Please Move on to My New Web Site

My New Web Site

I’m no longer posting on this site. I invite anyone who visits here–or who has signed up to get notices when I post here–to join me at my new, much prettier and more professional website.

Please visit me at J.A.V. Simson, which includes meditations from previous blog sites:  Being a Woman; Caring for your Body; and Spirit and Science. It will also feature essays on Travel in Unexpected Places.

See you there!


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On White Privilege and Taking Sides

This captures the horror of racism and the shame of white privilege.

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Tutu“It’s like someone getting killed during a funeral service.” – Scott Woods

I do not want to hide behind whiteness or succumb to numbness. So I am going to tell you a story — a story of white privilege. My own.

“Castile is at least the 506th person shot and killed by police so far in 2016, according to a Washington Post database that tracks such shootings.” :: read more  

These are people’s LIVES. Not hashtags, not statistics. LIVES. The insanity of sanctioned racism and murder has got to stop. This would never have gone down this way if he, Philando Castile, his girlfriend (who was HANDCUFFED while police “sorted things out” — this after she watched her boyfriend die of four gunshot wounds), and her four-year-old daughter had been white. If you don’t believe me, you are part of the problem.

A few weeks ago, I got pulled…

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Moving to a New Website

I have been persuaded to move to a new, professionally designed website, and it has turned out to be quite lovely. Please come visit the new site!


I’m excited about what the web designer has done; now I have to learn how to use the website more fluently. Most of my posts here have been moved over to the new site, and I’m putting in links where appropriate. I’ll keep any reblogged or seasonal posts on this site, and I’ll probably leave it up for at least a year.

The new site will focus more on travels and books; this is where my attention will be for the next few years. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to see a post about (travel, women’s issues, health and wellness), please let me know. I hope I have your permission to carry over your “follow” information to the new site. If not, please let me know.

Thank you for reading my ramblings for the past few years. Hope you enjoy the renewed and reinvigorated musings as much as – or more than – before.

The first blog post on the new site is about travel – solo or with a group?

I hope I have your permission to carry over your “follow” email to the new site. If not, please let me know. I still have to work on doing that.

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Quiet spring meditation in the woods

This reminded me so much of my childhood in Michigan, I just wanted to reblog it on my site. Thanks, LSS.

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New Year’s Greetings, 2016

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Looking forward to a new year in 1916, which I hope holds more promise for Peace on Earth than 2015!

For me, last year was a difficult one, and not as productive as I had hoped it would be—for many reasons, including illness, preoccupation with selling properties, getting finances in order, and too many social obligations. This year I plan to cut social obligations in half and double the amount of time spent on projects that I want and need to accomplish.

So what are the projects for the coming year? First and foremost, I intend to find a home for a book I’ve been working on for five years now. Its tentative title is Body Wisdom, Body Care, a book about how the body works, how you can best care for it, and how to interface with our increasingly complex health-care system. As a biomedical scientist who taught and did research for over three decades, I was inspired to write this book by family and friends who frequently asked me questions because they didn’t understand something about their health or their medicines or their doctor’s advice. The book is intended for laypeople who want to do the best they can to promote their own physical well-being and longevity.

Other projects on the agenda include promoting other books I’ve written. I’ve slacked off on marketing—partly because I’ve been so busy and partly because I’m not particularly good at promoting myself. But I’ve got to get over that! This will be the year I learn how to market.

Also, I’m pulling together some short fiction for a self-published book on the foibles of science and laboratories. Hope to have that out by late summer. Otherwise, there’s a lifetime of books and photos and mementos and miscellaneous literary efforts to sort through and organize, give away, or discard. That will be the hardest task, and the one I’ll probably put off the longest.

Here’s wishing everyone out there reading this a happy and fruitful year in 2016. My hopes and best wishes go with you!

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Surviving a coat hanger abortion doesn’t get you sympathy it gets you arrested

And we all thought these horror stories were in the past. This is the terrible double-bind women are in when they are fertile and sexually active. Even birth-control isn’t always effective. My heart goes out to this woman. And my anger at the authorities AND her “boyfriend” knows no bounds. See also,

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Thanks and Love to the Men who have Broken my Heart




Humans are hardwired to survive heartbreak

This blog post has been transferred to my new web site. Please come and see it here!

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On Being a Woman: Female Scientist



“Woman teaching geometry”

Illustration at the beginning of a medieval translation of Euclid’s Elements (c. 1310 AD)

This post has been moved to my new website. You can see it here.



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Figuring Out Who You Are

Great way to reopen my blogging on this site, by sharing this blog by Fran Moreland Johns, a writer most interested in names and what they signify.

Fran Moreland Johns

Hand with book“Please don’t call me Doctor Jones,” said an extremely distinguished PhD speaker I met recently; “I’m just a teacher named Joe. I’ve been Joe all my life.” His name is changed to protect the innocent.

Having one name all your life is almost as interesting to some of us… of a certain age… as meeting a prominent multiple-degree lecturer who calls himself “just a teacher.”

Not someone of many degrees, I am nevertheless someone of many names. Maiden name, married name, resumption of maiden name after divorce, brief and ill-fated second marriage (yep, changed my name again,) eventual marriage to my Final Husband, whose name I took on moving across the U.S. nearly a quarter of a century ago. Because I’ve been writing since college (Fran Moreland) I often joke – though this is not a source of pride, only comic relief – that my literary resume reads like an…

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Birth Control: Key to Averting Environmental Disaster

This blog post has been moved to my new website at:

Birth Control: Key to Averting Environmental Disaster


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