Checking Out the Fish Bait

TRUE FISHERPERSONS have certain responsibilities during the first few weeks of the season. Fishing vest pockets must be scraped clean of the once-squirming and now-shriveled night crawlers from last year. In tackle boxes, forgotten peanut-butter sandwiche ...

Flying Cowboys

A Day At the Rodeo. THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT a cowboy. The hat pulled down over the eyes, the nothing-but-blue-jeans wardrobe, that leather-chaps strut. He’s a time traveler, a piece of living history, as romantic as the cover of a gothic novel or a ...

Rescuing Men: The New Television Masculinity

“Rescuing Men: The New Television Masculinity in Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck, The Shield, Boston Legal, and Dexter” won the 2010 Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Broadcast Education Association. Read it here.

19 Secrets to a Happy Marriage

  “Road-tested strategies for a stronger, closer bond with your man.” Well, that was Redbook’s deck for this piece when it appeared a few years ago. Here’s the link to 19 Secrets to A Happy Marriage.  

Sick About Health Care

The quality of health care journalism in America makes Gary Schwitzer ill. Here’s a piece I wrote for the University of Minnesota alum magazine that was picked up by MinnPost.  

The Poetry of Wood Ticks

AS I GRAB its fat little body with my designated wildlife-removal tweezers, as I pull slowly and evenly on its thorax so that its mouthparts disengage smoothly, as I hold my son down in the chair with one hand and say, “Sit still, this will be over in a m ...

The Gardener’s Heart

I INHERITED A MASTER gardener’s work when I bought my single-woman house nine years ago. I moved in over one stress-filled weekend: surgery on Friday morning, a final divorce notice on Saturday. Four weeks later, with my hand firmly over my scar, I left t ...

Sadly, A Tagged Tree

WELL, THEY TAGGED my tree. No, I don’t mean my 100-year-old elm earned itself a traffic violation. I mean some fool wandering around the neighborhood in the wee hours of the morning decided to paint his moniker on the trunk of our tree. On a tree. On an ...

The New Alpha Male

PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL players are thugs. They are hired to be thugs. If they are not thuggy enough on the field, they are mocked and shamed publicly for bad thuggery. The big business that is the NFL and its many media permutations depends upon the playe ...

Garbage Detail

YOU KIDS, GET back here and clean up this litter before I ground you! Well, that’s what I’d like to say, but I have no maternal power over those who walk the neighborhood sidewalks and drive the neighborhood streets leaving a wake of detritus scattered on ...