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Reboot!

I’ve been writing Quiet Waters for almost two years now, and many of you have been following along from the beginning. Thank you! The comments you have left, the conversations we’ve had, and even the popularity of some posts and … Continue reading

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Understanding Zika

As a microbiologist, people have been asking me recently about the Zika virus that is receiving so much attention in the news. Sensationalized media coverage has understandably caused some fear and confusion about this latest outbreak. But I think it … Continue reading

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“Hi, how are you?”

After being introduced, I stepped onto the stage and greeted the audience. “How’s everyone doing tonight?” The auditorium was dark and the spotlights hit me square in the eyes. I knew that the place was about a third full, though … Continue reading

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What really needs to change this New Year?

This past year seems to me to have flown by. It feels like just a few weeks ago that we celebrated Christmas 2014, watched the ball drop in Times Square, and then cheered on the Oregon Ducks as they lost … Continue reading

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Christmas Perspective

If you’re anything like me, the holidays can be a stressful time: crowded malls, stretched budgets, and lots of family. Don’t get me wrong – I love my family. In fact, I bet most of us would name time with … Continue reading

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Life is Like Baseball

Life can be a lot like throwing a baseball. Seriously. A single throw of a baseball doesn’t put all that much stress and strain on your arm. A few dozen throws and you’re starting to feel it. Especially if you … Continue reading

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No one is exempt

No one is exempt A recent report identified some of the most common sources of poor mental health: criticism and conflict, family problems, stress, depression, burnout, sexual problems, and financial problems. The respondents reported that their job expectations were often … Continue reading

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The Stress Virus

The Stress Virus I am a microbiologist by training and part of my expertise is in infectious diseases. I direct a research laboratory that is trying to understand how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, making them difficult to treat, or … Continue reading

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Parenting with a 5-year plan

Parenting with a 5-year plan Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) In the 1600s, Indian Emperor Shah Jahan ordered the erection of … Continue reading

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The dangers of self-diagnosis

The dangers of self-diagnosis The Internet has arguably been the most transformative invention of the 20th century, maybe even of all human history. Never before has information flowed so freely and so rapidly around the world. When used with discernment, … Continue reading

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