My son, the Doctor of Philosophy

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They have a tradition in the Notre Dame biology/environmental sciences department. When you have completed the presentation and defense of your dissertation they have a little party. You pop open a bottle of champagne and where the cork hits the ceiling, you put your initials with a sketch related to your thesis. The theme of aquatic stream insects and leaves was echoed in the handsome cake prepared in Chris’s honor. Actually he had two cakes, another made by his girlfriend Laura, but the photo of that cheesecake covered with Oreo cookie crumbs is on my husband Peter’s camera so there is only one cake in the current slide show…but just imagine.
It was a great time, and yes anyone who was asking me..he is done and will be receiving his Phd. at the young age of 27. He just has to do a few final additions to the manuscript. CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTOPER J. PATRICK!!!

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

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