Side Effects

It’s 7:49 in the morning. I am making my son’s favorite oatmeal—bananas & cream, using milk instead of water and with extra quick oats added in—and, as I hand it to him, he slumps down in his seat. Sour-faced, he grunts and reaches out a hand to slap the bowl …

I’m Going to Mars!

Fine, if I must be specific, my name is going to Mars. Thanks to a hilarious, useless, and completely awesome program—Send my Name to Mars—a microchip containing submitted names will travel to the Red Planet on the Mars2020 rover next year. You don’t have to explain that to me twice! …

A New Colossus

Unlike the giant, arrogant statue of ancient Greece, Ours is a powerful woman holding a torch with a flame made of lightning.Her name is the Mother of Refugees, Mother of Outcasts.With her guiding light, she welcomes the world.With her compassionate eyes, she commands all she sees.“We don’t need the glory …

Juneteenth & The “One Race”

TW: mention of slavery and Christianity, and also some potentially offensive posters. Today is Juneteenth, a commemoration of the official end of slavery in the United States that I didn’t know existed until four years ago. Here’s a quick history of Juneteenth: On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger came to …

Curiosity is Adorable

Curiosity is the most adorable ginormous robot on two planets. Look at its happy little face! (Source) I know it’s not actually the size of a corgi like Wall•E (though I’ll always picture it that way, to be honest). The size of a Kia Sorento or not, Curiosity is adorable, …