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Time for Reflection

In her years as an au pair in the UK (before we met), my wife once received a precious gift from the lady of the house – a sign of her appreciation. It was a small but beautiful porcelain box, with the phrase “In here you see, what pleases me” inscribed on the lid. Intriguing words. When my wife opened the box she discovered that the bottom was made of mirrored glass, and so what she saw was a reflection of her own face. What a lovely and subtle way of telling someone that you are fond of them. My wife treasures that box to this day.

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About the Author
Frank van Geel

Frank van Geel is owner of educational website Chromedia and Scientific Director of The Analytical Scientist. He studied analytical chemistry, specialized in mass spectrometry in the Netherlands and did several years of post-doc work in spectroscopy with Jim Winefordner at the University of Florida in the US. Then he became a science teacher and later publisher in chemistry and physics related topics. He developed numerous publications in chemistry and other sciences. He strongly supports the mission: Building online communities is the road to take. We need to strengthen the quality of analytical chemistry and we need to strengthen our community by sharing know-how and by sharing our opinions, visions and our views of the future of analytical science.

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