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Not Easy Being Green – Part 6

Written by AJ on January 23, 2013 – 12:02 pm

One of the big pushes in the green world is the encouragement to become a specialized eater. This isn’t going to happen for us. I’m sorry. Read more »

Go Thank Yourself

Written by AJ on January 16, 2013 – 12:02 pm

I’m not usually a big fan of dubbed films. I don’t mind reading my cinema, but the disconnect between mouth and words just makes me bonkers. I blink and shake my head and usually turn off the movie if I can. Recently, some have started doing this in reverse: dubbing words and sentences that fit the mouth movements but don’t follow the actual speech. It’s generally by a group calling the work Bad Lip Reading. Read more »

The Campaign for Real Coffee!

Written by AJ on January 9, 2013 – 12:02 pm

*I’m going to start with a disclaimer. Perhaps the campaign should be for “realish” coffee, because it’s about coffee on TV. I’m not going after your favorite morning beverage! Read more »

The Next Big Thing – Blog Hop

Written by AJ on January 3, 2013 – 6:02 am

Greetings Blog Hoppers
And Welcome to SMART CHICKENS
The snarky blog with eleven essential vitamins and irony! Read more »

The Voice of Reason

Written by AJ on January 2, 2013 – 12:02 pm

I hope we all have a voice of reason in our lives. This is not to say that we lack reason ourselves, only that sometimes it goes a bit astray. It’s those times when we should have someone there, someone to steady our path. Sometimes, I’m that person to other people. I get asked for advice and—though I’m not mean—I don’t lie. I don’t say ‘I’m sure it will all turn out fine’ to my coworker whom I heard was getting fired. And I don’t tell my friend to stay with his ho of a girlfriend just because that may be what he wants to hear. If that’s what he wanted, he shouldn’t have come to me in the first place. My friends all know better. Read more »

In A Pickle

Written by AJ on December 19, 2012 – 12:02 pm

If you have kids or even just know some kids then you know that when they speak, they sometimes do it rather poorly. Sometimes they speak too much. Sometimes they just say things they shouldn’t. And honestly, I’m not sure school is helping with this. Read more »

Not a Supreme Being

Written by AJ on December 12, 2012 – 12:02 pm

My Sis is a bit of a buzzkill sometimes. There was a time in LA when I was convinced I had supreme powers over the freeway system. I could clog the 405 with a single phrase. Just uttering something like “Wow, the roads are really clear right now!” could drive more vehicles onto the freeway in seconds than the exodus. I was even able to demonstrate this power to people who didn’t believe me. All they had to do was be on the freeway with me when it was relatively light and I would say “Gosh, it’s clear.” And Boom: Traffic. Read more »

The Best Worst Show

Written by AJ on December 5, 2012 – 12:02 pm

I admit to having some guilty pleasures. I eat mostly organic or all-natural foods, but I love Hostess Ho-Hos. I love kitchen gadgets and having the perfect pan for everything, but lots of times I get excited when I can make a pan out of aluminum foil. And when it comes to TV, I like my shows dark and twisted and exceptionally well executed. (Seriously, Sons of Anarchy is based on Hamlet, and the costuming department chooses colors for the characters based on how they are going to play out that season. That’s good stuff.) Read more »

Show Your Pride

Written by AJ on November 28, 2012 – 12:02 pm

Recently my husband expressed some concern about how the children performed their tasks.

Why, my husband asked, couldn’t the children take pride in their work? Read more »

Time Travel

Written by AJ on November 14, 2012 – 12:02 pm

I’m a SciFi writer. I believe in apocalypses—in the plural. I think I can find a way to make werewolves physiologically plausible. I’ve written about angels and demons and a world that can pass through ours without our knowledge. My new book, Inertia, involves a free-energy machine. I’m a believer in the suspense of disbelief. Read more »