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This afternoon, as I was busy working with graduate students and my daughter was napping at daycare, an email from AGU reminded me to renew my membership for next year. AGU is one of my two main societies and early renewal gives you a discount on electronic access to their articles, so I dutifully headed…

Have you ever bought an album and discovered a song so dark, so sad that it makes you physically uncomfortable to listen to it? What do you do then? Can you stand to hear it or do you skip the track in favor of something a little lighter? For me, the songs that twist my…

Sheril, Isis, Alice,Zuska and many others have introduced you to the Silence Is the Enemy project, aimed at condemning and reducing sexual violence in places like Liberia, Congo, Darfur and other conflict ridden places in the world. In Liberia, for example, as many as 3/4 of the women have been raped, often repeatedly. And 28%…

For the past few years, I have been horrified by Nicholas Kristof’s posts about violence against children in various crisis zones around the globe – and I have been captivated by his stories of choosing to engage as a human being with such distress and pain rather than a so-called “impartial” or “objective” journalist. In…

I know this is an “old” story (last Friday) but I cannot express how appalled I was when I found out that stampeding Walmart shoppers on Long Island actually killed the Walmart employee who was opening the doors for Black Friday. Black Friday indeed. A person was killed so all those shoppers could get slightly…

Anni is getting a new liver…

Remember my friend Moreena, and her kids Anni and Frankie? It’s Moreena’s birthday. And Anni is getting a new liver today. As she put it, Please please please keep her safe. Please please please send peace to this donor family. Please please do. I’m not a prayer, but I’m praying. We’re waiting to hear. Update…

Please hope for Annika

My small friend Annika is in the PICU in Chicago, on a ventilator and delirious. Anni is 7, and has already had two liver transplants. The current visit is particularly scary ’cause they can’t work out what is wrong with her. More info from her mom’s blog is here. If you are the praying sort,…

My small friend Anni, on the left wearing the crown in this Christmas photo (with her sister Frankie) is 7. She is waiting for her third liver transplant. Last week, she was taken from our town to Chicago in an ambulance because of a particularly heavy bleed, and although the bleeding has now slowed, her…

Shock

I just got back home after driving from West Lafayette. I heard on the radio about YET ANOTHER HORRENDOUS SHOOTING on a university campus.