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Happy Pi Day!

Whimsy makes me happy, and what could be more whimsical than celebrating π (sometimes written pi, the numerical value rounded to 3.14), a mathematical constant that is the ratio of any Euclidean circle’s circumference to its diameter. Today is π day!

My beloved had a hankering for a cherry meringue pie which combines his favorite fruit (next to blueberries, but he got a blueberry pie for his birthday) and the magic of meringue.  Is there a better pie to celebrate π? We started out the day with a slice.

cherry meringue pie

Delicious cherry meringue pie

Cherry Meringue Pie

2 cups thawed frozen cherries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
4 egg yolks
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
Ready-made graham cracker crust
Pour into a ready-made graham cracker crust. Bake at 325F for about a half hour or until filling looks done.

4 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
Whip egg whites and slowly add in sugar and cream of tartar. Keep whipping until soft peaks form. Spoon gently on top of pie filling. Bake at 325F for about 15 min or until golden brown and gorgeous!


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Curiosity and creativity

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” -Leo Burnett

Curiosity drives questions….and questions spur thinking…and ideas are born.  Creativity is not just for artists.  Some of the most vitally creative people I know are not artists; they’re scientists.

Real scientists must be creative or they won’t get the ideas that get them the grants to do the research the answers the questions they can’t help asking….scientific research is based on looking beyond what appears to be there.  Science requires people to ask questions.  And questions lead to creative thinking.

Unfortunately, many people equate science with number crunching, data sequencing, and very dull calculations.  BORING. Even for the people who do them. Those are important parts of science, but they aren’t the whole story.  Real scientists face problems and have to solve them.  Organizing data and crunching numbers can be tools for finding the knowledge that solves the problem, but they aren’t the end.  There is actually no end….one answer creates more questions, and more questions require more research, which raises more questions….for the curious person with a fire in the heart.

And that is the essence of creativity.  To be on fire to figure things out, to see things in a different way, to understand the essence of something.  Scientists ask questions about the outside world, and artists ask questions about the inner world; both share a curious passion for learning and creating and sharing.

cat and fishtank

Curiosity and my cat, Sahara...

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