If you’re a regular reader of MNN, you may have noticed that my name pops up in areas outside of this here blog: photo galleries, gift guides, listicles, roundups of young farmers and sexy meteorologists, the occasional Destination of the Week piece. What can I say? I proudly wear a few editorial hats around these parts. For the past couple of years, I’ve also been one of MNN’s weekly Ask Mother Nature advice columnists along with resident pet guru Morieka Johnson and the always charming Chanie Kirschner.
It all kicked off on Sept. 14 2009 when I advised “Blair from Walla Walla, Wash.” on how to
bury poop in the woods dispose of solid waste when camping in ecological sensitive areas. Since then, each Monday I’ve gamely tackled topics ranging from the legitimacy of ice cream trucks to the longevity of dried spices and pretty much everything in between. I’ve also traced the origins of both bellybutton lint and eye boogers and sniffed my own pee (okay, maybe I didn’t) in an examination of asparagus’ effect on urine. My favorite? A column where I pointed "Laurie from Haddonfield, Ill." in the direction of eco-themed horror movies for Halloween that don't "involve human slaughter via pickaxes, chainsaws and Rube Goldberg-inspired torture devices."
Now for some sad news: today’s advice column, on things you can do around the house following daylight saving time (yes, napping is one of them), will be my last. I’m officially retiring. It wasn’t an easy choice but I ultimately decided that I needed to dedicate more time to my regular blogging duties and other MNN projects. So please, dry those sad eyes and try not to get too upset — it’s been a great run (but feel free to send cards and flowers). Chanie and Morieka will still be fielding your questions. You can submit them here.
To mark my retirement from dispelling advice on a weekly basis, below you’ll find a generous handful of green home and garden-related advice columns that I’ve published over the years.
And just because I’m saying sayonora to weekly advice-ing doesn’t mean you can’t still contact me with any pressing questions, comments, and love letters. If you aren’t already, follow me on Twitter and feel free to drop a line, anytime.