Triumph at the Turkey Bowl

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(originally appeared in the Healthy by Nature column on NetizenIsland, a now defunct culture website) The turkey is safely thawing in the refrigerator, the pantry is stocked with cans of black olives and cranberry goo, and you’ve hauled the card table and folding chairs out of the storage shed. Now that you have everything ready for the big feast, I’ll bet …

What Makes a Fruit?

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(originally appeared in the Healthy by Nature column on NetizenIsland, a now defunct culture website) In my introductory column, I revealed the magic formula at the heart of every healthy lifestyle. Here it is again: Eat well and get some exercise. Now, that isn’t very hard. So why aren’t more of us doing it? I think people find this advice easy …

Go Outside and Play

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(originally appeared in the Healthy by Nature column on NetizenIsland, a now defunct culture website) When I was invited by Netizen Island to write their men’s health column, my enthusiasm was dimmed with a small surge of panic. I’m just a 35-year-old freelance writer with a bike rack on my car, an exercise machine on the back patio, and beer in …

Attack of the Great Pumpkin

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(originally appeared in the Healthy by Nature column on NetizenIsland, a now defunct culture website) It is a dark and stormy night. Tiny, nightmarish creatures whirl through the neighborhood, ravenously devouring every ill-fated thing that wanders into their paths. The victims’ tortured screams would be too horrible for any sane person to endure, but for one thing: The neighborhood is your …