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You Probably Can’t Read This, But…

When I’m watching a slide presentation, no matter how distracted I am, there is one phrase that will always snap me to attention: “You probably can’t read this, but…” I put this in a category with such phrases as, “This…

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This is a comic with two panels. The top panel is labeled "Freshman Year," and it shows 4 students looking happy, perky, and overeager. The second panel is labeled "Senior Year," and it has 4 students looking weary, jaded, and unimpressed. The first student, a female, is labeled as "Wants to be school president" as a freshman and "President of the Squirrel Appreciation Society" as a senior. The second student, a male, is labeled "Wants to run a marathon as a freshman and "Signed up for a 5K...overslept" as a senior. Student 3, a female, is labeled "Wants to make PBK" as a freshman and "Makes PBJ for lunch every day" as a senior. Student 4, a male, is labeled "Wants to date 15 different girls" as a freshman and "Put on 15 different pounds" as a senior.

Comic Relief

Despite having an education and career that are strongly rooted in science, art has been a consistent thread in my life. I can’t remember an era when I wasn’t creating something…finger painting in preschool, cross-stitching in grade school, picking up…

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Child's drawing of construction worker, with text "This is me. When I grow up I want to be a construction worker because I want to build houses."

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

My younger son, a kindergartener, recently had an assignment where he had to write one sentence about what he wanted to be when he grew up. “A construction worker,” he told me. And then, after a pause, “Would I have…

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