My Application For the Browns GM Position

Cleveland Browns 76 Lou Groza Blvd Berea, OH, 44017    Dear Mr. Haslam, First let me congratulate you on your (somewhat) recent purchase of the Cleveland Browns football franchise. As a long-time fan, I was overjoyed that the team finally had an owner as passionate about his football team and front-office hiring process as he is about honoring rebates to his valued Pilot Flying J customers. Unfortunately, it appears Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi are failing you in your coaching search and underwhelmed in last year’s free-agency signings. While Lombardi has excelled at beating the...

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Scientific American: Anti-Obesity Is Not The New Homophobia

My latest post for the Scientific American Guest Blog is up. It’s a response to an article at Salon that promotes some dangerous ideas about obesity by equating anti-obesity sentiments to homophobia, and downplaying the medical risks of obesity. As someone with weight problems, I thought it was important to publicly disagree with what was said in the Salon article. If you’d like to weigh in (pun intended) on the subject, the article can be found here: “Anti-Obesity Is Not The New...

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Remembering 9/11

9/11 was a traumatic day for all Americans, myself included. While I didn’t lose anyone I knew that day, we all lost a piece of ourselves. My experience of the event is complicated by the fact that I’m an Arab-American Muslim. All three pieces of that identity – the Arab, the American, and the Muslim – were profoundly effected by the events of that day. Five or six years ago, I began writing about my experiences, and over the course of the next few years, revisited that piece, fine-tuning it into the memoir short that was published by Mobius: The Journal of Social...

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A Light in June

So I’ve been a bad blogger, haven’t I? June goes by, and no posts. July passes, and still no posts. Well, I hope you’ll forgive me, because I have the best excuse in the world! Please welcome Nour, our newborn daughter. Her name means ‘Light’ in Arabic, and if you’ll forgive the cliche, she’s lit up our lives. Consider that out of the three sons my parents had, they in turn produced eight children, seven of them boys, prior to Nour’s birth. I never bought the idea that there is a 50/50 chance of having one or the other for a given couple. The...

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Tagged: The Lucky 7 Game!

Over at my writer’s group, Philangelus carpet-tagged a bunch of us with the Lucky 7 Game. This writer-sport’s gone viral, and though I’ve seen it spreading throughout my cyberspace haunts for a few weeks, I hadn’t been tagged until today. The rules of the game, shamelessly copied from Philangelus’s blog, are as follows: 1. Go to page 77 of your current MS 2. Go to line 7 3. Copy down the next seven lines as they’re written–no cheating! Here is my problem. My current MS is a short story I’m working on for a contest. In the unlikely event that a...

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‘Soylent Pink’ is Pet Food!

Yesterday, The Daily posted “Partners in Slime‘,” an article interviewing two former Food Safety Inspection Service employees about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s continued purchases of low grade meat. But is this ‘soylent pink’, as microbiologist Carl Custer puts it, akin to pet food? According to The Daily, yes: Made by grinding together connective tissue and beef scraps normally destined for dog food and rendering, BPI’s Lean Beef Trimmings are then treated with ammonia hydroxide, a process that kills pathogens such as salmonella and E. coli. If...

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