The Red Balloon

Margaret awoke on a spring morning, a morning that would prove to be a most memorable one. “Good morning, Monroe. Hello Sam," she said, grabbing her cane from her bedside. Her cats followed her into the kitchen and jumped on the counter as she started a pot of tea. “Oh my, you two must be... Continue Reading →

The Essential Nine Amino Acids

Amino acids are like legos. They come in many different shapes and sizes and they join together to form structures in our body called proteins. But these structures are constantly breaking down and falling apart, so your body needs a steady supply of them to repair and rebuild. There are 20 amino acids, eleven of... Continue Reading →

Oh…How I Miss That Smell

Below is a story I wrote using nothing but dialogue. There are only three characters. I couldn’t use them to describe their surroundings in any way. This was a fun exercise that made me think of creative ways to convey setting. “Hey Nate. I didn’t think I’d see you here today.” “Oh, hi Dick! Yeah,... Continue Reading →

Putting the ‘Electro’ in Electrolytes

I love electrolytes. Anytime the word “electro” can be worked into a nutrition term, then I’m a fan. Hell, I’ll eat and drink more electrolytes just because the name is cool. But electrolytes, like antioxidants, are more than a sexy nutrition term. Electrolytes are minerals with electrical powers. They use their electricity to send communication... Continue Reading →

My Circus Talent

I had spent my entire childhood trying to accomplish a dream: work in the circus. I fell in the love the first time I heard the creepy music and saw the ringmaster with his dazzling hat introduce a sword swallower. There was one thing missing from the circus, though. So at age seven, I practiced... Continue Reading →

Calories and Campfires

Our metabolism is like a campfire. When we eat food and drink, it's sent to the liver to be metabolized and burned away like wood to produce heat (calories). If we hork down too much, like three out of every four people in America, we’re tossing a large amount of wood on a fire that... Continue Reading →

Parquet Floors to the Past

I wake up, surprised to find myself on the floor at my grandma’s house. Excited to be home, though, I dust myself off and follow the parquet floors up three steps to the kitchen. My body feels unusually sore. “Mom?” She isn’t in her chair by the window, coloring with her favorite set of colored... Continue Reading →

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