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    The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Running Every Day

    I’m an almost-every-day jogger, but I hang my head in shame when I gaze upon the running record of Mark Covert, the so-called Cal Ripken of U.S. streaking. In this case, “streaking” is the term for running a long stretch of days in a row, not running without shorts.
  • Tuttle: Memories of the Old School

    When my kids started complaining recently about having to go back to school, I told them the same thing my parents used to tell me: "You're going to look back on these days as the best of your lives." Sometimes I find my mouth saying other shockingly unhip dad stuff like, "Are you trying to heat the whole outdoors?!" when they leave the door open, or "If your friend jumped off a bridge, would you jump off a bridge?" I was reminded of my sage advice this week when I got the rare chance to walk inside my old elementary school.
  • Why You Never Feel Cured of Cancer

    It’s been nearly four years since the nice sonogram technician waved her magic wand over my left testicle and said: “Uh-oh.” At least I think that’s what she said. Your brain tends to blank out when you’re in full-on flop-sweat panic.
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    Pay Attention and Leave Me Alone

    People are simultaneously branding themselves on Facebook and Twitter when it suits them and at the same time trying to maintain their privacy. The two things are incompatible.
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    Can NEWSWEEK Find True Love on eHarmany?

    Monday was a really big day in my life, as it was for many of my friends and colleagues at NEWSWEEK. For the past few months, we’ve all been anxious with anticipation. I’ve speculated wildly, started unfounded rumors, and chewed my nails down to the quick. But finally, on Monday, I got the news I’d been waiting on for so long.
  • How a Viral Program Made Me Think I Write Good

    There’s a fun advertising Web site that’s been making the rounds in booky blog circles the last couple of weeks called I Write Like. Basically, you cut and paste some of your personal prose into the little box and hit the Analyze button, and the magic machine tells you which famous author your writing most resembles.
  • Obama Taking Risk in Challenging the Arizona Law

    President Obama gets accused of a lot of things, but it would be tough to argue that his administration’s constitutional challenge of Arizona’s anti-illegal-immigration law was poll-driven. Because even though you might not know it from some of the media coverage, Arizona’s new law is really, really popular.
  • Stephen Strasburg's Phenomenal Baseball Debut

    Last night, I sat in my usual box seats at Nationals Park to witness firsthand the debut of the Nationals’ 21-year-old rookie fireballer against the Pittsburgh Pirates. I discovered that “Baseball Jesus” has arrived and, yes, he does walk on water.
  • Who Said Facebook Owes You Privacy?

    Am I the only one that sees the irony in quitting Facebook because you feel your privacy is being violated? You signed up for it. It's a free service and you volunteered to use it. You can always sign off.
  • In Praise of Monopoly

    In which the author lauds one old-school product that’s managed to survive the transition from paper to digital.
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    Morels, Hillbilly Style

    For centuries, my Appalachian ancestors have gone to the woods to hunt for deer, pick wild asparagus and blackberries, and fish for trout in streams. But of all the hillbilly delicacies to be found gratis in the great Virginia outdoors, the most precious is also the least lovely. I’m talking about those little moist gnome brains that peek up through the rotting leaves every spring, the ones the city slickers call morchellas, or morels. We just call them mushrooms, and this is their ever-so-fleeting season.
  • I Was a Male Weight Watcher

    In which the author touts his radical three-pronged weight-loss plan to save America: eat less, exercise more, and be ashamed of yourself.
  • Health Care Isn’t the Only Thing Your House Member Will Be Voting on This Weekend

    Now that the leaders on the Hill have scheduled the big health-care vote for this Sunday, they also had to find a way to keep the members around on Friday night and Saturday. We wouldn’t want members of Congress to attempt an escape back to their far-flung districts, where they might get cold feet when they face down their enraged hometown constituents. Or maybe get trapped in a Colorado snowstorm.What better way to keep ’em down on the farm than to schedule a pile of votes on such important bills as one that will “revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station.” Or one that recognizes “the 50th anniversary of the historic dive to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the world’s oceans, on January 23, 1960.”If that’s not enough to keep you around, how will you explain missing the H.Con.Res. 244: “Expressing support for the designation of March 20 as a National Day of Recognition for Long-Term Care...