The Imagination of Land

My family has traditionally traveled a couple times a year to be with my mother’s family, just north of Pittsburgh. Our gathering place was originally my grandparents’ home: several acres of magnificent rural land that is still so vivid to me now. My mother had four siblings, and in addition to my own four siblings and me, one of my aunts also had five kids who were close to us in age. These cousins have often felt like a second set of siblings. We all ran amok all over that land, but my main partners-in-crime were Shane and an older female cousin ours. Shane was never afraid to get dirty or wet, and Samara and I would at least follow, if not embrace, his lead.

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Men’s Rights?

I am grateful that Front Porch Republic (“Place. Limits. Liberty.”) has published an essay of mine. This particular meditation shares an experience I had in graduate school with a class called “Men and Masculinity.” As you can imagine, I then do my best to broach relationships between men and women, essentially arguing that men are too often not taken seriously enough. I also dive into Men’s Rights Activists a little bit. Have you heard of that movement?

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Why it is so Hard to be a Fan of the Chicago Cubs

Admit it: in conversation, when someone mentions they’re a Cubs’ fan, you laugh at them. Internally if not out-loud. You feel pity for them. The Cubs are the “Lovable Losers” after all. Getting shut out at home last night against the hated Cardinals was a good reminder that the Cubs have been doing the rest of Major League Baseball (MLB) favors for more than 100 years. Here are three reasons why it’s so difficult to be a Cubs’ fan:

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Five Reasons Why the Chicago Cubs Despise the St. Louis Cardinals

The 2015 Major League Baseball (MLB) season kicks off tonight when the Chicago Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals. Tune in for a Jon Lester-Adam Wainwright pitching duel! This will be the first of 19 games these two teams will play against each other this spring, summer, and fall. The two teams have been playing each other in some form since 1885. All kinds of rational and irrational reasons contribute to the fire of sports rivalries, but here are a few reasons why the Chicago Cubs (and their fans!) hate their neighbors to the west:

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