Monthly Archives: August 2012

My “Dog Days” Hangover

Last night $61 got me, a friend, and our five boys tickets to see Dog Days, the latest movie based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. My buddy and I were in survival mode — both moms were … Continue reading

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On W.E.B. Du Bois, Race, and the Mind’s Architecture

The architecture of the UMass Amherst campus can be forbidding. Aging brick and concrete towers testify to aesthetics best forgotten and a budget crisis impossible to ignore. The building that dominates the campus, and its surrounding landscape, is the rectangular, … Continue reading

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Man Enough

We’ve been on the road since June. In the car, odd souvenirs groan — the autographed minor-league baseball helmets, two retired bowling pins, a camouflage basketball, a small library about Bosnia. The dashboard sensor registers its flickering dismay: the trunk … Continue reading

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Back to School: Top 10 Gluten, Dairy, and Corn Free Breakfast Foods and Snacks

To celebrate our five years of feeding our boys gluten-, dairy-, and corn-free, and to mourn the imminent end of summer, here is a top 10 list of our favorite, go-to processed foods for the kids, foods that make for … Continue reading

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The Fast Food Chain I Really, Really Hope Isn’t Homophobic

Like its food, the recent revelations about Chick-fil-A are nearly indigestible. Oh, Chick-fil-A, I have loved you so. When my first child was born in your theme park (Atlanta), you were my first stop on the way home from the … Continue reading

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On Mitt Romney and Napoleon Dynamite: The Long “Mormon Moment”

Religion and American Culture has just published my article “The Death of Mormon Separatism in American Universities, 1877-1896.” You can check it out electronically here (full text) or on JSTOR (sign-in required for access to full text). This one’s been … Continue reading

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Culinary Play: “Balkan Fusion”

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Alex and I took our first real shot at Balkan cuisine tonight, serving 12 adults and a few kids. Our plan was simple: an appetizer of bread and ajvar, a fresh Ň°opska salad with feta, and a main course of … Continue reading

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