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Archive for January, 2009

I’ve Got a Secret…

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Ssshhh…..but today was the soft launch of my 4th book, The Life Science Lawyer.  Only the people who know about it, are you, my loyal blog followers.  If you participated in the project, thanks!, and your own copy is on order.  To everyone else, please consider checking it out.

It won’t be announced to the rest of the world until the book is on Amazon, but for now, you have the exclusive.

Biscoff, take me away!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

I had to make a quick stop at the Walgreen’s prior to school this evening, and starving, I was walking down the cookie aisle when I suddenly discovered Utopia–Biscoff cookies!  

If any of you share my Biscoff cookie experience, chances are, you had them on a plane.  Every time I eat a Biscoff biscuit, I’m pretending I’m on a plane.  Today it was to somewhere…tropical and sunny!

May you have a Biscoff Day…you find a little cookie of utopia in your aisle of life, and it takes you somewhere warm or fun, even if it is only in your head!

Back to Business

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Well, this is the last night of freedom & fun before I embark on my second semester of law school.  The holiday break has been good, I caught up on some work (aka the faculty activity report and book 4′s manuscript).  Writing a reflection of my work at the university of the past year (as a teacher) I recognized a couple of things about myself:  1.  I teach best by thinking as a fellow student (a la Kierkegaard, who said, “I am not a teacher, only a fellow student.”), and 2. I am not perfect, nor ever will be.  In fact, I’m going to continue to banish the word from my vocabulary (I often call it the “other P word”).

To my students, if you are reading this, thanks for your patience with me last semester, as getting my 1L groove on while teaching was probably one of the toughest and biggest challenges of my life.  Glad we all survived. I also ask for your continued patience with me.  To my mentors (and especially my law mentors), thank you as well for inspiring me to get through the days that weren’t super fun.  Finally, to my fellow colleagues in law school, may we all get our grooves back on even better than the fall semester for spring!

Affluenza

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

As an amateur writer, I dig new words.  I’ve been reading Friedman’s new book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America, and he talks about affluenza.  I’ll link the word to wikipedia so you can read the definition if you don’t know it.  I’m trying like crazy to get through the huge book (which a friend tells me gets better).  

While I always like new words, I’m wondering…could affluenza, just like ebola or bird flu, wipe us out?

Do You…Tweet?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

I walked this morning and heard the sound of spring – birds tweeting.  That reminded me of something I’ve been thinking a lot about a lot lately, and that is: Twitter.  A friend sent me an email requesting that I be followed on Twitter.  I’m not on Twitter…yet.

Do you Tweet?  Is it great?  Is it not so great?  Yes, I guess, the old fashioned me is kicking in here…is my life interesting enough to be tweeting constantly?  I don’t know.  But if you do tweet, let me know if and how you use it and/or like it.

Off to chirp the old fashioned way…offline….

Forward v. Backward

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

No wonder I’m tired.  I’ve been feverishly working on my faculty activity report all day for 2008 (aka a performance management document).  I was really lucky to have the opportunity to do a lot last year.  But, the work (at least on the report) still isn’t finished. I’m not usually one to look back, I instead try to look forward.

Speaking of looking forward, I have my final review of edits tonight for the 4th book project!  A description is here, if you might be interested.  It should be out hopefully very soon, so all life scientists contemplating law school can get 30-plus, honest, real world opinions on those who have gone through the process themselves.  (And oh, what a process it is!)  Would everyone do both life science and law degrees all over again if they could?  Tune in and read to find out….

2009: The Year of Reality

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Happy New Year!

Here is my predicted theme for the year:  let it all be real.  What do I mean by that?  Well, for starters, I think this might be a really good year to shed and simplify.  Secondly, so many people I know are multi-talented (aka slashes, as I previously blogged about).  Be real this year!  Bear all the talents and skills you have and streamline them.  Don’t have 3 business cards anymore, consider making your life easier by having one.  Just display your talents on one side of the card, and your contact info on the other side.  So many of us have a ‘work identity’ and a ‘networking identity’ and yet another ‘personal identity’.  Now, I’m not saying go out and put all your possibly scandalous stuff on a card (that also would be TMI), but keep it real.  If you are great at something, or just passionate about it, tell people.  You never know where it might lead you!

This year, I’ve got one business card for my multiple identities.  Consider keeping it real & easy too.