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The Problem Of Modern Medicine

Modern medicine can save our lives many times around. Yet, why do so many people mistrust it? Here’s the underlying problem with modern medical techniques.

While I was getting my dose of bandwagon football last weekend, I realized that the cornerback must be the most underappreciated player on the team. Now, since the typical Musings demographic is decidedly not a sports fan, and since most people are probably reading this for some diatribe on modern medicine, please bear with me for a minute….

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When Is It Okay To Wear Leggings As Pants?

Some people are vehemently against wearing leggings as pants. This is what they’re actually doing when they express their disapproval….

Raise your hand if you think it’s an outright crime of fashion to wear leggings as pants — as in, leggings with nothing else over them. If you’re like some people I know, you may be waving both arms in the air vehemently now. Well, I have a secret to tell. I think wearing leggings as pants is….

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The Gifts That Make Teaching Worthwhile

Last night, I was given a gift. It was my second of the week — and one that the teachers of young children rarely receive. I had been surprised to hear from the parents of a child I worked with 30 years ago. At that time, I was a resource teacher for the state of Arizona,…

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I Traveled The World, Trying To Find My Home

As I approach my 32nd birthday, I find myself struggling with this concept of “home.” They say, “Home is where the heart is.” But what if your heart is in more than one place? They also say, “Home is where you hang your hat.” But what if you prefer to hang your hat in the…

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Spoiled By Early Success

In the campy teen movie Napoleon Dynamite, there is a particularly pathetic character named Uncle Rico. He was quarterback of a high school football team that came this close to winning state. Now, decades later, he spends all day filming himself reenacting that game. He’s caught in his long-gone glory days, and nothing interesting has happened…

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My Teacher Made Me Ashamed To Be An Introvert

I love eating alone. Aside from the fact that it gives me a chance to catch up on my reading, it just makes more sense. Yes, eating together is a social tradition dating back to our cave-people days, but let’s think about this for a second: 1) Being “social” generally entails talking to another human…

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Life Is Too Good Not To Breathe

Editor’s note: Peter Loggins is a legend within the swing dance community. He’s also an old friend and a source of inspiration. Aside from dancing, Peter used to be a competitive runner, skateboarder, and snowboarder, and is one hell of a tattoo artist. He is, in short, one of the baddest badasses you’ll ever meet.…

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I Wish Cars Had A “My Bad” Horn

A few days ago, I almost plowed my car into a shiny new BMW because the dumbass in the Beemer failed to check for oncoming traffic (that is, me) before making a turn. Unmentionable profanities spewed from my mouth as I was forced to swerve around him at 50 mph. But then, I looked over…