I started the Drink the Sea website to help people in all contexts learn comfortably, and to help teachers and researchers of all kinds create the tools they need to disseminate their knowledge.
I am a multipotentialite- a person who has many passions and is good at many things. I've pursued careers in opera singing and massage therapy and taken over 250 college credits, including a few from medical school.
All of these experiences taught me a few things:
I want to know everything all of the time.
I am uncomfortable when I'm not learning something new.
I'm really good at reading tons of information and then explaining it to other people (particularly poorly written information).
I have a knack for creating visual aids and writing clear and simple prose.
I have a strong belief that we would all benefit if knowledge translation was as easy as possible.
You may notice this website has several parts, some relating specifically to massage therapy, and some to information translation. If you continue to drop by over the next few years, you'll see other content added such as a Research Term database and (hopefully!) a phone game for learning muscle information.
Graduated from the MSU College of Music in 2009 with the goal of becoming an opera singer.
After developing outrageous anxiety, performing professionally was no longer viable so I started a new career in massage therapy.
Returned to college for another 103 credits and applied for medical school.
Attended the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016.
Realized medical school was not for me and established a massage therapy business in 2017.
Charybdis was a daughter of Poseidon. Like most greek gods, her father and uncle Zeus were in a constant contest to best each other. At the beginning of their creation, a deal had been struck: all land that was underwater belonged to Poseidon and all land above water belonged to Zeus.
But gods really enjoy loopholes, and Poseidon conspired to casually annex lands from Zeus by flooding them. He enlisted his daughter Charybdis to accomplish this caper. She gamely swamped some land... and naturally got caught by Zeus.
In his rage (and because he couldn't punish Poseidon) Zeus turned Charybdis into an enormous sea monster. He cursed her with eternal thirst and now she drinks and releases the sea three times a day and handily destroys the boats of adventurers.
(It is generally agreed that Charybdis is the whirlpool in the Strait of Messina in Southern Italy.)
I get Charybdis. My craving for information often feels like an unquenchable thirst, and occasionally as though it is trying to swallow me.
Like Charybdis, I also need to vent what I've learned, but gushing to people about the theories of knowledge translation in medicine or how the color magenta doesn't exist can lead to glazed eyes in other people and endless non-sequiturs from me.
About Drink the Sea
There is a saying in French:
"Ce n’est pas la mer à boire"
which literally translates to
"It's not to drink the sea,"
"It is not asking the impossible."
I have always believed that "impossible" simply takes a little longer, and I wholeheartedly incorporate that idea into my work. I am not discouraged by long roads, tall mountains, or research papers.