With her retirement this year Doreen Orciari will end her 36th year at Yale, 32 of them as editorial assistant at the Journal of Marine Research. She came to work for me as my secretary in December, 1976, when I was chairman of the Department of Geology and Geophysics. It turns out that she was the best Christmas present that I have ever had. Doreen was born and raised as an Irish Catholic in New Haven and spent her youth in somewhat of a dysfunctional family. She spent 12 years amid Catholic nuns who served to add structure to her upbringing, but if asked, Doreen would say that their influence on her life was not a happy one...