Friday, January 23, 2015

Kitchen is the Key to the Lab

I think working in the kitchen is as close as some of us get that miss the lab. I know a friend who was a chemist and loves to cook. Most chemists that I know, both male and female, are fabulous cooks and love trying out recipes. This is a great cake to snack on while reading Reflections & Connections: Personal Journeys Through the Life Sciences as the cake lasts. The ground almonds in the cake are the secret to its fabulous taste, something special to go with a most special book.

Are you a retired scientist or someone who once enjoyed working in a lab? Then get into the kitchen and make something special and download a copy of the book. Enjoy your food creation while reading your favorite chapters from the plant sciences to health care in this special series.

Valentine's Day is coming up, get a copy for your special Valentine at the most reasonable price of an Ebook that I know of, $3.99 for more than 1300 pages, can you beat that?

Enjoy the World's Best Banana cake. Wonder what secrets lie between the words in "Reflections" or maybe the secrets are more in the "Connections" portion of the book? There are plenty of secrets in my kitchen, have you tried heavenly pineapple, lemon, angel food cake yet? I guess that is another secret story to be revealed! My cooking blog is -- come over and tell me about your favorite chapter in "Reflections" and share your secrets!

The "Kitchen is the Key to the Lab" phrase was told to me by my adviser of years ago. I took it most seriously!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Go Buckeyes!

Greatest books by OSU authors at and #OREvsOSU #STEM #lifesciences #success #jobs #GoBucks

Friday, January 9, 2015

GO BUCKS, Two authors/editors of book, Reflections, taught at THE Ohio State University

Did you know that two of the authors of "Reflections & Connections: Personal Journeys Through the Life Sciences," taught at THE Ohio State University? One is a veterinarian and the other a plant biotechnologist, both from the Department of Microbiology at The Ohio State University. After 46 years when we met to celebrate the publication of the paperback copy, I heard one OSU prof say to his former student of long ago, "When you come to a football game, park at my house." Wow, was I jealous. It seems like such a little thing, but means so much. I overheard it. How wonderful, just knowing where your long time professor lives, he invites you to park at his house instead of the very crowded stadium parking. We might get back home to Cleveland or visit friends in Columbus for an extra hour that we usually spend walking to our car and trying to leave the area -- the tailgate parties are incredible, hard to walk by them before or after the game. I always wanted to have a tailgate party, but WOW, do they pack much in their cars! The profs who invited me to their homes turned out to be true friends, real people, but not everyone feels comfortable having persons at their home, especially students.

In any case it shows the spirit of THE Ohio State University, the interest of alumni in attending games, and the dedication of the faculty in sharing their home. Pretty special I think. I admire that professor very much -- here is the secret, he is the veterinarian editor/author of the series. He is responsible for Volume 2 and if you want to know his name or his fascinating story, check out the Ebook (bargain at $3.99 which includes both volumes) or buy the paperback copy of Volume 2. I promise that you will not put his chapter down until you finish it and will wish it had continued. Wow, is he a great writer. By the way, he has other books on The professor used Dragon in working on the book, chose the persons included in Volume 2 (all but one), advised them on writing, sent chapters back to be re-edited, yet does not use the term "MENTORING," the term is NOT in his vocabulary as I quickly realized when speaking to him, but he knows what it means to help students. It was the life of his work to help.

The idea of Reflections had been in his head for more years than most of us live. Who has not thought of such a work? Many of us have similar ideas at the same time, but not everyone has the will to do this at age 87, or get a network of former students together. I am 66 and it almost all stopped for me this past Dec 5 per an anatomical fluke and carrying to many Christmas packages to the post office. The professor I am blogging about lost his wife in 2010, the year my husband had a coma and was paralyzed, and my Mom living with us had seizures. It was a tough year for many. If I make it to age 87, I will think of this prof and my mother who made it to 94 1/2 with all faculties until the last moment when she left us to Brahm's Lullaby. At the moment, I feel lucky if I make it through the day, but am so happy, the happiness compensates for the unknown ahead of me, the aches and pains I was lucky to never have, and the feeling of aging I continue to be blessed not to have, although my 5 miles per day of walking is now limited to 1 mile, which I hate to say takes the same amount of time. An elderly lady said to me at the track yesterday, "I am so glad YOU are here as I am no longer the slowest on this track, you are!" This is good for me, to be the slowest, to feel how it feels to struggle with basics everyday and make it look as if all is O.K. with the world. Just being here and seeing the beautiful colors and bright white snow is wonderful.

We used to attend every game for which we got tickets in the alumni lottery for many years, over 30 years, until 2010 when we could not attend. However, I told my husband at the time, if he makes a guick recovery there might still be a chance. There was not, but I know it helped him. The President of the OSU Alumni Association for Cleveland lived on our street and we had the best pool for OSU tickets one can imagine. If we got a ticket to a game while the weather was still good, not yet cold in Columbus, we might consider going again, but we run multiple TV'a and never miss a game.

Reflections & Connections includes snapshots of some of us who attended OSU. It was our advisers of 40+ years that got us together. Per my own adviser, I was his first graduate student, making me his oldest in that department.

If you are interested in scientists in almost any area from plants to animals to medicine, check out theEebook copy of Reflections & Connections: Personal Journeys Through the Life Sciences and tell us what you think of the book on this blog, good or bad, we would love to hear from you.

Look for our tweets to #GoBucks for Monday's championship game, GO BUCKs!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


I wrote early on that the book would become a classic and it looks like it is on its way. The stats of this morning are as follows on for the ebook version, an incredible bargain at $3.99 for more than 1300 total pages of chapters written by scientists about their life experience:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

#75 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Science > Biological Sciences > Biotechnology

#84 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Biological Sciences > Biotechnology

Keep an eye on this book, it will see much action, and keep one reading for a very long time! However, it need not be read cover to cover, one can pick out chapters of interest and contact the authors -- check the back of the book for contact information. I am sure they will respond to your questions and/or inquiries!

Saturday, December 27, 2014



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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Secrets to Success in STEM

Today is Thanksgiving and we are approaching the holidays, Hanukah, Christmas, and Quanza.

If you know a student that has an interest in the life sciences, but not yet sure which subject area, you might wish to skim the comprehensive Ebook, Reflections & Connections: Personal Journeys Through the Life Sciences. I am a librarian having spent over 20 years in medical settings and have yet to see a book exactly like this one. The title is a popular one, but the contents are not. There are two books that I suggested the lead for the project on "Reflections" look at before starting. I also keep pushing the importance of getting a marketing toolbox together as a hammer alone will not allow this incredible work to REACH those who have a need to know.

If you like books with detailed biographies of real people solving real world problems, read the FREE "LookInside" section of the book on its page.

If size impresses, check out the paperback 2 volume set that will keep one reading for many days.

If you are a school counselor or involved in career services at the college level, get this book on your shelf, as science is no longer "One size fits all," but a complex, collaborative, interactive network.

"Try IT, you may like IT."