My younger daughter is very interested in both medicine and robotics. So she and I were both very interested in a segment on the PBS NewsHour a few weeks ago about advances being made at Johns Hopkins University in developing a new generation in prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by the user’s mind.
When my daughters were four and two years old, I started reading The Hobbit with them each night. At first, I would read them just a paragraph each evening before they went to bed. Later, their attention spans (and appetites for the story) grew and I’d read a chapter or more. By the time we reached the end of the book, my older daughter and I were trading reading each page and the younger daughter was taking turns reading bits, too. I treasured those nights then, and I treasure the memory now.
I am the father of two girls. I am also the graduate of a college that only educated men when I attended it. Having seen first-hand the issues associated with a campus on which high levels of testosterone were missing the moderating influence of women, I was not especially in favor of the idea when each of my daughters announced that she wanted to attend a single-sex school for middle and high schools.
Welcome to October – a new month. I love the fact that we get a “fresh start” twelve times each year. Today is a day of beginnings. The biggest one for me is that today I am starting the year after my year with cancer. It was early in October 2013 that I got my initial diagnosis, so early October marks the end of that year and beginning of a new, different one.
This week, my wife and I took a quick trip up to Seattle to visit family. While we were there, I got a call from my Mom needing some help on how to set up her email on her new iPhone. It was a fun conversation, and any excuse for talking with my Mom is a good excuse.
History has always had a strong place in my life. My father was a professor of American History as I was growing up, so family trips usually included stops at many roadside historical markers – where we kids received an impromptu lesson on whatever happened at that location. But beyond that tutoring as a child, I’ve maintained a great interest in US history – especially the colonial era through the War Between the States (nothing “civil” about that war) and from WWI through the depression, WWII and up to the present.