Column: 1950s Reboot

 Sex, consensual or involuntary, may lead to pregnancy. In humans, the individual carrying the eggs that may be fertilized during sexual contact is the female. The male contribution is a microscopic packet of genes that account for less than half of the total complement of genetic Continue reading “Column: 1950s Reboot”

Column: Expressway to Revolution

Author’s note:  I wrote “Expressway to Revolution,”  four years ago, while Trump was in office, and the year before my mother died. Much has happened recently to heighten the questions and concerns I reflect on in this piece. It’s also a fond tribute to my mother, as this was one Continue reading “Column: Expressway to Revolution”

The Pest

In 1347 a ship from Caffa, a city in the Crimea on the coast of the Black Sea under siege by Mongol attackers, docked in the port of Messina on the eastern coast of Sicily.  Several of the sailors and passengers on board had taken ill during the passage.  The army besieging Caffa Continue reading “The Pest”

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