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Shiny New Skepchick

Good news everyone! There’s this new Skepchick who is awesome and fabulous and… well, okay, she’s me.

I’ve been informed that before I’m allowed to take off my pants and get comfy, I need to tell you a bit about myself. So, who the hell am I, and why are they letting weaponised awesomesauce blog in light of intercontinental peace treaties? I go by Michelle Bell, and my day job is as a birth and postpartum doula. This means that I work with pregnant people and their families, or families that are adding new children through adoption/surrogacy/etc, and help them with the rather jarring transition that can happen. It also allows me to support my research habit so it looks like I have a legitimate reason to be pawing through an obscene amount of peer-reviewed research (yes, I know how to have a good time). For some strange reason, I decided it would be a good idea to go back to school, so I’m now working on my BSN with plans to pursue a graduate degree that would allow me to become licensed as a certified nurse midwife. I also am one of the founding Queereka admins and am a wee bit queer, and write a column about LGBTQ health and skepticism. You should send me your questions. No really, do it.

I’m an aspiring cat lady (aren’t we all), have an unhealthy lust for infectious disease and microbiology, and get all a flutter about vaccines. I’ve also got a professional interest in pregnancy, uteruses and vaginas, and parenting, since that last bit usually follows the whole incubation and then subsequent pushing of a person out of said vagina. I have an unhealthy obsession with coffee and whiskey, and if you’d like to know more about that, follow me on the twitters, @MerrieMelodyxx.

So, hi! Thanks for allowing me to stick around. I’m going to go stake out in the whiskey corner with my research, and you’re more than welcome to join me!

Michelle Bell

Michelle is an aspiring cat lady and managing editor of Queereka. Only one of these causes her partners to have much chagrin. She lives next to the most phallic water tower in the United States and occasionally gets paid to play with pregnant ladies and their families while she goes to school to become a nurse. She also has an unhealthy lust for infectious disease and vaccines. You can follow her on twitter at @MerrieMelodyxx for updates on her obscene coffee and whiskey habits.

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15 Comments

  1. As someone who knows Michelle, she’s one of the most funniest, smartest, nicest people I have ever met in my life.

    Good luck, Michelle! And congratulations!

    ~ Chris Lindsay
    Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics

  2. Welcome, welcome.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go beat this Beatles tune out of my head.

    Sont des mots… BANG, STOP IT!

    qui vont tres bien ensemble… BANG BANG, please stop!

    Tres bien ensemble… BANG BONK UHHH, please, please. *wimper*

  3. Welcome Michelle! I was born in Ypsilanti (but didn’t live there until 2002, when I was 49). Moved from Ypsi to Virginia Beach about two years ago… where today it is about 69 degrees…

    p.s. Ann Arbor may have most of the culture, but they also have water tower envy!

  4. A skeptical doula? so. awesome. can you move to my region of the world?? pretty please?

    My only knowledge of of Ypsilanti comes from the novelty wallpaper that used to grace the walls of the loo at my grandparents cabin. It was all vintage newpaper ads, including one that went, “Though life be cold, do not despair, there’s Ypsilanti Underwear!”

  5. Yep, I’m currently living in Ypsilanti, and that water tower is totally my favourite thing about my little town.

    For Scotch whisky, I’m a bit partial to the Islay Lagavulin, although I’ve only recently started branching out into trying different ones. Most of my whiskey has been Irish up to this point, with Bushmills leading as my favourite, although Tullamore Dew and Jameson have been winning me over (even if they are blended).

    And now I really need some of those Ypsilanti Underwear. Damn you effective and catchy advertising!

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