Kittens & What To Expect: 5 Essential Tips For When You Adopt

Kittens are endlessly fun and impossibly cute, but it’s also important to know exactly what you’re getting into when you adopt. Here’s a checklist for when you bring home a new kitten, including essential play, biting and litter box tips.
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The End of Animal Farming? A Q&A with Jacy Reese

Jacy Reese wants to end animal farming. You can tell, because that is the title of his new book: The End of Animal Farming. Reese is a committed “effective altruist,” which means that he spends his time thinking about what actions will most efficiently help as many sentient creatures as possible and eliminate the most […] …

The End of Animal Farming? A Q&A with Jacy Reese

There are Two Kinds of People: Those Who Make Their Beds and Those Who Don’t

I was at the pharmacy the other day, waiting for my flu shot, when I spotted a book called Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World. It was written by a retired U.S. Navy Admiral. In his tongue in cheek synopsis of the book at the Guardian, John Crace […] …

There are Two Kinds of People: Those Who Make Their Beds and Those Who Don’t

Not About Voting But For the Love of God, Go Vote! Vote!

This post has nothing to do with voting.  I didn’t notice until I went to schedule it that it was on Voting Day.  Voting is more important than reading this. Please, if you like living in a democracy, go vote.  But if you’ve already voted, then here you go: When I was a kid, one […] …

Not About Voting But For the Love of God, Go Vote! Vote!

In which I talk myself–and you–into going for a walk

This week, you may have seen the following headline in your feeds: “Not exercising enough is worse for you than smoking and diabetes, study suggests.” For 122,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic, better fitness—as demonstrated by better performance on a treadmill test–strongly predicted longer lives. Because there have been some questions about possible health risks […] …

In which I talk myself–and you–into going for a walk

Redux: A storyteller, a shooter

This piece originally ran a year ago, Sept 22, 2018. Right now I’m in the bowels of the Grand Canyon, sending up a flare of a redux. I often think back to this story, especially when violence swells in the world. This is one small antidote. I was with a group kayaking and camping on […] …

Redux: A storyteller, a shooter

I Don’t Like Parenting

I have a confession to make. I’m worried that I don’t like parenting. Don’t get me wrong, I like being a parent. And I definitely love my kid. I like hanging with my family, grilling dinner, listening to my son babble incoherently as my wife giggles and pretends to understand. But the actual work of […] …

I Don’t Like Parenting