Henry and Myriam Gurba

My Uncle’s Years of Living Dangerously

My 69-year-old uncle Henry gazed into the jaws of the Natural History Museum’s biggest celebrity, Thomas the T. rex, who was frozen in a silent roar.

I asked Henry, “How do …


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I Was a Psychotic Soccer Mom

I grew up in Minnesota in the 1960s and ’70s, before the passage of Title IX—the education amendment that provides for gender equity in athletics.

Had I grown up in …


What the Heck Is a Tumbleweed

Where Do Tumbleweeds Come From?

Kevin de León, the new leader of the California State Senate, recently caused a stir when he said that it would be a bad idea to begin building a proposed …