MJ MARGGRAFF
Wisdom in the Mountains

Wisdom in the Mountains

These days my mind seems to wander always to my dissertation. There isn’t a moment when I’m not mulling over the challenges of isolation that astronauts will face on long duration space flights. I am working on a solution to demonstrate how a new AI (Artificial Intelligence) can be effective to improve their connectedness with their close family and friends. It is a problem of significant importance to the lives…

read more
The Perfect Mother’s Day

The Perfect Mother’s Day

Last weekend was Mother’s Day. My daughter, Annie, and I decided to spend it together do something we loved: we went to the Sierra to go fly-fishing. Since she was a little girl, we have been fond of the ‘Range of Light’ mountain range. It was dubbed this by conservationist John Muir for the way the light blankets the mountains. For Annie and me, the beauty of this spot keeps…

read more
Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

To all my readers, it is not a shock to hear me say that the best experiences of my life have come to me when I left my comfort zone. When I was a “stay at home mom” and I decided to take flying lessons I knew there’d be some uneasiness but the joy of flight was exponentially greater than my fears. When I was finally a pilot and decided…

read more
The Power of Play to Create the Next 100,000 Hours

The Power of Play to Create the Next 100,000 Hours

In our generation, time dedicated to work will amount to about 100,000 hours, hours that make up about 48 years of work. These hours define our lives and often translate into more than an income. During that time we are ‘at work’ we find out about ourselves: what we value, who we want to work with and who we don’t. It can be a time of creativity or a time…

read more
A Dream Realized

A Dream Realized

As a pilot and presently a doctoral student, I have long been fascinated by space. Currently, I am researching issues on the impact of isolation on long-duration space flights and new tools to address isolation’s effects. There are many challenges astronauts face when trying to solve the ultimate question: Are we alone in the universe? Yet in the process of exploring that answer, the astronauts themselves experience extreme isolation. While…

read more
From Star Struck to Space Games – How Childhood Dreams can fuel your Future and STEM Students’ too

From Star Struck to Space Games – How Childhood Dreams can fuel your Future and STEM Students’ too

I’ve been a stargazer since I was a kid. We all look up at the stars at night, but it’s how we feel about them that makes us different. For me, the stars are what made my dreams happen. Inside, I am still the kid on the front lawn of my parent’s house on a summer’s night, looking up with a smuggled (he would have said ‘no’) pair of my…

read more