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Where the Wild Things Are in Ag Research

Kinda funny how things go sometimes. Twitter tells me that a favourite author has passed on and a few tweets later in my feed, I’m sitting here going “huh”.

Another blogger wrote a beautiful piece on Sendak and the importance of reading to some of us. And I may not have had summers reading beside Grandma or any official diagnosis of ADD (although many would tell you otherwise), but the experience is similar. I spent days pouring over the scholastic book catalog for the upcoming fair, calculating out just how much money I could spend and what would be the best buy relative to what I could get at the library or what I just had to have. With a few more years behind me now, I still hold reading as my simple pleasure. My little decadent dessert is to get away from the world, like Max, and sneak off into a corner to devour a book in a reading rumpus.

Thankfully I get to do that with my job as a researcher. My reading for work may be considered by some to be a little different, a little less fun and more constrained. The way I see it, I get to dive into a world of words and ideas and theories about our world and how things work. I get to dream up new ways of looking at things and different ways of interpreting things. I get to figure out how to communicate this all to the people who use the discoveries by tying

Wild Things lurk in some secret corner of my office

together the literary world of words, interpretations and fun with the science of exploring our world.

You may say, “but WHAT, crazy lady, does this have to do with agriculture?’. Well, I

have applied this literary-influenced approach to exploring cattle welfare, nutrition, health, management and so many more areas. To figuring out how to improve the lives of cattle and the lives of those who raise them. As I said before, I’m no innovator, but I believe that looking at things in new ways helps not only to be innovative in production methods but also how people connect, understand and are happy with their food.

So HUZZAH to Sendak for having lived. I might not know the guy. I really know very little about the man. But I do know that those 8 sentences are so important to me. They connect me to so many wild things. The wild things even hide in a corner of my office, ready for whenever the scientific rumpus begins!

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  1. May 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    So glad we can share this common experience. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for linking to my blog.

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