Monthly Archives: May 2012

Traps 6

As an engineering marvel, the p-trap of a typical bathroom sink ranks right up there with shadow puppetry and Frank Gehry’s Experience Music Project in Seattle—and is equally unappreciated. The p-trap is that deep bend in the plumbing between the drain and the wall beneath any bathroom sink. The water retained in the p-trap prevents [...]


Tool Time 7

“Right tool for the right job,” my dad always says, and not only does he likely and inexplicably have the specialized tool necessary for an arcane one-off job, but he can reliably put his finger on it when needed. Sadly, that is not an inheritable trait so I try to emulate MacGyver of ’80s TV [...]


Bad boys and girls 15

Diana’s cancer wasn’t an interloper, an invader, or an infection. This cancer didn’t come from a virus or bacteria, though some cancers apparently do. This hodge-podge of a mass in her left lung, the outliers in her right, the bloated lymph nodes, the lesions in her brain, the wayfaring cells plying the pericardial effusion were [...]


Deviant behavior 7

Cozying up by the fire with a good book. Cuddling on the couch with a kitty. Huddling on the hearth with a mug of hot chocolate. Snuggling on the sofa with a soft statistic. You don’t hear that last one much. That’s because statistics aren’t warm and fuzzy, even the good ones. The bad ones [...]