Summer Siesta

Not actually me, but pretty much how I feel.
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You know that level of exhaustion where you walk into a room, stand there for five minutes, and realize you don’t know why you’re there? Where it takes three times as long as normal to make earth-shaking decisions like “Do I want black tea or green tea this morning?” Where the idea of trying to concentrate on a cognitive task is so overwhelming, you just want to cry? Yeah… That’s me. I haven’t been this tired since grad school. And when literally all of the work I do depends on my over-extended brain, that’s a problem. This month, I’m taking some...

10 Reasons Arctic Foxes Are the Coolest

If you’ve been here before, you probably know I love domesticated foxes (enough to write a book about them), but arctic foxes will always have a special place in my heart. One reason is that I spent 6 years studying them (and wolves) for my PhD. The other reason is that arctic foxes are COOL. Here’s why.     1) Look at that little face! Notice how the nose and ears are stubby compared to other foxes. Those are adaptations that help keep the heat in during a frigid arctic winter. 2) Arctic foxes also have fur on their...

How The Princess Bride Landed Me a Husband

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Tech Support and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary last week, which is actually a bigger accomplishment than it sounds like because we dated for 13 years before tying the knot. We wanted to be really, really sure. 😛 We already knew each other from work – Hole’s Greenhouses and Gardens, my first teenager job that wasn’t babysitting – but we might never have gotten together if not for The Princess Bride. In Which We Make a Shocking Discovery About Liz It all began the summer after I graduated high school. Kelsey, bestest friend and Sister of the Traveling Chocolate,...

More Live Action from Disney

Next on Disney’s list of “animated-classics-remade-as-live-action” is Beauty and the Beast: What do you think about this phenomenon? Are you excited about beloved stories getting new life, or do you see this as yet more evidence that there are “no new ideas” in Hollywood? Is this an innovation or a crash cash grab?

The Case of the Totally False Fingerprinting Propaganda


Deadlines are swarming like a school of sharks in search of blood, so I hope you’ll forgive me for recycling some blog content. I wrote this a year ago to celebrate the release of my second kid’s book on forensic science. By this time next year, my third and fourth books on forensics will have hit the shelves. In the meantime, enjoy! The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century was responsible for more than just technological breakthroughs and the novels of Charles Dickens. It also caused a major spike in crime rates, as people moved from the countryside into the cities...