Céad Míle Fáilte

Not my usual light fare, but we get enough leprechaun crap elsewhere, right? If you’re like me, you learned about the Great Famine, a potato blight in the mid-1800s that led to the death and emigration of millions of Irish. But if you scratch below the surface, you’ll learn that there were plenty of other […]

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Poetry Sunday

This last week or so has been tough for a lot of people I know and love.  Two friends lost their father, one lost her older brother. The most prominent social media voice for breast cancer died. Plus, ordinary crises of life seemed to cluster. Amid that has been immense beauty too, testimony to the […]

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The Sky Is Blue, Water is Wet, Etc.

I’m not a finger-on-the-pulse kind of gal, but this story caught my attention yesterday. A women posted this picture on tumblr. Believe it or not, people all over the world are arguing now about what colors are in this dress. Some people see it as black and blue; others as white and gold. Turns out […]

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Privilege

I’ve been following the “anti-vaxxer” movement over the last few weeks. The arguments are predictably crazy – there are people who don’t trust or understand scientific research and people who see a Big Fill-In-The-Blank (Data/pharma/government) Conspiracy around every corner. Irrationality is the dead end street of these discussions and nowhere does it glare more brightly than in […]

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Prognostication

NPR is running a series called Living Cancer leading up to the upcoming PBS premier of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. In case you didn’t know, I’ve had this highlighted on my calendar for months, as the book by Siddhartha Mukherjee is one of my favorites. In fact, I have two copies, so if […]

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Permanent Solution to a Temporary Problem

On the way home from school yesterday, my daughter told me that a boy who attended another school committed suicide over the weekend. His name was Grant Egbers. I don’t know anything about him or his situation; but he attended a top-notch school, belonged to a neighboring parish, and a quick google search indicates he […]

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Fists, noses, and a deadly virus

Measles was declared eliminated in the US in 2000, but still affects other areas of the world and killed 145,000 people worldwide in 2013. It’s airborne, highly contagious, has no specific treatment, and carries a risk of severe side effects. It is especially dangerous to pregnant women. Now that’s an ugly trend line. Measles is on the uptick in America. […]

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Hamstrung

Like other January Warriors, I decided to increase the intensity of my workouts three weeks ago. I’m training to run a 5k with my kids in May. Yesterday when a pain started rippling from my hip to my knee. Dr. Google and I settled on a diagnosis: my IT band is acting up, so this morning, instead […]

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Moving Forward

Last night President Obama commemorated the sixth anniversary with a State Of The Union address full of his inspiring, soaring rhetoric and packed with his trademark high-minded idealism. You can watch it here. The magnitude of this man and all he represents being elected President of the United States in 2008 continues to reverberate, like […]

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Je Suis Confused

By now you certainly know that twelve people were killed in France on January 7th in a terrorist attack. The satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, was the target, reportedly as a revenge for the magazine’s ridiculing of Islam’s central figure, the Prophet Muhammad. Some Muslims consider it blasphemy. In the wake of this terrible crime, people across […]

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