Tag Archives: Biology

The Tree of Life

The slide showed a dirt road enveloped in a misty shroud. At the side of the road a beautiful red flower with a yellow lip stood out against the wet green blades of grass. Pebbles glistened. “What is it?” I … Continue reading

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The Boy from the Center of the Universe

I met the new graduate student in the stairwell, where I was talking with a professor. He raced up the staircase to learn he had just missed her class. I was taken by his ease with her, his obvious familiarity … Continue reading

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To Bee

To support myself during the summers of graduate school I worked as a research assistant to my adviser. He had made quite a name for himself by applying economic models to biological systems. The summer’s question: to risk or not … Continue reading

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Moth Genitalia II.

I had a friend, Adrienne, who seemed as delicate as the butterflies she studied. Some beings keep their secrets well hidden. Adrienne and I both studied leps—Lepidoptera—she, butterflies, and I, moths. Through the microscope we examined wings, heads, legs, and … Continue reading

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Moth Genitalia I.

People give me gifts with insect motifs. Just because I once worked with insects doesn’t mean I identify with them. Never mind that I wrote a novel in which the main character, somewhat reminiscent of myself, is a mayfly. As … Continue reading

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