endless forms most beautiful

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Feb 18 2011

Difficulty focusing

22 days left in the Middle School Science Praxis II countdown.

I have to be honest and say that studying is going less than ideally. Some of the problem stems from self-discipline. I guess I am a little out of practice with studying, even though it’s only been a few months since I graduated. Some of it is my own head getting in the way.  I mentioned in a previous post that I grew up hating science, well, chemistry has always been my arch nemesis and part of me still believes I will never be able to ‘get it’ but I know I am just getting in my own way. The final piece of the puzzle is pain. I have been coping with chronic back pain and radiculopathy in my left leg following a L4-L5 level disc herniation since August ’09. I seem to be on a roll of bad days lately, and have been forced to use my pain prescription. I HATE these pills and they make me so very sick and I hardly use them, but sometimes it’s better than pain, so it’s the only trade-off I have. This back issue almost made me not apply for TFA, because it does place limitations on my activity but I realized this was more important– I hope I am right! It’s just a bummer being a rough patch when I have so much to do! I just need to get better at buckling down and pushing through.

I realized that I never explained my blog title, so I thought I should now. If you’ve read Darwin’s Origin, you will find this phrase in one of the final sentences of the last paragraph of the book. The full sentence reads:

From so simple a beginning, endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

(I may or may not have an extra comma in there, haha)

I spend my days and nights thinking about evolution, it’s what drew me into the sciences, my field of study, and my biggest passion. Darwin was such an eloquent and beautiful writer, and I just love that phrase and the larger sentence in comes from.

In other blog information, I added a header picture thingy! I love baking and cooking and have a thing for cupcakes. Those are banana cupcakes with maple brown butter frosting that I made. Mmm.

One Response

  1. Heike Marie

    I am absolutely not a science person, I majored in Spanish and English, but last semester I hahad to take an Honors Seminar on The Evolution of Evolution, and this semester on What Is Man. We had to read Darwin for both. I was really impressed and honestly a bit emotionally moved by how beautifully he wrote. If you can inject that sort of earnest amazement toward science into your teaching, you’re golden ;)

    That being said, I also have total faith in your Praxis skills! Feel better soon :)

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