We Need More Than A Tweet

It just happened again. My Twitter mentions blew up, because someone posted a tweet soliciting names of favorite female science writers after most of the students in a science communication class couldn’t come up with a single one. I have no doubt that the tweet was well-intentioned, but all I could think is, oh no, […] …

We Need More Than A Tweet

Winter Theme Week: Why Is Falling So Funny?

This week, we’re celebrating the holiday by looking at some favorite wintry posts. On Feb 26, 2013, Christie considered why falling [for example, in the snow] is so funny. The other morning while we were walking our dogs, my husband slipped on some snow and fell down in front of me. One moment he was […] …

Winter Theme Week: Why Is Falling So Funny?

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

Outdoors After Dark

This post originally ran on November 11, 2014. It’s 6 am on an early November morning, and I am tiptoeing up a juniper hillside with a rifle slung over my shoulder. I’m following Adam, my friend and guide, when suddenly he stops. “Listen.” It’s still completely dark, except for the sea of stars above us, […] …

Outdoors After Dark

Pink Is Not Her Color

    * It’s October, which means pink ribbons everywhere you turn. These breast cancer awareness campaigns can be hopeful and empowering, but they can also be deceptive and unscientific and can mask the realities of what it means to live with cancer. Catherine Guthrie’s new memoir, FLAT: Reclaiming My Body From Breast Cancer offers […] …

Pink Is Not Her Color

Redux: Spoetry

Damn, where did the summer go? I’m off this week to enjoy the last of it, and I hope you’ll take some time away from the internet too. But since you’re here, please enjoy this spoetry, courtesy of LWON’s spammers.  It’s commenter appreciation day here at Last Word on Nothing. If you’ve ever wondered why […] …

Redux: Spoetry