This month, we’re celebrating and exploring science and technology. Readers, I won’t lie. I’m a feelings person. I celebrate words, novels, face-to-face conversations and the warmth of touch when the woman at Walmart puts her hand on my shoulder and tells me, “It’s okay, Baby Girl, we have more rotisserie chickens.” I have a love-hate relationship with science and technology because my brain just wants to live in a George Saunders short story (which ironically is often about science and technology) or in the kitchen baking zucchini bread (which I did this month to test a recipe) or flopped on the bed pondering the meaning of life (I fully appreciate an existential crisis). 

But I can’t ignore the beauty of science and technology either. I use Facetime to keep in touch with my siblings who live on the opposite coast. I still talk to my former students and friends from my glory days as a Peace Corps volunteer in China. I read books at stop lights on my iPhone and can listen to a book on an airplane instead of the man snoring beside me. I take medications that have been created because someone somewhere fell in love with science, and though I cannot read computer code, I kneel down in faint praise daily (figuratively) that someone else can and is willing to endure such boredom. 

This month, ONC looks at new developments in skincare and dermatology, a field rapidly expanding in technological advancement (p. 50), explores the latest science in the understanding of Alzheimer’s and dementia (p. 56) and to the wise words of scientific pioneers who blazed the trail for all the girls who have fallen in love with the field and study of science today (p. 35). 

We also head out to Lee County to explore a bit of technology from the past at The Railroad House in Sanford (p. 38). 

You can read all of this while you enjoy two kinds of zucchini bread in celebration of National Zucchini Day. I baked one myself and delivered it to thankful neighbors, so it’s locally verified and approved (p. 30). 

I like what Maria Montessori had to say about science, 

“We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.” 

Likely, any scientist can attest to that.