Some Stories

I’m just saying no to mammography: Why the numbers are in my favor, Washington Post

The Molester and MeSlate
My high school coach was like a dad to me, until he abused my teammate and violated us all.

Why I Blog, Last Word On Nothing
Blogging is my commitment to the act of creation.

Could You Find Contentment in Your Own Backyard? Oprah Magazine
How a morning walk showed me the way home.

Bracing: A military brat remembers 9/11/01Last Word On Nothing

What beer and running taught me about scienceRunner’s World, Last Word On Nothing

Convincing the Public to Accept New Medical Guidelines, Miller McCune/Pacific Standard
It’s not the evidence, but the narrative presentation that matters most.

Believe Tyler? Bicycling magazine
When it comes to Tyler Hamilton, the most interesting question isn’t if he’s guilty or innocent of doping, but why each of us has chosen a side.

It May Be Fake, but Trust Me—It’ll WorkSlate
When is it kosher for doctors to prescribe placebos?

The change in mammogram guidelinesThe Los Angeles Times
After a federal panel pulled back its recommendations for screenings, a debate continues to rage about the wisdom or risk of it.

The downside of awareness campaignsThe Los Angeles Times
Despite the pink ribbon push, cancer deaths have dropped only slightly. And the focus on awareness may be pushing more women into treatment unnecessarily.

I don’t know why the caged girl screams, Last Word On Nothing
Unanswered questions about dioxin and Agent Orange.

Jet Blues, Mother Jones
Flying’s moral dilemma: Your family or your climate?

Thanksgiving Turkey for the Soul,  Mother Jones

Christie Aschwanden’s Painful TruthRunner’s World

To Dope or Not to Dope? NPR
Will the incentives to compete clean ever exceed the payoff of taking drugs?

Flight of the Bumble Bee, Runner’s World
Why would anyone run all night through some of the West’s most rugged mountains just to help some other guy finish a completely ridiculous race? I went to the Wasatch Front 100-mile ultramarathon to find out.***

Doctors Balk at Cancer Ad, Citing Lack of Evidence, The New York Times
Some doctors are questioning a cancer society ad campaign on sunscreen because most skin cancer is not life-threatening.

One Daughter, One Dad, Two Bikes,  Health 
How a bike ride across Kansas began a new chapter in my relationship with my father.
*Winner of the 2007 Outstanding Essay Award from the American Society
of Journalists and Authors.