I’m learning about epigenetics in a university class held in Qualicum Beach, a gorgeous sea-side community on Vancouver island where they named a street, “Judges Row,” because so many judges retire here. I like to roll into town early and check out the local coffee houses. My favorite so far is Bailey’s.
Because of Boris.
Let me tell you how I met him. Two weeks ago I stood at the front of the ordering line ready to say “coffee.” I had that icky feeling someone was breathing down my neck. I turned to glare at the person intruding in my personal space and met Boris.
I instantly fell in love. He’s a very life-like statue.
All the Halloween decorations rock in this shop and the coffee gets a 7 rating on my scale. I thought I had taken more pictures, but the cyber gremlins must have ate them, or maybe … Ah yes, maybe. One side effect of writing ghosts stories is that I keep imagining ghosts. And of course blaming them.
What the Heck is Epigenetics?
As I said, the course I’m taking is about epigenetics.
I apologize if my simple, layman terms offend anyone, but what follows is my understanding of the topic. Epigenetics is the study of the environmental factors that affect our DNA. The current thinking being, that who we are is not a question of nature or nurture. Nor is it a question of your DNA, alone. In the field of epigenetics scientists study how different environmental factors shape our genes. So it’s not a question of how do our genes shape us. It’s more a question of how do we shape our genes. It’s fascinating. Truly.
And coffee with Boris makes the forty minute drive worth it. (Not to mention his cinnamon buns. Truly sinful.:)
My first ghost story, A Highland Ghost for Christmas, is up for pre-order. Only ninety nine cents! Click on the cover for the buy link. Currently I’m writing a second ghost story and it’s about a Viking. It’s all great fun.
A Highland Ghost for Christmas
Jilted by her fiancé, librarian Maddy Jacobson is nursing a broken heart, when her best friend gives her an early Christmas present. Intended to be a fun, psychic reading in a spooky, tea house, the gift turns out to be life changing. Maddy becomes haunted by a mischievous, Highland ghost.
Ruggedly handsome, Cullen Macfie, the Highlander, has been dead for over three centuries, and never in all those years has he been so attracted to a woman, as he is to Maddy. He falls hopelessly in love and decides to woo her.
Can there be a future for a librarian and a naughty, Highland ghost?
A Highland Ghost for Christmas is a sweet, romantic comedy guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart, make you laugh out loud and leave you craving a man in a kilt … and shortbread, of course.