I have exciting news to share: I signed a publishing contract for my memoir, Struggling with Serendipity, with a traditional publisher (not self-publishing)! I wanted my awesome blog followers to be among the first to know, before I post the news on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks so much for your support! The next segment in my story follows.
During John’s spring break, we drove twelve hours from Tiffin, Ohio to Cambridge, Massachusetts, taking Route 90 most of the way. It was worth it to spend a few days with Beth. A decade earlier, the one-hour drive from Tiffin to Vermilion seemed long, but no more.
I bought tickets for our first Red Sox game at Fenway Park with John and Beth.
The huge crowd at the stadium an hour before the game surprised me. We lined up by the field to meet some of the players. Many lingered to talk to the smiling college student in a wheelchair with the navy blue Red Sox cap.
The stadium had old-fashioned charm. The homerun fence was painted bright green: the green monster. With every seat in the stadium taken, many others paid to stand to watch the game. The enthusiastic, rowdy crowd reacted to every play, something I’d never seen before. My first experience with intense Boston sports fans, but not my last. Bostonians are known for taking their professional sports teams seriously, a fact supported by many winning teams.
We weren’t prepared for the cool weather, so I signed up for a credit card to get a free Red Sox blanket. I wrapped it around my daughter’s shoulders (and later cancelled the card).
It was parent’s week at Harvard, so John and I visited Beth’s class on Ethics, Biotechnology, and the Future of Human Nature. Dr. James Watson, the former head of the Human Genome Project who discovered the structure of DNA with Dr. Francis Crick, was the guest speaker that day. His controversial affinity for eugenics created a lively discussion with the class.
the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed largely by Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, it fell into disfavor only after the perversion of its doctrines by the Nazis.
Dr. Watson encouraged the Harvard students to have many children.
Beth joined the class debate on the potential of stem cells and the controversy over discarded embryos for research. Though never focused on a cure for her disability, she supported medical research. An upcoming vote in Congress in the summer of 2006 heated up the debate across the country over federal funding for stem cell research. We didn't know that Beth would be in the middle of it.
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9/20/2018 08:17:36 am
Congratulations on the book contract!
9/20/2018 08:23:07 am
Congratulations! So exciting!
9/20/2018 08:49:00 am
Congrats on the book deal, Cindy.
9/20/2018 09:08:52 am
The book is wonderful news! I was thinking about your book this morning - then I read this - amazing! So glad you have done this. Great talent here.
9/20/2018 09:24:06 am
What an exciting outcome for your wonderful Blog. It's an inspiration to many.
9/20/2018 09:28:47 am
Congratulations on the book! Im sure the Red Sox would be fun to watch. We've been to a few games in Cincinnati, where things get fun. Most memorable was the night the Reds beat the Cubs with a full Beach Boys concert afterward.
9/20/2018 12:31:27 pm
9/20/2018 01:22:16 pm
Congratulations, Cindy! I was sure you would be published from the first time I read your blog. You have a gift!
9/20/2018 03:00:36 pm
Huge congratulations on the book Cindy - very excited for you. Just brilliant!
10/1/2018 10:41:30 am
Thanks so much for congratulating me on my book! It’s been a journey, and I greatly appreciate your support! ❤️
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