Identification and Definition


By Lisa Regula Meyer In my Biological Diversity class, I spend a decent amount of time helping my students to understand two major concepts surrounding niches.  An organism’s niche is essentially the role that it plays in its environment and the sum of all its traits.  To be specific, its niche is divided into two […]

Rights and Votes


By Lisa Regula Meyer We’ve recently seen judges move more and more quickly to rule on the side of equality in cases involving same sex marriage bans and the like, with the recent Texas case being a great demonstration of just that move forward.  I’m in Ohio, where we have a similar ban in the […]

Parenting: How Fragile Life Can Be


By Lisa Regula Meyer The last couple of weeks haven’t brought lots of interesting news around our house.  If I’m being honest, it’s been simply more of the same with a friend having a biopsy for possible cancer later this week (can I say “Screw you, cancer”), another friend going through health complications (on top […]

Surrogate: Disaster at a Distance


By Lisa Regula Meyer I normally think of myself as a decent writer- not great, but not horrible, either- but no matter how I try to rearrange the words, this just keeps coming out horribly.  I can’t get the right words to make it anything except depressing and stale and no good.  I try telling […]

Not Sleepless in Seattle, but Foodless in Utah


By Lisa Regula Meyer Apparently, there’s a man in Utah protesting the recent expansion of marriage equality in that state by starving himself.  I’m all for his sentiment of preferring action over speeches, and standing up for your principles.  At the same time, though, I have to wonder if his chosen action fits with the […]



By Lisa Regula Meyer Today marks the start of the holiday shopping season, the day after Thanksgiving, when Americans take to the malls in droves looking for spectacular deals on the latest, greatest thing for this year.  Or at least it had been the start of the shopping season until the recent craze of opening […]

Parenting: Bouncing Back


By Lisa Regula Meye We had quite the scare recently, while riding bikes home from Kenny’s school.  It’s a route we travel pretty much daily during the warm seasons, and we do our best to model good bicycling behavior to him.  Neither Dwight nor I am a fan of bike riding on the sidewalk because […]