Welcome to Issue 29.5 of Digestable, your daily mouthful of real things happening in the world, minus alarmist pandemic news.
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Today’s news, fermented:
Y’all, I’ve got nothing to add to the news. Spend this weekend sending out that good (bad) energy as hard as you can, friends.
Caro's Advice Corner
I am new to house plants and am in need of some guidance. I historically don't have the greenest of thumbs...suggestions for beginner plants?
Not so green thumb
Dear not so green thumb,
House plants can really take a space to the next level, so I am glad you are ready to embark on the house parent journey! I, for a really long time, also thought I didn’t have that green of a thumb, turns out I was just not caring for my plants correctly! Every plant is unique and has its own individual watering and lighting needs. Here are my suggestions for easy starter hourplants, that are hard to kill:
Pothos, otherwise known as Devil’s Ivy: I absolutely LOVE pothos. It is arguably one of the easiest houseplants to maintain and take care of. They are long, viny plants that come in various varieties. They can survive in little to no light, and typically only need to be watered ~once a week. This plant is low risk, high reward. I LOVE putting one of these on a bookshelf, or counter, and letting it gracefully drape down, it truly adds a magical touch to a room. And I am telling you, it’s hard to mess this one up. Here are care tips for pothos.
Spider plant: Now full disclosure, I have never actually owned a spider plant, but have many many friends who do, and love this plant for it’s easy care and maintenance. This is also the plant that keeps on giving! Spider plants grow rapidly and is super easy to propagate! The amount of times I had a spider plant owner offer me a little sprouting...is a lot. These are thriving, beautiful plants that enjoy a wide range of conditions. Check out some more info on spider plants here.
Peace Lily: Ok, my last suggestion for today is a Peace Lily! These beautiful, deep green beauties make an excellent addition to any home, but I recommend it as a great “work from home office” plant! These beauties are identifiable by the white flower that pops up on occasion. Not only are these beauties easy to care for, they are actually classified as an air cleaning plant by NASA! Besides pothos, this is one of my favorites of houseplants that I have owned. Check out care for this plant here.
Alright, Not so green thumb, I’ve given you my short list of hard to mess up house plants...now it’s on to you! Remember, just follow the care instructions, but begin to observe how your plant reacts to different environments in your house and different water levels. Watching your house plants grow and flourish is one of the most rewarding feelings! Learn about your plants, and let them grow to be part of your family, I've had some plants for upwards of 3+ years, so they truly are my babies.
DJ M0RO’s low-key Music Show
As a band kid growing up playing the flute I didnt think about how to find the music I wanted to play. Because I definitely did not want to be playing concert band music. But as an adult I wanted to jam with friends and play stuff that felt expressive and good, and flute is what I knew, so i went searching for a sound i could look up to.
I can’t say I saw Lizzo coming but boy was I here for it. Was the same *wow you can do What with a flute?!?* factor when I first heard La Dame Blanche, and I’m so pumped about her new album Ella. She raps and plays the most unreal flute riffs and the whole thing is groovy AF. Cuban music meets hip hop but something completely her own. Fav track is La Maltratada and if you thought she couldn’t pull off *every look* you will also need to watch the video. From the cover art to the content of the songs, she is a force and I just feel so grateful for this epic work.
Also feeling grateful to get to write about new John Prine coming out, one of the personal pandemic-sized holes in my heart. Kurt Vile’s new EP comes out today and his duet on How Lucky has ridiculous amounts of baggage, having to close a chapter on the life of Prine but still feeling so connected to his presence. So listen with care and think about How Lucky we are, and how much more work there is to do beyond just luck.
Brought to you by the superb Latifah Azlan.
I know you know what's the hottest of ~*Hot Goss*~ today because we've all seen it. And any commentary I have may or may not be used against me in the future when I apply for jobs or an employment visa or even try to go through U.S. airports during flight transits of some sort because the U.S. is a hellscape. So have this for today's column instead: