Once Upon a Place: Switzerland

Fieldwork in Stilettos

It’s Friday, which means (amongst other things) it’s time for another travel blooper story. (And be sure to check out last week’s Parisian Ice Cream fiasco if you missed it the first time around.)

Switzerland, circa 2003: my boyfriend-at-the-time and I decided to buy a bottle of wine to celebrate the fact that I’d successfully survived a month in Europe on my own. I was at the halfway point through my first backpacking trip and he was just starting his but we met up for a three day blitz from Strasburg to Interlaken to Vienna.

Kat Richter My Youth Hostel glory days, age 17

Being the proper wannabe-Europeans that we were, we opened the wine on the train and spent the next half hour in a state of drunken bliss, staring out the window and marveling at the passing scenery as if we’d never seen a blade of grass before.

The Swiss…

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IS THIS THING ON? Next week, on SisterWives…

The SisterWives


                     It’s not fair.

                                                                                           You’re lucky you’re so…..

I could never do that.

                                                                                                       I could never wear that.

             She shouldn’t wear that.

                                  What is she thinking?

                              Fit is sexy.

    Real women have curves.

                                                                                    You don’t want muscles….

                                                     Maybe you should eat a salad?

                                                                                                    Go eat a sandwich!

                  Curvy women shouldn’t….

Short women shouldn’t….

                                               Tall women aren’t….

                                                              Men don’t like….

                                                                             You’re so lucky.

                                                              You’re so lucky!

                        This….is why I hate you.

(why I hate myself)



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When Entertainment and Science Don’t Mix

A (or One) Skeptic

There has been some commentary this week about Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week,” which is apparently their big ratings bonanza.

Even the Atlantic did a piece on it.

The problem is with the science. Not so good, it turns out.

Like the fictionalized “documentary” about a 100-foot, 80-ton shark they called Megalodon that also happens to be extinct. And has been for more than a million years. But Discovery resurrected Megalodon, with made-up stories of sightings and attacks.

There is a lot of good science on TV, but most of it is on PBS. In series like Nova, Nature, and occasionally even Frontline, there is a lot that an interested student of science can learn. And some of the programming on Discovery isn’t bad.

Of course, shark week feeds into people’s primal and unreasonable fears. The actual chance of getting attacked by a shark is exceedingly remote: there were about

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Friday Fun – WP.com vs. WP.org

Live to Write - Write to Live

Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION: This week’s question comes from reader Kernan Manion, MD. He writes, “I would like to hear your thoughts about choice of WP.com vs. WP.org and hosting on a web-host. Did you go through a thought process of pros and cons or was it primarily expediency?”

Lee Laughlin CU 7-13Lee Laughlin: At the time we started this blog, the leading free platforms were Blogger and WordPress. WordPress was definitely the way to go if we wanted to put a forth a professional image. Early on, we wanted the focus to be the words, not the technology. Although we knew each other, we weren’t really sure where this was going to go when we started, so we tried to…

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