Archive | September 2019

So Bad They’re Good: The 10 Worst Movies Ever Made

A list of true bad movie classics.


Art is all about making people feel. And when it comes to emotions, there’s no recipe, or guide, and the truth is that some movies just fail to make us feel as if watching them was worth our time.

The following ten movies are not just bad, they are so get-out-of-here bad that they are good. In a way.

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I missed the Climate Strike on Friday…

…and I so much wish I didn’t.

I was at work. And some days, I get satisfaction out of my job, but I wasn’t satisfied on Friday. I felt that whatever I was doing wasn’t nearly as important as showing my support for the climate. I wanted to be on the campus of the College of Wooster, marching and shouting, getting rid of my nervous energy, trying to get our out-of-touch leaders to understand that yes, climate change is real. Yes, the world is in danger. Yes, we want you to do something.

For all that I work in Environmental Health, there isn’t much done at work about the greatest environmental crisis of our time. Granted, my particular job doesn’t tie directly to climate change. But why don’t any of our jobs? Why is there not a climate change program? Why are we not addressing the problem?

I know that it’s rural Ohio, and that we’re helpless without our cars and trucks and gasoline-powered farm equipment. I don’t have any current ideas on how to fix that. But on these hot afternoons, when the cars and trucks clog up the streets of Millersburg and seem to make the air even hotter, when you hear the horrible noise of their engines and can’t shut it out, when you just know that all that car exhaust is heating up our planet, and more and more cars just pass on the road, and it just won’t end…then you wish that the cars and trucks would magically disappear, that the problem would magically solve itself.

If I wasn’t at the Climate Strike on Friday, it wasn’t because I don’t care. It was because I don’t want to lose this job. It was because I was doing my duty. Yet I can’t help but wonder if at this point, my duty is something quite different.

What about my followers? Did any of you make it to the Climate Strike?

Why I changed my blog’s name

I won’t just be posting food safety info and recipes to this blog anymore. I have so many strong feelings on so many different topics, and I want to practice my writing. So this blog is no longer only Food Safety and Science. Just like I’m not only a Food Safety Scientist; I’m involved in a lot more.

Selfish, Scary Trump Supporters

The terrifying truth about Trump supporters.

Why are so many people like this? What is remotely okay about literally tearing the rest of the world down to make yourself feel better?

I’m struggling. I’m anxious and alienated, and I feel like I don’t belong in this world. But I still didn’t vote for Trump. You know why? Because I don’t want the rest of the country or the world to be destroyed. Because unlike the people mentioned in this article, I realize that other people have the right not to suffer. Because I’m not an utterly selfish, heartless monster.

Why is basic human empathy such an alien concept to so many people?

A Prayer for the Planet

O, Lord in Heaven, Maker of all,

Hear all our voices, answer our call.

Whatever our sins and whatever our worth,

Rescue us all from our foundering Earth.


Open the eyes of all those who don’t feel

That the climate is changing, the crisis is real.

Give them a sense of what’s truly at stake.

Give them the knowledge, for our planet’s sake.


No longer harden our cruel leaders’ hearts

Against us and our planet. Let our rulers start

To alter old customs, to write and to pass

Laws that will truly decrease greenhouse gas.


Rescue and comfort all those feeling grief,

From storm, drought, and fire, and waves of cruel heat.

Soothe the bereaved, help to lift up the poor,

As weather grows many times worse than before.


For those who have died, come gather their souls

Close to You, Lord, in Your loving hold.

Offer them love and forgiveness and grace,

As they leave our sad world for a happier place.


If these are the End Times, O, send Christ down here,

To rescue a world that is drowning in fear.

Save all the sinless, end evil at last.

O, Lord, let our struggle be over with fast.


I know that our suffering here is our fault.

We’re wrecked Your creation, destruction we’ve wrought.

But blame should fall down on all those who have wealth,

Not the innocent victims who need the most help.


So, give us compassion and knowledge and skill

To fight climate change, or nobody will.

We beg for Your mercy and cry out in fear

Of the stormy apocalypse happening here.