Not OK

Recently, at the grocery store, stocking up on healthy snacks for my youngest, I got a hankering for a little self-indulgence. There was an on-sale display of Dove lotion. I should immediately have thought of their inspirational Campaign for Real Beauty. Instead, a creepy voice in my head said, “It rubs...

No High-twitch Muscle Fiber Here

One of the commentators during the Olympics a few years ago made note of a gymnast’s high-twitch muscle fiber. Immediately, my years of being less-than-athletically inclined all made sense to me. It’s high-twitch muscle fiber that I’m missing! It’s not that I ever tried very hard to be an athlete....

Wrestling His Last Steer

With all due apologies to animal rights activists, I was transfixed by an obituary I read in the New York Times for Pete Burns, 85, “a retired competitive bareback rider, bull rider and steer wrestler.” Although he grew up in Chicago, he discovered rodeo sports while attending the University of...

The Great Debate

This month saw a landmark debate between one of my favorite scientists, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and one of my least favorite creationists, Ken Ham the Creation Museum Guy. While I don’t think many converts were won to either side, I admit to enjoying the very idea of such a debate. As someone who...

An Act of True Love

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. “Love” is a word that gets meaninglessly tossed around a lot these...

A Tribute to Redheads

Have you ever noticed that redheads often have strong—and sometimes funny—personalities? I enjoyed watching Carol Burnett receive the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor on PBS last night. I needed a laugh, and the show delivered. Carol’s red hair and the tribute paid to her by Lucie Arnaz,...

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