Category Archives: Health

Prelude: Twelve songs of Christmas

They say music tames the savage beast. Whoever “they” are, they got the quote wrong. It was actually, “Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast.” Somehow, they mistook a breast for a beast. They’re stupid. Perhaps you can tell … Continue reading

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Blue Moon on Monday

My wife has loved Duran Duran since they broke through the American music scene in the early 1980s. If I’m being honest, I’ve been a fan since then, too — although I’ve been loathe to admit it ever since being teased … Continue reading

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The law of diminishing retinas

Last Tuesday night, as I was backing out of a parking space, I turned my head to the right to look behind me and spotted a meteor cutting a brilliant line through the sky. Which was weird, because there was … Continue reading

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Testing my limits

It was the most devastating phone call I’ve ever received, and certainly not something a 16-year-old kid is prepared to face. Yet on that long-ago Saturday morning, all across the county where I grew up and went to school, hundreds … Continue reading

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Feckless checklist

Sitting at home with a sleep-deprived, cranky six-year-old? Check. Trying to pry the ten-year-old away from a new videogame to do homework? Check. Refereeing multiple shouting matches over the shared usage of said videogame? Check. Responsible for delivering three bulky … Continue reading

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