Welcome To Existence

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | August 7, 2008 9:06 am

Dear Rose,

Rose%20Day%202.pngWelcome to the planet! Just about a year ago, I married your parents, who happen to be two of my very favorite people. I’ve never been an aunt before, but then, you’ve never been a niece before, so it will be fun learning the ropes together.

When you’re a bit older, I’ll take you out to wander the tide pools on California’s lost coast and teach you about music and books and dinosaurs and space and all the most important stuff. In the mean time, you keep growing and exploring the world, and I’ll do my best to make sure the large fish, big cats, and great migrations are still around when you’re ready to find them.

This planet is a wonderful place and you have so much to look forward to…

Aunt Sheril

ps – Hope you like that birthday present I sent.


Comments (8)

  1. Rose,
    Miss Sheril will make an awesome aunt! She’s the one who will play in puddles with you, and take you home to mom covered in kelp. She’ll also corrupt you into think sea cucumbers rule the world, but your distant cousin Philip wants you to know it’s ok to love nudibranchs too. I know your Aunt Sheril is really looking forward to watching you grow up – and I’m looking forward to reading her stories.

    Philip H.

  2. Mom and Dad

    Sheril, Seth, & Jen,
    You light up our world with a special joy and happiness that began even before you were born. To watch you grow into such giving, nurturing, and caring people is truly a blessing for a parent.

    Beautiful little Rose Ami,
    We love you so much. Your world will be surrounded and cushioned by this love with all of your family right there with you along the way. You have the best parents to help guide you, a super Aunt Sheril to love you and to help you explore the world, and some grandparents to ‘spoil’ you some. We are so proud and we love all of you,
    Grandma and Grandpa

  3. Emily Knight

    And don’t forget to teach Rose about evolution! Congratulations.


  4. Donna Cassyd

    So sweet. Lovely to know I have such excellent relatives, including the latest, Rose.

  5. Fred Sauberman

    Dear Rose,

    You couldn’t be luckier. You have inherited a great set of parents, grandparents, and one swinging aunt. May your life be blessed from here on in.

    Dear Seth and Jen,

    You did good! She is a very pretty little girl and I hope the boys’ attraction to her doesn’t give you too much of a problem later. If you need advice, just ask Sheril. She knows how to handle those pestering males and she will teach Rose.

    You did so well I would like to see one or two more, ok?

    Fred ( and Lenore) Sauberman

  6. Jing

    These words are so sweet. When catching sight of this beautiful picture of little Rose, I can not help coming here and presenting you with the best wishes from China. Hope little Rose has a brilliant future!:)

  7. Great Aunt Iris, Great Uncle Steve, and 2nd cousins, Robyn and Jodi

    Precious,little Rose Ami,

    Your parents did such a wonderful job in helping to create such a gorgeous, little girl as yourself. The love that family and friends feel for you will encompass you with many important treasures: honesty, protection, trust, and an abiding, open communication. You don’t realize it yet, but your future will be bright, and you will be nurtured by many. Lucky you & lucky us. We love you forever and always.
    Love, Great Aunt Iris, Great Uncle Steve, & 2nd cousins, Robyn and Jodi xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. daniela Kuper


    I went kind of ga-ga getting baby clothes for Rose. And they’re mostly 0-3 months, which Sahra tells me you need. I had a ball! Now, PLEASE EMAIL ME YOUR ADDRESS SO I CAN ZIP EVERYTHING ALONG. (I especially love the tiny jean jacket with removable sweatshirt hood. Very butch.

    Love you honey, hope all are doing well.



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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 info@hachettespeakersbureau.com For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at srkirshenbaum@yahoo.com.


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