Gigs this week
Diatomaceous earth. Ever heard of it?
Diatomaceous earth, or DE for short, is made up of the fossilized remains of phytoplankton or diatom algae. It’s fairly harmless to the likes of you and me. But, if you’re an insect, it’s a different story. As pests scurry through the dirt, the long-dead diatoms’ hard and porous exteriors gradually strip them of their exoskeletons, leaving them to dry up and die.
Bad news for the bug, obviously. But good news for cultivators. DE can also boost the soil’s water holding capacity and infiltration, making it a two-punch soil superpower.
To find out more, check out my article in this week’s Cannabis Cultivation Today.
The Pitch Machine
I pitched to a smattering of publications recently, including the new Wyoming Magazine. I also sent a pitch to Dialog Magazine, a soon-to-be-launched publication that’s designed to prompt conversations and build cross-generational connections in the process.
The issue I was pitching for revolved around one central question: Is social media depriving young people of the “good life?” I had a whole slew of angles to pitch, thanks to friends who participated in a conversation I hosted on Facebook.
The discussion brought up some compelling questions. What role does social media play in our lives? Are we better off with it or without it? What’s it doing to our minds and our hearts? And, what exactly is the “good life,” anyway?
What do you think? Drop your thoughts in the comments below.
Also, check out my Facebook page for future conversations and chances to contribute to the Pitch Machine.
Jam of the week
This week’s jam: “Raise Hell” by Brandi Carlile. I have a soft-spot for Appalachian ballads, and this one hits every note, every point. The lyrics seem particularly appropriate these days.
You have a mind to keep me quiet
And although you can try
Better men have hit their knees
And bigger men have died.
If you love it when comics and real life collide, check out this post from Pop Culture Uncovered. It turns out, U.S. presidents — both real and imagined — have made their fair share of appearances in the funny pages.
President Thor? I’d vote for that.
Have a good one, friends.