Hair as Blogging Metaphor + Writer Unboxed Redirect

Orange man from MorguefileUntil now, if forced to select a hairstyle that would reflect my blogging history, I’d pick the reverse mullet: party in the front, business at the back end.

When my first post went live, I had no expectations of an audience other than my closest writing friends. I planned to mimic their blogging style by sharing the work-in-progress. Any subsequent conversation would be about critique, with boos and yeahs coming forth according to my skillset and the whim of my readers.

Blogging became much more when I ended up discovering an alter ego. She was a bit zany, a tad humorous, and all about the citrus. Somehow, the Tart made blogging feel like exploration. We had a lot of fun together.

Then something happened on the way to the computer, and by “something” I mean “family stuff.”

It no longer seemed consistently possible to access a clownish headspace. For the most part, my focus shifted to service. Could I provide something actually useful? In many ways, it was a return to my caregiver persona–the days of being Dr. Jan.

But you know what I thoroughly enjoy? The blogging equivalent of this hairstyle:

Hair from Morguefile

Fun and utility together.

If you’re interested, I think I’ve successfully accomplished that balance in my recent post for Writer Unboxed, When Dark Emotions Threaten Your Writing. (If you don’t write, I’m told it holds wisdom for the real world.)

For the sake of thoroughness, here are my other recent and as-yet unmentioned posts.

Zesties, has your blogging voice evolved with time? If your blog was a haircut, what style would you pick?


What’s Your Metabolic Age + Healthy, Comfort-Food Recipe

VeggiesEvery once in a while I stumble across a recipe that I know will become a go-to meal for our family and that earns rave reviews from anyone willing to give it a try. (Like my Lentil Soup with Lemon.) Simple, nutritious and cheap, this recipe is a giant serving of comfort food for one person, though you won’t pay for it after with a stomach ache. If you think of it like a risotto, it’ll make sense despite the odd combination of ingredients.

Simple, Savory Cheez-y Oats*

Add the following to a large microwaveable bowl (capacity ~4 cups or more).

1/2  cup    quick oats
1/2  cup    non-dairy, unsweetened milk (I used almond)
1      cup    water
1/2  tsp.    turmeric
1      Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1      cup    chopped fresh broccoli
1/2  tsp.    veggie bullion powder (optional if you’re avoiding Sodium, or use homemade unsalted veggie stock)

Stir and microwave on high for 2.5 minutes. Stir again and cook another 2 minutes on high. (Your microwave time will vary but aim for a chili-like consistency.) Serve sprinkled with lemon pepper to taste.

As-is, this provides 311 calories, 11 grams of fiber (of which 4.9 is cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber), 15.6 g protein, 6.3 grams of fat. It also provides 100% or more of your daily requirements for Manganese and Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C and K. (For more detailed nutritional analysis, you can use a tool like Chronometer.)

I’ll play with this in the future and intend to try variations like garlic and mushrooms/sun-dried tomatoes and asparagus/curry with cauliflower and peas.

How Old Are You, Really?

Are you curious about your metabolic age and how it compares with your chronologic age? Continue reading