“Cream cheese & butter, please.” I asked hopefully, when to my horror they said, “outta cream cheese, it’ll have to be Cheese Whiz, buddy.”

Then they asked “… with batter?”

“No, BUTTER,” I clarified — and that’s the story of the ghee whiz bagel.

A Silent Wind

The Nourishing Power of Grand Maternal Music

I was told that scientists believe our dietary requirements can be enhanced by music. I could not believe it at first, but I now know it to be unbelievable yet true. I know, this seems to make no sense, and I was very skeptical when I first heard it. I mean, seriously, how could listening to music be a substitute for material sustenance? How could the hearing of sounds, mere vibrations of ear drums, feed our cells? It seemed preposterous.

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Bellerophon and the Hound of Dax

An Epic of an Emotional Support Animal

I recently read some articles positing a controversy surrounding emotional support animals on flights. One mentioned some examples of unusual support animals, while a New York Times piece described how states were “cracking down” on people taking them “everywhere.” And so I had them on my mind as I boarded my flight the other day, and saw a sequence of events that left me wondering if, between those who favored and those who opposed these animals on flights, there wasn’t a third position.

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Art & Mite

Common Household Items Can Doom Nascent Civilizations

The dust mites were tired of their seemingly aimless existence, and so they decided to do something about it. They formed an art collective, and a literary circle to express, explore, and share their creative impulses. This led to a dust mite renaissance, and the increased creativity and contemplation among the mites, coupled with their new found hunger for the written word, led to their rapid progress on the scientific front too. It was their embrace of art that set the mites on the first steps of a road to establishing a truly “mitey” civilization. Continue reading “Art & Mite”