Melissa S. Creary

Monthly Archives: April 2014


Having A Moment (Originally Posted: July 22, 2011)

You know how sometimes you get confirmation that you are where you are supposed to be? I’m having one of these moments. I have had a (relatively) rough Spring. God always shakes things up when you think you know how…

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“Black Like Me” (Originally Posted: July 19, 2011)

I am reposting an archived blog from Fly Brother that gets to exactly what I’ve been feeling in only 2 weeks in Brazil. It has been fascinating observing and being observed. I still haven’t broken down the “Here, you’re as black as…

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Kindness of Strangers (Originally Posted: July 18, 2011)

On Saturday (after my epic Friday night-6:30AM folks!) I made plans with new friends I met that night and a classmate to go back to the scene of the crime (lapa) in the daytime for some proper pictures-then onto Santa Theresa (a neighborhood by…

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Samba Speaks To My Soul (Originally Posted: July 8, 2011)

According to Wikipedia: Lapa is a neighbourhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It is located in the centre of Rio and is famous for its historical monuments and nightlife. The neighbourhood is home to the Arcos da Lapa,…

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First Taste of Music (Originally Posted: July 7, 2011)

I thought of my friend and classmate Andy Ditzler when I went to a talk today after class.  I had no idea what was being said, but there was lovely bossa nova music involved.  He’s coming to Rio this week…

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“Sometimes No Means Yes” (Originally Posted: July 6, 2011)

…this is what the program coordinator said today in orientation-directed to the women only.  “Brazilian girls know how to do this well and to stop things before they get out of hand.  In our culture it is a game and…

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PUC (Originally Posted: July 6, 2011)

So here I am.  In Brazil to learn some Portuguese…only the first step in what will surely require more time with the language and more time in Brazil (how convenient!).  I took a placement test today…HA!  Written and Oral.  I…

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WELCOME

… to Scientific Storytelling.  This is a collection of my professional, academic, and photographic work.  I collect stories about illness, culture, ancestry, and difference.  After over 10 years of scientific and public health experience with universities and the government, I…

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