Charles Clanton Rogers

Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history, philosophical essays and International Blogging


“A hundred million miracles,

Are happ’ning every day,

And those who say,

They don’t agree,

Are those,

Who do not hear or see.”1

I arrived at my freshman year of college, an undeclared major, without a commitment to a profession.  My course selection consisted of graduation requirements, one of which was a year of science.  Biology was suggested; so, they wrote in: Biology 101, 102; Mrs. Brown.

Mrs Brown was the wife of a minister. She was very devoted to her husband and my first impression was that she was teaching to support the family income.  I quickly learned that Bonnie Brown was in love with LIFE and teaching biology.  I have had few teachers who brought such enthusiasm to the class.  Mrs. Brown spoke to me  and she wanted to give me a gift each day.  I accepted each message, initially, because I didn’t want to disappoint Mrs. Brown.  She invested so much with each lesson, I could not let her down.

We met six hours each week; all in the biology lab. She laid out a specimen or a microscope demonstration.  Hundreds of times: “Look at this. See it? This is beautiful!”  And very soon, I internalized Mrs. Brown’s gift: the beauty of Life and all things living:  ovum, sperm, fertilization, the embryo, organ development, “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny”, cells, tissue, organs, plants, animals, microscopic life – miracles!

It was that gift which led me to medical school and the life of a physician and teaching medical students.

1 The flower drum song Rodgers and Hammerstein


4 thoughts on “A Hundred Million Miracles…. A Tribute to Bonnie Brown, A Great Teacher

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