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I’ve had the same checking and savings accounts since I was sixteen. I’m 40 years old, and I’m on my fourth car. I would have kept my last one (I had it 12 years) except I had three children in less than two years, and needed something a little bigger than a compact sports sedan. When something breaks, I get really resentful that I have to go out and replace it. In other words, I’m a creature of habit.

When I wrote this and then this and this happened, people asked me if I had a blog and encouraged me to write more. A few angry people hatched conspiracy theories about me, accusing me of either not being real, not ever being against vaccinating my children, or of having “ties” to the pharmaceutical industry, because apparently my husband shares a surname with people who work in the medical field. This was news to me, but that’s how things go. What they’d never be able to discover online is that my grandfather is a retired MIT-trained chemist, his father was a chemist, my great-uncle was a veterinarian, and one of his daughters is a doctor. I was also (briefly) a biology major. However, I have no “ties” to any pharmaceutical companies and was not paid to write my story. What I do have is a deep and abiding interest in figuring out how the world works.

People started looking for me on social media, leaving both supportive and menacing messages, and some less savory folks spent lord knows how much time and energy snooping around my friends list to concoct their theories. So I had to turn my Facebook account into Ft. Knox.

But I still want to engage out loud with my thoughts. I still have an insatiable curiosity about the world, how it works, and the people in it. The existence of this blog is a reminder to me that I have been asking these questions for a long time: Why do people believe what they believe? Where have we been? Where are we going? How can we make the world a better place? Which problems can we solve?

Despite being an unpolished reflection of my jumbled thoughts and ideas from over a decade ago, I don’t want to abandon this blog to start another. Rather, I think I want to revive it to continue thinking out loud, documenting my evolution as a searcher, mother, perpetual student, teacher, and maybe eventually, writer.

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