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Book Ends

Books have taken over our house. They’re underfoot in the living room, piled up on the dining room table, and cluttering the kitchen. Not that we’re all that erudite, mind you. Too many of those books are along the lines of Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy for me to pretend to any high ... Read More »

Getting Started

The hardest part of doing anything is getting started. That’s probably why most of us never get around to starting our own business until life kicks us in the butt. Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose, after all. For those who are thinking of striking out on their own, but can’t quite get the motivation, there’s Guy ... Read More »

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Because one is badly needed on the set of Fox's new medical drama, "House." Read More »

We Have Met the Enemy, and They are Us

The true root causes of our healthcare crisis Read More »

Deflecting Time’s Ungentle Touch

Transforming a beer belly back into a six pack Read More »

Oh, That Aching Back

Who among us has not felt the nagging pain of an aching back? Very few, if the statistics are to be believed. Back pain affects up to seventy-percent of adults in developed countries (probably more in undeveloped countries where back-breaking labor is the norm). It even beat out Bob Woodward for the coveted cover story of Newsweek recently. As common ... Read More »

My Life With Corpses

Walking among the dead in Kansas and academia Read More »

Alternate States

There’s a movement afoot to stop labeling those who think differently as disabled, but instead to think of them as neurally diverse: As the number of Americans with brain disorders grows, so has skepticism toward the grab bag of syndromes they are being tagged with, from A.D.D. to Asperger’s to bipolar I, II or III. But in a new kind ... Read More »

John Kerry’s Democracy

The Kerry campaign's odd version of the democratic process Read More »

Hadrian’s Wall

Life among the Caledonian savages, circa 368 A.D. Read More »