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Fear the Walking Dead Drops the Ball

This article contains spoilers from the first two episodes of Fear the Walking Dead. Fear the Walking Dead, the new show from the makers of The Walking Dead, debuted last week, and it has become clear that the producers have learned absolutely nothing from outcry over the way black males are featured in the original […]

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Pets

Modern Dog Breed Category #2: The Big Babies

Following up on the column from a few weeks ago about the need for new dog breed classifications, here’s the next category. As you might recall, the theory behind these new categories was that personality-based categorization was the most reliable way of measuring how well they conform to a standard.

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Getting Ready for Baby

If your dog isn’t housebroken, don’t get pregnant. If your dog is protective, fearful, or neurotic, don’t have a baby. If your dog is not child-ready, don’t have a child in your home. In an ideal world, the things in the preceding paragraph would be considered logical and not insulting. However, life isn’t logical, and […]

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Food

We Try It: Quorn’s Bacon Style Slices

A lot of vegetarians I know miss the flavor of bacon and it is one of the hardest tastes to replicate when cooking. Unfortunately, for the most part, fake bacon just doesn’t pass muster; the texture, taste, and saltiness just don’t match. Now Quorn, maker of assorted imitation meats, has thrown its hat into the […]

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Pets

It’s Time for Some New Dog Breed Categories

Even though I watch them every year, I really dislike a lot about dog shows. I don’t like the idea that purebred dogs are somehow seen as superior to mutts, I don’t like the ridiculous criteria these dogs are judged by, and most of all, I don’t like the useless way they sort dogs into […]

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Lunchtime Poll: Reminders of How Great You Are

My mother’s value system is different than mine, but she gave me one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever had about life achievements: when you complete something important, buy yourself a piece of jewelry to commemorate it.

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The Runaways’ Complicated Legacy

Trigger warning for discussion of sexual assault.

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Pets

Consider These Dogs When You’re Adopting: Part II

In addition to dogs that attract bad adopters, there are dogs that don’t attract many, or even any, adopters.

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Pets

Consider These Dogs When You Are Adopting, Part I: The Big Four

Back when I was in charge of deciding which dogs our rescue would take, I’d be approached by people with all sorts of dogs who needed help. Some of these were abuse and neglect cases. After a while, I noticed a pattern: certain breeds seemed to be magnets for people who horrifically abused them or […]

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Music

Great Moments in Musical Outrage: “Barracuda”

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart were enjoying the success of their 1976 debut album, Dreamboat Annie, when they saw the ad their record company had placed in Rolling Stone: a full-page, tabloid mockup featuring a picture of the two bare-shouldered sisters and the caption “Heart’s Wilson Sisters Confess: It Was Only Our First Time!”

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Pets

Suburbanization and the Country Dog

It can be very difficult to take a dog from a hunting environment and put them into a suburban household, but for dogs to be successful in their new homes, they must make this transition. This photodocumentary shows the most important parts of the process of suburbanization.

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Food

Reducing Food Waste: Repurposing Leftovers

We’ve discussed the reluctance of people to eat leftovers day after day. Lifestyle magazines often suggest ways to use leftovers for several days in a row, but those methods typically involve a meat-centric meal (e.g., Day 1 roast, Day 2 sandwiches, Day 3 salad) and don’t really apply when you are dealing with a prepared […]

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Food

Reducing Food Waste: Leftovers and Ingredients

For some reason, I seem to be the only person to consume leftovers on a regular basis in my household. If I don’t remember, things are placed in the fridge, not eaten the next day, and by the time I remember them, I’m worried that they have gone bad and I’m not sure when we […]

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Bodies

The Pregnancy Promise

So someone you are close to is having a baby — what an exciting, joyous time. Well, I’m here to make it better, because I’m about to tell you the most important thing you can know, and it’s beautifully, elegantly simple. Don’t comment on the mom’s size or appearance, or the baby’s size. Ever. Not one […]

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Pets

When Rehoming is a Matter of Life and Death

People give up their pets for all sorts of reasons, including illness, inconvenience, and financial problems. But sometimes, a rescue will be contacted by someone who wants to rehome their dog so they can leave an abusive relationship; in such cases, it’s often an issue of life or death for both the dogs and the […]