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The Art of Roughhousing

The Art of Roughhousing By Bill Stork, DVM It makes you wonder what happened in the back seat of the SUV on the way to the clinic. Matt and Brooke White are the parents who flip the script so that us codgers can say, “You know what’s right with kids these days.” In a recent article on the front page of The Wisconsin State Journal, authors cite an enormous body of research that echoes what common sense has known for millennia: playing is really good for kids. Experts from the Harvard School of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a group of researchers with multi-syllabic and hyphenated last names who are interviewed on NPR all feel that every conceivable real-life skill can be l

Tour de Flora

Le Tour De Flora By Bill Stork, DVM We all know Tom Bodett as the bone-dry pitchman for Motel 6, “We’ll leave the light on for you.” He is also an author and philosopher. The End of the Road is his heartwarming account of life from Homer, Alaska. Early on he waxes philosophic on the enormity of Alaska and a measure of superiority that comes from living in Land of the Midnight Sun. Standing on the rim of a gaping fjord, I realized that if you were to dump every one of the billions and billions of hamburgers McDonalds ever sold into the bottom, you could barely see them. Dear Tom, Wisconsin ain’t bad either. Apropos of the times in general, ten years ago came the Garlic Mustard Weed. From west

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