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Editorial: Getting Creative with My Writing

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March
2019

Recently, a colleague asked me when I started doing creative writing. That startled me a bit, because I don't think of CEP as a repository of creative writing. Accuracy, clarity, and conciseness take precedence over all else. Then he clarified that he was referring to my editorials. And that made me realize that these are very much an expression of my creativity. So, to get you in the mood for April being National Poetry Month, I decided to go all-out creativity-wise.

Ode to the March 2019 Issue of CEP


This month we feature process intensification

One aspect of which may be flow augmentation

Equipment that is smaller or does more than one function

To the old paradigm, PI causes disruption.


The first article tells of three RAPID teams

Whose projects are the stuff of dreams

Microwaves, solar hydrogen, and hydrofracking

Energy-saving ideas, they are not lacking.


A dividing-wall column replaces two towers with one

It changes the way distillation is done

With a smaller footprint and lower capital cost

And on top of that, no efficiency's lost.


So how do you optimize an intensified route?

That's what the next article is about

Use this building block approach to process design

And watch your energy use decline.


A digital twin software tools can create

To capture the process's every possible state

You can study alternatives and run what-if tests

To figure out which option is best.


This issue contains many other things, too

Whatever your interests, there's something for you

The same can be said of the Spring Meeting which will

Take place in New Orleans and be quite a thrill

Check out the preview after page seventy-four

For sessions and keynotes and events galore.


I've run out of space so now I must stop

But if you like this poem, to the website please hop

There's more rhyming about CEP and its staff

I hope I have made you smile and laugh.


Thank you for coming to read more of my poem

On the website or app that is our virtual home.


The authors who write for this fine magazine

Do it not for the money but to get their names seen

By thousands of people at sites far and wide

For this publication is a valuable guide.


The topics they cover in their technical articles

Range from safety and computers to fluids and particles

From water and energy, from bio to dust

From nano to columns that are resistant to rust

From instrumentation to exchangers of heat

Among chemical magazines, CEP can't be beat.


Our readers know not what we editors do

To make the articles understandable for you

Each page is read over many times with great care

To ensure that no typos can be found anywhere

That tables and figures are in the right places

That all the text fits with no empty spaces

That references include all the necessary data

That symbol font correctly displays mu, rho, and beta

That hyphens appear everywhere hyphens are needed

That the proofreader's comments have been fully heeded.


We take pride in our work and we love what we do

Bringing the latest technology and information to you

But now we must turn to next month's content

And make sure every moment on the job is well spent.

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