Category: be healthy

Get Your Garden On: Cool weather plants are in the ground

Pretend company.
After composting for the past year, I couldn’t wait to get the garden going. So as storms rolled in overhead I got the first of the cold weather plants in the ground today — radishes, onions, etc. The old adage is to wait until Mothers’ Day — mine is that I’ve been going insane trapped... Read more »

Winter Blues: Are You SAD Yet?

Chalk it up to the strange ice rain that fell from the sky as I left for work today (it kept even my boldest cat down to about three minutes outside), but everybody I met was already complaining about the winter blues (also called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD! Hah!), if you wanna get into the... Read more »

You're A Farmer -- But Can You COOK?: A Recipe for Pumpkin Seeds

You're A Farmer -- But Can You COOK?: A Recipe for Pumpkin Seeds
The fruits (mostly vegetables) of this season’s harvest are starting to remind me of an old Mitch Hedberg joke (what doesn’t?): As a comedian, I always get into situations where I’m auditioning for movies and sitcoms. They want you to do other things besides comedy. They say “Alright, can you write? Write us a script.... Read more »
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Bully For You?: A Bully For Me

Bully For You?: A Bully For Me
Today — October 20th, 2010, “Spirit Day” — we are all wearing purple to honor Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase, Zach Harrington and Billy Lucas — seven teenagers who were bullied until they committed suicide. A veritable epidemic. This article is also written in honor of National Coming-Out Day several... Read more »

Greetings!: Say What You Mean While Greeting the World

Ok, guys only.. but still pretty cool
“Same sh*t, different day.” I hear it all the time. People actually use this phrase to describe their entire existence. As a former English major, I am more apt to accurately describe my mood than repeat a gloomy catch phrase. If you care enough to ask me how I’m doing, I’ll give you a decent... Read more »

Dig "Gross" Food? Go You.

Dig "Gross" Food? Go You.
I love sardines. I love them in mustard, tomato sauce, hot sauce, packed in olive oil, it’s a fact — I love sardines. Why shouldn’t I? I dig seafood, get excited about sushi, lots of people do. Yet the sardine gets a bad rep because it still kind of looks like a fish.  But the... Read more »
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What Will You Get Better or Worse at After 30?

A term you’ll hear quite often when discussing professional sports is “on the wrong side of 30.” It assumes that after this age, athletic performance will begin its slow and inevitable decline (it happens even in hacky sack. Trust me on this one). But it’s not all over. There are tons of other things to... Read more »

Confessions of an Obsessive Compulsive: You, Me, We're All a Little OCD

Confessions of an Obsessive Compulsive: You, Me, We're All a Little OCD
First thing I do when I get to work — day job or writing — is organize my area. Move out trash, whatever is done goes. Only things I’ll be needing. Back in the long-haired poet days it was smokes, ashtray, candle, notebook. Now it’s coffee or beer, iTunes and possibly a cigar. It’s not... Read more »

How Do You Celebrate Nurses Day?

I’ve read that Nurses Day is May 6th. I’ve also read that it is May 12th. I’ve also read that it is, in fact, an entire Nurses WEEK which runs from May 6th – 12th. There is a ton I could say about nurses – not only pertaining to my recent illness, but also the... Read more »
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Blackhawks Hockey Saved My Life

If I look insane for the next month or so, don’t mind me – I’m growing a playoff beard. At the beginning of November 2008 I approached Brad Zibung – founder and editor of The Heckler (TheHeckler.com) – with an idea to write about the Chicago Blackhawks from the perspective of a bandwagon fan. I... Read more »