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On ‘National Nurses Day,’ thank a nurse

You know what is hard about choosing to become a registered nurse? Society assumes you chose the occupation to help people. But then stereotypes your noble profession as a contradiction between a sex symbol and a deranged killer. In real life, there are as many reasons to go into the nursing profession, as there are […]

The surprising truth about consuming high risk foods

Earlier this year I did something that made me wonder if I had lost my sense of culinary adventure. I don’t mean raw, oysters-on the-half-shell-type culinary adventure. What I’m referring to is surrendering to full-fledged FEAR: Forsaking Edibles to Avoid Risk. Here’s what happened. On January 10th, I found an unopened Chobani Greek yogurt in the back of the refrigerator […]

Seven Real Things to Fear on Halloween

It’s that time of year when parents are stressing over Halloween costumes for their little demons, hoping they will come up with something original. And Halloween candy has been decomposing on store shelves for months. Just kidding. Candy can’t decompose because it’s embalmed with chemical preservatives. Anyway, it is also the time of year to […]

Is It Wrong To Swear When Baking for Church Pie Sale?

For our annual church pie sale, I usually keep it simple and use convenient pie crusts that unfold from a box, loading them up with sweet, stress-free fillings. But one lovely summer evening after a satisfying day at the office, I announced I was going to make lemon meringue pies from scratch.  Patrick pointed out that […]