Welcome to Miriam's corner
"We the willing, led by the unknowing,
are doing the impossible for the ungrateful.
We have done so much for so long, with so little,
we are now qualified to do anything with nothing."
-- From the wall at Miriam's work
Miriam's Gives a FAQ:
- Where is Miriam from?
- Where is Malta?
- How big is Miriam's Maltese family?
- What is Miriam's educational background?
- Is she married?
- Does she have any kids?
- Are there funny stories about her?
- Where does she work?
- Where is her home?
- What kind of work does she do?
- What does she think of Internet, computers, etc.?
- What are her hobbies?
- Whom does she know?
- What about her make-up?
- What are Miriam's favorite TV shows?
She is from the island of Malta.
It is an island on Mediterrenian Sea. South of Sicily. Contrary to some belief it belongs to Europe.
Father Frank, mother Josephine, two younger sisters: Marisa and Antida. Marisa is married to George an have two teenage
children: Joseph and Antonella.
She has a B.S. and M.S. degree from University of Malta in Pharmacy, and a PhD from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) in
Yes, she is married to Roman the current maintainer of this FAQ.
Yes, she has one son 35-month old Arthur Patrick.
Two come immediately to mind:
Although Miriam is very talented, singing is not her forte'. When she was 12-year old, she sang mandatorily in a all-girls Catholic
school chorus. The nuns, who were in charge, wanted to show 100% participation. The girls who had "no voice", were asked to lipsync,
without producing any sound. All the practice sessions went toward nuns liking. Than the recital came... Miriam set up a plot, that
all the girls would sing at that recital, including those less talented. The girls who could sing played along. The recital
ended to be a total fiasco, because of that. The nuns, did not understand what happened, 'cause they knew that those with bad voices,
were only lipsynching. They blamed it on the stage fraight.
Miriam was at that time 5-year old, her sister was 4. They were forbidden to open the door for a stranger. It has been a big day
for the family -- they bought a new TV, which was already delivered. The TV got unpacked from the carton box, and their father
played hide-and-seek with children, hiding himself in the carton, which stayed in the hall. In Malta there are two types of doors,
one wooden, one glass, and during daytime only glass doors are closed, so you could see the inside from the street. While girls father
was hidden in the box, the technician came to set the TV up. The girls obeyed and did not open the door for a stranger. Miriam's
father (all red) had to get out of the box to open the door. Wonder what the technician thought about him.
She works as a tenure track Asistant Profesor at the Department of Pharmacology University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
in Galveston , Texas.
She lives in a house in League City, Texas. Her home is between dowtown Houston and Galveston, near Highway 45.
She researches breast cancer and prostate cancer, i.e., "tits and ass" kind of work.
Not very much indeed. She calls computer her husbands "mistress". The Internet is her enemy #1 since that's a joy #1
of her husband.
Reading classical literature and thrillers, listening to classical music (especially Czajkowski /Tchaykovskyi/), opera (Placido Domingo is her favorite), performing arts, and recently motherhood.
Many people, whose names are not Bill Gates, Rockeffeler, etc. But she does not mind that.
She does not use one. She says that it's not practical in the lab. If she puts one, once a year, she looks many times more
She loves English humor (or lack of it). Her favorites are: "Are you Being Served", "Yes Prime Minister" and English thrillers.
Among American comedy she watches "Frasier", "Coach" and old episodes of "Taxi".
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