Not to be a spoiler or anything but the story arc of Dominique's childhood, relationship with her family, and the culture of beautiful Brittany, France create literal and figurative poetry. The menu is poetry with the actual dishes manifestations of memory and place.
My first year, as luck would have it, I had scheduled an 'appointment only' viewing of rare documents on the campus of Duke University. My research yielded personal letters written in the 19th century about a patient possibly afflicted with what we would now consider Alzheimer's Disease.
Part of the research for my book project examining the trajectory of Alzheimer's Disease research and the evolution of a brand.
This year? You caught me with my laptop closed.
I went with my son and his buddy to the library to make summer reading selections, followed them as they skateboarded to a local cafe for iced tea and oatmeal chocolate chips the size of their heads, and eventually made my way back to my office to oversee two proposals and work on my latest book, Write Better Surveys. Period.
I also have 3 books I am reading:
I try and read for 2 hours a day. Often it is research for a project but it doesn't matter.
It pays off tremendously when trying to sort complicated data or find the patterns during hypothesis hunting.
I solved the biggest problem in teaching audiences about clinical evidence and improving numeracy in medicine. We aren't likely to raise our hands in front of our peers and reveal we don't know what a hazard ratio really indicates. Or why p-values alone don't mean a thing. But we will scrunch up our faces at a piece of artwork and admit "I don't get it". The same skills that improve communication about what we see--and often more importantly what we DON'T see are transferable to the often complex graphics in clinical research papers.
We need a new and fresh approach.