Help me re-name this site!

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This whole dealio sprouted from a one-woman piece I created, “Waste Management: The Show.” The title totally captured what the show was about. Then I dropped the performance aspect and launched “Waste Management: The Blog.” It seemed like a fine name at the time.

But now this blog isn’t just about waste anymore. It’s not even just about the environment. Because . . . Trump.

It’s also about the White House, and the U.N., and womanhood, and race, and economics and my parents and my taxi drivers, and what I had for lunch today (some leftover soup and a lovely mashed avocado toast — nom-nom). And the environment (because I think EVERYTHING is about the environment), and maybe having a laugh while trying to figure out how to save the world.

So that’s one issue. Another one is that it’s hard for newcomers to find this via the Google machine, since there’s a company called Waste Management, and they have their own blog, too. Go ‘head: try finding my blog from scratch. You can even put my name in your search. The blog of some witch who’s also named Deb Castellano pops up. And I’m not putting her down — I mean she’s actually a Wiccan.

So . . . help! I need a new domain name. Who’s good at this? Because I’m apparently terrible at it. I’ll get to your reward down below. Meantime, here’s my wish list . . . 

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  • Also: available (obviously).
  • And ideally, available on Twitter and Instagram as well. (This one’s tricky!!)

So let’s say you think PlanetDeb.com might be a fitting domain name. See if it’s up for grabs, and share it in the comments. I’m open to all ideas!

I’ve come up with — and rejected — several myself, like Waste-tastic.com (too specific), CitizenDeb.com (taken on Twitter), Debocracy.com (ditto), Democrazy.com (which could be mine for $3,900), DebSavesTheWorld.com (eh), AndAnotherThing.com . . . Pithy domain names just elude me; I’m more of a long-form kinda gal.

And hey, if you DO come up with the new name: dinner is on me!! And I’ll put your picture in my next post — a super flattering one. Or you can just bask in the glory of being an awesomely clever person. Up to you.

Leave your ideas in the comments! Ready . . . GO!! 

xo,
Deb

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“I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas…” (a video of yours truly)

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(My video is actually below.)

I’ve been watching a lot of cat videos lately.

Cute kittens frolicking with their mommies. Curious cats checking out newborn humans. Kitties playing with enormous dogs, or adopting baby ducklings. There are a LOT of cat videos out there. If you take a look at my YouTube history, you may want to do an intervention.

But sometimes I just need a break from this world gone bananas. Recent stories in the New York Times morning emails I receive often make me want to crawl back under the covers: The Republicans’ wickedly selfish tax bill was rammed through Congress. Trump cut a couple of national monuments in Utah by some two million acres. (Can you say “development”?) Of the 700 EPA employees who’ve quit since you-know-who took office, 300 were scientists and other pollution experts — and most aren’t being replaced. Plus more #MeToo news (or as I like to call it, #PussyGrabsBack), and Net Neutrality is kaput.

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Now do you understand my childhood crush? I mean, come ON, he’s sexy as hell, right?

At least I’m mostly over the death of David Cassidy. That’s another thing I was binging on: Partridge Family clips and songs. (I don’t think I’m pulling a Roy Moore here, since I basically reverted to my 8-year-old self for a while.) But I DID sing one of their songs in the house concert I had last weekend.

In better news, the tumor in my dad’s lung shrunk in half after his 12-week round of chemo, and he played paddle tennis every day on the long Caribbean cruise he and my mom just took; I’m hanging out in the SoCal ‘burbs with ’em now. Luckily their house didn’t burn down while they were gone, and the cough that my mom has had for the last decade or so was miraculously taken care of after my dad’s oncology nurse, Noli (he looks like a sumo wrestler in scrubs), insisted she get a chest x-ray. Plus I’ll see my adorbs nephew tomorrow.

Oh, who am I kidding, I’ve got a perpetual knot in my stomach from these bastards in Washington. My Dad is right there with me, although I STILL can’t get either of them to use fewer single-use items. ARGH! Dad, if you’re reading this, can you pleeease not use (and dispose of) a fresh piece of wax paper when you want to grate a little cheese? OMG.

ANYHOO, the whole reason I decided to post here on Christmas Eve is to share something FUN. In one of my very first posts, I included the lyrics to my environmental “White Christmas” parody . . .

Well, I updated those lyrics and sang the tune at the house concert last weekend. I wore my trusty plastic garbage bag. Please enjoy (and maybe keep in mind that my piano player had to cancel the night before)!

I have a confession, though: I think climate change may be my fault. (more…)

Wanna See Something Pretty?

IMG_3422For a few years now, my roommate and I have been stashing our compostable food scraps in the freezer, and taking them to the GrowNYC guy at the farmer’s market on Saturdays.

I can compost pretty much everything, since I’m plant-based; if you see eggshells, they’re hers. We reuse four of those clear plastic containers that baby spinach comes in (you know the ones?), and dump our scraps into these bins throughout the week.

Often when I add things to the containers, or get ready to take the scraps to the farmer’s market, they have become gorgeous compositions. NOTE: I do not arrange them at all. Except to make room for more scraps in the containers.

What follows are ten of the photos I’ve taken as part of an ongoing project. I envision a gallery show at some point, to raise funds (and awareness) for preventing food waste.

Meanwhile, enjoy! Feel free to share this post, but please ask before using the photos for anything. (And see if you can identify the foods before reading the ingredients . . . 🙂 )

“From a Small Seed”

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(Brussels sprouts, banana peels, succulent trimming, oatmeal, teabags)

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