Archive for November, 2017

Is it Winter Yet?

Not where I live.

So, I’m heading to NYC in a few days to see if I can find some winter. I know I’ll find winter scenes, like these, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Winter on 5th Avenue, Alfred Stieglitz

Central Park, the Lake in Winter, Emil Orlik

I’m getting chilly just preparing this blog. More when I’m back!


Here’s a throwback to Thanksgiving, circa 1950. That’s my Uncle Al at the head of the table; apparently I was at the foot, taking the photo.

We were at the New Hampshire home of Uncle Al and Aunt Teresa (near right).

Sadly, only one person (besides the photographer!)  is still with us — my wonderful cousin Gloria, third on the left. She calls herself “The Other Gloria” referring to the fictional Gloria Lamerino of the Periodic Table Mysteries, who’s named after her.

A long-ago family gathering

I wish you and all of your families a very nice Thanksgiving Day.

Periodic Stories

Last week I uploaded the 12th entry in the Periodic Table Mysteries: The Magnesium Murder, a novella.

In THE MAGNESIUM MURDER, freelance embalmer Anastasia Brent is called to help solve the murder of a bride-to-be. Mortician Frank Galigani of Revere Massachusetts makes a brief appearance! Now available in digital form at:

Here’s a link to the latest 4 stories in the series (following 8 novels, from Hydrogen to Oxygen).

Science in the news

November 9 – a great day in science?

Well, not earth shattering, but notable.

Element 110 was born on 11/9/1994: DARMSTADTIUM, detected in Darmstadt, Germany, and named in 2003. Symbol Ds.

Perhaps more exciting, it’s the anniversary of Carl Sagan’s birth in 1934. Have some cake.

Quote of the week, from Sagan:

“We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”

(Let’s think about that for a minute.)

Great Women in Science

I’m preparing for a class on Saturday, November 4 — “Great Women in Science.”*

Where to start? If I had time, I’d pop in a video of the movie “Hidden Figures” and go from there. Or maybe I’d hand out copies of my screenplay on Marie Curie’s life. (Digression – options are available if anyone has a production company. (smile))


My challenge is to choose 8 or 10, to fit into a 3-hour discussion that will include such exciting information as Percent of Physics Masters and Doctorates Earned by Women.

I think I’ll start with an actress: Hedy Lamar. Lamarr was also an engineer, with a patent on technology that’s the foundation for today’s advanced wireless networks.

She set a high bar for herself:  Jack Kennedy always said to me, Hedy, get involved. That’s the secret of life. Try everything. Join everything. Meet everybody.

Who’s your favorite woman scientist? Send me your vote before Saturday morning and I’ll add to my class.

*Details on my website . If you’re in the SF Bay Area, stop by!