Category Archive: health

swimming in the Charles River

My quality of life totally skyrocketed over this past weekend. That’s because I did something I never thought possible. I swam in Boston’s Charles River. Yes, it was intentional. Yes, it’s perfectly legal.… Continue reading

labyrinths: walking meditations

Are you unsure of the right path to take? Worried about making the right decision? Look for a labyrinth. You can find directories of labyrinths around the world online. With a labyrinth, the… Continue reading

don’t shoot the messenger: gun violence in America

I’m starting to wonder if we’re ever going to get a grip on gun violence. In the past few days alone, a one-year-old baby was shot in the face and killed in his… Continue reading

on sleep & productive dreaming

What is sleep, and what happens when we dream? Getting a good night’s sleep should be simple enough, yet nowadays it’s so difficult. Think about it: your best ideas come when you are… Continue reading

whatever happened to Mary Jane? The politics of pot & the new NORML

With Massachusetts poised to be the 18th state to legalize medicinal marijuana, the politics of pot are set to reach a new high. According to Ballotpedia, the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative, aka Question 3, will appear… Continue reading

left to our own devices

My iPhone is the first thing I pick up in the morning, and the last thing I put down at night. It’s become tethered to my brain, an extension of my physical self,… Continue reading

reflections of an urban cyclista, part 1

I never thought that the act of riding a bicycle was such a powerful political statement until I started riding one every day around Boston. What is it about cycling — or indeed,… Continue reading

sluts to watch out for

Back in the 1980s, when I was at Barnard, there was a pioneering comic strip we used to read called Dykes to Watch Out For. Written and illustrated by Alison Bechdel, the series explored… Continue reading

a big pink stink, One Million Moms gone wild: this week in womanhood

OMG. I mean OMM. It’s been a wild week for us womenfolk. One Million Moms, the American Family Association‘s crankier half, wants us to stop buying our mom jeans at JCP. Why? Well,… Continue reading

America: stuck in the slow lane?

Car manufacturers spend millions each year on advertising, touting their latest models as they glide through glistening nighttime city streets and hug curvy mountain roads, but the reality for the American driver isn’t… Continue reading