When I (Fred) was first contacted to write a monograph for the European Association of Geochemistry series Geochemical Perspectives by the Editorial Board of Liane Benning, Tim Elliott, Eric Oelkers, and Susan Stipp, and strongly encouraged by Eric to do so, I was somewhat uncertain as to the expectations of such an article. My original assumption was that it would deal with a scientific issue(s) but would have a personal perspective and insights into what my life as a scientist was like. Because of some surgeries that were not life threatening but disrupting, my writing of...

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