Health

The Asian Glow: What I Didn’t Know Could Have Killed Me

Have you ever heard of the Asian Glow? Despite being 1/4 Japanese, until two months ago, I hadn't either. This morning I went looking for something: a specific flashlight I like. Normally it sits on top of this Indian cabinet we have (it was made in India, we bought it in upstate New York). I…
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Puerto Rico Joins Four U.S. States, Restricting Abortion Rights

Is Puerto Rico quietly trying to restrict abortion, joining eight U.S. states doing an end run around Roe v. Wade? I'm not sure how this got passed me. And further, why isn't this being reported in U.S. mainstream media? Only seven days after the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's Senate introduced restrictions on…
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Weedmaps Article

This was supposed to be a reported piece about cannabis consumers who had previously been reluctant to try cannabis. I was never supposed to be the main focus of the article. I honestly don't believe my story is so compelling.  From the outside, Sarah Ratliff's family seemed to live the ideal life. I never said…
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Genetic Testing for My Future Dogs and Fighting for ACA: The Dichotomy of Being American

The haves and have nots: to me, this epitomizes the dichotomy of being American. [caption id="attachment_1987" align="aligncenter" width="1254"] Not Sally but another German shepherd dog looking intimating.[/caption] I began liking dogs when I was really little. In particular I fell in love with German Shepherds. The man who owned the dry cleaners my mother frequented had one in…
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DESPUÉS DEL NALED: Una entrevista con Sadhu Govardhan

Bueno, la buena noticia es que ya no se fumigará a Puerto Rico con Naled. Yay, ¿verdad? Pero, ¿podemos estar tranquilos? No tan rápido. Ya quisiéramos. No es tan sencillo. Volví a hablar con Sadhu Govardhan y le pregunté sobre las implicaciones de este reciente acontecimiento –y lo que se propone se utilice en su…
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THE NALED AFTERMATH: Follow Up Interview with Sadhu Govardhan

Well, the good news is that Puerto Rico will not be aerial spraying Naled over the island. Yay, right? We can rest easy? Not so fast. I wish. It's not quite that simple. I went back to Sadhu Govardhan and asked him what the implications and about what is being proposed to use in its…
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El Asalto Naled—Una Entrevista con Sadhu Govardhan

Si eres un viajero ocasional o frecuente a Puerto Rico, o nunca has ido pero estás pensando en visitar la isla (o si vives ahí), sin duda has escuchado sobre el virus del Zika. Y si eres un fanático de los medios de comunicación convencionales, es probable que hayas leído que es un virus peligroso…
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The Naled Assault—An Interview with Sadhu Govardhan

Whether you are an occasional or frequent traveler to Puerto Rico, have never been but are considering visiting the island or you live here, you’ve no doubt heard or read about the Zika virus. If you’re a fan of mainstream media, you have probably read that it is a dangerous virus that poses all sorts…
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Was My Job Killing Me? I Know it Made Me Look Fat in It.

This was originally written in January 2014. [caption id="attachment_650" align="alignleft" width="205"] That's me on the right at the 50th birthday of a dear friend named Millie. The photo was taken in January 2014. I was disgusted with myself and my weight.[/caption] My weight has been an endless source of frustration for many years. It’s been…
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