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Microbiology Retreat

A Cryptococcus fungus from pigeons and eucalyptus and all in between, breathed in, may overwhelm your brain, Deepa showed us with little green dots, in Pere Marquette Lodge, where once the Illini and their Piasa bird passed through the seasons … Continue reading

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Flying across Michigan before dawn

Crossroads glow below me. The dark sky is bluing; dawn oranges behind me. Michigan is flat, but not so flat as those Flanders photographs my grandfather took from a German balloon in the winter of 1916. Should we keep the … Continue reading

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For Nancy Kays

If you are dying, you need to breathe in, and breathe out, And squeeze your daughter’s hand. … If you are dying, you need to breathe in, and breathe out, And squeeze your son’s hand. Continue reading

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Who writes poetry? We do!

When I was in 8th grade at Henrietta Barnett Grammar School for Girls in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London back in 1965, our Latin teacher, Miss Hickling, if I remember right, told us we could do no better than to memorize poetry, in Latin, in English, in French, but memorized. … Janet, Linda, Mickey and I were young and compliant enough to just make this another competition, and learned poetry, Shakespeare, Blake, Milton, Marvel, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and many others, chanting them singsong like with no clue as to most of their meanings. Continue reading

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