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Breaking the rules — and feeling good about it

I once worked for an organization that required a fair amount of business travel. I had a colleague who, for medical reasons, had to eat frequent, small meals. But when […]... More>


The Graying of Trauma: Revisiting Vietnam’s POWs

The Vietnam War was still raw in the collective American memory when the award-winning 1978 film The Deer Hunter brought home the horror of the POW experience. The film tells […]... More>


Do We Have an Internal Calorie Counter?

Many explanations have been offered for the country’s obesity epidemic, and one is nutritional ignorance. People simply don’t know what a calorie is, so how can they be expected to […]... More>


Wealth, Welfare and the Brother-In-Law Rule

One of the enigmas of the American political landscape is the impoverished Republican. This is the American with very little money, and many unmet needs, who nevertheless votes for people […]... More>


Labors Lost? Memories of Childbirth

I’m told, by women I trust, that childbirth is an experience unlike any other. These women have vivid and enduring memories of labor and birth, becoming a mother, giving life. […]... More>