paper writing by christmas lights

11 Dec

Taking a break from the sciences to write my bioethics paper.  I have to say, it’s kind of fun.  It’s on physician-assisted suicide and, as we found out in Italy, John and I fall on opposite sides of the argument.  Sure wish we had realized that before consuming a bottle of chianti…I might have then been a bit more articulate, rational, and less teary, though jet-lag might have contributed a little (alcohol and different time zones–looks like I’m taking zero responsibility for my emotions :/).

I’ve been in communication with an executive assistant for the Master of Bioethics Program, peppering her with too many questions.  In her last response, she began, “Your messages reflect an extraordinarily kind woman.”  Clearly evidence that she does not know me well…but her comment made me so happy, a little like the Grinch at the end of the movie, with his heart “swell[ing] three sizes that day.”  Maybe making this comment public, doing away with humility, negates any meaning in it.  Forgive me.

One of John’s favorite quotes:

“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” ~ Anonymous (possibly William Penn)


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