Sunday #4

Delayed Sunday #4 due to vacation!

Delay due to vacation at a beautiful island. I could have posted while I am on vacation but I didn’t. One reason is that I am still not so advanced in using devices, therefore, I didn’t have any laptop or tablet that could help me post. The other reason is that I was too busy sitting next to the sea, emptying my brain from any kind of thoughts.

The “Sunday feeling” has this unique property: It disappears during vacation time !!!


Sunday #3

Sundays are like the last sip of wine in your glass:

The aftertaste of the wine you choose to open, that’s how Sundays are. The whole week you go along with a bottle of wine. If it’s a good one, the aftertaste is also good. The bad ones, just leave a bad aftertaste as well.

It’s a matter of choosing to screw “bad wines”sometimes.

Sundays #2

Sunday morning, I am getting ready for my usual coffee session.

I have quit smoking, but I always think of “Coffee and cigarettes” when I am planning to spend my day with my friends over a coffee which will turn into lunch and later into beers.

I love this transformation of coffee into alcoholic beverages as the time goes by, and how we end up saying “Oh shit, we should go home soon, tomorrow is a working days”….

What a nice thing: Being lazy with friends a day before working week starts!!





Sundays #1

Weekend in the Netherlands, where the weather keeps on changing minute by minute.

On Friday, I spent the day at the beach looking for shells under the sun. I came back home with a mixture of sand and sunscreen on my skin. How nice it is to find traces of sand on your bag, coming days.

On Saturday, I spent the day with my beloved one at home. Low temperature and the rain were a good reason to spend the day at home.

Today is Sunday and here I am looking outside my window. The sky is still grey and soon it is going to rain. To my surprise, I don’t have the Sunday melancholy. To the contrary, I realize a secret anticipation for next week.

Sundays are not only meant for melancholic thoughts…

Sundays are better spent when people actively avoid worries and negative thoughts so to set the grounds for an exiting week.

Do “toxic people” exist?

I believe there are no “toxic people”. People can be unpleasant, evil, malicious, nasty or mean. Really a lot of words to be used apart from the word “toxic”, in that respect.

My objection is based on the actual meaning of the word “toxic”. Whether something is toxic or not, depends on the dose. Paracelsus, the father of toxicology, said it long ago.

If people are toxic, then you simply reduce the dose to its bare minimum. At so low doses, there is really no need to bother describing those people.

If people are malicious, then it is really not your problem. You cannot change them and maybe it’s better for you to protect yourself from those people.

Our intellect allows to critically reflect on people’s behaviors and traits. We may simply consider leaving the word “toxic” as a descriptive to a substance rather than a person.

People are complex creatures that deserve an effort to be first understood and then evaluated. If we try, we will see clearly through them. And who knows, we may find magic souls and beautiful hearts.


The universe does not make conspiracies

Freddie Mercury said it all: “I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now!”. I do not find a reason to wait for the “universe” to send me what I wish for. I will work my way there, and yes I will be thrilled to see the “positive energy from the universe” on my side, but let us be honest:

The universe only reflects the outcome of our own actions. So work your way to accomplishing your goals, whatever your goals are.  No one will be more willing to make your dreams become true than yourself.

In any case, an honest effort, in achieving our goals,  deserves the attention from the “universe” and the support from our people.



An Alternative Cover Letter

I wonder if I get invited for an interview after this cover letter I sent:

Dear Sir or Madam,

Having seen the advertisement for the position of ### at @@@ I am writing to you in order to highlight my motivation and relevant experience with respect to this position.

In the spirit of honesty, I will start with downsides, rather than my upsides which are rather outstanding. It might occur that non-academic world hesitates to hire Drs, however, I am convinced that my skills and qualifications are vital for private market. My personal goal, after my graduation, is to make a significant contribution to the world of regulatory affairs and registration of chemicals/products. I love learning, but I like application even more, therefore, I believe I am the right match for this position at @@@, a leading industry in paints and not only.

Admittedly, my research has been industry oriented as I have been working with @@@@, however, always maintaining academic standards. My final thesis was evaluated as sufficient which sounded almost worrying. But wait a second, I managed to produce a sufficient amount of work, which proves my skills to resolve complex issues, by myself and on time.

Apart from demonstrating my analytical skills by developing a decision analytic framework I also demonstrated my communication skills by establishing mutual agreements between economists, toxicologists and statisticians in order to finalize my interdisciplinary project.

During this project, I lived in many countries in Europe and I worked in three different work environments (academia, industry, research centers), indicating my strong international and multicultural orientation. The results of my thesis have made a contribution to the process of getting chemicals registered under regulatory constraints.

More important than my skills is the sense of responsibility which drives me in life. I am a good listener but with my own views still there. I speak my opinion with robust argumentation as I did during my negotiations to turn my research into a more ‘toxicological’ direction. Using strong arguments, providing a feasible plan for the recommended change, coupled with a smile most of the times lead you to the desired result.

Having highlighted my downsides and most importantly my upsides, I wish we will have the chance to further talk about a feasible plan that will allow me to make a contribution to @@@ as a ###. I would like to thank you for accepting my application. I wish you luck with the recruiting process and I am looking forward to meeting you.


Sincerely yours,

M. De Leone