Election 2012: The women running for Congress

This picture makes me proud to be a woman with a degree in science.


“Is it possible that Congress would get more done if there were more women in Congress?… I think it’s fair to say: That is almost guaranteed.” -President Obama

Obama isn’t the only one to think so.  Women currently in office and groups that advocate for female candidates have argued that more women in Congress could result in a focus on the protection of reproductive rights and contraception access, as well as more aggressive attempts to bring about pay equality, providing paid parental leave and create legislation that serves families better. Though the only way to find out for sure is to get more women into office.

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HashBrowns…October29 – November 2, 2012 No Seven Wonders

Small Potatoes

I was tempted to put this photo up all on its own today…without writing anything. It is one of those photographs that simply speaks without words. Her eyes say everything.

I am surrounded by children everyday. And whether they are my own, or some other mother’s, they all share one thing in common. Wonder.

A walk in the woods is a thousand questions.

A blank piece of paper is a possibility.

A bin of play sand is a far off land where one is sure to find buried treasure.

An empty cardboard box is potential.

Children wonder so they can learn. If they didn’t wonder, they wouldn’t ask questions. Without questions, there is no new knowledge gained.

This is something I have to remind myself as I am answering the question, for the umpteenth time, why water is wet. It’s hard not to just say…

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Pledging Profits from November Book Sales to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

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In response to a challenge by my friends Abigail Reynolds and Sally Smith O’Rourke, I am donating half the profits from my November book sales from any of my Indie titles to Hurricane Sandy Relief. No matter the format (print or eBook). No matter the retailer (Amazon, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Smashwords). Buy one of the following at your favorite online outlet and in your favorite format. I will donate half the profits to the Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts to aid those in the Northeast.

A Touch of Velvet (Book 2 of the Realm Series)

A Touch of Cashémere (Book 3 of the Realm Series)

A Touch of Grace (Book 4 of the Realm Series) 

The First Wives’ Club 

Honor and Hope: A Contemporary Romantica Based on Pride and Prejudice

Second Chances: The Courtship Wars

Darcy’s Passions: Fitzwilliam Darcy’s Story (Be certain it is the version  pictured…

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#108 A Review of In A Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener

Reflections of a Book Addict

One of the most awesome aspects of being a book blogger are all the awesome titles you’re introduced to by publishers, authors, and other readers.  I was recently sent a copy of In A Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener due to my interest in all things relating to the Tudor period.  Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl gets the credit for my introduction into that period of British history.  That being said, I was excited to see what Diener had in store from this fascinating time period.

Susanna Horenbout is not your normal woman in Tudor-era Europe in 1525.  She is summoned to King Henry VIII’s court to be his personal illuminator (artist who paints everyday scenes).  When she arrives from Belgium, she is met with an attempt on her life.  She narrowly escapes, and is assigned a man named John Parker to be her personal bodyguard.  He is the most…

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Political Graffiti (214): No Porn Anymore!

If you have a brain and understand why NO porn is actually a freedom and a right, and agree… feel free to say hi. Otherwise, you probably want to go meet a different kind of girl than me. 😉 Freedom for women doesn’t mean exploitation just to be loud and obnoxious and gain anyone’s attention. It includes the right to chose to act like a decent person and treat yourself with dignity and pride. 🙂 Be proud of who you are because you’ve conducted yourself in ways to be proud of!

Science Policy Around the Web – November 8, 2012

Science Policy For All

By: Jennifer Plank

Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.

As Dengue Fever Sweeps India, A Slow Response Stirs Experts’ Fears  While the Indian government will not acknowledge the magnitude of the Dengue Fever epidemic in their country, the virus spread by mosquitoes is affecting hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. In New Delhi, India’s capital, hospitals are overcrowded with patients affected with the disease. Interestingly, experts estimate that millions of people have been sickened with Dengue in 2012 while officials for the Indian government estimate that only approximately 30,000 individuals have been affected thus far in 2012. This underestimation results in insufficient policies to reduce spreading of the disease and delays in developing vaccines to prevent Dengue infection. (Gardiner Harris)

Warmer Still: Extreme Climate Predictions Appear Most Accurate– While most scientists agree that the…

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