Kristine Mattis

Kristine Mattis holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources. She is no relation to the mad-dog general. Email: k_mattis@outlook.com

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Sunday, June 24, 2018
Dispatches from the War on Cancer: Detection as Prevention, Chronic Disease as Cure
Ten years ago on June 25, 2008, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. My grandmother passed away the night before. She was just two weeks shy of her 96 th birthday. I had planned to spend it with her. Instead, I re-routed the frequent flier miles I was to use for that visit to a plane ticket for my...
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Thursday, May 10, 2018
The Game Never Named, the Addendum Never Spoken
Remember that silly game we used to play with fortune cookies from Chinese restaurants? Maybe people still play it. It’s the one where you read your fortune and tack on “… in bed” to the end of the sentence – like, “You will soon meet a mysterious stranger … in bed.” The supplemental phrase usually...
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Saturday, June 03, 2017
Of Course Trump Has No Moral Compass on Climate. Now It's Up to Us
At the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) marked the first international treaty to address the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by nation states to attempt to avert the impending disaster of global climate change. By December...
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Friday, November 25, 2016
Embracing A New Normal (Not of the Trump Variety)
I attended a Catholic university, and during my time in college, I embarked on several school-sponsored retreats. While semi-religious, these days-long outings in the wilderness really more resembled self-help or mindfulness groups than zealous theological preaching sessions. In one very popular...
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Saturday, May 05, 2012
"Licensed to Ill"
I am not usually one to be affected by celebrity events. I tend to treat these “momentous” celebrity news stories with an eye roll and an angry rant about all of the important news in the world being supplanted by the trivial. But oddly, the reports yesterday of the death of Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch hit me hard. I could not understand why at first. Sure, I grew to like the Beasties, after forgiving them for their peppy frat-boy (yet admittedly funny) tunes of the mid-eighties.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011
From Me Culture to We Culture: There IS An Alternative
Cynicism and Incoherence
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Thursday, August 11, 2011
When You Play the Plutocrats’ Game, They Win: On Civility and Half Measures
Like many Wisconsinites, I am feeling rather dejected after the disappointing August 9 th recall elections. But unlike most of my brothers and sisters, my disappointment stems not so much from the outcome, but from the adherence to propriety and to a faith in inherently corrupt and unjust systems.
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Monday, June 06, 2011
Not Resting on Their Laurels, Wisconsinites Establish Walkerville
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Sunday, May 01, 2011
Delusion and Denial Part 1: Work, Jobs, Careerism, Charity
By the way, if anyone here is in advertising or marketing – kill yourself. ---Bill Hicks
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Sunday, March 27, 2011
The Media on Education – Grade: F
Regardless of the dearth of media coverage, the protests and rallies here in Madison, Wisconsin continue. There are people inside and outside the capitol every single day, rain, snow, or shine. One particular group that is represented each afternoon is teachers. Yet, amid the constant media chatter about public education and teaching, and the absurd vilification of teachers, the one voice that is rarely if ever represented in the news is that of an actual classroom teacher.
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