Race to the Finish: The Final Entry

It’s the final entry……… (doo da doo doo)

Wow, I can’t believe it’s all done. The past few months were really something. I went to Cleveland this weekend and I want to give you all a recap.

I hit the road with my DC teammates, Blaine and Suzy, at 6:30 AM on Saturday. We started our 6 hour drive early, and basically we drove the entire width of Pennsylvania, and got into Cleveland Heights (the adjoining city where I’d be staying with friends that night) early afternoon. I met up with Alycia, a friend from DC who has relocated to Cleveland, and then we met a few of the steering committee members from Puncture the Silence for lunch at a local cafe.

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The Realistic Dietitian #13: Man Food

I received a request this week for meals that work for bachelors and other guys that are short on time and confidence when it comes to cooking. Not that men aren’t great cooks—I know many who are—but I know some guys can get intimidated in the kitchen. All you men out there, don’t be scared! This week’s meals—tacos, grilled pizza, and sausage & peppers—are easy, delicious, and nutritious. They’re also all pretty quick to make, and man-approved. Continue reading

Photo Phriday: Off the Grid

Nestled in the valley of the San Gabriel mountains, just off a northeastern suburb of Los Angeles, lies a community that still receives its mail via donkey. Part cabin rentals, part owner-occupied, the 81 antique recreational cabins were built between 1907 and 1936. One must start at the pack mule station and descend into the valley on foot to reach them.  Off the grid and without running water, these cabins rely on generators or solar panels- transporting one into a world that harkens back to what life was once like or what it could still become.

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All photos taken and copyrighted by Verena Radulovic

Wheelhouse May Book Club: Things Fall Apart

Greetings, friends! I’m back from a little break, during which I was frantically finishing graduate school while transitioning into full time work and training for a half marathon (whoever said you couldn’t have it all!?!?!!). I’m sure I’ll write all about that at some point or another.

Today though, I’m here to discuss this month’s book club book: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Are you ready? You’re ready. Let’s go!


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Things Fall Apart is a modern classic, a tale of a proud yet fragile tribe that slowly starts to unravel with the presence of colonialism and corrupt missionaries. The main protagonist is Okonkwo, a quintessential man and warrior. Okonkwo builds his life around the definitions of what it means to be a man in his society: he is concerned with having the best producing farm, the most attractive wives, the bravest and strongest children. This life he seeks is based on a desire to be nothing like his father, who he considered weak, effeminate, and a failure. Continue reading