Empathy in Action – The start of a Conversation

Note: I wrote this essay at the end of May shortly after George Floyd was murdered.  Since then, I have immersed myself in as much anti-racist thinking as I can.  I'm raising two young children so it is challenging to find time to think and write and learn.  But really, it is my children that…

Llamas and old journals

There was an article in the NY Times recently about how llamas have extra antibodies and, in one study, those antibodies have proven to be successful at defeating COVID-19.   Apparently llamas are superheros in the world of antibodies.  They have two different types of antibodies (where humans only have one).  They have a regular antibody…

Ignorance – Part 1

"Beware.  Ignorance protects itself. Ignorance promotes suspicion.  Suspicion engenders fear. Fear quails, irrational and blind.  Or fear looms, defiant and closed.  Blind, closed, suspicious, afraid.  Ignorance protects itself.  And protected, ignorance grows." -Octavia E. Butler, from Parable of Talents There is an unwillingness to recognize ignorance.  An unwillingness to admit it.  To accept it.  It…