The Petri Dish

Spring Is Coming

November 30, 2016 | by: Sharon Bruce | 1 Comments

Hey. I’m tired. You? How are you doing? I think a lot of us here in Florida are weary. Neighbors have had their lives blown apart by terrorism, or hurricane winds or a diagnosis. Debris lines roadsides. Great piles of broken trees burn at makeshift dump sites. Paperwork with “Matthew” scrawled across it glares at me from my desk. An election has torn us to pieces. Small griefs eddy at the edge of the larger ones. A little orange cat didn’t make it back from the evacuation. I feel like I’m in the middle of a brutal winter that started somewhere back in May.... Keep Reading

Unicorns Ad Nauseum

November 3, 2016 | by: Sharon Bruce | 0 Comments

Have you seen the rainbow-puking unicorn? It’s gross. This new pop culture symbol has started showing up on t-shirts and Internet memes and greeting cards. Until recently, I had no idea what it meant; I just figured it was a cheap attempt at humor in the gross-equals-funny genre. So I would see it, feel a bit offended and move on. ... Keep Reading

Does Size Matter?

September 21, 2016 | by: Sharon Bruce | 0 Comments

Have you ever thought about the universe? I don’t mean in the philosophical sense- not yet. I mean in a physical, scientific sense. Late one night while driving down I-95, I glanced up at the stars. I remember thinking that the stars were so far away, all the light I was looking at was old. It took years to get from where it started to my eye. Then I thought about how, hypothetically, all those stars could have burned out and we just didn’t know it yet, looking at these leftover bits of old light. A giant cosmic switch could have been flipped to ‘off’ and it’s really all dark out there. We could be all by ourselves. In the dark... Keep Reading

A Piece of Tin

August 24, 2016 | by: Sharon Bruce | 1 Comments

A few months ago I went to the DMV to get a personalized license plate. I took my number and when it was my turn went to the counter with my license, registration, proof of insurance and the letters I wanted. I was prepared. I had thought of everything. The woman at the counter was quick and efficient. She told me the price, had me double-check the lettering, and so on. Smooth, quick, easy.... Keep Reading

Never Let Me Go

July 20, 2016 | by: Sharon Bruce | 3 Comments

Sometimes I think I was born afraid. I can look back at my life and see fear winding through it like a black line denoting a river on a map. Sometimes the river was a trickle, other times a torrent that swallowed me whole for months on end. Many of my earliest memories are tinged with fear: fear of going to daycare; fear of fire drills and the dent... Keep Reading

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