Illusion of Science Nelkin's thought-provoking essay maintains
a fairly moderate and reasonable tone throughout, though a certain
note of bitterness is detectable at times, particularly in her
relating of the descriptions given to female scientists by the
The New Kid:
The Karate Kid My hair closely cropped to my scalp gave
my oversized ears ample room to meander freely on the sides of
my head; they just loved the open space, frolicking in the breeze.
of Events "Just because the dog detected something
with your car does not mean you are in trouble."
the Wall Came Tumbling Down Going through Check Point Charlie was
no joke, but after that day, I started questioning if I would
ever return or if I would be a charred silhouette in someone
else's mind in the future.
My Candle The areas we traveled to included the
Lower and Upper 9th Wards: the areas hit hardest by Hurricane
Katrina. Houses were still gutted, FEMA trailers were abandoned,
and the foundations of where houses once stood were scattered
in various lots.
Porcelain Guardian I was touched and honored, but with the
mention of the word china, my mind drifted back to the memory
of the porcelain cat, which always held guard at the foot of
in the Dream He was giving the words a new meaning.
He was using them to provoke change. He was speaking to me with
his mighty voice through the speakers.
wit' My Momma The truck sounded like a death rattle,
but who knew death could make someone feel excited to hear it