Anthropology


After a long day of work, one of my favorite ways to relax is cooking dinner. Seriously. Ask anyone who knows me: I love to cook. Nothing fuels my creative juices like trying a new recipe. Shopping for ingredients, mastering a new technique, even chopping vegetables—I relish it all. My infinitely patient husband calmly endures my culinary experiments. Tomorrow I’m subjecting him to butternut squash soup in pumpkin bowls. Of course, the best part is earning rave reviews.

What is it about humans and their obsession with food? (more…)

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.”  —Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, Act 1

Mother’s Day is just around the corner—time to bust out cards, flowers, and breakfast-in-bed to let those special women know just how much they mean to us. We value their love, wisdom, and long-suffering patience. We’re also thankful if we inherited Mom’s eyes or smile. But that’s not all we have to thank Mom for.

It may not look good on a Hallmark card, but we should also be thankful for Mom’s mitochondrial DNA. (more…)