Category: Diary

The Gift of Travel

I’ve been exchanging emails with someone lately, and our conversations have revolved around our experiences in traveling around Europe. It’s interesting how every traveler has their own story to tell: the treks up mountains, where the paths are paved with either grass or ice; the happy accidents of getting on the wrong bus or hopping…
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June 25, 2019 0

Welcome to my new website!

It’s simpler and cleaner, and it has more of my life on it. Yes, I do write opinion pieces, but I also write novels and short stories, and I take photos, too. This is Dr. Inez Ponce de Leon, once a molecular biologist, now a science communication professor, always a scholar, novelist, and bellydancer. This…
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June 14, 2019 0

A Love of Learning, Minus the Ton of Information

Brace yourselves. The K-12 system is coming, and everyone is throwing stones. I grew up in the old system of education, where I entered school at age 6, took the chance to jump a grade at 12, entered high school at 13, left at age 16, and then graduated college at 20. I never felt…
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October 12, 2015 0

Don’t Take Away my Toys

I have never raised children, so approach the following essay with caution. But let me start with the long and short of it: I absolutely resent anyone who attempts to put children’s toys into exclusive boxes, and who pushes the idea that girls should play only with pink dolls and boys should play only with…
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September 12, 2015 0

The Year of the Assistant Professor

2012 was the year I started teaching a PE class on belly dance. 2013 was the year I started teaching as an assistant professor. I first taught as an instructor in November 2000, in molecular biology and biotechnology. I stopped in 2003 to finish up my master’s degree. In those ten years in between, I…
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June 12, 2014 0

On Getting Ideas for Improv

I don’t know if you can relate to this, but have you ever had so many ideas popping up all at the same time – and were so overwhelmed that you couldn’t even bring yourself to organize them? Or, have you ever had so many ideas, that you felt you were running dry? It’s one…
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August 30, 2013 0

Ten Things I Learned from My Belly Dance Teacher

I first met Wendi in a graduate class on the nature of science at Purdue. We didn’t talk a lot during class – so she didn’t know that one weekend, I completely wrecked my laptop just watching belly dance tutorial videos. Three days after I tossed my laptop in the trash, I was back in…
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August 15, 2013 0

My Life As a Belly Dancer

I first started training as a belly dancer in 2009. I was going through a rigorous PhD program in the States, under an insane amount of stress, and needing a way to get away from the winter blues. I thought it would be a simple, effortless way of getting exercise and letting my adrenaline flow.…
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August 12, 2013 0

Tribute to Writing as Therapy

There are days when you aren’t sure how you feel about the world – when you are torn between running around and trying to keep yourself busy, and sitting down in a corner and falling into a daze. There are days when you don’t know what you want to do, but it seems that your…
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July 20, 2013 0

Lessons from Careers Long Dead

Sometimes, you can’t help wondering about people. They gossip, go into backbiting fits, engage in the sport of backstabbing – and then still have the gall to put on a sweet, smiling face. But who am I to talk? I used to gossip a lot about colleagues. I used to talk about them behind their…
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July 12, 2013 0