The invention of the laser can be dated to 1958 with the publication of the scientific paper “Infrared and Optical Masers” by Arthur L. Schawlow, then a Bell Labs researcher, and Charles H. Townes, then a consultant to Bell Labs. That paper, published in Physical Review, a journal of the American Physical Society, opened the door to a … More In Memoriam: Charles Hard Townes, Inventor of the “Maser” – 1915-2015
Image Credit: “Old Newsie” Photo – CallingExtra.com by Kristina Romero Recently I received this cry of outrage and a request for clarity from a fellow book lover and avid reader of magazines and newspapers who is dismayed at the state of English usage in the media. A summary of her complaint, and my thoughts, follow. Comments are welcome. QUESTION Hi, … More Q&A #2: Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Press clueless as to “whom” should take over . . .
Reposted from The Patient Path January 16, 2015 Photo Credit: “Serenity” by Cheri Lucas Rowlands, WordPress Staff Member Mid-January already! So much to write, so much not written. But I am being patient on the path as I sort through my list and take my to-dos all the way to dones. While I gather my thoughts, I thought … More Serenity . . . & Author Elizabeth Gilbert
Photo Credit: Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, & Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday, 1940. Today I received this cry for help from a fellow writer and editor who is so conscientious that he did his research before knocking on my virtual door this morning. A summary of his plight, and my opinion, follow (with his permission). Comments are … More Q&A #1: Pride or Preference – Is It OK to Lowercase a proper name on Request?
“I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to [me] what it concedes to the butterflies!” Charles Dickens, Bleak House. If you’re not familiar with Bleak House, which is one of the most complex—and one of the most rewarding—of Dickens’ novels, perhaps you’ve heard this quotation in Butterflies Are Free, a 1972 film (based … More Illness Is Not Identity: Butterflies Are Free
Final lessons from a pretty, but fragile, aqua bulb lamp Reposted from The Patient Path March 19, 2014 The Patient Path . . . Yields Illumination Last weekend, I got the call from Pier 1 that my “new new” lamp was finally in. I had broken the “old new” lamp 10 days before while making the … More Update: You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained
The Golden Book…A True Treasure The Silver Pen Pin…A Lovely Gift As you recover from a serious illness, all things therapeutic become achingly important. One of the most vital is reconnecting with who you feel yourself to be, beyond the reaches of cells gone bad. Reposted from The Patient Path March 14, 2014 The question of identity … More Reading & Writing as Therapy
Lessons from a pretty, but fragile, aqua bulb lamp Reposted from The Patient Path March 6, 2014 Shattered Glass & Fragmented Spirits Part of my personal treatment plan is to sort through all of my possessions—mounds of them, many of them paper records and memorabilia—and consolidate and clear out as much as possible. This is excruciatingly difficult. … More You Can’t Unbreak Glass…but the Fragments Can Be Contained
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An aspiring author meets an expert, beloved one at Bouchercon 2013 in Albany. They are permanently linked through a beautiful blue necklace. . . . Part 1 Is Here Originally Posted on the Mystery/Crime Blog Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room. In Part 1, we left off where my friend Pat said, … More Bouchercon 2013 Author Encounter: “Anne Perry’s Necklace,” Part 2