 1930s. Continue reading


Evolution Education: Zack Kopplin is my Hero

Louisiana does not have the best relationship with evolution — I should know;  I grew up there.  In fact, a challenge to Louisiana’s equal-time law for “evolution-science” and “creation-science” led to the seminal 1987 US Supreme Court decision that “creation science” is not science but religious dogma, and therefore could not be taught in public classrooms. Continue reading


Caturday: Laundry Day

Caturday is Laundry day.

Frank the Cat always helps.

Especially with the whites.

Thanks, Frank.


Book Review: The Barracks Thief, by Tobias Wolff

On Saturday I finished reading The Barracks Thief by Tobias Wolff.  The Barracks Thief is Wolff’s first novel/novella, published in 1984.  In 1985, it was award the PEN/Faulkner Award for the year’s best fiction.

I’ve been reading a lot of first novels lately as I edit and rewrite my own.  These “firsts” are usually short, sweet, and rough around the edges.  The Barracks Thief is no exception. Continue reading