On-the-Edge Living

Don't Assume Nothing (Part 2)

“My life is going exactly as planned,” a high school friend told me once when we were hanging out a few years after we’d both graduated from college.  She’d married by her mid-twenties.  A great guy, someone perfect for her.  Her first child would be arriving shortly. When I looked in the mirror when I ...continue reading

Don't Assume Nothing (Part 1)

“Don’t assume nothing.” That was a statement I learned at a relatively young age when I took flying lessons for a couple of years in high school. Instructors used it with student pilots during preflight checks. Their point? Don’t do the preflight from memory. Always use the checklist. Always. No exceptions. For them, it was ...continue reading

What a Physics Class Taught Me

Spring semester, senior year.  As a physics major, I needed one more physics course, intermediate lab, to graduate.  I knew my favorite professor taught it, and I knew it would be a great semester because of him.  More so than Dr. Meyer*.  When I’d taken a class then named Mathematics for Scientists, Dr. Meyer had ...continue reading

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Note: Advent, of course, is over now, but this miniseries wouldn’t be complete without one last post. January is my hardest month. Sure, the days are starting to get longer, but the difference in when the sun sets is so miniscule that it’s hard to notice. In the morning, it’s almost like the sun struggles ...continue reading