It was always a great challenge for my mother to coax my younger self into eating fruits and vegetables. These days, I am not a particularly picky eater. After learning to subtly incorporate fruits into my favorite foods, I now put blueberries in my pancakes and strawberries in my yogurt with glee. But I once had a terrible aversion to fruits and vegetables, save one — the banana. To this day, my love for bananas far surpasses my appreciation for any other fruit.
Earlier this month, Taiwanese voters went to the polls to decide the future direction of their country’s historically hostile relationship with the Communist Party of China (CPC). At their hands were options to move toward some form of greater reconciliation with President Xi Jinping and his government, or for Taiwan to remain as nationally distinct as possible. On Jan.
Last Wednesday I got out of my morning lecture early, and although part of me was inclined to head to the library and study for my organic chemistry exam, another part was begging to enjoy what was left of the day. It was 40 degrees outside and there was not a cloud in the sky. You don’t get many days like that in the middle of January in Michigan. I decided to go on a quick run between classes to enjoy the weather.
The race to win the Democratic presidential nomination continues, with the large selection of candidates narrowing ever so slowly. There are 14 candidates still vying for the nomination, although the most recent debate in Los Angeles, California, only had seven. The remaining politicians are all trying their hardest to make their presence known for the upcoming Iowa caucus on Feb. 3.
Mary Poppins said it best — sometimes “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” The saying refers to the general idea that accomplishing something unpleasant is more doable by manufacturing a bit of fun, but it can be seen quite literally in the world of medicine. We inject all sorts of sweetness into unpleasant tasks, especially those for children, such as adding fruity flavoring to cough syrups, shaping vitamins like cartoon characters and rewarding them with a piece of candy for good behavior at a doctor’s appointment.