I took a two-month hiatus from my blog posts while I moved from Erie, PA to Pittsburgh, PA. Although the distance between the two cities is only around 120 miles, it took time to find the right place to live. After living in Erie for nearly 20 years, where the average yearly snowfall is 100 inches, it’s great to be in a city where the average snowfall is 1/3 that amount.
This may not sound like a move to a tropical climate for most people but after dealing with 200 inches of snow last winter in Erie I love that it is mid-December and I see green grass from my window not snow! What a difference moving 120 miles to the south makes!
I am celebrating a double anniversary this winter along with my move to a warmer…relatively speaking…climate. December, 2018 marks the 3rd anniversary of the start of my blog, In Your Hands. I began the blog in December, 2015 as a companion to my book, Laterality: Exploring the enigma of left-handedness, published by Elsevier in early January, 2016. The publication of my book is the second anniversary I will observe this winter.
I have posted over 50 essays on handedness and other laterality topics over these 3 years. Some posts were inspired by topics discussed in my book while others dealt with findings from handedness research papers published since the appearance of my book in 2016. I belong to several left-hander groups on Facebook. The issues of concern posted by left-handers on Facebook also inspired a number of my blog posts.
Each chapter in my book ends with a fact versus fiction section. I decided on this format because myths about left-handedness are plentiful and long-lived. These myths keep popping up on the internet and then are circulated widely through various social media platforms. My blog posts bring readable essays from the world of scientific research on handedness into the public sphere as I try to counteract this misinformation. Left-handers are curious about themselves and deserve an evidence-based approach to their concerns rather than one derived from out-dated theories and untruths.
Research is thriving and interesting scholarly papers on the topic of handedness are being published on a monthly basis. I look forward to providing a forum for these topics in 2019, the fourth year of my blog. Happy holidays! Enjoy what is left in 2018 and follow my blog posts in 2019.