I watched Lucy (the movie starring Scarlet Johansson) a couple of nights ago. It’s a fun comic-book movie, worthy of being watched in the background while folding laundry or some other chore. It’s not the best movie, but neither is it the worst.

The thing that strikes me is that, when I asked about it on the Socials, the most common response was, “Well…the Science isn’t all that solid…”

If that’s your problem with this movie, I’d like to discuss Darth Vader, Wolverine, Spock, Gizmo, Superman, or Iron Man with you. Because…man…if you are looking to your entertainment for solid science, I feel bad for you.

Simply Homemade

Making my own food makes me happy. It’s probably better for me, but I lack the science to prove that. All I know is how it makes me feel physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

It’s a funny thing: I turn on the news in the morning and I am bombarded by the latest scientific study on this, that, or the other thing. I’ve lost track of how many times I have heard these studies reverse themselves. That’s okay…that’s what science is about: course correction when next facts come to light. Sadly, the media cling to the latest fad science and sell it hard. honest folks trying to do the right thing get caught in the contradictions.

Science is good. I like science, but science isn’t why I make my own sauerkraut, brew my own beer, bake my own bread. You’ve got to know some science to make these things happen, but less than you’d think. Fermentation is more of an art of understanding the life around you. You team with living creatures, yeasts and bacteria, to create the edible food that sustains you. It’s simple.

Simple is good. You can digest simple. You can understand it, you can replicate it and make it part of your everyday life. Simple is it’s own reward. Simple feels honest. Simple is a connection with those who have gone before, who knew that food and drink doesn’t come from factories, who knew that anything worth eating was likely worth making at home yourself. Simple sustains.

Science is great. Food science…well…I’m not sure we’re smart enough to best nature at her own game.


On The Rotation of Vices

As one becomes older, it’s important to have a strategy for your debauchery. We’re not in our twenties anymore. The body doesn’t bounce back as readily, and no one wants to spend a week recovering from one evening out. To maximize the good times, spend some time planning.

Rotate your vices.

Example: After New Years, through the crappy winter months, clear out your system. Maybe exercised, or at the least, cut back on things. Eat sensibly. Drink less (or no) alcohol. Get to know what your body feels like without any stimulants or depressants. It’ll suck. But you’ll be ready…

…ready to break that fast at St. Patrick’s Day. With a bang. Kick off the Season of Drinking. Don’t smoke, though. And don’t overdo the food thing. Enjoy the bleariness of the vine, the barley, the distillates that make the good times so good. EARN those hangovers.

Then, as summer reaches a peak, post July 4 (in these United States), cut back on the booze. Go for the food. It’s going the be the harvest season…time to hit your favorite food joints. Five star dinners, divey burger bars, celebrations with friends. Go easy on the booze, or cut it out all together. Don’t overextend more than one vice at a time.

As we hit the October party season, rotate in a different vice. Maybe it’s sugar. Maybe it’s those few cigarettes you have every so often. Cut back on the food and the booze, but really enjoy whatever the vice of the season is.

Then, after New Years, as we make the resolutions…start over.

I submit it makes a certain sense, and for those with a penchant for structure and routine, it will feel rewarding to have a plan. Relax. Enjoy those vice in their time. And then, let them go.