The Rape of Europa painting by Titian

What would Titian do?

What would Titian do? With six of his paintings now on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, a bruhaha has arisen about how they should be presented to a contemporary audience. This leads me to wonder what Titian would do if he were among us today.

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Vaccine news from 66 years ago

Vaccines are all the buzz these days. Saturated with news coverage, we’ve absorbed new terms like spike protein and messenger RNA, and learned that some vaccines, like Pfizer-BioNTech’s and Moderna’s, are really a new breed. Without recent advances in biotechnology, we wouldn’t have these vaccines at all. Did you know that the polio vaccine, which […]

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Dr Susan Smith McKinney Steward

For them, work was more than a job

Susan Smith was born in 1847 into a farming family that raised pork in Weeksville, a section of Brooklyn, New York sandwiched between Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville and Crown Heights. Her nine siblings became school teachers and principals, but she went into medicine, graduating as valedictorian from New York Medical College for Women in 1870. When she […]

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In the Tidal Pool

For my friends, I have news. I am about to submit my book manuscript to the publisher and I’ll be taking a breather. There’s still more work ahead (a cover design to approve, copyediting, more rounds of proofreading), but because the book won’t be out until the spring of 2022, I want to use this […]

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