Genetics

Mid-1800s Czechoslovakia: My ancestors are still considering

birthing my grandparents; Friar Johann Gregor Mendel

experiments on his 28,000 edible pea plants.

Each develops their own theory of inheritance.

People, plants and the recombination of genes.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

The Wizard of Menlo Park, New Jersey,

from telegraph to telephone to gramophone,

thinking he could record the human voice.

Stylus-made impressions on strips of paraffin paper.

Letters (gramma) given a new voice (phone).

 

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Thomas Edison with his second phonograph, photographed by Mathew Brady in Washington, April 1878 (LOC)

“Edison immediately tested the machine by speaking the nursery rhyme into the mouthpiece, ‘Mary had a little lamb.’ To his amazement, the machine played his words back to him.”  from a History of the Edison Cylinder Phonograph from the Library of Congress

Wiffle Ball

In summer Jersey streets and narrow driveways

not urban enough for stickball, we played

kickball, freeze tag, dodgeball and wiffle ball.

I whiffed in many at-bats, happy strikeouts,

yellow plastic bat to curveballs, sinkers, risers.

 

wiffle ball