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Why I Won’t Get a Tattoo

I don’t like butterflies or shamrocks or tigers on people (not "on people" as in a man-eating tiger, rather "on people" as in a tiger snaking down an arm). Maybe it’s symbolism these tattooees are after, but here’s what I see: The butterfly lover is an 8-year-old girl...

Unconscious Coupling

Driving home the other day I saw an older couple waiting to cross the street. Nothing alarming there, right? And yet the scene evoked the type of fear usually reserved for that gap of time between medical tests and medical test results. Why, you wonder, would such a...

Sure, It’s Funny. But Am I Allowed to Laugh?

The other night I saw a Jack-In-The-Box commercial promoting their breakfast burritos. The tagline was, “Burritos so big they make everything look smaller.” I stared at the TV, then rewound it. Yep. I saw it again. Little people, dwarves, midgets—call them what you...

4 Words I Wish They’d Stop Saying

Thanks to our DVR, I don’t see many commercials anymore. But occasionally we’re forced to watch live TV (like over the holidays, when regular programming is replaced with a 24-hour loop of It’s a Wonderful Life), which eliminates the possibility of fast forwarding,...