Quit faking it. They need the bed.

Back in 1997 I got kind of crazy for a while, and one day when I was on my way to work everything was so horrible and seemed so hopeless that I started crying on the bus, which is in itself an incredibly depressing experience: Nobody will look at you; they just pretend you don’t exist, except that they get very quiet and gloomy, which of course feels like your fault, one more thing to feel bad about.

The next morning I felt similarly awful and couldn’t face the prospect of that happening again.  I wanted something to read to distract myself and grabbed a collection of Doonesbury cartoons.  I was on the bus, choking back tears and fiercely concentrating on the book, when I came to a strip in which Duke awakens to find himself in a mental hospital.  In one frame he’s in a straitjacket, straining up from the bed, bellowing, “BUT I’M NOT DERANGED!” and the orderly standing over him says calmly, “Then you shouldn’t be faking it.  We need the bed.” Read more…

Lots of links!

Here are some links I’ve been meaning to put up:

These tiny houses are very efficient and cute.  They might give you ideas for better space management in a bigger home.

Here’s a place that will take your old polyester fleece for recycling.

Local Harvest tells you where to buy food grown in your area.

Time Magazine offers these ideas for helping the Earth.

Save Electricity and Enjoy Summer More–how to stay cool without air conditioning.

Tainted food from China is more common than you may have heard.  Don’t read this while eating or just before bedtime!

This place sells real handkerchiefs and has a nice selection.

Myths about plastic recycling, debunked.

Useful information about plastic food packaging.

I’m way behind on updating the feminine hygiene page, but here are two companies that make really great cloth pads: TLC Pads and Rhythm & Blues.

Tomato Toast

It may be a while before we get around to updating The Earthling’s Cookbook, but I don’t want to wait any longer to share my favorite summer breakfast with the world!

To make 1 serving, you will need:

  • 2 slices of bread or 1 bagel (whole-wheat or poppy-seed is particularly tasty)
  • butter or margarine
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes (huh?)
  • 1 small tomato or 1/2 large tomato
  • fresh or dried dill
  • salt (optional)

Toast the bread.  Meanwhile, mix the yeast into the butter.  (You can just sprinkle the yeast over the buttered bread if you prefer–it’s easier–but that means some of the yeast gets soggy against the tomato and the consistency is not as pleasant.)

Spread butter and yeast on bread.  Slice tomato and put it on the bread.  Top with dill and salt to taste.

Planned Porcine Hoods?

Recently I received a flurry of indignant e-mails from Planned Parenthood, decrying the refusal of FOX and CBS to air a condom commercial.  Not condom commercials in general, just one in particular.  Planned Parenthood urged me to contact everyone imaginable, demanding that this commercial must be aired so people can protect themselves from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Now, I believe in sexual freedom and informed decision-making, and I’m aware of the importance of condom use in situations other than lifelong monogamy…but I get suspicious when someone urges the broadcast of a particular message without giving me any specifics on what that message actually is. Read more…