Gerbils as Classroom Pets, An Interview with Wendy Pavlicek (Originally for the American Gerbil Society)

Now that we’re all back to school, does your or your child’s classroom feel a little empty? Almost like it’s missing a tiny, fuzzy, wiggle-nosed something? Like, say, a gerbil?

My first gerbils, Napoleon and Perkins, were biology class pets that I doted on until I graduated, when my teacher gave me Napoleon – by then elderly, single, and my constant companion – to live out his twilight months. Once he died, I found I couldn’t go back to a gerbil-free life, and ten years later, here I am. While most students aren’t going to find a lifelong passion just from having gerbils in the classroom the way I did, gerbils are fantastic companions for students. I talked to Wendy Pavlicek, animal curator at the Burlington Science Center, about why she’s been bringing gerbils to classrooms for over 15 years.

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How To Take Gerbil Portraits (Originally for the American Gerbil Society)

Hello and welcome to #TutorialTuesday, where every Tuesday we at the American Gerbil Society will be helping you learn fun new ways to care for or things to do with your gerbils. Today (a day late, with apologies from the management) in preparation for our upcoming Virtual Show, I’m going to walk you through how best to take pet portraits of your gerbils.

Please note, this is not a tutorial for how to best take pictures of show gerbils – you can find a wonderful tutorial of that here. Today we’re going over how to best take pictures of gerbils for entering our Pet Class, putting up pictures of to show off for adoption or your kennel’s website, or just to share on social media.

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The Case For Keeping Marc-Andre Fleury (Originally for Pensburgh)

It’s generally assumed by everyone who knows anything about hockey that the Pittsburgh Penguins will be trading Marc-Andre Fleury instead of protecting him and losing goaltender Matt Murray to the expansion draft. And while I agree that losing Matt Murray for nothing would be terrible, I also feel that, if I were GM Jim Rutherford, I’d trade Matt Murray over trading Marc-Andre Fleury.

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The Smartest Girl In The Room Runs for President

Because they were boring, I remember very little of high school English classes, and even less of The Great Gatsby. Most of what I remember of that book boils down to two things: The first is that Nick has a giant, poorly-repressed homosexual boner for Jay Gatsby. The second is more enduring – it’s when Daisy says about her newborn daughter; “I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”

How true, I remember thinking to myself, and how sad that it almost a century later and that was still the best thing a girl could be. I wished, with a not-so-small but shameful part of myself, that I was also beautiful and foolish.

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Revelry At Griffin’s Wharf A Time For History To Come Alive

Note: For the first assignment for my summer Multimedia Journalism task I was tasked with writing a print story (and taking pictures) on an event. Though this happened over six weeks ago, now that the class is over, I get to post it.
IMG_9649Actor Kaitee Treadway is on a mission. Clad in full colonial-era garb and armed with her puppet, Samuel, she sits in a corner of the pier off the Boston Tea Party Museum. When she spots her mark – a young child looking lost – she makes her move. “Hello!” She calls out in a sing-song voice. “What’s your name?”  If the child answers, they’re asked, “have you heard about the events happening lately in Boston?” The script varies from there, but it always ends with the child and puppet brainstorming how best to protest British taxation.

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Pokemon Go and Business May Be A Perfect Match

As you may know if you follow my twitter, this summer I took a seven week intensive course at Harvard on Multimedia Journalism. My final project was to film and produce a three minute news story on any topic, and so I covered businesses using Pokemon Go as an advertising opportunity. You can view it here:

A big thank you to all the Pokemon Go players who agreed to be interviewed, especially those who showed up for the first Boston PokeWalk, Kerrin Connolly for organizing said PokeWalk, as well as One Condoms and Zipcar, both of whom were lovely and accommodating of my tight time schedule.

Revolution: A Primer

Hello friends, great first day at the Democratic National Convention, right? There sure was a lot of talk about revolutions there, which is why I think it’s a good time to sit down and have an honest chat about the historical record on revolutions, and how they actually work.

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