Category: General

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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“Spring Awakening (w/coffee)”

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(ground coffee, banana peel, flowers, strawberry collar)

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“Skins”

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(onion, lemon, grapefruit, orange, carrot, garlic, roommate’s eggshells)

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“Moondrops (and Other Planets)”

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(moondrop grapes, avocado pit, moldy limes, spinach stems, teabag)

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“Crusts”

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(bread heels, chickpea skins, lemon, house plant, Tostitos)

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“Colorblock”

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(corn husks, celery, red onion, spinach stems, carrot peel, eggshell)

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“Coffee & Oatmeal”

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(coffee & espresso grounds [w/filter], gladiolas, summer fruit, kale stems, oat)

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“Brown (and pink)”

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(banana, popcorn, mini tortillas, sesame crackers, pink mold)

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“Banana Flowers (something of the marvelous)”

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(carnations, bananas, popcorn, teabag, Italian parsley or cilantro)

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“Des radis”

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(radishes, greens, leeks)

Let me know what you think. I’ll post more later on. And follow me on Instagram @PlanetDeb, if you want to see them as I go . . .

xo,
Deb

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Ladyhood, version 2017

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Melania as a Handmaid, by my bro

Well, as usual, I’ve got a lot of territory to cover with this one.

President Misogyny was at it again last week. I also want to explain why I was so annoyed with the new Wonder Woman movie. Plus I binge-watched The Handmaid’s Tale like nobody’s business. And along the way, you’ll find out what all this has to do with TrumpCare, our Wall Street billionaire Treasury Secretary, and early-adopter threesomes.

Actually, I’m not sure if Trump’s tweet was misogynistic, or just immature, inappropriate, and plain ol’ loco:

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I’m not the only one who notices that he continually accuses others of his own flaws and misdeeds, right? Except for the face lift.

Which, according to Mika & Joe, was just a little nip and tuck under the chin. And of course she had a little work done! She’s a 50-year-old woman who’s on television every morning. Do you think she’d be allowed in that chair if her face wasn’t frozen in time? Read More…

“Michelle Obama eats caviar like it’s kasha”

Argh, where have I been?? I fell off the blog beam a bit . . .

I mean, I did give a speech on my favorite topic (waste!) at a high school event in Westchester . . . and finished my Environmental Policy class . . . and then I learned how to forage for edibles in the woods of the Berkshires with my friend Karina (just in case) . . . and then I went down to D.C. — not for the Climate March (although I did make a fun sign that referenced the hot, sticky weather they were having that day, before I flaked out due to the hot, sticky weather they were having that day) . . . but rather to ride bikes along the Capital Crescent Trail with my friends Clare and Rebecca and Lorna, and pop into pubs when it rained, and play our ukuleles at a bluegrass jam on the roof terrace of the Kennedy Center, and to be generally goofy. 

(That’s right — I’ve now performed at the Kennedy Center! Haha.)

Circus PeanutsMeanwhile, Trump fired Comey (dummy); I watched Sally Yates and General James Clapper (badasses) testify about Mike Flynn; I went to my House Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s Town Hall, where he explained how Trump actually IS a facist (sooo good); and our Prez pulled out the Paris Climate Agreement. (Sigh.) But what do we expect from a man with the brains (and coloring) of a circus peanut? 

Comey’s open Senate hearing was yesterday, and we’re still in mid-kerfuffle about that. I do have some good news, though: my Dad’s chemo worked!! The immunotherapy a few months ago failed, but since finishing chemo, the bladder cancer appears to be gone, and my Mom just texted that the culture came back negative for any cancer cells!!! WHOOP!!!!

I also had another interesting conversation with a cab driver on my way to work recently. (Remind me to expense these trips next April.) It fits the topic at hand . . .  Read More…