Last week I had a mid-recipe creation crisis. It happened in the kitchen and I decided that rather than write an entire entry about how many fails I experienced while trying to braise short-ribs with Oklahoma Sandhill Plums, I would just avoid the topic altogether. Seriously, I was beginning to think that my recipe creation was the reincarnation of Groundhog Day, and that redemption in my life would only happen if I finally pulled out the perfect center of the plate post.
Then I started thinking about this rant I went on two years ago in my little research world. One of my colleagues from a university in the northwestern U.S. was really down during one of our professional conferences and I asked him about his glum face. He stated that he had devoted approximately three years and lots of money toward an on-line relationship education program only to find out there were no effects (no statistically significant findings). So I asked him, “Why don’t you share THAT information? Don’t you think the fails are as important as the wins?” Then he said, “No research journal publishes ‘fails.'” Maybe I embedded that little downer-nugget into my subconscious last week?
But hey – THIS isn’t a research journal, right? It’s a blog about my garden and by golly, I’m going to publish the fails! Continue reading My Little Victory Garden: “Potpourri for 200, Alex”