The Lockdown Diaries

by Janice Nigro I always wondered what good I would be to society as a cancer biologist if the apocalypse happened. Now I know. Not very much. Most of us are waking up to the sobering reality at how less than fundamental our jobs are to basic human survival. We’re fluff. Even a scientist, after... Continue Reading →

Why so many coronaviruses from bats?

by Janice Nigro Nature can still surprise us. One sperm, one egg and you are a whale shark, a red hairy shrimp, or a bat terrorizing humans by showering pandemic disease causing viruses down upon them. I’m as caught up as everyone else in the interruption of life, business and the stock market brought upon... Continue Reading →

Good bye my little paintings

by Janice Nigro I hit a major milestone today. I sold some of my original paintings. I have mixed feelings about it. I’m not known for my ability to paint. I might be, but only because I call my paintings fun art, not fine art. My neighbor paints fine art. She paints on big canvases,... Continue Reading →

“Slow” connecting

by Janice Nigro Anyone who knows me, knows I love the subtleties of language. I can spend hours, even years, focusing on a word that seems well, funny to me. Many come from the misuse of words that my international friends will make. It’s not meant to make fun, or funny (as they will say),... Continue Reading →

Ice cubes in the sky

It's still gray along the SoCal coast into the middle of August. I'm not complaining. Here's my second haiku, another homage to the marine layer which keeps things cool along the coast in summer. Am I right about the clouds from the marine layer in the afternoon? It also happens to be my favorite time... Continue Reading →

The bonus you get from living overseas

by Janice Nigro The idea of living overseas always captivated me. I imagined myself speaking a second language fluently and sharing my life with a man with an accent. I derived this cliché of a fantasy from some combination of movies, National Geographic, my Sicilian background, and Spanish class in 5th grade. I blew an... Continue Reading →

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