I do a lot of writing for a green-living website called Green Home Source, and as a result I often end up researching things and end up obsessing over them and wanting to try them out personally. Case in point: Composting. I’ve written several pieces about the benefits of composting stuff like kitchen and yard waste, and on paper (or onscreen) it sounds like a wonderful magical thing: Throw your scraps in a compost bin and a few months later you’ve got compost, a nutrient-rich organic material that is a perfect natural fertilizer.
My latest adventure in jury duty is over…. for the 4th time, I was called to perform my civic duty as a member of a jury. For the first time, I was not selected to actually sit on a jury during a trial. Thank God. The jury I was nearly placed on was going to try a doozy of a case.
When kids are being gunned down in the streets, the playgrounds, and basketball courts of this country, EVEN on the south side of Chicago, or Detroit, or East St. Louis, or anywhere else, we’re living in a third world country. All of us.
I spend more time thinking about/fretting over/trying to do something about my bowel habits than anyone else I know. I do this because, quite frankly, my digestive system simply doesn’t work very well. If it’s working at all.
I’ve been using ‘brainstembob’ as an email address name for 10 years now. So long in fact that I no longer think anything of it. But that doesn’t stop people from sometimes giving me strange looks when I give them my email. These odd glances always remind me that maybe it is a bit strange. I’d change it to something more professional and ‘normal’ sounding, but after a decade of using it for more website user names and account logins than I can count, it’s too ingrained for me to go to all the trouble of changing it everywhere.